EVENTS & NEWS
Lake Elsinore Historical Society
Receives Official Certificate of Recognition
From California State Senator Jeff Stone
The Lake Elsinore Historical Society was honored to have
John Hunneman, Communications Director for California State
Senator Jeff Stone at its April 7, 2015 meeting.
Mr. Hunneman presented an official Certificate of Recognition to
the Lake Elsinore Historical Society
for its continued preservation of local history
History Was Made In Lake Elsinore Last Week
The following information has been excerpted
from Michael Williams' article in the 3/28/2015
What: U.S. Marines successfully
assembled and dismantled two different types of bridges in
Who: Bridge Company of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion
in the 1st Marine Logistics Group, a wing of the 1st Marine
When: Monday to Friday, March 23-27, 2015.
Where: Lake Elsinore inlet channel adjacent to the
levee and north bank.
Significance: First time such a dual bridge building
exercise has been performed.
This is exciting!
Approximately 100 Marines arrived at 6:00AM on March 23 with 37
trucks of equipment to complete their mission of "bridging gaps"
in Lake Elsinore.
They camped in tents on the levee and dined on Meals Ready To
Eat, just as they would in combat of other activity.
The Marines built a 400 foot Improved Ribbon Bridge consisting
of a series of interlocking pontoons stretching from bank to
bank. Upon completion of this bridge, the Marines drove
their trucks across the channel and proceeded to build a 54 foot
Medium Girder Bridge.
Lake Elsinore is the only spot within 250 miles of Camp
Pendleton where the exercise could be performed.
Assembling both bridges in sequence had not been done before as
a training exercise.
We have mentioned this project at several
meetings and now we want to launch the project.
Several of our members have been making donations and, because
of the need as well as their service to our country, we believe
this is a worthwhile year-round project.
Lake Elsinore Historical Society's Executive Committee has
approved the collection of items for the U.S. Veterans at March
Air Force Base. Their representative had indicated they
need nonperishable food of all types; clothing suitable for
interviews, ie: shirts, slacks, jackets, ties, shoes as well as
socks and underwear, and men's cosmetics.
As the list of needs changes, we will update the list.
Please bring your donations to each monthly LEHS meeting
starting in March. At the end of each quarter, we will
arrange to have the donations taken to March Air Force Base.
Welcome New Member
B. Renee Garofano
Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of having
a group of ten or more former cadets from the Elsinore Naval and
Military School visit the museum.
They spent several hours looking at the ENMS artifacts, visiting
with the LEHS docents on duty, and reminiscing with each other.
What an enjoyable day hearing their stories!
Welcome New Members
Tony Buccella, Nancy Hunzeker, Bob & Suzie
Kent, Ted Leemon, and Pat Starr
Christmas Donation of Food
Thank you for your generosity!
We delivered several boxes of food plus $100
cash to both the
YES Center and HOPE after our December meeting.
Both organizations were very appreciative of our donations
The Chimes Donation
The Chimes donation of inventory came with
very short notice.
We appreciate our members' assistance in packing up the items,
in setting up the sale, as well as visiting the sale at the
The Treasurer will have a report on the proceeds from this
Imogene Lewellen passed away on October 8,
2014, and her services were held on October 15, 2014, with
burial at Riverside National Cemetery.
She had lived in Lake Elsinore for many years and, for the past
few years, had lived in the Apple Valley and Hemet areas.
Imogene was a part of the group who helped Donna Morin organize
the Lake Elsinore Historical Society. She served as the
first treasurer for about four years.
We shall miss her!
Museum Tours Available
During the month of October, we hosted about
100 third-grade students from Elsinore Grammar School and 20 Cub
Scouts and their parents on October 29, 2014.
Tours for students, boy scouts, girl scouts,
cub scouts and special groups are available. Please call
951-678-1537 to make arrangements
Members: Take Note ...
Members must wear their name badges when
attending our meetings or pay a $1 fine. After a
discussion at our September meeting, the members voted to fine
those members who do not wear their name badges.
This is a way of raising extra money to pay our expenses.
There have been discussions over the past few months about the
raffles we have held in the past. It was brought to our
attention that nonprofit organizations must register with the
State of California Attorney General's office and pay yearly
fees to legally conduct raffles.
Should an organization not do so, it is subject to stiff
If you do not have a name badge, please let us know at the next
meeting and a new name badge will be ordered for you.
Main Street Museum
The museum is looking better and better each
week. We had hoped all of the displays would have been
completed by our September 2 meeting; however, the displays are
about 80% complete. After the displays are completed, the
major project we have remaining is the labeling and hanging of
all of our pictures. Fortunately, we have a few male
volunteers who will be helping us with this project in the near
Anyone for a Field Trip?
