Thursday, December 31, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Today's photo shows the Gunther family children and some of their friends in Orange on Christmas Day, 1907. A new bicycle, a new wagon, and a new doll! Gee!
Update: I originally took this image from the material posted to Calisphere by the Orange Public Library (OPL). A day or two later, curiosity led me to OPL's own website, to see if there was additional information. Not only was there additional information, there was conflicting information.
Rather than the Gunther family, they identify the group as the, "Loescher family children and others with wagon, standing beneath palm tree on Christmas Day, 1907, at corner of Palmyra Avenue and Center Street."
The OPL site also provides names: "...Left to right, standing in back: 1. Ewald Grum; 2. Henry Rickles; 2nd row: 3. Walter Loescher wearing cap; 4. unidentified bareheaded boy; 5. Hiker Batterman, with black hat; 6. Adolf Dittmer Jr, with black hat & suspenders; 7. Eleanore Loescher, girl with doll; Seated in "Star Coaster Wagon" are: 8. Ruth Loescher; 9. Arthur Dittmer; 10. Elmer Gunther."
Perhaps the Loeschers, the Gunthers and the Dittmers were related?
Monday, December 21, 2009
"I finally got my website - KnottsPreserved.com - up and running. It's ostensibly to promote the book, which is coming out this March - but even more, to show many of the images that were cut from the book due to size limitations. Trying to fit 90 years of history into a 144-page book will do that! ...I will be adding more [to the site] as time allows...To go along with Chris' news, I posted a photo of Knott's old Church of Reflections at the top of today's post. The image below is a close-up from the same photo, showing the Christmas decor (circa the 1960s) in more detail.
"I also have a blog,... The first entry tells you the background on how this project came to be... This is the page to bookmark and check on every so often to learn what is going on with the book.
"Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of [each] page. At the bottom, I am trying to include excerpts from many of the interviews I have done over the years, and some of the recordings in my collection."
To add a little color to today's post, I'm also tacking on this 1966 image, (below), of the Chicken Dinner Restaurant/shopping area of Knott's. Notice the guys on ladders in the background, putting up Christmas decorations.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This scene was part of the "Forty Miles of Christmas Smiles" decorating contest, which was sponsored each year by the Orange County Coast Association. If I were judging, I think I'd have to mark my hometown down a couple points for that Joseph figure. He looks suspiciously like a female department store manikin. (It also reminds me of that scene in Life of Brian with all the women with fake beards taking part in a stoning.)
Friday, December 18, 2009
The image above shows the cover of the Knotty Post employee magazine from December 1953. The photo below shows a Christmas garland being hung on the entrance to Ghost Town in about 1962.
The next photo shows a Christmas billboard for Knott's. It was probably painted by Don Treece, Jerry Nicholson, and the other guys in the sign shop.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
In any case, only three days after his death, "Disneyland Around the Seasons" was broadcast on national television, feature Walt as its host. A clip of that program, showing a jetpack flight in Tomorrowland, is available on YouTube. The entire program is available on a great DVD set entitled, Disneyland: Secrets, Stories & Magic.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The next photo, below, shows N. Main St., between 2nd and 3rd. I think I prefer the over-the-street garlands they used today over the ones they used during the last depression.
Today's last photo, below, shows the Otis Building at 4th St. and Main, an intersection which was long the hub of commerce in Santa Ana. The building still stands and hasn't changed much in appearance. However, the Owl Drug Co., which was affiliated with Rexall, is long gone.
All photos in today's post come from the history room at the Santa Ana Public Library.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Daralee Ota has added information about Barbara (Danker) Oldewage and Ernest Danker to her Olive Through The Ages website.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
For its part, UCI Medical Center will hold an event "Celebrating the Life of Building 10" on Jan. 28, 11:30am-1pm. "We invite you to hear from leadership and employees whose lives have been touched by [our] oldest building. Refreshments will be served."
They are also holding a "storytelling contest": "Share with us your fondest memory of Building 10 before it's removed from our medical center campus. Write a few sentences about the impact or impression this building has had on you. All contest participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Your story may also appear in print and be featured at this event.The contest deadline is Friday, December 18, 2009. Please e-mail Connie Worden at firstname.lastname@example.org."
What can I say?
Maybe some of you historians out there can use this as an opportunity to tell the story of the County Hospital.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Craig Lockwood of Laguna Beach recently completed a book about early Laguna lifeguard and surfer George "Peanuts" Larson.
John Felder recently posted about William Henry Dana on his "Laguna Beach History" blog.
Patrick Jenkins has posted some great Lion Country Safari photos on his always enjoyable "Stuff From The Park" blog. He's also posted some old Knott's Berry Farm paper Ghost Town models that I will try printing out and assembling myself at some point. (I'll post a photo of the results when I get that far.)
I was going to mention something when our Orange County History photo pool on Flickr reached 150 members. Well, we sailed right past that mark this week and now have 158. As of this writing, 2344 photos have been posted there. Thanks for all the great photography!
Monday, December 07, 2009
- Pomona (this post)
- Newberry Springs (1)
- Newberry Springs (2)
- Buena Park
- Buena Park: Chicken Dinner Restaurant (1)
- Buena Park: Chicken Dinner Restaurant (2)
- Buena Park: Wing Lee's Laundry
- Buena Park: Knott's Steak House
- Buena Park: Glass Blowing
- Calico (1)
- Calico (2)
- Calico (3)
- Buena Park: The Old Mill Stream
- Buena Park: Calico Mine Ride
- Buena Park: Whittles
- Buena Park: Marshal Max
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
The photo above shows their second church, built in 1879. The photo was taken after 1891, after the building was moved to Harbor and Chartres. The photo below shows their third church, which was built in 1902 and torn down in 1964.
