Upland in the 1940s, part 2

Continuing Shelby Garrett’s memories of old Upland:

“Over on Foothill at Fifth Avenue was Booth’s Market on the SE corner and a small filling station on the NE corner. In 1948 there was a miniature golf course on the SW side of Foothill and Third Avenue. We had such fun playing there.

“In the early ’50s, over towards Second Avenue on the south side of Foothill, was the Shopping Bag, Upland’s first big supermarket. It was so different from the neighborhood grocery stores we were used to. Jan’s Drive-In to the east of the market was a local spot to hang out.

“On the north side of Foothill from Third Avenue on over to Euclid there was nothing but orange groves. On the south side were groves too, from Second Avenue west to Euclid, until Bob & Dave’s Chevron Station went in on the SW corner of Second and Foothill.

“In 1950, Yum Yum’s Frostee Freeze was put in by Mary Weitzel on Foothill across from the Memorial Park. In their recreation and eating area on the side of the building there was a jukebox. Teenagers went there for great hamburgers, shakes, malts and dancing. The adults got wind of the fun we were having and several of them came in to dance with us often.

“Across Foothill at the ball park, my brother, Kirby, used to announce the ballgames.

“For fine dining, people went to the Magic Lamp (formerly Lucy & John’s) or to the historic Sycamore Inn, both east on Foothill past Grove Avenue.

“In 1951 the Swim Club was built out on West Foothill. They had great folk music by various artists performing around the pool.

“Another unforgettable place was Stinkey’s on the NW corner of Mountain and Foothill. They had the best hamburgers in town and were open all night for the boys and men who went out smudging in the wintertime. Jack, the owner, always had a cigar with a long ash on it in his mouth, but I never saw it fall off into the food.

“Matteo’s Pizza was out on Foothill and Central, as was Lloyd’s. Both great places to eat.”

Hope you enjoyed the piece. Anyone have memories of these places to share, or just general comments on the above?

Two short comments by me: I believe the Shopping Bag building is now Pep Boys; if memory serves, circa 2000, construction exposed a brick wall with a painted sign for Shopping Bag to motorists on Foothill, until further construction covered it up.

Also, the idea that Foothill was lined with groves is hard for us to picture today, but it does explain an odd news item I saw in an old Daily Report (’40s? ’50s?) about a controversial zoning plan to make Foothill a (gasp!) commercial district!

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  • Linda Frost

    This article brings back memories for me, too. I remember the project on the southeast corner of Foothill and Campus. I believe it was temporary war housing. I lived in another government project when I moved into married student housing at UCR. It was similar to the Los Olivos project with duplexes and large grassy areas surrounding it. Back in the 1960s, it was rather Spartan.

    The Long Bar was the place with the best tacos, and the bar was truly long. I was sorry to see it go. Martinezs had the market, too. Santo Lucitos in Cucamonga on Arrow served the Italians.

    My parents had friends with an orange grove in Alta Loma, and I remember going to pick up their irrigator, who lived in one of the houses on Foothill. Gilliland Gardens was the other nursery (Armstrongs being the first) that I remember, and Stinkys the college hangout. Do you remember the roller skating rink in Memorial Park?

    Another thing I remember is that Campus was a dirt road north of Foothill and the dump was way up (to me as a child) above Foothill. One time my father let me ride in the trailer a scary proposition on the dirt road. The safety police would probably arrest us now.

    Going down to downtown Upland, Atwoods Department Store was a regular stop for Girl Scout uniforms. I shopped for my own children there, too. It was sad when it burned down. There was a drug store on that corner, too. In addition, I may be mistaken, memories being what they are, but I remember a sign or something that mentioned the historic trail that went through Upland on 9th Street.

  • Paul Latham

    Actually, Upland’s first Big Market Store was Walker’s Market located at the end of Chaffee St, west of Grove Ave.