Lemon Grove Historical Society

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The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events a

The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events a

Operating as usual

We are all acquainted with the flooding problems when heavy rains overflow Chollas Creek on the northern boundary of our...
09/21/2021

We are all acquainted with the flooding problems when heavy rains overflow Chollas Creek on the northern boundary of our city.

But did you know storm water from the eastern half of Lemon Grove flows south and east toward the Sweetwater River before finding its way to San Diego Bay?

Here is your chance to learn about what happens to the water from the “other half” of Lemon Grove.

Join the Spring Valley Historical Society at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum on Saturday, October 2nd at 5 pm for a look at the Natural History of the Sweetwater River.

As a friendly reminder, our next program meeting is for Saturday, October 2nd at Bancroft Ranch House Museum. We will have a presentation from Hector Valtierra at 5pm. Prior to the presentation we will have a Social Hour/ Raffle at 4pm. Also, if you cannot make it we will have the presentation on Zoom and please email us at [email protected] for Zoom login information. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you!

Keeping History Alive in Lemon Grove: the Lemon Grove Historical Society in the NewsOur hats are off to The San Diego Un...
09/11/2021
Keeping history alive to share it and learn from it

Keeping History Alive in Lemon Grove: the Lemon Grove Historical Society in the News

Our hats are off to The San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Lisa Deaderick for the in-depth article about your historical society and its president Laura Hook.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/story/2021-09-11/keeping-history-alive-to-share-it-and-learn-from-it?fbclid=IwAR0fNlygicyCoujSXP01n_KkKAUTndmh_UtXx9hafcMgJZOYaSEqE4fQhsY

Laura Hook is president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society, which is planning a two-day dedication of the Treganza Heritage Park in October to honor one of the founding families of Lemon Grove

In February of 2020 the Lemon Grove Historical Society successfully lobbied the Lemon Grove City Council to change the n...
08/29/2021

In February of 2020 the Lemon Grove Historical Society successfully lobbied the Lemon Grove City Council to change the name of its civic center park to “The Treganza Heritage Park”.

To celebrate the renaming of our beloved park, LGHS is hosting two days of events starting with a “History Alive” presentation at 7 pm on Oct 8th, a Dedication at 10 am on Oct 9th and a ticketed dinner party at 5:30 pm Oct 9th.

Please join us and the citizens of Lemon Grove as we celebrate this important moment in Lemon Grove civic history!

Learn more at:
https://www.lghistorical.org/2021/08/17/treganza-hertiage-park-dedication/

In February of 2020 the Lemon Grove Historical Society successfully lobbied the Lemon Grove City Council to change the name of its civic center park to “The Treganza Heritage Park”.

To celebrate the renaming of our beloved park, LGHS is hosting two days of events starting with a “History Alive” presentation at 7 pm on Oct 8th, a Dedication at 10 am on Oct 9th and a ticketed dinner party at 5:30 pm Oct 9th.

Please join us and the citizens of Lemon Grove as we celebrate this important moment in Lemon Grove civic history!

Learn more at:
https://www.lghistorical.org/2021/08/17/treganza-hertiage-park-dedication/

It's a community effort! Let's all pitch in!
08/11/2021

It's a community effort! Let's all pitch in!

It is that time of year again "Back To School", so lets help Lemon Grove students have a great start to their new school year by giving them needed supplies.

08/10/2021

Ephemera

Ephemera are short lived things not meant to be saved or reused. As an adjective – ephemeral - it describes the scent of a rose, enjoyable but fleeting. As a noun it applies to the written material that is given away free such as matchbooks, event announcements or advertising fliers.

Ephemera are part of the life of a community and hold important glimpses into a community’s past, which is why the Lemon Grove Historical Society collects ephemera.

If you come across an interesting item from Lemon Grove of yesteryear, consider your historical society before throwing the item in the trash. We would like to see it and perhaps save it for people to remember what is was like “back then.”

The Parsonage Museum in Treganza Heritage Park is open most Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm.

Winifred Davidson was San Diego Historical Society's first historian. Between 1924 and 1964 she identified over four doz...
08/04/2021

Winifred Davidson was San Diego Historical Society's first historian. Between 1924 and 1964 she identified over four dozen local historic sites, literally finding out where the bodies are buried.

Alas, in the ensuing 60 years she has been all but forgotten.