Stephanie George and Carlota Haider created the exhibit. Stephanie writes, "It’s difficult to determine the date on which the first Mass was said in the burgeoning town, although sometime after 1865 seems likely. Traveling priests from San Gabriel Mission and the Plaza Church in Los Angeles frequented the area for sacraments and by 1869, the Catholic community had built a small church on a lot deeded to them from the Anaheim Water Company.
"In 1875, they were officially established as a parish in the diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles. It was at this time that San Antonio de Padua de Santa Ana, the public chapel built in 1860 by funds provided by Bernardo Yorba, was designated a “mission” of St. Boniface and their sacramental records transferred to the church in Anaheim. It’s because of this that St. Boniface traces its roots to Yorba’s chapel and claims 1860 as its genesis.
"The current edifice is the fourth building the Church has occupied at three different locations in the downtown area. After tearing down the first building in 1879, a second New England-style wooden clapboard church was erected on the same property on Cypress Street. This building was moved to another location in 1895 on Harbor at Chartres. In 1902, construction began on a brick Gothic-style building on the northwest corner of Harbor and Lincoln which served the parish for sixty years until the growth of the Catholic population, fueled by the post-World World II baby boom required a new building--constructed in 1963-1964--which remains today."
The photo above shows the current church when it was brand new. Notice that the landscaping wasn't even in yet. The photo below shows the 1902 church at Christmas in 1960 -- ending this post on an appropriately seasonal note.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Come to a party, learn about local history, and do some Christmas shopping all at the same time at the Orange County Historical Society's "Author's Night" and Holiday Party on Dec. 10th. Authors speaking about, selling and signing their books at this event include Richard Dodd (Architectural Styles in Orange County), Phil Brigandi (On My Honor: A Century of Scouting in Orange County), Doris Walker (Orange County, A Natural History), Stephanie George and Carlota Haider (Sowing Dreams, Cultivating Lives: Nikkei Farmers in Pre-WWII Orange County), Jay Jennings (Knott's Berry Farm: The Early Years), Christiane Salts (Cordelia Knott: Pioneering Business Woman), and Lawrence De Graaf (The Fullerton Way: Fifty Years at California State University, Fullerton). The folks from CSUF's Center for Oral & Public History will also have a variety of their earlier titles available for sale. There will also be holiday refreshments and perhaps a visit from a famous (jolly) special guest. The program begins at 7:30pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2400 N. Canal St., Orange, and is open to the public.
The Orange County Archives, the Old O.C. Courthouse, and the Howe-Waffle House will throw open their doors for holiday open houses this Saturday, Dec. 5th. From 10am to 4pm, the Archives will offer behind-the-scenes tours and a rare weekend opportunity to do research using their outstanding collections. The general public is welcome. The Archives is located in the Old Courthouse at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Room 101, in Santa Ana. The Museum upstairs will also be open and will offer crafts for kids and a showing of the movie "Rocky & Bullwinkle," which was filmed in the building in 2000. Also, the beautiful Dr. Howe-Waffle House & Medical Museum, just across the street, will offer refreshments and tours amid Victorian-inspired Christmas decor.
The Anaheim Historical Society will hold their Annual Victorian Christmas Party at the historic Woelke-Stoffel House, 419 N. West St., this Friday, Dec. 4th. You have to see this Victorian gem (also known as "The Red Cross House") to appreciate how much restoration work has been done recently. Both the Woelke-Stoffel House and the even-more-historic Mother Colony House (next door) will also be open for open houses sponsored by the Anaheim Public Library, noon-3pm, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.
The Dana Point Historical Society's Holiday Open House will be held Dec. 6th, 2-5pm, at the Dana Point Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave. They're planning "an extensive display of the development of Capistrano Beach through the newly aquired Doheny Collection. There will be photos, tract maps, house plans, and [plans for] commercial buildings of the early 1930s."
The Huntington Beach Historical Society will hold it's annual holiday open house Dec. 4th, 5-9pm, and Dec. 5th, noon-4pm, at the historic Newland House, 19820 Beach Blvd.
No matter what part of O.C. you hail from, remember that memberships in city and county historical societies make great Christmas gifts. I suppose that sounds commercial, but becoming a part of these great non-profit groups really is a win-win situation that benefits the whole community.
Monday, November 30, 2009
In 1951, just ten years after opening his highly sucessful mock ghost town in Buena Park, Walter Knott purchased the entire real ghost town of Calico. He already had a couple personal links to the site. First, he had briefly worked as a carpenter during a short-lived scheme to revive one of Calico's mines. Secondly, Walter's uncle, lawman John C. King helped found Calico and was a key partner in its most productive mine: The Silver King.
The Knotts rebuilt many of the long-since-missing buildings in town, and added a few additional buildings they thought would help the tourist trade. Like Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm, Calico soon had a general store full of tourist tchotchkes, a saloon serving boysenberry punch, a train ride, a gussied-up mine to explore, mule rides, a "Mystery Shack," and much more. In the photos below you can see what the town looked like during Knott's reconstruction effort in the 1950s and what it looks like today. Note that both images are taken from a similar angle to the older image above.