Sunday, December 31, 2017

Work on 5th Ave. (Mission Blvd.) to connect to Brea Canyon Rd.

Northeast corner of Holt and Garey Avenue 1875

Northeast corner of Holt and Garey Ave. Residence of A. Hall - First orange orchard in Pomona, Cal.

Pomona City 1875 or '76

Looking northwest from near present 3rd & Main. In the distance is the Live Oak tree, now on Kenoak Drive, where the first Christian service in the valley was held, Mar. 1837. Tomas Palomares adobe near it. Alvarado adobe to the right.

Pomona Hotel 1875

"Pomona Hotel. First building erected in Pomona (later destroyed by fire). Pomona's first hotel built by M. A. Marshall at a cost of $5,000 early in the year 1875. It had an office, a parlor, a dining room and a sitting room. There were eight bedrooms on the second floor and a corral with room for sixteen cots on the third floor [Progress, Oct. 26, 1915]."

Key Presented to President William H. Taft

Oct. 17, 1911 Pomona Cal Made and presented to Pres. Wm. H. Taft by Pomona Sloyd Scholars

In Photo: H.C. Edwards & wife Ruth Amelia Stratton Edwards 275 Tenth Street

326 East Ninth 1898

349 East Kingsley 1889 Residence of George Rhoner Kingsley & Washington Avenues later rsidence of M. Baldridge

300 S. North Park 1925

These two houses are still there, southwest corner of Third St. and Park. Both are being used as offices of some sort.

Home of James Beckett N.E. Corner Holt & Garey 1889


Friday, December 29, 2017


The Fox is going Down



Pomona's Historic School Brick Walls and a "Dog called Boot"

Damage to the Pomona City Stable

Mission Family Restaurant

Pomona 1880's

Looking east, on Second St. the next cross street is Gordon St.

New Sword for Garfield Park here in Pomona

Pomona's Southside Historical Society, The History of Walter Knott in Pomona

POMONA'S HISTORY, A Historic Aviary in Pomona, it was in the Rose Parade in 1915

ICE confirms that deadly CA fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops, ignoring ICE detainer requests each time

Liberalism kills! The insane immigration policies of the sanctuary state of California have turned tragic once again.
The acting director of ICE has confirmed that not only is the individual responsible for setting many of the fires consuming California an illegal alien, he has been arrested by local Sonoma County police at least five times.
ICE submitted detainer requests to arrest and deport the individual, Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, all five times. All five times the detainer requests were ignored by local police, Gonzalez being released to set more fires and kill more people without so much as a phone call to ICE to honor its detainer requests.
As tragic as the case of Kate Steinle was, this avoidable disaster is even greater, as at last count, at least 40 innocent people have perished in the catastrophic and deadly inferno raging across California. Dozens more are still missing.
Governor Moonbeam Jerry Brown should be sued for this by the families of those who died in the massive California wildfires and by those who lost all they own.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”
Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.
Sonoma County is considered a sanctuary jurisdiction and does not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials. That includes not honoring ICE detainer requests. “ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases,” Homan wrote in the statement regarding Gonzalez.
There were several fires in the region, and it is not clear what role the fires Gonzales allegedly set played in the overall disaster.
Homan’s public statement highlights the lack of cooperation from Sonoma County officials and the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the region:
“Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes.
ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property. This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region.
Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases.
Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions. The residents of Sonoma County, and the state of California, deserve better than policies that expose them to avoidable dangers.
Non-cooperation policies – now enshrined in California state law – ensure only one thing: criminals who would otherwise be deported will be released and left free to reoffend as they please.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that makes California a sanctuary state.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Saturday, Jan 6--Library Foundation Fundraiser: 130 years of Pomona

Monty Python- Lumberjack Song FULL

Two lumberjacks and a big tree, Pacific Northwest, 1915.

Pablo Picasso in his studio in Vallauris with actress Brigitte Bardot during the International Cannes Film Festival, 1956.

Swimming in a pool with a Christmas tree & floating ornaments in Los Angeles, c. 1955

Betty White and Lorne Greene hosting the 1965 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Irony as people wait in a breadline in Ohio, during The Great Depression, 1937. Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White.

The rarely seen back of the Hoover Dam before it was filled with water, 1936.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

KEN BURNS The War A Necessary War Episode One

West Second Street Stores and Shops 1927

Brooks Clothing Co. 355 W. 2nd; Valley Paint & Paper Co. 345 W. 2nd; Conner P.E. Electrical Supplies 333 W. 2nd; Dunlap Co. Dry Goods 329 W. 2nd; Lawrence Bldg

Santa on Second Street 1926

W. Second and S. Main Sts. During 1914 Flood

First City Hall of Pomona 1911

"First City Hall of Pomona, built in 1888. Contract let Aug. 8, 1888. Building formally accepted by Board of Trustees Nov. 28, 1888. Used until completion of new City Hall, 1911. Lower part served as jail until completion of present Police Station, July 8, 1922. Site of present Chamber of Commerce. Picture taken while being torn down.

