Friday, August 17, 2007

O.C. Historical Commission, etc.

Today's photo was taken in 1936 and is marked, "The oldest building in Santa Ana." The peak of the new (1935) City Hall can be seen in the background. If you know more, please share.
Like many in the O.C. historical community, I was shocked to learn that both Don Dobmeier and Ed Coté have been replaced on the Orange County Historical Commission. I have no idea who will be appointed in their place, but they have some big boots to fill.
Personally, this screws up Tuesdays for me. You see, for many years, Don has donated his Tuesdays to the Commission. (I think he’s been on the Commission since it began -- Almost as long as I’ve been alive.) And every week, he stops at the Archives to chat with us. I’ve come to really like and respect Don. I’ve learned a lot from him, and he’s even (indirectly) gotten me hooked on postcard collecting. Tuesdays just won’t be the same.
Likewise, Commission meeting days won't be the same without Ed's whirlwind visits. I hope both gentlemen will still stop by frequently, whether or not they’re on the Commission.

Recently, there was a new post about the old Santa Ana Drag Strip on OCThen. Come to that, there have been a lot of updates at OCThen lately, including posts about Denny's, Chez Cary, Lemon Heights, Santa Ana High School, and more.

The Dixieland Bandstand is the latest ex-attraction to be featured at

And finally, I thought you historians and history fans would enjoy this documentary about hobos. If you've ever rolled your eyes at Ken Burns, you'll get a real kick out of it. I watched it twice and enjoyed it more the second time.


Ed Velasquez said...

First off, thanks for a GREAT BLOG!
My best guess on the photo is that it was located on Sycamore between 1st and 3rd Streets.
The light colored building with windows in the background appears to be the rear of the "Builders Exchange" building at 200 North Main.
Just a guess, though.

Merlinsguy said...

I'm wondering if Don Dobmeier is the same Don Dobmeier who attended Garden Grove High School in the the early sixites. Any way of finding out?

Chris Jepsen said...

That's our Don: Mr. Garden Grove himself!

As for the Santa Ana photo, thanks for the tip, Ed. I guess that would put it across the street from the power substation, right? Maybe I need to walk over there at lunch someday and line up a photo from the same spot and angle.