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July 15, 1937

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PAGE FOtSR ~~:~'.::~.'~.'~:+.'~:+.':+:~.':~~~~~ A CENTURY OF ORANGE JUICE THE VICTORY ! Los Angeles County has enjoyed its -- .~ orange juice for 100 years,--and then :: By Eva Ashley Parslow -,, .! some, if one chooses to go back to ~." The Goddess Peace glimpsed from afar this earth, ~ tile very beginning, according to Hugh And, like a spirit from the great unknown, .~ Harlan, supervisor of the Federal She ventured forth on unseen, mystic wings. ~ Writers' Project, WPA, who released Drawn by the poignant cry of many souls, ~ a resume of the history of the orange ~. She walked where Sorrow had preceded her. .~. in this area. The complete history As she beheld the anguish and the pain, ~ will be publis.hed in the Los Angeles ~. She drew unto herself the breath of love, .~ County Guide which the project is Then scattered words of hope refreshitlgly. ~ compiling Like incense they pervaded each sad heart, ~.. Old documents show that tile Fran- Transforming life into a happier mood. ~ ciscan padres brought the orange with Soon voices, heard in unison, rang clear: ~. them to Southern California in 1769. "Oh Sorrow, thou hast brought the goddess Peace." ~ At this time s~urvy was one of the :. chief handicaps of colonization efforts. .'+'~.~.~.~.~.~:~.'~.'~.'~.~.~~~~~~~1~ The introduction of new fruits and vegetables to balance the diet of fresh Queen Wilhemina of the Nether- lands is not only the world's senior soverign, but one of the wealthiest -~-omen as well. Now at 55 she is a widow and the mother of a daughter who is heir to the throne. She is a pions Calvinist, dignified and Victor- Jan in her tastes, Fashion interests her not a bit, and her life in her palace is sober and ahnost frugal despite the fact she has an income of at least 5 inillion dollars. Like most Dutch peo- 1de she is serious, sane, careful, wise and hard working. SECRETARIES PUBLICITY COMMITTEES SOCIAL SECRETARIES AND ALL OTHERS Please: Report all meetings the day after they occur. Send in notices of future meetings on Monday or Tuesday. Send h~ advertisement or Adlets Monday or Tuesday. if sent in later the forms may be full and the items have to be left out. Please ! meats and salt meats was as much a part of the Spanish colonization pro- gram as the establishment of the Mis- sions and the christianizing of the Indians. By 1805, according to the earliest writers of the Los Angeles pueblo, there was an orange orchard at San Gabriel Mission. It was from this par- ent grove the first orchardists of Los Angeles obtained their stock. History is vague regarding- the variety of these first oranges grown at San Gabriel and later commentators say "they were just oranges," because at this period .h~~~~'~'": "." ":.7"~~.'~~ horticulture was not a science as it is ~ ~ understood today, and oranges were | oi .. :,. 1,. e,, .J. I! -- ~:~ tionS!mplYas o rangeSto sp~ciesWithUtor name.mUch d istinc- ~~0~ I~ In the garden of the oht Purcell ~ ,~dobe, at 306 West Mission Blvd., San i L0 ~ 8... D~ STAN0[ ! G_abriel, arc what are believed to be the first orange seedlings planted in California. The Purcell adobe is of great age, having been built as a home for the padres three years before the i ATDO~;L2 .~.IMissiOn San Gabriel Archangel wasfinished tile ciruenulavigation of Af- erected. The orange seedlings, no doubt, were planted during this period. One thing, however, is definitely known. The first oranges were sweet. Knowing this is enough to establish the fact that they were the true Chi- nese orange which was brought home AI-IE by the Portugese navigators after they I[ tWIg-AII a trip-- rica, some years after Columbus' first _i and then, via the padres, into ~alifor- oranges were introduced into Spain, To ? omeward I~~. and be withyour inia" i ~k ~i iThe Prtugese explrers were als loved ones-- instrumental in planting this sweet o-ange in Azores. In thne many va- rieties gradually grew out of those first m } To close that deal importations of the Portugese from N~ ~ China. Orchards in the Azores and on at a distance-- the northern shores of the Mediter- ranean were the