Santa Ana Historical Preservation

Santa Ana Historical Preservation The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society - focused on preserving and celebrating the history of our local Santa Ana, California community and taking care of the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House, a magnificently restored Queen-Anne Victorian home.
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The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is an active group of people concerned and interested in preserving and celebrating the history of our local Santa Ana valley community. We preserve and maintain the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum. We record and promote the history of early Santa Ana and its central role in the birth and growth of Orange County. We celebrate local hi

The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society is an active group of people concerned and interested in preserving and celebrating the history of our local Santa Ana valley community. We preserve and maintain the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum. We record and promote the history of early Santa Ana and its central role in the birth and growth of Orange County. We celebrate local hi

Operating as usual

SAHPS and the SA Fire Museum was out in force at the Heritage Museum of Orange County's Dinosaur to People Days.  We had...
06/28/2021

SAHPS and the SA Fire Museum was out in force at the Heritage Museum of Orange County's Dinosaur to People Days. We had a great time! Here are a couple photos. #dinostopeeps2021

The Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society (SAHPS) is so excited to open our doors once again!  Please come celebrate w...
06/19/2021

The Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society (SAHPS) is so excited to open our doors once again! Please come celebrate with us on Saturday, July 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm.

Take a journey back in time as you tour the beautifully restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum. This home was once the residence and medical office of one of Orange County’s first female physicians. Before you leave, be sure to visit our gift shop to purchase interesting books on local history, and vintage gifts and ephemera.

Come out and enjoy the day as our Open House celebrates the start of summer and the first opening of our home since 2020 - enjoy refreshments of popcorn and lemonade.

Adults $8, Seniors and Members $6, Students K-12 $5

The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is located at 120 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, California. (free parking is available in our lot, or at the UCI Family Health Center at the NE corner of Sycamore and Civic Center Drive).

Visit us at www.SantaAnaHistory.com or call at 714/547-9645.

The Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society (SAHPS) is so excited to open our doors once again! Please come celebrate with us on Saturday, July 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm.

Take a journey back in time as you tour the beautifully restored 1889 Victorian Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum. This home was once the residence and medical office of one of Orange County’s first female physicians. Before you leave, be sure to visit our gift shop to purchase interesting books on local history, and vintage gifts and ephemera.

Come out and enjoy the day as our Open House celebrates the start of summer and the first opening of our home since 2020 - enjoy refreshments of popcorn and lemonade.

Adults $8, Seniors and Members $6, Students K-12 $5

The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is located at 120 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, California. (free parking is available in our lot, or at the UCI Family Health Center at the NE corner of Sycamore and Civic Center Drive).

Visit us at www.SantaAnaHistory.com or call at 714/547-9645.

The Yost Theater / El Cine YostThe history of Santa Ana’s Yost Theater (El Cine Yost) and its important role in Orange C...
04/02/2021

The Yost Theater / El Cine Yost

The history of Santa Ana’s Yost Theater (El Cine Yost) and its important role in Orange County’s Mexican-American community will be the topic of Professor David-James Gonzales’ program at the Orange County Historical Society’s April 8, 2021 meeting at 7:30 p.m., online via Zoom.

To register, visit the OCHS website or:
https://tinyurl.com/OCHSYost

📷: The Yost Theater on Spurgeon St. in 1974. Photo by Werner Weiss, courtesy Orange County Archives

The Yost Theater / El Cine Yost

The history of Santa Ana’s Yost Theater (El Cine Yost) and its important role in Orange County’s Mexican-American community will be the topic of Professor David-James Gonzales’ program at the Orange County Historical Society’s April 8, 2021 meeting at 7:30 p.m., online via Zoom.

To register, visit the OCHS website or:
https://tinyurl.com/OCHSYost

📷: The Yost Theater on Spurgeon St. in 1974. Photo by Werner Weiss, courtesy Orange County Archives

In 1983, nine years after being moved to its current location on Sycamore & Civic Center (in 1974), and after years of v...
02/21/2021

In 1983, nine years after being moved to its current location on Sycamore & Civic Center (in 1974), and after years of volunteer-led renovation of virtually everything in the house (walls, woodwork, stairs, etc., etc.), the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House was ready for a ribbon-cutting and dedication for public viewing.

