Scenic drive to Julian reminds one of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau

Scenic drive to Julian reminds one of Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau

Bonnie Martland Special to Valley News Last week on a drive to Julian, we saw some of the most picturesque and unchanged scenery in Southern California: rocky outcrops, foothills, leafy canopies and tan hills speckled with live oaks and grazing cattle. As we traveled through Aguanga, Oak Grove and Warner Springs, my mind wandered back […]

Temecula Valley Historical Society to present history program

Temecula Valley Historical Society to present history program

TEMECULA – Gerry Nicholas will present Samuel “O.T.” Hackett in person for the Temecula Valley Historical Society, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at the Little Temecula History Center at the corner of Wolf Store Road and Redhawk Parkway. Hackett, a colorful person full of tales of his travels, drove the mail stage from San Diego to Temecula […]

School memories grow

Bonnie Martland Special to Valley News My husband and I moved to Temecula in 1979, when we were both hired to teach at Temecula Middle School. I was hired as teacher No. 50 in the district, and he was No. 51. He was hired to keep class sizes to 21 students. In those days, there […]

Temecula Valley Historical Society to present talk on ‘Temecula Disasters’

Temecula Valley Historical Society to present talk on ‘Temecula Disasters’

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Historical Society member Dale Garcia will present a talk on “Temecula Disasters” 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the regular meeting of the society at the Little Temecula History Center. Using descriptions and photographs, Garcia will show natural disasters and man-made calamities that have contributed to the character of Temecula. Garcia, […]

The Mormon Battalion enters the Temecula Valley

The Mormon Battalion enters the Temecula Valley

Bonnie Martland Special to Valley News The Mormon Battalion of 1846-1847 came about as a matter of mutual assistance between the American government and the Mormons. President Polk was looking for aid in fighting the Mexican-American War, and the Mormon leader Brigham Young was looking for help in moving his religious community westward. An agreement […]

Temecula Historical Society to present two-part program on Chinese in San Diego County

Temecula Historical Society to present two-part program on Chinese in San Diego County

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Historical Society will present a two-part program on the Chinese in San Diego County during the 1880s including the Chinese workers on the California Southern Railroad in Temecula Canyon, July 24. The California Southern Railroad was in San Diego County before the formation of Riverside County. Dr. Susie Lan Cassel, professor of literature and writing at California […]

Temecula Valley Historical Society meeting focuses on handwriting to determine personalities

Temecula Valley Historical Society meeting focuses on handwriting to determine personalities

TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Historical Society will present a unique program 6 p.m. Monday, May 22, for people who are interested in knowing about the personality traits of their ancestors based on looking at handwriting samples. Paula Sassi, a certified master graphologist, will present principles of handwriting analysis in her program “What Was Great-Grandpa Really Like?” She will […]

Chapel celebrates 100 years

Bonnie Martland Special to Valley News Residents may have noticed a little chapel nestled amid the trees and shrubs in Sam Hicks Park in Old Town Temecula. The chapel is the first church in Temecula built to be a church, and on many weekends it still hosts beautiful weddings. It is the original St. Catherine’s […]

‘Notable Women of Temecula’s Past’ celebrated March 14 at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library

TEMECULA – In celebration of Women’s History Month, members of the Temecula Valley Historical Society, Lynn Cude and Mindy Johnson, bring to life “Notable Women of Temecula’s Past,” Tuesday, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library for a glimpse of early Temecula life and the story of two fascinating […]

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