Our next “History Alive” speaker is one of our favorites, historian Alexander Bevil, a former California State Parks historian who writes all manner of fascinating articles and returns with a great story about a great lady.

Where: H Lee House, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
When: Thursday, August 5 at 7pm

Free Admission and Free Parking. Ages 16 and over are welcome.

Winifred Davidson was San Diego Historical Society's first historian. Between 1924 and 1964 she identified over four dozen local historic sites, literally finding out where the bodies are buried.

Alas, in the ensuing 60 years she has been all but forgotten.

Our next “History Alive” speaker is one of our favorites, historian Alexander Bevil, a former California State Parks historian who writes all manner of fascinating articles and returns with a great story about a great lady.

Where: H Lee House, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
When: Thursday, August 5 at 7pm

Free Admission and Free Parking. Ages 16 and over are welcome.

Join our friends at the Spring Valley Historical Society at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum this Saturday for food, fun ...
08/02/2021

Join our friends at the Spring Valley Historical Society at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum this Saturday for food, fun and a great program.

The world champion San Diego County Spinners will be there to talk about their history and the International Back-to-Back Wool Challenge.

Handcrafted items from the San Diego County Spinners will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefiting Cancer Research & the Spring Valley Historical Society.

Join our friends at the Spring Valley Historical Society at the Bancroft Ranch House Museum this Saturday for food, fun and a great program.

The world champion San Diego County Spinners will be there to talk about their history and the International Back-to-Back Wool Challenge.

Handcrafted items from the San Diego County Spinners will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefiting Cancer Research & the Spring Valley Historical Society.

Today is Tony Sonka Day!58 years ago today on July 18, 1963, Lemon Grove came together to honor "The First Citizen of Le...
07/18/2021

Today is Tony Sonka Day!

58 years ago today on July 18, 1963, Lemon Grove came together to honor "The First Citizen of Lemon Grove," Tony Sonka. The Lemon Grove Men's Club held a special banquet in Tony's honor.

If you would like to read the full story and see the pictures from the event, join the Lemon Grove Historical Society. You will get our quarterly newsletter and email access to stories like this along with timely notices of Society sponsored events.

Join us at: https://www.lghistorical.org/membership/

The Lemon Grove Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1978, Federal ID #95-3401395. All monetary donations and donations of items are tax deductible as provided by law.

Today is Tony Sonka Day!

58 years ago today on July 18, 1963, Lemon Grove came together to honor "The First Citizen of Lemon Grove," Tony Sonka. The Lemon Grove Men's Club held a special banquet in Tony's honor.

If you would like to read the full story and see the pictures from the event, join the Lemon Grove Historical Society. You will get our quarterly newsletter and email access to stories like this along with timely notices of Society sponsored events.

Join us at: https://www.lghistorical.org/membership/

The Lemon Grove Historical Society is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1978, Federal ID #95-3401395. All monetary donations and donations of items are tax deductible as provided by law.

The Lemon Grove Historical Society mourns the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Crabtree December 23, 1949 – February 8, 202...
07/17/2021

The Lemon Grove Historical Society mourns the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Crabtree December 23, 1949 – February 8, 2021

Peggy was an alumna of Helix High for which she worked for most of her professional life in the school library and as the interface between the school and the community for student volunteer hours.

She was a great friend to the Lemon Grove Historical Society and sent us many excellent student volunteers from Helix High School to help with a variety of projects. The students obviously loved her. We were shocked to learn of her untimely passing, for we too, were so fond of her and greatly appreciated her kindness, humor and generous spirit.

Godspeed, darling Peggy!

The Lemon Grove Historical Society mourns the passing of Margaret Elizabeth Crabtree December 23, 1949 – February 8, 2021

Peggy was an alumna of Helix High for which she worked for most of her professional life in the school library and as the interface between the school and the community for student volunteer hours.

She was a great friend to the Lemon Grove Historical Society and sent us many excellent student volunteers from Helix High School to help with a variety of projects. The students obviously loved her. We were shocked to learn of her untimely passing, for we too, were so fond of her and greatly appreciated her kindness, humor and generous spirit.

Godspeed, darling Peggy!

At a very early age Manny Cepeda was destined to be a musician, write his own music and lead a band of his own. You can ...
07/08/2021

At a very early age Manny Cepeda was destined to be a musician, write his own music and lead a band of his own. You can hear his Salsa/Fusion music - full of rich rhythms from his travels around the world.

TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. - at the Concert in the Park!

Do you hear that Grovers?!👂It’s the sweet sound of summer. 🌞🌻 Summer 2021 is here and you know what that means! Lemon Grove’s CONCERTS IN THE PARK are back! Starting June 24th - August 5th every other Thursday live music 🎶 will fill Berry Street Park. Check out the awesome line-up in the flyer above. From 6:30pm-8:00pm join in the summer shenanigans. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, set up for a picnic and enjoy the musically filled air. ❤️🍋

Lemon Grove photographer wins the the Helix Water District’s Spring Photo Contest! Taking both first and second place in...
07/05/2021

Lemon Grove photographer wins the the Helix Water District’s Spring Photo Contest!

Taking both first and second place in the annual Lake Jennings contest, Lemon Grove’s Jonathan Bradley captured “life at the lake” in dramatic fashion.

His photograph “Open Field” captured the setting sun with the lake’s boat dock in the distance, while his photo “Sun Star” caught a picnic table bathed in late afternoon sunlight.

Bradley is a 36 year old landscape designer and amateur photographer who first learned photography while attending Mount Miguel High School. His prize for winning included $250 plus free passes for return visits to the lake.

Congratulations, Johnny!

Thank You Lions for all you do!
07/04/2021

Thank You Lions for all you do!

Wishing everyone a very safe and happy 4th of July.

Our next door neighbors at HOPE Inc. pitch in to keep Treganza Heritage Park looking good for the residents of Lemon Gro...
06/23/2021

Our next door neighbors at HOPE Inc. pitch in to keep Treganza Heritage Park looking good for the residents of Lemon Grove.

Your historical society maintains the Parsonage Museum and H Lee House Cultural Center while the City is responsible for the heritage park. Hope residents help out – and it is appreciated by all of us.

HOPE Inc. is an adult day center (ADC) dedicated to providing exceptional and high quality support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. HOPE Inc. programs build self-efficacy and seek to integrate clients into the community through education and practical experience.

Thanks, HOPE!

What is a solo bee?  It is one of 4,000 species of solitary native bees that do not produce honey, do not have a queen a...
06/20/2021

What is a solo bee? It is one of 4,000 species of solitary native bees that do not produce honey, do not have a queen and do not live in hives.

Solo bees are not aggressive. They do not have hives to protect, so they can spend their time foraging and pollinating the plants we rely on for survival. Solo bees are more than 60 times more efficient as pollinators than honey bees.

What’s that got to with Lemon Grove? Plenty.

Lemon Grove is the home of SoloBee – a company devote to protecting the environment one bee at a time.

Learn more about SoloBee and its founder Candace Vanderhoff. History Alive returns with a videotaped lecture by the "Bee Lady" of Lemon Grove.

When: Thursday, July 8, 2021 7:00 pm
Where: H Lee House, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
Cost: Free
Parking: Free in Treganza Heritage Park

What is a solo bee? It is one of 4,000 species of solitary native bees that do not produce honey, do not have a queen and do not live in hives.

Solo bees are not aggressive. They do not have hives to protect, so they can spend their time foraging and pollinating the plants we rely on for survival. Solo bees are more than 60 times more efficient as pollinators than honey bees.

What’s that got to with Lemon Grove? Plenty.

Lemon Grove is the home of SoloBee – a company devote to protecting the environment one bee at a time.

Learn more about SoloBee and its founder Candace Vanderhoff. History Alive returns with a videotaped lecture by the "Bee Lady" of Lemon Grove.

When: Thursday, July 8, 2021 7:00 pm
Where: H Lee House, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove
Cost: Free
Parking: Free in Treganza Heritage Park

We went to the grand re-opening of the new Union Bank branch in Lemon Grove and were pleasantly surprised when the bank ...
06/17/2021

We went to the grand re-opening of the new Union Bank branch in Lemon Grove and were pleasantly surprised when the bank chose to honor us with a generous $2,500 gift.

The bank had already given us five large photos of old Lemon Grove dating from the late 19th century. You have seen them often if you bank there. In perfect condition, the images are framed, glassed and captioned.

Thank you, Union Bank!

https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/union-bank-gives-2500-lemon-grove-historical-society

We went to the grand re-opening of the new Union Bank branch in Lemon Grove and were pleasantly surprised when the bank chose to honor us with a generous $2,500 gift.