Led by preservationist Adeline Walker and restored by hundreds of like-minded volunteers over those years, the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society showed off their proudest achievement.

Without Adeline taking a stand to preserve our past, we would have lost this beautiful, Victorian-style home when it was slated to be demolished for "progress" (as so many other beautiful homes in Santa Ana were during the 60s and 70s). She sparked a movement in Santa Ana that still exists today to protect at least some of our history.

We came across some old articles and things we'd love to share with you.

There is a good story on the saving of the house at our website: https://www.santaanahistory.com/savingofahouse

(By the way, the headline notes she was the first female physician in OC. Dr. Willella was the first in Santa Ana and one of the first in the county.)

MEDICAL ADVANCES DURING DR. WILLELLA’S EARLY YEARS OF PRACTICEIn 1883 Willella Howe enrolled at the largest homeopathic ...
02/12/2021

MEDICAL ADVANCES DURING DR. WILLELLA’S EARLY YEARS OF PRACTICE

In 1883 Willella Howe enrolled at the largest homeopathic training institution in the world: Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago. Her husband, Dr. Alvin Howe, remained in Santa Ana, California with their daughter Lulu. Willella brought her younger daughter Ethel with her to Chicago, so Alvin could continue to run his medical practice and keep Lulu in the local school.

Willella had been at Hahnemann with Alvin a few years earlier so he could get a 2nd medical degree, specializing in homeopathy, while she took classes to learn to better assist him in his practice. But she then realized that she could do so much more to help female patients by becoming a doctor herself. Besides treating their illnesses, she could offer advice and training based on her own experience as a woman and a mother.

Willella received her MD from Hahnemann in 1886 and returned to California to begin her practice. She was the first woman physician in Santa Ana, and the second in Orange County. Two years later she returned to school to receive advanced training in gynecology.
Willella’s education would have already benefited greatly from the hundreds of scientific advancements already attained earlier in the 19th Century, including: the invention of the stethoscope in 1816; the first successful human to human blood transfusion in 1818; the 1820 identification of the active ingredient in quinine for malaria treatment; the formulation of aspirin in 1853; 1867’s publication of Joseph Lister’s "Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery"; the common usage of Nitrous Oxide for anesthesia in the 1870s.
We know that Dr. Willella was an avid reader, and keeping up with medical developments would have been important for a fledgling physician. So what new medical discoveries was Dr Willella reading about in her first few years of practice? Here are some highlights from those first four years.

1886: Heinrich Schule describes dementia praecox, or “early dementia,” the disorder we know today as schizophrenia.
1887: Louis Pasteur's anti-rabies treatment is defended in the French Academy of Medicine by Dr. Joseph Grancher.
1888: Emile Roux and Alexandre Yersin isolate diphtheria toxin.
1889: Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering’s experiments demonstrate the major role of the pancreas in the cause of diabetes, leading to the isolation of insulin in 1921, and saving the lives of millions of type 1 diabetics.

Willella and her family settled into her brand new Victorian home and medical office in 1889, looking forward to a continuing successful career, and the hundreds of additional medical discoveries she would learn about in her 43 years of practice.

- Alison Young
(photo: Dr Willella Howe, Graduation Day 1886)

MEDICAL ADVANCES DURING DR. WILLELLA’S EARLY YEARS OF PRACTICE

In 1883 Willella Howe enrolled at the largest homeopathic training institution in the world: Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago. Her husband, Dr. Alvin Howe, remained in Santa Ana, California with their daughter Lulu. Willella brought her younger daughter Ethel with her to Chicago, so Alvin could continue to run his medical practice and keep Lulu in the local school.

Willella had been at Hahnemann with Alvin a few years earlier so he could get a 2nd medical degree, specializing in homeopathy, while she took classes to learn to better assist him in his practice. But she then realized that she could do so much more to help female patients by becoming a doctor herself. Besides treating their illnesses, she could offer advice and training based on her own experience as a woman and a mother.