UPDATE ------ The plans for our field trip are
Details will be available at the October 7, 2014 meeting.
Our June speaker, Steve
Freers, Temescal Canyon High School teacher, who spoke about
Indian petro glyphs, indicated he would conduct a field trip for
us probably in November. It would be a morning trip,
leaving the museum about 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., and last for about
two hours. The cost would be nominal. Please let us
know if you are interested so he can start making plans.
Eike Hohenadl, an active member of the Lake
Elsinore Historical Society, died Friday, April 25, during a
skydive in Arizona after his parachute malfunctioned. We
send our sympathy, our prayers, and our love to Joyce during
this time of bereavement. Eike will be missed.
Election of Officers
The Nominating Committee presented the
following slate of nominees:
Secretary - Joyce Hohenadl
Second Vice President - Floyd Berger
President - Ruth Atkins
Since there were no other nominees for these positions, the
above named will be your officers for these positions for the
next two years.
A NEW LAKE ELSINORE BOOK
"My Life, My Family, My Home, My
is the new book in town written by
Lake Elsinore resident,
businessman, and owner of Elsinore Barber and Beauty Shop on
If you get a chance to read Fred's book, it is very enjoyable
and tells about Lake Elsinore's history during his 54 years in
P.S. Fred's story is written as told to Jeanie Corral
Country" Issues For Sale!
Lake Elsinore Historical Society has
received a donation of issues of "High Country" from Tom
Hudson's family. These publications were printed beginning
in the 1960's and have many wonderful stories for your
The authors include Tom Hudson, Sam Hicks, Al Newhart, Erie
Stanley Gardner and many others.
The covers have paintings by Ralph Love who lived and painted in
Lake Elsinore before moving to Temecula and continuing his
painting in "The Shack".
The issues are new issues and are collectors' items!
Stop by the Grand Avenue Museum and view the covers of the
An 'old and tall'
(Each week The Californian prints "Roses and Raspberries" in one
of their issues.
The article below appeared in the November 20, 2012 issue.)
A rose goes to the folks who raised private funds and worked
collaboratively with the property owner to preserve Lake
Elsinore's Tank House, an unusual building that is as tall as is
is long and believed to date from the 1880's. It was used
to house equipment that pumped mineral water to locals spas from
hot springs that once made the city famous. When the owner
wanted to demolish the building, members of the Lake Elsinore
Historical Society, the Luiseno Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, and others raised money and moved the
building onto land donated for the purpose by the City.
Slapping a historical designation on a property can be a
nightmare for the owner but this community made the process work
like a dream.
(Helping Our People of Elsinore)
HOPE was started in the early 1990's by a group of churches in the
area and manned by volunteers as it is today.
In the beginning, the pastor of each church would take turns
heading up the organization. Ron Hewison was the first
non-pastor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has
managed the organization and it has grown through his
Types of food you are requested to donate:
Beans, Beef Stew, Chili, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Rice, Spaghetti,
Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna
If you have fruit trees, donations of fruit are appreciated.
HOPE does not need cans of vegetables and they can always use
Santa Fe Depot
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, voted to approve the Santa Fe Depot, now
the home of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, as an
historical landmark. The train station was built in 1896 by
the California Southern Railway Company. The station was
used by passengers and for freight shipments of farm products in
its heyday. The Riverside County Historical Commission,
chaired by Joyce Hohenadl, recommended the designation in
1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine
The first fire engine owned
by the City of Lake Elsinore had a broken clutch and it has been
repaired by the City of Lake
Elsinore's Maintenance Crew. It was restored by the Lake
Elsinore Historical Society and
a committee chaired by LEHS Member Russ Burns. We are
delighted it was in the
Put Unity in the Community Parade
held on November 21, 2009 and
was one of the parade's highlights. Elsinore No. 1 is a
beauty and we are very proud to have this treasure to show off
to the community! Presently, Elsinore No.1 resides at Fire
Station #85 at McVicker Park
Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore Next Exit
California State Historic Brown Signs have been
installed by the City of Lake Elsinore. The signs were
erected recently on Interstate 15 at the northbound and
southbound exits to Main Street with arrows pointing to the
City's nostalgic downtown district
Main Street Museum
183 North Main Street
(Use Heald Avenue Entrance)
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Lake Elsinore Historical
Society Museum has returned to
Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore effective May 3, 2014.
All of the artifacts have been returned to the museum and we are
in the process of reassembling the displays. While the
displays are not complete, please come visit, and maybe lend a
hand in recreating the displays of our wonderful and historical
Wednesdays and Saturdays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telephone: (951) 579-4852
If a group wishes to tour the
Museum, please leave a message at (951) 678-1537