The bank had already given us five large photos of old Lemon Grove dating from the late 19th century. You have seen them often if you bank there. In perfect condition, the images are framed, glassed and captioned.

Thank you, Union Bank!

https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/union-bank-gives-2500-lemon-grove-historical-society

"Forty-seven years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and o...
06/13/2021

"Forty-seven years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation—and the world."

Join us at the opening celebration of Popeyes in Lemon Grove.

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
at 3065 Lemon Grove Avenue
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Sponsored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

"Forty-seven years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation—and the world."

Join us at the opening celebration of Popeyes in Lemon Grove.

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday Jun 16, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
at 3065 Lemon Grove Avenue
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Sponsored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

Today we remember the Lemon Grove service members who sacrificed themselves in defense of their country. Since we last p...
05/31/2021

Today we remember the Lemon Grove service members who sacrificed themselves in defense of their country.

Since we last published the list, we added four more names we did not know about previously. They are:

Abbott, John Edward Jr. (1919-1945) Captain, US Army WWII. Commanding officer of Company K, 35th Infantry Division. Killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge.

Langford, Wendell Eugene (1922-1944) Lieutenant, US Army Air Corp WWII. Lieutenant Langford was killed when the engine of his P-70 stalled spinning the plane out of control, crashing near Hammer Field in Fresno, California on July 4, 1944.

Ursillo, Vincent James (1946-1968) Lance Corporal, US Marine Corp. Severely wounded and partially paralyzed in Vietnam, Ursillo took his own life after returning home.

White, Clarence Harold (1905-1945) Major, US Army WWII – Regimental Surgeon, 31st Infantry Regiment, Bataan, Philippines. Born and raised in Lemon Grove, Major White was taken prisoner and was being transported to Japan. He died when the unmarked Japanese transport ship was bombed by US aircraft. His remains were identified in 2018.

The original list is as follows:

Bell, Spencer Marcus (1895-1918) Lieutenant US Army WWI
Brand, Harold (1897-1936) Captain US Army Air Corp
Calhoun, Robert Darrell (1950-1969) US Marine Corp Lance Corporal Vietnam.
Gorchinski, Michael Wayne (1948-1983) Chief Petty Officer U S Navy
Kaneko, Julio (1935-1967) Staff Sergeant US Army Vietnam
Lee, Roland Edward (1923-1950) Lieutenant US Army Air Corp WWII/Korean War
Pecarero, Frank Anthony (1949-1970) Combat Engineer US Army Vietnam
Tooker, Earl Lester (1899-1937) WWI Veteran Army Signal Corp
Van Dusen, William Lafayette (1894-1942) Major US Army Air Corp WWII
Weber, Paul Frederick (1945-1969) Sergeant US Army Vietnam

If we have missed someone, please forward the information to the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

The plaque below is located in Veterans Park, 8200 Blossom Lane in Lemon Grove.

Today we remember the Lemon Grove service members who sacrificed themselves in defense of their country.

Since we last published the list, we added four more names we did not know about previously. They are:

Abbott, John Edward Jr. (1919-1945) Captain, US Army WWII. Commanding officer of Company K, 35th Infantry Division. Killed in action during the Battle of the Bulge.

Langford, Wendell Eugene (1922-1944) Lieutenant, US Army Air Corp WWII. Lieutenant Langford was killed when the engine of his P-70 stalled spinning the plane out of control, crashing near Hammer Field in Fresno, California on July 4, 1944.

Ursillo, Vincent James (1946-1968) Lance Corporal, US Marine Corp. Severely wounded and partially paralyzed in Vietnam, Ursillo took his own life after returning home.

White, Clarence Harold (1905-1945) Major, US Army WWII – Regimental Surgeon, 31st Infantry Regiment, Bataan, Philippines. Born and raised in Lemon Grove, Major White was taken prisoner and was being transported to Japan. He died when the unmarked Japanese transport ship was bombed by US aircraft. His remains were identified in 2018.

