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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993
In the shadows of Santa Ana's old City Hall, there is no clue that an ugly episode in Orange County history once happened here. Before the permit-only parking lot and car dealership appeared on 3rd Street between Main and Bush streets, this was home to men who wore dark queues down their backs, worked hard for cheap wages and sent their savings home to China. It was also grist for the local rumor mill and racial animosities.
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April 9, 2000 | STEVE EMMONS
The bearded, rather stout man standing under the flag-draped canopy at right is Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president and the first to pay a visit to the seat of Orange County. It was a Thursday afternoon, April 23, 1891, about midway during Harrison's only term. When his private train on a whistle-stop tour pulled into Santa Ana's railroad station, the town was ready for him.
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January 25, 1992 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waterless fish tanks line the back wall and the lunch counter is abandoned, its cracked red-orange booths littered with hangers. F.W. Woolworth's looks like the Brady Bunch living room after Christmas morning. Bart Simpson dolls and sewing notions lay willy-nilly in the aisles with other discounts going-going-gone. "90% off entire stock" scream signs made of butcher paper in the windows. "De liquidacion tienda descuento cerrando!" (liquidation; discount store closing!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana's rich heritage--a colorful quilt of Confederate and Union soldiers, railroad workers, stubborn ranchers and marauding bandits--stirred to life Saturday in a serene setting, the Fairhaven Memorial Park and the Santa Ana Cemetery. The Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society presented its second annual Historical Cemetery Tour, complete with a horse-drawn buggy, an old-time fire engine and costumed actors playing the parts of plucky pioneers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
In the Orange County that existed before there were malls and freeways, the place to be on Saturday evenings was downtown Santa Ana, where people from even the most far-flung farming communities would converge to shop, eat, catch movies and--most important--schmooze. Among the county seat's lures were the grand department stores that dotted Main and 4th streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | JEFF KASS
In an effort to expand its preservation efforts, the City Council on Monday will consider adding 111 sites to the Santa Ana Register of Historical Property, including the Howe-Waffle House, named after the county's first female doctor. The council also will consider changes to the historic properties code, including allowing any individual or group to nominate historic sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1992 | GOEFF BOUCHER
Other than the plywood nailed over the gaping hole where the French doors used to be, the exterior of the grand old Colonial Revival home on Birch Street looks almost the same as it did four years ago. Back then, 700 admiring visitors strolled through the house and similar historic homes in Santa Ana's Wilshire Square neighborhood. But few who took that tour would recognize the interior of the 70-year-old, single-story house today.
NEWS
January 25, 1992
In its three generations in downtown Santa Ana, Woolworth's has graced two locations a block apart on 4th Street. Originally, the store was at 105 W. 4th St. In 1952, Woolworth's moved a block west to its current spot at the northwest corner of Sycamore Street. Long before Woolworth's occupied it, that corner had a colorful past. Before 1885, J.C. Hickey operated a livery stable there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1991 | JON NALICK
Poking his head out the window of a red, horse-drawn stagecoach, Carlos Mora, 13, said he was imagining how Santa Ana looked more than 100 years ago, when the land was covered with fields of mustard growing taller than a man on horseback. As the four horses' hoofs clattered on the asphalt parking lot at McFadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Mora said that this history lesson really made an impression on him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1993 | STACY WONG
The region's oldest black church celebrated its 70th anniversary Sunday with prayer, song and a plan to build its facilities into a center of spiritual and educational growth. Created when African-Americans in Orange County were few in number and had little hope of getting good jobs, the Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana began in 1923 with 12 members. Today the church boasts 1,800 active members who come from throughout the county and beyond, some from as far away as Pomona.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1997 | JEFF KASS
In an effort to expand its preservation efforts, the City Council on Monday will consider adding 111 sites to the Santa Ana Register of Historical Property, including the Howe-Waffle House, named after the county's first female doctor. The council also will consider changes to the historic properties code, including allowing any individual or group to nominate historic sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Diann Marsh lives in the past. Her 1923 General Electric refrigerator is the kind with a round compressor on top and foot pegs on the bottom. The phonograph, circa 1900, still belts out marching tunes, although it needs a new needle. And Marsh purchased her home in the city's historic French Park district for $10 in 1986 (however, it cost $25,000 to move the dwelling five blocks to its current location).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993 | JON NALICK
Even as a distant bell chimed marking 2 o'clock on a recent sunny afternoon, the clock atop the William H. Spurgeon Building on 4th Street remained stuck at 8:55. Although it may not offer the correct time now, for most of the clock's 78 years Santa Ana residents set their pocket watches by its hands. Historian Jim Sleeper said the timepiece dates back to 1915 and was built by Spurgeon, the city's founder. "Everybody recognizes the clock in the Spurgeon tower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
In the Orange County that existed before there were malls and freeways, the place to be on Saturday evenings was downtown Santa Ana, where people from even the most far-flung farming communities would converge to shop, eat, catch movies and--most important--schmooze. Among the county seat's lures were the grand department stores that dotted Main and 4th streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1993
In the shadows of Santa Ana's old City Hall, there is no clue that an ugly episode in Orange County history once happened here. Before the permit-only parking lot and car dealership appeared on 3rd Street between Main and Bush streets, this was home to men who wore dark queues down their backs, worked hard for cheap wages and sent their savings home to China. It was also grist for the local rumor mill and racial animosities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The room is full of ghosts. Unmoving eyes stare out from black-and-white photographs on the walls. Yellowing newspapers chronicle past celebrations and mournings. Leather-bound scrapbooks cradle clippings of hometown boys who served in World War II. Welcome to the Santa Ana History Room at the Santa Ana Public Library. The special department, which opened in 1977, mostly has records about the city of Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000 | STEVE EMMONS
The bearded, rather stout man standing under the flag-draped canopy at right is Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president and the first to pay a visit to the seat of Orange County. It was a Thursday afternoon, April 23, 1891, about midway during Harrison's only term. When his private train on a whistle-stop tour pulled into Santa Ana's railroad station, the town was ready for him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The room is full of ghosts. Unmoving eyes stare out from black-and-white photographs on the walls. Yellowing newspapers chronicle past celebrations and mournings. Leather-bound scrapbooks cradle clippings of hometown boys who served in World War II. Welcome to the Santa Ana History Room at the Santa Ana Public Library. The special department, which opened in 1977, mostly has records about the city of Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1993 | STACY WONG
The region's oldest black church celebrated its 70th anniversary Sunday with prayer, song and a plan to build its facilities into a center of spiritual and educational growth. Created when African-Americans in Orange County were few in number and had little hope of getting good jobs, the Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana began in 1923 with 12 members. Today the church boasts 1,800 active members who come from throughout the county and beyond, some from as far away as Pomona.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1992 | GOEFF BOUCHER
Other than the plywood nailed over the gaping hole where the French doors used to be, the exterior of the grand old Colonial Revival home on Birch Street looks almost the same as it did four years ago. Back then, 700 admiring visitors strolled through the house and similar historic homes in Santa Ana's Wilshire Square neighborhood. But few who took that tour would recognize the interior of the 70-year-old, single-story house today.
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