Willella received her MD from Hahnemann in 1886 and returned to California to begin her practice. She was the first woman physician in Santa Ana, and the second in Orange County. Two years later she returned to school to receive advanced training in gynecology.
Willella’s education would have already benefited greatly from the hundreds of scientific advancements already attained earlier in the 19th Century, including: the invention of the stethoscope in 1816; the first successful human to human blood transfusion in 1818; the 1820 identification of the active ingredient in quinine for malaria treatment; the formulation of aspirin in 1853; 1867’s publication of Joseph Lister’s "Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery"; the common usage of Nitrous Oxide for anesthesia in the 1870s.
We know that Dr. Willella was an avid reader, and keeping up with medical developments would have been important for a fledgling physician. So what new medical discoveries was Dr Willella reading about in her first few years of practice? Here are some highlights from those first four years.

1886: Heinrich Schule describes dementia praecox, or “early dementia,” the disorder we know today as schizophrenia.
1887: Louis Pasteur's anti-rabies treatment is defended in the French Academy of Medicine by Dr. Joseph Grancher.
1888: Emile Roux and Alexandre Yersin isolate diphtheria toxin.
1889: Oskar Minkowski and Joseph von Mering’s experiments demonstrate the major role of the pancreas in the cause of diabetes, leading to the isolation of insulin in 1921, and saving the lives of millions of type 1 diabetics.

Willella and her family settled into her brand new Victorian home and medical office in 1889, looking forward to a continuing successful career, and the hundreds of additional medical discoveries she would learn about in her 43 years of practice.

- Alison Young
(photo: Dr Willella Howe, Graduation Day 1886)

GOOD FORTUNE ROLLS OVER THE SANTA ANA HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY – LITERALLY!You haven’t lived until you’ve seen SA...
12/15/2020
Repaving of the parking lot to the Dr. Howe-Waffle House

GOOD FORTUNE ROLLS OVER THE SANTA ANA HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY – LITERALLY!

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen SAHPS President Tina Davidson operating a steam roller!

Thanks to Tina’s silver tongue and the huge generosity of Brandon Jeter, owner of Allied Paving in Garden Grove, the blacktop of the Dr. Howe-Waffle House Parking lot was recently redone as a completely free donation. What a wonderful early Holiday gift to the Society,

Needless to say, Tina’s powers of persuasion didn’t end there, she convinced the Allied crew to let her take a spin on the equipment. To share on the fun, please enjoy this video of her operating the roller on her own!

Happy Holidays to you all. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPtNcHERdjs&feature=youtu.be

The great team at Allied Paving helped out the Society by repaving the parking lot of our beautifully restored Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House (originally bui...

Here are some cool old photos from Santa Ana's industrial past.
12/15/2020

Here are some cool old photos from Santa Ana's industrial past.

Jamestown,  the first settlement. Where it all started in 1609 when 177 men sailed in three ships from England in 1609
12/09/2020

Jamestown, the first settlement. Where it all started in 1609 when 177 men sailed in three ships from England in 1609

11/07/2020

The History of Thanksgiving

In a 1789 proclamation, President George Washington called on the people of the United States to acknowledge God for affording them “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness” by observing a day of thanksgiving. Devoting a day to “public thanksgiving and prayer,” as Washington called it, became a yearly tradition in many communities.

Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863. In that year, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. He asked his fellow citizens “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise…”

It was not until 1941 that Congress finally designated the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, thus creating a federal holiday.

Of course, Thanksgiving is not born of presidential proclamations. Native American harvest festivals had been celebrated for centuries, and colonial services date to the late 16th century. Thanksgiving Day, as we know it today, began in the early 1600s when settlers in both Massachusetts and Virginia came together to give thanks for their survival, for the fertility of their fields, and for their faith. The most widely known early Thanksgiving is that of the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, who feasted for 3 days with the Wampanoag people in 1621. [Taken from the Farmer’s Almanac]

Now that it’s Fall, our thoughts turn to cool weather, falling leaves, turkey and the holidays.

