EVENTS & NEWS
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.
Grand Avenue Museum
The Executive Committee has decided to close
the Grand Avenue Museum during the month of March. The
return to the Main Street Museum is a huge job and we do not
have enough docents to work at both Grand Avenue and setting up
the displays at Main Street
Main Street Museum Update
At last the work is
finally coming to completion. The first floor of the Cultural
Center will be completed and the first City Council meeting will
be held in the refurbished chambers on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
We anticipate the basement will be cleaned and the carpet laid
the early part of March. After that, we will be cleaning
artifacts and setting up the displays which is a voluminous job.
We hope our April meeting can be held on April 1 -- remember
what day that is -- so we wait and see if it comes to fruition!
means it is time for us to remember those
less fortunate than we are. The Executive Committee is
asking the LEHS members to bring canned food, nonperishable
food, or cash to the November and December meetings.
The food will be shared with HOPE (Help Our People of Elsinore)
and the YES (Youth, Education and Service) Center. The YES
Center is also known as Fishes & Loaves.
Please be generous with your donations. Thank you!
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
a lifetime member of LEHS passed away on
August 29, 2013. She was an active member of the Society when it
was organized in 1996.
Our sympathy to her family.
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
The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of
as the Citizen of the Year
at their January 26 Installation Dinner!
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.
Grand Avenue Museum
(Temporary Location of our Main Street Museum)
15891 Grand Avenue, Suite #1
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Telephone: (951) 579-4952
The new location is in the shopping center at the signal on
Grand Avenue at Ortega Highway and there is plenty of parking.
The museum faces Grand Avenue.
This location is almost directly across the street from the
Elsinore Naval & Military School
Wednesdays and Saturdays - 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Sundays - 1:00PM to 4:00PM
(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
Grand Avenue Museum
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