The city awoke this morning in a climate apparently transplanted. Shivers ran where shivers had not run before and the weather bureau was bombarded from early morn with telephone calls to know the reason why. Lightly constructed “Southern California” houses shrank with the cold and fairly trembled with the quivering of their occupants. –San Diego Tribune, January 6, 1913.
A century ago San Diego got a cold taste of winter weather. The story of the Big Freeze.
Next Friday I’ll be at the Coronado Historical Society for an illustrated talk on San Diego history. That’s Friday, Jan. 10, 5:30 pm in the Lecture Hall of CHS, 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118. Here’s some more details from the CHA website.
Christmas day every day in San Diego. Toys every day for children to whom the real Christmas has never meant a thing. That is the purpose of San Diego toy loan libraries. –San Diego Union, August 13, 1939.
A federal government success story: toy libraries for children during the Great Depression. The Toy Loan Libraries.
For all you fans of America’s sometimes finest city here’s a couple good reads on our fascinating history. The books are available at Amazon and in bookstores (Costco, Barnes and Noble. . .)
In 1872, the dour secretary of San Diego founder Alonzo Horton would complain in his diary: Thanksgiving Day has not been very well observed. Too tired to work and too forgetful of comforts enjoyed . . . May our ingratitude be forgiven. –Jesse Aland Shepherd.
But in future years San Diegans would invest a bit more in the national holiday: Thanksgiving in Early San Diego.
It was a crime that incensed San Diegans: the “murder” of a young sailor from a US. warship by a deputized marshal. For one summer and fall, San Diegans would eagerly follow the case of a “posse” gone wild and accused of brutalizing American sailors.
The story of a riot in the Stingaree and The People versus Breedlove.
San Diego today is a vibrant and bustling coastal city, but it wasn’t always so. The city’s transformation from a rough-hewn border town and frontier port to a vital military center was marked by growing pains and political clashes. Civic highs and criminal lows have defined San Diego’s rise through the 19th and 20th centuries into a preeminent Sun Belt city. Historian Crawford recalls significant events and one-of-a-kind characters that laid the foundation for the San Diego that we know today. Richard Crawford is the Supervisor of Special Collections at the San Diego Public Library. He is the former archives director at the San Diego Historical Society, where he also edited the Journal of San Diego History.
Please join us Oct. 17th, this event is FREE.
On Wednesday evening at 6:30, I’ll be at the Clairemont Library for pictures and discussion about San Diego Yesterday. The library is at 2920 Burgener Blvd.
Mark you calendars for Wednesday night, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be at the Clairemont Library for a talk and discussion about San Diego Yesterday. Lots of great stories and historical photographs to share. The library is at 2920 Burgener Blvd., San Diego.
In Special Collections at the Public Library we come across lots of excellent photographs of early San Diego. Many of unfamiliar. How about the “Pipe Hospital” at 306 C Street in 1915? Or the Grossmont Center Shopping Center when it was just a large excavation? And here’s a nice shot of the submarine S-33 in San Diego harbor.