In the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic we recall a parallel time in our town replayed here from the pages of the Lemon Grove Review. There was nothing simple about Easter weekend in The Big Lemon when local controversies vied with the Cold War for headline space. L’Affaire Bunny: The Easter Bunny hopped for some 3,000 Lemon Grove kiddies after an eleventh hour save by local business women, spearheaded by Mrs. Robert Browne, who snagged $100 in donations in a single morning.
The Way We Were Series
The Great Ladies of May – The way we were
In May, 1964 Dr. Amorita Audree Treganza, the pioneering children’s eye doctor, was crowned San Diego’s Woman of the Year in a ceremony held by the President’s Council of Women’s Service Clubs at the Hotel Del Coronado. Honorees were selected for their achievements in business or profession and service to their communities.
1952: Lemon Grove’s Long March – The way we were
A further look back at the drive for cityhood.The Fringe Fights Back: Lemon Grove was called a “fringe area” on the border of San Diego. But, despite this pejorative, a lack…
1949: A Distant Spring – The way we were
A look back at Lemon Grove 69 years ago in April, when “Grovians” worked to build their town in the post-war world.
1949: Comfort Zone – The way we were
1949: Comfort Zone A look back at Lemon Grove 69 years agoThe fabled Lemon Grove Review competed with another weekly, the Lemon Grove Homeland News published by H. C. Reed and edited by Robert…
The Tumbleweed Wars Revisited – The way we were
The Tumbleweed Wars RevisitedT Day: They fought on the lawn. They fought in the orchard. They fought on the street. They never surrendered. It was hunt down and obliterate the dreaded Salsola…
1952: Oh Little Town of Lemon Grove – The way we were
1952 – Oh Little Town of Lemon GroveA Tree Grows in Lemon Grove: The Lemon Grove Business Women’s League was on the march. It was Christmas 1952 and once again the…
Once There Were Cows – The way we were
At age 40 in political years (125 since official naming), Lemon Grove is looking back at its noble agrarian past and its unique persona as an urban-rural enclave, and wiping…
Driving the Snakes Out of Lemon Grove – The way we were
Driving the Snakes Out of Lemon GroveBy New Year’s Day, 1976, after a year-long struggle to clear the path toward cityhood, Lemon Grove was still in the trenches, essentially friendless…
1977: Home of the “Worlds Biggest Lemon” Becomes a City – The way we were
A small town in a mass society must exert its identity with particular vigor. Spunk is a minimum requirement.