Mike Bland, ’65:
"My grandfather Hans Jager and my grandmother had a gas station on Orangethorpe and Brookhurst, shown in the first photo, 1926.
"The second photo shows the Brea Olinda oil fields with my grandfather Jager. He is the 6th one from the left. Not sure of the date but he lived on Gilbert and had 10+ acres there before the 91 Freeway came and took most of it.
"My mom attended Orangethorpe School, Fullerton High and Fullerton JC.
"My dad lived on N. Pritchard just east of the airport. Both parents ended up working for Fullerton Elementary School District at Orangethorpe Elementary School.
"Anyone old enough to remember the oil fields and the old gas station?"
Mike Gaggia, ’67 writes: "Well, I went to Orangethorpe Elementary from 3rd - 6th grade. Teachers: Shelton, Neal, Topik and Bell. There were 2 gas stations at the Orangethorpe/Brookhurst intersection, across from each other. Actually, there was a 3rd on the Owl's Rx corner. One had the old bubble-type gas pump, w/ 10 cent bottled oil. The other 2 were more modern. I remember numerous, old, two-storied homes dotting the area. Definitely from an era gone by. Fun place to grow up, with lots of free-for-the-pickin' fruit. At least I thot it was free---“ 061018.
Paul Saevig, ’67: Did you know that area along Orangethorpe in West Fullerton is where some of the earliest Fullerton homes were built? We usually think of Downtown and Golden Hill as the very oldest parts of Fullerton, but that area in West Fullerton was just as old. It was on the extreme outskirts of town, almost completely rural, and barely even considered Fullerton yet, but it was there with a few houses and many, many groves.
Mike, another thing is that we had a family named Jaeger in West Fullerton, and they lived on the west side of Brookhurst south of Orangethorpe. They had probably the last working farm in West Fullerton. Our Nicolas classmate was Andrea Jaeger, Buena Park High School, Class of 1967. She was very bright , friendly girl and showed some of us her family farm.
"Jager” is close to “Jaeger”, Mike. Is there any possibility our family was related to Andrea’s?
Anyway, yes, I’m sure my great uncles Roxey, Harry and Warren Coffman from Hays, Kansas bought gas at your grandparent’s station throughout the late 1920s and 1930s, at least. All of them invested in real estate and orange groves, and lived in Anaheim, Long Beach and Monrovia, with their youngest brother Scott Coffman in Anaheim: my grandfather. There weren’t all that many gas stations around the vast area of Southern California in those early days. The Coffman brothers' businesses necessitated extensive local travel, and when they drove through Anaheim near Fullerton, or north on the way to Brea, Pomona, La Mirada, Whittier, Pico, Rivera, Los Angeles and all around, that was a gas station they would see sometimes and stop at for gas, or to use the phone.
Remarkable. The world seemed much smaller then. If you lived in any of those smaller towns then -- Fullerton, Anaheim, Brea, La Habra, Garden Grove and others, maybe even Whittier or Santa Ana -- you would know everyone in town, either directly or indirectly, or by sight.