Upland (Images of America)

Upland (Images of America)

Donald Laine Clucas, Marilyn Anderson, Cooper Museum

Language: English

Pages: 39

ISBN: 1531645844

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Upland--a more fitting name could not have been chosen. The city is nestled among the foothills at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains--better known to the old-timers as the Sierra Madres. Upland has a rich history, dating back to rancho days of the early 1800s, then through the land boom of the 1880s, into agricultural times, cityhood in 1906, and coming of age in the 20th century. Although the city has changed, Upland has held onto some of its rural atmosphere and charm and remains a beautiful and warm place. Those who visit enjoy it, but those who live within Upland's outstretched arms and the shadow of her peaks truly love it.

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“Whiskerinos” during Pioneer Days. The Upland Red Hill Gun Club apparently participated in a parade during the 1920s with this automobile, as there is the number “22” (a staging number) attached to the top of the vehicle. The club members have adorned the car with some of the birds they bagged on a recent outing in the foothills. Some of Upland’s girls, pictured in 1920, had a good time when they got together. Could that possibly be daddy’s car? The Eymanns appear to be having a tremendous

white dress slightly to the right and to the rear of the official in the white outfit (center). Gena is now Gena Sizoo, senior library assistant of the Upland Public Library. Gena’s father, Gene Higgins (white shirt) is standing to her right. Gena’s grandparents, George and Goldie Kurtz, are standing just behind and to Gene’s right. (UPL.) Seven CAPTURING THE IMAGE OF THE TOWN Some of the pictures on the preceding pages were taken by Upland’s most noted photographer, Edna Swan. Fortunately for

Library, for assistance with photographs from the institutions they represent. My gratitude also goes to Debbie Seracini of Arcadia Publishing for her incredible guidance and to Scott Davis of Arcadia for his help in making certain I got the photographs done the right way. And, as always, thanks to my wife, Joanie, also an author, who helped with the editing of this book and has continually given me her support through every project I have taken on. Unless otherwise noted, all images appear

down in order to make room for a new facility. (UPL.) This view looks north on Second Avenue in the downtown area during the 1890s. (UPL.) By the early 1900s, the view of Second Avenue had not changed much. (UPL.) The fire of December 1912 was devastating to the downtown merchants of Upland. What was then called the “Big Fire” began in Roy Creighton’s garage, burning several vehicles inside the building. The inferno spread until it destroyed the entire area from Second Avenue east to Third

getting ready to battle a blaze. The opening day for the new U.S. Post Office on Ninth Street between Second and Third Avenues was a grand affair. At one time, mail was delivered by a Ford Model T. In 1922, city carrier service was begun. (UPL.) Many Uplanders might remember Pancho, the unofficial mascot of the Upland Post Office during the 1950s. Mailman Charles Deverts is delivering the mail with Pancho in 1950. The Nazarene Church began its work in Upland in 1906, the year of the city’s

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