How to know you’ve lived here a long time

Complete this sentence, as many times as you like:

You know you’ve lived in the Inland Valley a long time if you remember when…

(* This post is getting such strong response, I’m going to leave it up top here an extra day.)

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  • Will Plunkett

    … Haven and Foothill was a 4-way stop.

    … you had a rotary phone with “714” on it.

    … eucalyptus trees outnumbered Starbucks locations.

    [Exactly what I was hoping for, Will. Thanks. — DA]

  • John E. Bredehoft

    …there was a place called Licorice Pizza that didn’t sell food.

    …you had to tell all of your out-of-area friends that your area code would no longer be 714.

    …you were amazed that they were adding a second story to Montclair Plaza.

    …Haven Avenue marked the eastern extent of the settled part of Rancho Cucamonga.

    …the placement of an IHOP in Upland was controversial. (I happened to be at the City Council meeting where Rosalie Kamansky asked the IHOP representative if the blue roof was really necessary.)

    [All of these are based upon my arrival in Southern California in 1983. I’m sure that many of your readers can easily top these — presumably there was a time when even the FIRST story of Montclair Plaza didn’t exist.]

    [John, you have the right idea. And even if somebody got here in 2009, they can still find something to miss. — DA]

    • Winner

      I was there at the meeting where the legendary Rosalie asked that! She was right! God bless that sweetheart

  • Ramona

    Oh, me. Where to begin. I’ll start it all of with memories of Pomona:

    You know you’ve lived in the Inland Valley a long time if you remember when…

    Pomona High School burned.

    there were no freeways.

    events were held in the Greek Theater in Ganesha Park.

    the Fox Theater showed movies.

    it was safe to walk around town after dark.

    kids played on front porches in the summer time.

    That’s with just two cups of coffee. Can’t wait to see what other old-timers come up with.

  • Jeff Gaul

    …the House of a Million Items was a fun place to explore.

    ….Woolverton Volkswagen was a successful car dealership on Mountain Ave.

    ….Taco Lita at San Antonio and Holt served up some pretty good fast food.

    ….the Chaffey High School fans sat in the North bleachers.

  • Bob House

    Tectonic forces along the San Andreas Fault created Mt. Baldy.

    There were orange groves and smudge pots

    We had back-yard incinerators

    Chino, Corona and Cucamonga were provincial backwaters

    There was a Currys ice cream shop in Redlands

    When the San Bernardino (I-10) freeway was built

    [I’d like to see somebody top Bob’s first item about tectonic forces! — DA]

  • RB

    I remember when we had a hitching post in front of our house on West Monterey Avenue in Pomona. Also remember seeing a steam locomotive traveling north on White Avenue near Holt. Approximately 1946.

  • Linda Biscardi

    You know you have lived here a long time when you remember:

    Irish nuns teaching you at St.Joseph’s Upland and hearing them converse with each other in Gaelic while teaching us prayers for Mass in Latin. (and going home to hear Italian spoken).

    Having your first McDonalds hamburger at an 8th grade graduation party when they were selling for 25 cents (or so I heard).

    the “Shopping Bag” grocery store on Second and Foothill in Upland.

    downtown Upland when the only bar there was the “Sea Cove” and maybe your dad stopped in there once in a while. And Coronets (sp?) was the ultimate store. It sold everything and had cool wooden floors.

    The All States Picnic on the 4th of July. Free candy and free Sunkist lemonade and orange juice without your mom saying “no more”!

  • Elena Gill

    When you gave out your phone number, instead of 982-5555, you said YUKON-5555.

    As a kindergartner I could walk to school by myself, from Grove & 9th to Upland Elementary.

    Gas was 25 cents a gallon.

    A movie at the Grove was 50 cents.

    Kids didn’t know what designer shoes or clothes were.

    My house was surrounded by lemon groves and quail would cross the street.

    My sister knows she has been living here too long when she saw her kindergarten picture in the Cooper Museum.

    [Ha ha. Thanks, Elena. — DA]

  • Tricia Boss

    …when there was open space between each town.

    …when Cucamonga was not a Rancho — sheep grazed the open fields in the spring — and grapes hung from all the vines

    …when the northern area of La Verne was only citrus, not homes

    …when the so called 210 freeway was something that would never happen

    …when downtown Claremont was quiet on a Sunday afternoon cause all the stores were closed

    …the list could go on and on.

    [And will, I hope. — DA]

  • JMac

    ….your childhood playground consisted of countless fruit groves.

    …getting to the beach was via Carbon Canyon Rd.

