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What’s Not In Fullerton Any More
Gone with the wind. Please do not copy or transfer. Copyright Paul E. Saevig, 2017. All rights reserved.


1. Kids riding horses through Sunny Hills

2. Kids sliding down the hills along Spadra (Harbor)

3. Orange groves

4. Ranchtown

5. Model Market

6. The Barn

7. Jimmy Smith’s Swim Club

8. The Bastanchury Ranch

9. Melody Inn

10. Open fields where kids can build forts

11. Hale’s Spadra Market

12. Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors on Commonwealth near Richman

13. Buster Brown Shoes

14. Thom McAn Shoes on Orangethorpe near Euclid

15. The Pomona Library

16. Hillside

17. The Snack Shop

18. The Turntable

19. Ray’s Pets

20. Baker's Drugs

21. Wilkinson Drugs

22. J.C. Penney

23. Dal Rae

24. The Mill

25. The Boys Club

26. Gifford’s Stationery

27. Sears Roebuck

28. Boege & Bean

29. Little Brown Mug

30. The Pillowry

31. Fox Fullerton

32. Wilshire Junior High School

33. Ford Elementary School

34. Nick’s Liquor

35. Prather’s Barber Shop

36. Irene’s House of Fashion

37. The Market Basket

38. The Welcome to Fullerton Bridge

39. The steep driveway to SHHS parking lot

40. Thelma Moran’s

41. Hassan’s Flowers

42. Dutch & Jerry’s Market

43. The old FJC baseball field

44. Hunt Food

45. Hughes Aircraft

46. Kohlenberger Engineering

47. Dieter’s Volkswagen Repair

48. Taco Bell across from Fox Fullerton

49. Small to moderate driveways on Valencia Mesa

50. A rustic feeling to Sunny Hills

51. Lexie Marton’e dad’s ice cream shop

52. Frank’s Bike Shop

53. The 2 lane bowling alley on Commonwealth near Harbor

54. Spadra, Nicholas, and other street names

55. Families that were here before about 1950, even before 1900

56. Sam E, Collins law office

57. Roger Hope’s law office

58. Wilshire Market

59. Market on Carhart

60. Schuth Buick

61. Klimpel dealerships

62. American Motors dealership

63. Thrall Motors

64. Gas stations with attendants

65. A lot of kids walking to school

66. Latin classes

67. Relaxed high school students who get plenty of sleep

68. High school boys who work on hot rods

69. Guitar bands with no singers

70. Girls who wore skirts or dresses to school

71. Fullerton Junior College (now Fullerton College)

72. Stores and business that parents of your friends owned

73. Almost all Fullerton businesses owned by Fullerton residents

74. Lots of Fullerton doctors most of us knew, who would usually give us an appointment in a week or less. 

75. Square dancing. 

76. Us. (With not many exceptions.)

77. New houses in Sunny Hills that tastefully blended and harmonized with all the other homes in the neighborhood. 

78. The internationally famous and highly lauded arcade in the front of Fullerton Union High School, unmarred and unchanged, unmutilated.

79. Rancher’s homes every mile or so on major streets, like the home where Leanne Linson’s family lived on South Nicholas (Euclid), or Mrs. Gardiner’s house on West Orangethorpe. 

80. Mooney-Andrews Mens Wear

81. Back Street

82. The packinghouses, including the one where Model Market was later built. 

83. Individually owned and operated barber shops in almost every neighborhood. 

84. Amerige Field where the seats were made of wood, not steel. 

85. Over-The-Line and Work-Ups played at every school field between 8 AM and dusk on Saturdays.

86. Buddies standing around, chatting, joking, having a good time where 1 guy and maybe his dad worked on a car in the driveway or garage. 

87. Cotillion

88. Complete absence of SAT tutoring schools. 

89. Steakhouses.

90. La Chiquita across Spadra (Harbor) from Valencia Drive. 

91. The typewriter repair shop nearby on Spadra. 

92. Rules that all high school students took Physical Education or played sports, except those with medical exceptions. 

93. Rules that all students took four (4) years of English. 

94. Band, orchestra, choir and choral classes, well attended. 

95. Students went to schools in their own neighborhoods, elementary through high school, although some students lived quite a ways across a neighborhood.

96. Grade Point Averages were 0.00 to 4.00, with no confusing, invented, mathematically impossible, jiggered, cooked 4.7 and so forth. 

97. Everyone took many classes together: World History, American History, Civics, Economics, Health Education, Driver’s Education, without separations by “potential”. 

98. Driver’s Education, so all high school students learned how to drive and had instructor-monitored driving experience. 

99. Wood and metal shop taught at every high school, with full enrollment. 

100. The Senior Center at Sunny Hills High School. 

101. People of all ages talking to each other directly, with no IPads or cell phones in sight. 

102. A "Dog House” for variety football players at SHHS, with names written in chalk on a blackboard in the Varsity Room. 