Despite all that’s been thrown at us over the past eight months, the Board of Directors at the Howe-Waffle House hope that you continue your traditions and give thanks for your blessings as we all look forward to a happy, safe and healthy new year.

April Bettendorf

Secrets From Dr. Willella’s Clothes Closet: The Anatomy of a Jail House UniformA recent project to evaluate the vintage ...
09/23/2020

Secrets From Dr. Willella’s Clothes Closet: The Anatomy of a Jail House Uniform

A recent project to evaluate the vintage clothing collection at Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society turned up an unusual donation that had been set aside for years—a vintage Orange County Jail prisoner’s uniform. A sturdy denim-style workman’s jacket and pant combo, with the eye catching difference of having one white and one blue leg and arm, and a jacket with a blue front and white back. Like the iconic black and white stripes, any escapee wearing this ensemble would have been easy to spot!

Chris Jepsen at the OC Archives was able to locate one photo of 1930’s inmates working outside the old Orange County Court House after the 1933 earthquake. But while they also were clothed in denim work outfits, these appeared to be a single color.

With no information on the uniform’s provenance, discovery of the two original labels inside the jacket neck gave some clues to its age and origin. Proudly proclaiming that this was a “United Garment Workers of America Union” “Duck Goods” product, the manufacturer’s label stated “Stronghold, Los Angeles Cal, Brownstein-Louis Company.”

Research on the Brownstein-Louis Company of Los Angeles revealed that they were the big local manufacturer of work clothes for all of Southern California starting in 1895, and one article confirmed that they made prison uniforms along with normal work clothes. They constructed a beautiful building on Figueroa in LA in the 1920s and supplied the majority of work clothes seen in early Hollywood films, including Charlie Chaplin’s striped bib-overalls in his memorable 1936 movie “Modern Times.”

Using these clues, our researcher was able to narrow the date of this uniform to right around 1929 or 1930! Want to know more details on how they solved the mystery? Become a SAHPS member and read the full article in our upcoming Fall newsletter. Perhaps more secrets will be uncovered in Dr. Willella’s closet!

Another wonderful video and message from our friends, Orange Town Revival :We want to share our latest video with you an...
09/12/2020
Keep on the Sunny Side - The Orange Town Revival

Another wonderful video and message from our friends, Orange Town Revival :

We want to share our latest video with you and your members as a reminder that we will eventually overcome these awful times and there will be better days ahead. See the link below for the video, and you can go to the Orange Town Revival page for the story behind it. Hope to see you in future, happier times!
https://youtu.be/EBn-ozp2FXw

The Orange Town Revival perform the 1899 tune by Ada Blenkhorn and J. Howard Entwisle which was made popular by The Carter Family in 1928. We hope you find t...

Please join us in flying your flag on Friday to show we don't forget those who died and the families who still miss thei...
09/11/2020

Please join us in flying your flag on Friday to show we don't forget those who died and the families who still miss their loved ones!

Please join us in flying your flag on Friday to show we don't forget those who died and the families who still miss their loved ones!

07/30/2020
Fourteen Days - The Orange Town Revival

The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society presents you with "Fourteen Days" from our wonderful friends,The Orange Town Revival!
https://youtu.be/w8VWzg3t81w

Parody of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons," this ballad about the woes of being in quarantine was written by Brother Tom and performed by The Orange Town Revival...