    ….watching my grandfather burn his trash, in his aforementioned backyard incinerator (Thanks Bob).

    ….riding the Flying Fish and hanging out all day on the Magic Carpet Ride in the Fun Zone at the Fair.

    …there was a big blue fiberglass mako shark amongst the swings and slides in Ganesha Park.

    …going to Grangers Party shop for all our Halloween needs.

    ….during the summer, leaving the house in the morning to play in the neighborhood, and not returning home till dark, or whenever I got hungry, and mom not being worried one bit.

  • Louise

    …..going to the movies at the Montclair Theater on Holt Ave.

    … at Sears, JJ Newberry, Zodys and having ice cream at Betsy Ross at the Indian Hill Mall

    …..friends who owned/ran gas stations at Indian Hill and Kingsley Avenue (Texaco the Wake’s and 76 the Magri’s)

    …..when we attended junior high, not middle school

    …..breakfast at the Thunderbird bowling alley at Mountain and the I-10

    …..getting a free ticket to the LA County fair in elementary school

    …..the annual Christmas Parade along Second Street in Pomona as a child

    …..taking Brea Canyon Road to Disneyland before the 57 Freeway

    …..graduation cermonies from Pomona High School were held at the LA County Fair grandstand

    …..when Bonelli Park was known as Puddingstone and Raging Waters was still just an idea

    …..when the Ontario Speedway was built and later demolished

    …..when dairies surrounded where I work and not cement buildings (within the last 20 years)

    Thanks for the chance to walk down memory lane….

    [You’re welcome, Louise. — DA]

  • shirley patrick

    Having moved to Ontario on west D st when I was 10 in 1944 I remember going to the Ontario library on the corner of D and Euclid and going downstairs to the children’s library and then climbing the big outside stairs between the big pillars to the Adult area. Miss Alberta Schaeffer was the head Librarian and she was very friendly and always greeted patrons. There was an area that we could not go in but the library was a great learning area for me as a kid.

    There are many other great memories. We would walk home after high school and stop at Cookie’s Ice cream for a cone. Sometimes we would stop at Logan’s by the Granada theatre and talk to OK Delman, “the candy man.” He would give us a taste of what he was making.


  • Marlene

    …you went to Chaffey High School and your friends who lived in Cucamonga were bused in because there wasn’t enough room at Alta Loma High School

    …you bought your back to school clothes at JM McDonald’s Dept. Store or Atwood’s

    …you could get a scoop of Thrifty’s ice cream for 10 cents

    …to research a paper for school you had to go to the library or use (gasp!) an encyclopedia!

  • Lynn

    There was a “House of Fabrics” and a “Cloth World” in the same shopping center at Mountain and 4th Street.

    Alpha Beta and Market Basket were the only grocery stores around.

  • Sharon

    …when the milk man left milk at the door. Our house in Pomona was built in 1941 and still has a state-of-the-art built-in door/pass-through made specifically for the exchange of an empty milk bottle for a full milk bottle. The milk man opened a little door from the outside of the house (near the back door; the milk man had to park in the alley) to take the empty bottle and leave a bottle of fresh milk. The home owner opened a door from the inside of the house to grab the bottle of fresh milk!

    …when I actually worked at Taco Lita on San Antonio and Holt! The first task I learned was to pick out the little stones occasionally found in the huge bags of dried pinto beans! I’d scoop the dried beans onto a trashcan lid, spread them out to look for the little stones and pick them out. Hope no one ever broke a tooth on the refried beans!

    …when the Pomona Clinica Medica on Garey Avenue and the 10 Freeway used to be the Pomona Cottage Hospital (where I was born).

    …when Nash’s was one of the best stores in Pomona. The family joke is that we still have boxes from Nash’s that we use for wrapping Christmas presents. Hey, they were strong boxes with sturdy lids! No need to put them in landfill!

  • Bob Terry

    I used to sit with my grandfather, James Andrade, at the railroad crossing on Palomares St. in a tower looking for oncoming trains. Then he would climb down the steps and manually lower the crossing gate. This was in the off season when he wasn’t working the orange groves.

  • Fred Henderson

    Hi All: My answers:

    –wearing a poppy on Veterans Day

    –going out to the Valley, Mt. Baldy, or Ramona Drive-ins to watch the latest James Bond movies, after eating dinner at Stinkeys

    –taking flowers to departed relatives at Pomona Cemetery on Memorial Day

    –the train that ran along Grove Ave., by Memorial Park, through the Foothill Knolls and on to Cucamonga Mesa Growers on 19th for a load of lemons, oranges, etc.