103. Male and female high school tennis players who could hit strong one-handed backhands, and of course forehands, too -- and did on 100% of their shots. 

104. Motorcycle Hill on undeveloped Rosecrans, northwest of SHHS, where riders tried to ride up a steep cliff. 

105. Widespread general understanding of the automobile internal combustion engine powered by gasoline, with minimal electronics. 

106. Chivarees, when Mexican and Mexican-American families would have weddings at St, Mary’s, and afterwards drive in loud processions honking their horns and dragging cans and other objects attached to their rear bumpers; usually on Saturday mornings. 

107. The Book Cellar on East Chapman just beyond Raymond, next door to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. 

108. The duck pond at Hillcrest Park, dearly missed. 

109. Miniature golf course on Orangethorpe at about Raymond. 

110. Laura Scudder plant. 

111. Hawaiian Punch plant. 

112. Moore Business Forms. 

113. Telephone company downtown at Pomona & about Amerige. 

114. Pacific Gas and Electric Company downtown at Wilshire & Highland. 

115. The Olive Tree lunch place on West Commonwealth near Buena Park. (A favorite of city librarians.) 

116. The Palms restaurant with the Jungle, at 1110 East Orangethorpe in Anaheim, on the Fullerton border. 

117. The little market in an old house, on East Commonwealth at about Lawrence.  

118. Ronardo’s at Imperial & North Harbor, southwest corner. 

119. Driving range just north of Ronardo’s. 

120. The TG&Y on North Harbor by East Las Palmas, where Mary Beth worked. 

121. The Village Market, North Basque & Commonwealth, northwest corner. 

122. Biel’s Dry Cleaning, next door. 

123. The baby clothes and doll store, on East Chapman across from the Fullerton College tennis courts and near Newell Place. 

124. The kids’ playground at Wilshire Junior High School at the northeast corner on East Chapman, with a sand lot, a pole kids would climb, a teeter-totter, ropes kids could swing on, and more. Until about 1960 or so. 

125. Drive-up stand for Keys Made While U-Wait, between East Chapman and Commonwealth on Raymond, west side. An enclosed kiosk. 

126. The late 1940s Safeway supermarket on Commonwealth at Richman, next to the French Village. 

127. Behind French Village and St, Mary’s Church, the lumber yard owned by Mr. Cornell Norby. 

128. Shorty the Cowboy

129. Shooting and rifle range on east side of North Spadra/Harbor until about 1958. Approximately where the Municipal Golf Course was built in 1960. 

130. Large pig farm where the Fullerton Municipal Airport was built in 1927. The pig farm was mostly a swamp, and then it became a district sewer area, and then an airport.

131.  Polo field where Golden Hill Elementary School was later built.

132. The Market Basket, on the corner of Commonwealth and Nicholas, with its 1940s bonnet roof, now a U-Haul center.  One could buy a candy bar there for a nickel -- the redemption value of a glass quart soda bottle, which the Market Basket would accept and pay for. [#132-138 from a dear ’67 friend.]
133. The Minute Maid orange juice factory on the RR tracks off Walnut near Highland on the south side of the tracks, visible when looking East from Amerige Park or the back of the Boys' Club.
134. The May Day Festival at St. Mary's Church, where a young girl who was a 6th grade student at St. Mary's school was crowned "Queen of the May", held on the school's athletic field behind the rectory and next to Amerige Park.
135. The athletic field of St. Mary's Church -- now a parking lot.
136. The Williams General Store near the corner of Commonwealth and Spadra (Harbor), with baled hay and feed in the alley behind.  I bought my Levis there in high school and a wonderful heavy duty, split leather jacket lined with real lambs' wool in 1972 before leaving for  college. It was a gem, and I gave it to my son when he went off to college.
137. The turning circle for the Red Car line on Commonwealth near Lemon, between the Williams General Store and the old downtown Post Office -- same side of the street. Last time I visited the site was around 2005, and there was a very small bronze plaque there to mark the spot.
138. The athletic field at Ford Elementary School, where the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) teams played baseball.  And oh yes, the CYO itself.


More to come. Please add more. 

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Ryden RIchardson on February 7, 2018 at 9:10 PM said:

A five and ten cent store at Chapman and Raymond, across from Raymond Avenue School, called something like Garten's (?). This was run by a cigar-chomping merchant by the name of Mr. Garten. This store lives on only in infamy as the only place where I was ever suspected of shoplifting....
Paul Saevig, ‘67 on December 1, 2017 at 6:43 PM said:

Thanks, Dr. Rod, Much obliged for the clarification.

I hope you and all our friends will feel free to offer more, and MORE THINGS THAT AREN'T THERE IN FULLERTON ANY MORE.

After all, who would know, if not us?
Rodney Handsfield, MD. ‘67 on November 30, 2017 at 10:33 PM said:

Cornell's lumber yard was called "Save way Lumber". Shorty the cowboy was named Shorty Dannenhauer. His corrals were located at the very bottom of Arroyo near the Howard's, Cox's and Everly's.

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