Archive for October, 2010

22nd October
2010
written by Richard

A “big rain is coming,” predicted Henry Cooper, Escondido’s celebrated, amateur weather prognosticator.  The “Escondido Weather Prophet,” as he was known,” spoke in early February 1927, predicting a major storm for later in the month.  “We shall have copious rains all along the coast,” Cooper declared, “with assured runoff from a heavy mantle of snow in the mountains.”

Read the story of one of San Diego’s biggest rain years:  Flood of 1927.

Mission Valley under water, Feb. 1927.

Mission Valley under water, Feb. 1927.

 

     

 
22nd October
2010
written by Richard

The flagship of the Pacific Squadron arrived unexpectedly in San Diego in late December 1891. “Our presence is probably a surprise to you,” said the ship’s captain, Rear Admiral George Brown. “We were ordered to San Diego and here we are.  We shall take on about 250 tons of coal and will then be on ‘waiting orders.’” 

Within days, Brown’s ship was joined by another cruiser, the USS Charleston.  The ships would spend the next six weeks in San Diego. 

The story of the White Squadron.

USS San Francisco

22nd October
2010
written by Richard

“I didn’t steal it,” declared Senator Fletcher with ruffled dignity.  “But there were threats of lawsuit and an injunction, so with a gang of men, a derrick and a truck, I took quick action, and possession is nine points of the law.”

The story of San Diego’s famed Cabrillo Statue.

21st October
2010
written by Richard

Sutherland abandoned, 1928.

To look at it now, solidly in place, you would never know its disturbed history.  The broken course of the Sutherland project is one of those fantastic things that could only happen here . . .

The story of a dam that took  25 years to build:  the Dam Fiasco.

19th October
2010
written by Richard

Lasting only six months, the mayoral term of Dr. Rutherford B. Irones was one of the shortest in San Diego history.  It was certainly the strangest.

This is a story about a mayor who left city hall for a jail cell.   The Royal Coach Affair.

4th October
2010
written by Richard

Each fall, thousands of tourists make their way to the scenic hill town of Julian, California.   Since the late 1800s, October has been “apple time” in historic Julian.  Click here for the history of The Apples of Julian.

1st October
2010
written by Richard

This is a book of defamation, of depravity, written by an atheistic, degenerate mind—and yet it is honored with a place in Public Libraries.  –San Diego Patriotic Society, January 1963.

The issue of “banned books” has been with society for centuries.  Here’s a story of how the San Diego Public Library coped with censorship in 1963.  Read: Last Temptation