most prolific in this Tdeflhone! respect. During the period the San Gabriel Mission orange grove was grow ng ~ tbere were 'no such thing as the The cost is low; ttractive discount rates to many "navel' or "Valencia" orange, as the points are in effect between 7 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. ~ two chief orange varieties came to be known years later It is believed, :: ~ m~ aria all aa*' ~un"la*'s""-~""~I'-''! ~ however, that the early Mission oranges were children of the sweet iI orange of Chinese-Portugese ancestry, : ' "" and hence more akin to what we now .. call the "navel" orange Lhan the "Va- ~ leneia" type, ! ! Louis Vignos planted the first SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TELEPHONE COMPA~IYi orange grove in the Los Angeles pueb- l,~ in 1834. The piasnos, or natives, 1.35 Whittley Avenue Avalon Telephone 690 i i calledhis place the Aliso Viojo be- ~~.~.~.~.~.~;+..~~~ causeof the giant sycamore that ".4. F: ~:" ~i~.i~~~~~~.~-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-~'." stoodin front of his l~ome in that section near the Old Plaza. It was a ~ landn'tark for vears. Aliso street, one ~l~~~j~l ~~r~ of the oldest in Los Angeles, took its name from the tree, which in later >.ears stood in front of the Major br,wery. In tile 1890s it was cut down. The second man to plant oranees was \Villiam \olfskill, in 18411. The \Volfskill home later became t e site of the Southern Pacific Arcade depot. oK,skill started with two acres. He expanded this orchard until it con- rained 70 acres of orange trees, t-Ie is i WHY NOT spend a Month at Catalina Island? Line- credited with having made the first large connncrcial shipnlent of oranges. The orchard was bounded bv 4th and quailed climate, good hotels, furnished houses at reasonable 7th. ~lallle(la and Sall Pedl:o rates; stores, schools, churches; hiking, swimming, riding, streets. Poth \7iat~-s and \Volfskill obtained fishing, golf, tennis; 3 hours from Los Angeles; BUT--notice their trees from the San Gabriel Mis- you do not perpetually have to dodge automobiles, either day si,,n. (;,,ink back to the :niddle part of the or night. A safe place for children. Try it out for yourself. 16th ccmturv, following the finding of the Chi,ese orange bv the Portugese ~~~,tt~.~" ~~: .'. ,.',2-.: "." :~~ aim its stjbscquent propagation in Per- ,THE CATALINA tugal and Spain, we find of the orange also were zil, where the trees climatic conditions to hence, thrived remarkablY' course of time an "off-sh developed from these Bahai, Brazil. This varial sweet and found much It was called'the "Selecta. One day in the latter 1860s an orchardist near budding new trees, found "thrown" a "sport" or ft that produced seedless ora ently the first time that tt pened. This "sport" was ca twelve trees budded frona them were sent to the Department of the Washington, D: C., in further care, in of the "sport" trees were and Airs. Luther C. Tibb~ Riverside, but who at the national capital. of the other ten trees is Despite the general bt orange industry of received its major ml planting of those ton navels" at Riverside, inains that the "sport" stock was the Portugese orange of the the first trees of which been planted at the Mis briel 100 years before the navel sport strain began tention to this area as citrus growing. :o :~ Catalina Island will gl.~ "rest of your life"--in wh~c you choose to take it. ~.0,_-----/ Call 500 and tell us abotit Lion trip. __~ _~ YmOUndOn't trade in A" y UNITED STATES pOS "'--~cheS ['1 lncomin~ marl reac 12:15 and 3:30 p.m. Outgoing mail closes a!t an,.l 3:45 p.m. Saturday, u. 3:45 p.m. d The Post Office is operai Satt rdav mormngs ant* ~ 8 A. M[ to 5 P. M. SarEE.r" rice will be o ~en froo~ t~0 4 P M Regular holiday ". -. f" ov ~b~erved and time o ~ tl~ played in the Lobby o~ rice. James B. Ogden. "# Be Wise and Crescent Avenue Favl , , Bowling Alley, Badminton, Ping Pong, and Other * Bring this Ad. One John fiard Attorney at announces tile oP law office AVAL O~ Has leased a pri"atl Dr. L. 3[. CowelL v~a at that addresse~C Saturday. Av~'lon Phone 628 So' 126 Sumner 607 Cataltna Isll ,~ Meets every _ //'-K'!~._ month at 7:" Vi i.n. "~l~ o. ~. HERBERT A,