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October 8, 1988 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Tressa (Grandma) Prisbrey, the inveterate, eccentric hobbyist who created a world out of bottles in order to house a collection of 17,000 pencils, dolls, shells and countless other strangely ordinary objects that crossed her path during her long life, has died. She was 92 and died in San Francisco, the Associated Press reported Friday. A longtime Simi Valley resident, Mrs.
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August 19, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time when Bottle Village was Simi Valley's claim to fame, "the only reason we were in the Auto Club book," Mayor Greg Stratton once joked. But that was a few years ago, before it was announced that the city would become home to another landmark: the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. And while the Reagan library is scheduled to open in November amid much fanfare, no one knows when--or if--Bottle Village will be reopened.
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February 28, 1995 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After months of study a group of restoration experts is putting the final touches on a federal disaster grant application to repair Simi Valley's historic Bottle Village, which was devastated by last year's earthquake. The ramshackle property is covered with folk art structures pieced together over more than 30 years by the eccentric Tressa Prisbrey, known to local residents as "Grandma Prisbrey."
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March 15, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A hard-nosed petition drive by Simi Valley Councilwoman Sandi Webb and a misleading federal aid application succeeded Friday in killing earthquake repair funds for the controversial junk-art site known as Bottle Village. FEMA Director James Lee Witt on Friday withdrew $505,999 in federal and state money that supporters had begun spending to repair damage that the 1994 Northridge earthquake did to the cluster of whimsical buildings at Bottle Village.
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January 14, 1997 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grant money pledged to restore Bottle Village has been frozen by the federal government, and Councilwoman Sandi Webb on Monday launched a petition drive to ensure that not one penny of the grant ever reaches the junkyard fantasy land. Webb said she has already collected more than 100 signatures on a a petition that suggests, "Better to Bulldoze Bottle Village than waste $436,500 rebuilding it."
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November 23, 2008 | Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey is a frequent contributor to L.A. Then and Now.
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley is a place of many mysteries, but one story holds that it was created largely out of thousands of beer containers to remind the founder's husband how much he drank. Another story is that Tressa Prisbrey in 1956, then pushing 60, merely wanted a place for her collection of 17,000 writing implements, so she built the first two bottle-walled structures, Pencil House 1 and Pencil House 2. Johnny Carson donated a pencil.
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December 7, 1998 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bell has not yet tolled for Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, but a delinquent-tax bill of more than $11,000 may put the folk-art landmark on the auction block shortly after New Year's. Owned by a nonprofit preservation group, the quirky site was named a county landmark in 1979 and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
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January 3, 1994 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Each day, Janice Wilson breezes down a bustling Simi Valley street, past rows of cookie-cutter houses, to a ramshackle one-acre fantasy land. There, beneath a dozen drooping eucalyptus trees, Wilson tends to a collection of miniature trees dripping with toothbrushes, buildings made of bottles, and gardens sprouting doll heads and bedsprings.
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January 28, 1997 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Simi Valley's whimsical Bottle Village is a historic landmark worthy of spending $447,000 in earthquake rehabilitation funds to repair, Ventura County's Cultural Heritage Board declared Monday. As politicians line up against spending federal money on the unique architectural folly, the board's unanimous endorsement boosts preservationists' efforts to save the once popular tourist attraction.
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January 4, 1994 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Each day, Janice Wilson breezes down a typical Simi Valley street, past rows of look-alike houses, to a ramshackle one-acre fantasy land. * There, beneath a dozen drooping eucalyptus trees, Wilson tends to a collection of miniature trees dripping with toothbrushes, buildings made of bottles, and gardens sprouting doll heads and bedsprings.
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