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 Yesterland.com.
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.