Pomona Day Parade on Second Street 1910

Fourth of July celebration at the San Jose Hills

"South East-4th of July celebration at the San Jose Hills. Intersection of Orange Grove and Park (Ellen). Tomaso Palomares adobe (Alkire home). Historic Oak now in the yard of 458 Kenoak. Gift of E. J. Palmer. About 1906?-much earlier Ganesha Park was landscaped.

1905 Pomona's Second Street

Looking west between Garey Ave. and Thomas St. Arc-light hanging over the intersection.

Ira F. White & Son Hardware 354 West Second Street

White, Ira F. & Son, 1898. Hardware, paints, oils. 354 W. 2nd. S.W. cor. N. Main & W. Bertie. Mfg ladders.

Corner of First & Thomas 1896-97

Corner 1st & Thomas. Johnson & Hewlett Bicycle dealers. 127 S. Thomas. S.W. corner 1st & Thomas corner space for rent.

View of Second Street Looking West from Garey Ave. 1890

View of Second Street, Pomona, looking west from Garey Av. Taken in 1890. Gift of C. E. Wolfe. Bridger House, 2nd & Garey, Pomona Commercial & Savings Bank corner. Band stand on Brady Block site s. w. corner Brick blocks: 1. -- Smith (Post office was in this building until 1907 or '08) 2. Walter Avis 3. Phillips Block Cor. of Thos. & 2nd 1. Peoples Bank 2. Peoples Store remotely seen (right side of street) Brown's Hotel (kept by Smith) later Pacific hotel & finally Commercial Hotel 2 story building where Bulletin now is was owned by E. B. Tilden 1 story building (right) saddlery 2 story building (right) F. M.

2nd Street, Pomona, CA between 1890 & 1895.

Second Street in the "Horse & Buggy days". Between Garey Avenue & Thomas Street looking West

Towne Ave. 1889

Towne Ave. and Hiawassa as it looked in 1889. Hiawassa is now LaVerne Rd. east of Garey Ave. This picture is looking north on Towne Ave. Donated by Sophia Clarke May 2, 1968.

Corner of Third and Main looking North 1889

Main St. looking north from 3rd St., showing First National Bank Building, northwest corner of 2nd and Main. Gift of J.P. Storrs.

Main St. looking South from Second St. 1889

Main St. looking south from 2nd St. Main, south of 2nd. (Frankel Store now replaced by Weigle's Market 1923.)

Sheep ranches First St. and Thomas St. 1885

Corner Main & Second streets, Pomona 1885

"Second St. looking west and south from Main St. Dudley Block-S.W. corner 2nd & Main. Kings Hotel south of it. T. Bates built the building 1886-paid $3,000 for lot. Greenbaum Store, California Boot & Shoe Store, Debuner Grocery, Mullally Saloon. Gift of Mrs. Helen G. Tinsley-Stanton."

Second Street between Main & Gordon streets, 1884

"Sidewalks in the Pomona of 1884 were private enterprises, and this picture of 2nd St., looking from Main toward Gordon St, reveals fifteen different levels of walk, or a change of height and a jumping place with each building. At the left is seen the livery stable of Louie Brosseau. In the foreground at the right is the Pomona Restaurant; Calvin Bros. Stationery, fancy goods and news agency; the Eagle barbershop; the California boot and shoe store; Mr. Kidson's hotel, the Des Moines House; James Armour's drug store and other businesses in the buildings known as 'Armourville'. In the second block is John Johnson's hardware store and Brown's hotel."

Pomona Valley looking Northeast

Taken in 1883 from the northeast corner of the Ebell lot, looking northeast, the picture shows the line of San Antonio Ave. in the middle distance. J. E. Parkard May 26, 1923.

Thomas St. 18-May-1933 Looking north, just above Third St.

Thompson Bros-Taylor's 222 S. Thomas. Sorenson, Chris-billiards 246 S. Thomas. Pomona Mutual 260 S. Thomas. Auto show - Expansion Day.

Main St. at Tracks

Southern Pacific Freight. Vehicles help up for train blocked entrance and exit of municipal lot.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Chicago - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

"Does anybody really know" what time it is ?

Yes I sure do, check it out, the clock at Locust Plaza on Locust St. is working again. Another fine job from the city of Pomona and our city workers, Thanks! looking good. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pomona PD reminds citizens that the negligent discharge of firearms is against City ordinance and California law

The Pomona Police Department wants everyone to celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly. Don't fire guns or fireworks into the air. Extra enforcement will be out looking for violators. Please take a moment to review the following safety reminders:

  • Firing a gun in the air to celebrate the holidays is against the law & dangerous.
  • Any person who violates the CA Penal Code will have their firearm confiscated and will be arrested.
  • What goes up will come down! When a bullet comes down it is traveling at fatal velocity.
  • If you see someone fire a gun into the air , CALL 9-1-1!
  • The use and possession of fireworks are illegal in Pomona. Offenders can be fined up to $1,000, jail time or both.
  • If fireworks injure someone or start a fire, those responsible will be charged.
  • Fireworks complaints can be called in to: (909) 622-1241.
 Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-622-1241.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website