The original list is as follows:

Bell, Spencer Marcus (1895-1918) Lieutenant US Army WWI
Brand, Harold (1897-1936) Captain US Army Air Corp
Calhoun, Robert Darrell (1950-1969) US Marine Corp Lance Corporal Vietnam.
Gorchinski, Michael Wayne (1948-1983) Chief Petty Officer U S Navy
Kaneko, Julio (1935-1967) Staff Sergeant US Army Vietnam
Lee, Roland Edward (1923-1950) Lieutenant US Army Air Corp WWII/Korean War
Pecarero, Frank Anthony (1949-1970) Combat Engineer US Army Vietnam
Tooker, Earl Lester (1899-1937) WWI Veteran Army Signal Corp
Van Dusen, William Lafayette (1894-1942) Major US Army Air Corp WWII
Weber, Paul Frederick (1945-1969) Sergeant US Army Vietnam

If we have missed someone, please forward the information to the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

The plaque below is located in Veterans Park, 8200 Blossom Lane in Lemon Grove.

Address

P.O. Box 624, 3185 Olive Street,
Lemon Grove, CA
91946

Metropolitan trolley depot 1.5 blocks north of the museum on Lemon Grove Avenue

General information

LGHS operates a popular event venue and regional tourist attraction. It is managed by a seven member board of directors – all of whom serve without compensation – and a team of dedicated volunteers. The Society welcomes donations of historical artifacts and relies on financial support to accomplish its mission. The Lemon Grove Historical Society is actively seeking volunteers. If you have a skill that you would like to make available to the Society, please let us know. For additional information, visit our web site at http://www.lghistorical.org

Opening Hours

11am - 2pm

Telephone

(619) 460-4353

Products

Books including: Images of Lemon Grove, A Pictorial History of Lemon Grove by Helen Ofield and Pete Smith, $20 per copy.
Postcards and notecards featuring local historic sites.
History pamphlets on topics related to Lemon Grove.
DVDs of documentaries on topics in San Diego County.

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The Lemon Grove Historical Society (LGHS) is Lemon Grove’s leading cultural institution. Founded in 1978, the Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Membership is open to individuals, families, businesses and organizations. LGHS has an important track record in historic preservation, in promoting and displaying the work of regional artists, and in providing insight into huge world events and their impact on the home town. LGHS saved the City’s first church, the 1897 First Congregational Church of Lemon Grove (also known as the “Atherton Chapel”) and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the Parsonage Museum of Lemon Grove. This Folk Victorian charmer offers two floors of beautiful exhibits related to the history of the community. LGHS received a 2001 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for the rehabilitation of the building. The Society further saved the 1928 H. Lee House, a handsome Tudor Revival mansion, and oversaw its adaptive reuse as the City’s cultural center. It is a popular site for social rentals. Located in Civic Center Park, in the heart of Lemon Grove, the Parsonage Museum and the H. Lee House Cultural Center are owned by the City of Lemon Grove and operated by the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

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Hey Y'all. I wrote this today after an encounter with someone selling family property here in lemon Grove. Thought I would share the Instagram post and contents. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHjZMg4jaTM/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let us take time to reflect upon the case of Roberto Alvarez vs. the Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District. This historic case is actually the first successful school desegregation court decision in the United States dating to the 1930’s. The landmark ruling illustrates the power of the Hispanic community as it took legal action and won the case, establishing the rights of their children to equal educational facilities. The song “Lemon Grove” tells the story of a community determined to end segregated schools for their children.
About the "Olive St. 13" bottles...(just read the story in the Adelante) Shouldn't that project have had an archaeological monitor present to record, collect, and curate the items found in the "feature?" I wonder Why this wasnt the case? Our company has worked at other Lemon Grove projects...so such monitoring (of the heavy equipment excavation) Has been done in L.G. There should be manufacturer date Codes on the base of many of those bottles (if not all). ?? Let me know if you want any assistance in IDing their age...but looks like 1915-1930 is about right. The small bottle in front, left held shoe polish (in Adelante photo). The aqua jar with the light bulb set in it held medicinal powder or tablets (but wouldnt have a date code on the base). Looks like 5 ketchup. The Pluto Water is the biggest I've ever seen! Some of these bottles had "Americas Physic" written around the shoulder.
Meeting Helen tomorrow to finalize plans for the New Exhibit MILLER DAIRY. We will be ready for Bonfire Night Dec. 1. See you in the Parsonage Museum.
Meeting Helen tomorrow to finalize the plan for the LGHS New Exhibit MILLER DAIRY. We will be ready for Bonfire Might Dec. 1.