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This is a silver platter that once belonged to my parents (Both are now deceased). I have no need for it and understand that "Silver pieces wanted" (in your newsletter of 2021 Winter). I'm happy to bring it over the next time your museum is OPEN. Also, I was so impressed over my first-time visit to your museum on July 3, 2021 that I've decided to join the membership (Will soon mail my dues to Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society) Special THANK YOU to Tina for welcoming us (me and my friend) to the museum, and making us feel so comfortable. I truly enjoyed myself and look forward to returning. Sincerely, Cathy
Can anyone provide me information regarding the Orange County Title Company Building and how the sequence of events regarding Toll Brothers Construction renovation of this site unfolded? I'm up against this developer in another historical area that they intend to develop. Thanks (in advance).
Learn about project updates for SOUTH MAIN STREET CORRIDOR. You are invited to an interactive community virtual meeting by City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:30pm on Zoom. Link is https://zoom.us/j/95041752891 SOUTH MAIN STREET is the historic Old Route 101 A, sister highway to Route 66, and the location of the Historic South Main Street Business District. UNITED AUTO BUILDING @ 100 South Main Street was built in 1922 & 1923, is listed on SANTA ANA REGISTER OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES and was occupied by a series of dealerships & motor companies. In 1924 the first occupants were Witner-Haynes Company, who sold Haynes and Oldsmobile motorcars. Later, in 1936, a Hudson Terraplane Dealership, P. & L. Motors, were located in the building. A 1936 photograph shows James Robert Wann buying 7 of his 8 sons new Hudson Terraplane automobiles from the then P&L Motors Inc. Dad paid cash for the seven cars. He was the owner of Wann Bros. Spray Rig., a supplier of spray equipment used to spray orange groves in Orange & surrounding areas. There were two Wann sisters. This photograph is courtesy of Wanda Schramm. Her father James, Jr. is seventh from right in photo. (Also seen in 02/04/34 LA Times, 01/20/35 LA Times ad, 03/10/35 LA Times ad, 06/23/35 LA Examiner, and 12/08/35 LA Examiner.)
Please start a GO FUND ME page to raise money so you can take care of the damages that were done on Sunday, May 31, 2020. So sorry to hear about that in the email I received from you this afternoon. Sincerely, Cathy Stanfill Huntington Beach, CA
I'm looking for pictures of 625 S. Cypress, the 1927 fire station. We are offering to purchase and restore the building and would appreciate any old photos. We restored the C.W. House at 212 E. Chestnut and worked with the Santa Ana Historic Society to get it right. We would appreciate your assistance on this one as well. [email protected] 949-645-1000
I'm looking for anyone who might have gone to camp at Fern Lodge, in Santa Anita Canyon, or anyone who's parents may have gone there. I'm doing research on the lodge which was purchased and operated by the Santa Ana YMCA between 1944 until 1956. If anyone knows someone who went there or who has photos, I would like to hear from them. Thanks!
Does anyone know where these were taken? We were told the Buick Dealer in Santa Ana. Does the building still exist? This is a 1909 Buick Racer Driven by the Ellis Brothers. Currently owned and Raced by Dennis Holland.
Please help preserve the beautiful and historic 1930's Art Deco Zigzag Moderne Orange County Title Company building. Tomorrow (Tue. 11/19/19 5:45 pm) the Santa Ana City Council will consider a development which will set this artful structure on a path to demolition. Email the Council and urge them to "Preserve the Orange County Title Company Building." [email protected]
This historic & beautiful Santa Ana historic Art Deco structure has been put in jeopardy. The Santa Ana Planning Commission approved a plan which includes the likely demolition of the wonderful 1931 Orange County Title Company building. The final decision will soon be up to the Santa Ana City Council. Please email the Santa Ana City Council and urge them to fully preserve this fine example of Santa Ana's art, history and culture. [email protected] For more information on the history of this building http://ochistorical.blogspot.com/2019/08/first-american-in-downtown-santa-ana.html
NEW Lecture Event at Staples in Santa Ana (Tustin at 17trh Street) tomorrow, Friday night, Oct 25th at 6:00pm. A series of lectures on WWII -- all taken from unpublished first person accounts. Slide show is included. It's free. #1 — Legends of the Flying Clippers, is the story of the fifteen year history of the Pan Am Clippers, taken from the memoirs of a 48-year career First Radio Officer. Surviving a class two hurricane on his second flight, he carried munitions half-way around the world in the first days of WWII, and lived through the dangers of WWII: N**i spys, radio stations in Africa and near-death aircraft wrecks.