Romantics will think about hearts and flowers on Valentine's Day, but others might recall something a little less heartwarming: the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The man allegedly behind the machine guns was Al Capone. The mobster was also allegedly the man behind the wrought-iron "C" on the chimney of a Fontana house, a 1920s winter residence used by an unnamed Chicago snowbird and the feature of a six-house historic homes tour on Sunday.
Rumors still abound in town that the house was a hide-out for Capone, and old-timers swear to have spotted him in Fontana in the '20s, say members of the Fontana Historical Society, which is hosting the tour. The mysterious house has a chimney sticking out of the roof--above a hollow wall, not a fireplace--and several closets that could have been accessed from other closets, until a renovation altered that floor plan. There's also a mysterious painting of a woman in a chair that has been hanging in the home for 50 years.