Early Anaheim (CA) (Images of America)

Early Anaheim (CA) (Images of America)

Stephen J. Faessel

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738530697

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As one of the largest cities in one of the nation's most populous counties, Anaheim anchors a host of Orange County attractions, not the least of which are Disneyland, the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels, and the Anaheim Convention Center. But Anaheim's early history followed the hardscrabble route, with fitful years of early cityhood steered in part by hardy immigrant German vintners who, with a civic-mindedness, advanced the establishment of the churches, schools, banks, civic services, and a Carnegie Library that made Anaheim thrive. This collection of more than 200 vintage images reveals the foresight of such men as John Frohling, Charles Kohler, George Hansen, John Fischer, August Langenberger, and others who shaped the beginnings of one of California's great cities.

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impressive structure in 1923 at 423 North Los Angeles Street (now Anaheim Boulevard). Designed by Fullerton architect Frank A. Benchley, this building provided a large meeting room that was used often by the community for receptions, parties, and civic events. Mounting debt and a June 1991 fire led to the building’s demolition. Miss Eloise Owens plays the role of a German colonist mädchen delivering a sack of wheat to Joseph Nagel, the miller, in this picture taken for Anaheim’s diamond jubilee

for the Washington Senators from 1907 to 1927, joined Babe Ruth and the Ruth All Stars on a barnstorming tour of the country. On Halloween, they visited Brea and played the local Anaheim Elks team. Johnson, also known as “Big Train,” is pictured in the center of this photograph, while Joe Burke, manager of the losing Anaheim Oil Wells team, is at far right. This formal photograph shows 14-year-old Lafayette Lewis and his younger brother Leland, both dressed for a baseball game. These were the

Hartmann, one of Anaheim’s original pioneers. The elder Hartmann supervised the planting of a cactus fence around the original boundaries of Anaheim in early 1863, to protect the vineyards from the local roaming wild cattle that found the irrigated grapevines especially refreshing. Fredrick was a community leader in his own right, donating the Pioneer Gate at the Anaheim Cemetery in 1915 and erecting a large business building replacing the old Reiser Opera House in 1917. This is a 1915 portrait

from Hampstadt, Germany, when she joined him in 1857. Kroeger was a well-respected businessman in Anaheim, building the Commercial Hotel in 1872 and Kroeger Hall in 1874. He was elected the second mayor of Anaheim and held that position from 1871 through 1872. This late-1880s, hand-drawn plat map of Anaheim indicates the original layout of the community and the names of the first vineyard owners. Also noted are the types of grapes that were planted on each 20-acre vineyard lot and the years the

community faithfully as its treasurer. Unfortunately, by the mid-1930s, Louise’s ill health and Charley’s poor investments during the Depression had taken their toll. During the city’s audit in July 1939, a shortage of $5,827.95 was traced to Anaheim’s long-trusted treasurer. After tendering his resignation, a physically and emotionally broken Charles was led away to the Orange County Jail. After his death in 1945, no local obituary was ever published for him, the scandal still warm in the

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