    –going to the Central Market in Upland to get some of the best beef and visit with Joe and Harold

    –seeing how fast your car would go over the dips on Baseline (when it was still two lanes and no seat belts) between Mills and Benson and keep your lunch down

    Thanks to all,

    Fred Henderson
    Everett, WA

  • Kristin McConnell

    I only arrived in Pomona in 1997, then into Ontario in 2001, so I’m a newbie. But, here’s what I’ve noticed:

    You know you’ve been here a long time if you remember:

    –when there were open, thriving antique stores in B Street in Ontario

    –Molly’s was the Saturday morning breakfast spot. We only had to walk four blocks from our house on C Street.

    –Iron Skillet was run by Tommy.

    –There were OPEN businesses and buildings on Euclid.

    –The four craftsman houses on B Street, across from the old Police Station and the Fire Station in Ontario.

    –The Ontario police WERE in downtown Ontario.

    –The Downtown Association of Ontario.

    –When Antique Row in Pomona didn’t have the Dr. Seuss colors on the whole block (not that it looks bad, it was just very different)

    I think that’s about all I can come up with. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brent

    …shopping at the Mayfair Market on Foothill in Cucamonga.

    …the urban legend about Red Hill resident, and future Baseball Hall of Fame member, Rollie Fingers.(He once threw a golf ball through a brick wall!).

    …the planned community of Diamond Bar was being built, and it had a big Diamond Bar branding iron out front (wood?).

    …when LAX was fogged in and planes were diverted to ONT. Buses lined up at the terminal to take passengers into LA.

    …Helm’s bakery trucks made home deliveries

    …the red brick at Alta Loma HS hadn’t yet been painted.

    …our jr. high school principal measured just how short girls’ mini skirts were, to check for dress code violations.

    …the mini-riot at ALHS (1970?) due to “Chicano” – white tension.

    …Cucamonga got its first white fire engine.

    …the Denver Broncos held their training camps at Cal Poly for several years in a row.

    …JC Penney in the Montclair Plaza carried tools, bicycles, etc…

  • Warren

    I don’t live in Upland anymore, but I remember:

    When the city council did not want the golden arches at McDonalds

    Coy Estes was a sergeant on the police depatment

    The DMV was Bill’s Ranch Market

    The auditorium at Upland High School was built

    Foothill Knolls subdivision was built and only went to 14th Street and the vineyards still occupied three sides of Foothill and Vineyard. I also remember the smell of the smudge pots.

  • Dave

    ….when King Cole Market burned down

  • Warren

    Oh yeah, I forgot, I remember when the Pomona freeway ended at Euclid Ave in Ontario and you could count the number of cars on one hand that you saw between Euclid and the 605 freeway.

    Not only was the area code 714, but the phone numbers began with two letters (YU for Yukon)

  • Dee

    ……I remember when it was not unusual to see horses tied up outside the drug store in Chino. People would ride down Pipeline to get ice cream at Thrifty’s, or pick up a few things at Alpha Beta.

    …….Sometimes you would have to drive behind a tractor that was driving from one field to another.

  • Mary Grasso

    I remember that I was born at home in Ontario on Second Ave. Raised in the same place on Second Ave Upland and never moving.

    Stowell Street was our skating rink

    The day at Chaffey High when the girls showed up in white shirts, saddle oxfords and Levis and had to spend the day in the Auditorum because it wasn’t the right dress code.

  • Will Plunkett


    … when 19th St. between Alta Loma and Upland would flood, and some cars were lost in heavy rain.

    … when you have several choices of comic book shops (M&W Cards and Gems, The Comic Room, The Comic Bookie, Funtime Comics & Fantasy, a place I can’t recall in La Verne, plus most mini-marts) around the area.

    … the lemon and orange groves and the chicken ranches around the area.

    … church fairs around the same time of the year, every year.

    … Upland’s downtown chalk festival (near Atwood’s where you got various Boy Scout gear), and its ‘strict’ rules for drawing.

    … you have to ask “which one?” when someone asks about fires along the foothills.

  • Pam McNeil

    Lots of “oh, yeah” moments – thanks, David.

    – – Going to the Granada Theatre for the free Saturday morning movies and stopping first at Thrifty’s for penny candy.

    – – When Chaffey College was planned to be in the middle of nowhere and the visionaries said it would soon be in the middle of everything – which it is.

    – – Green Memorial Hospital in Upland – a 9-bed hospital on the northeast corner of Euclid and 9th.

    And I’m envious of Shirley Patrick’s memories of the Ontario Library — even the Librarian’s name!!!

  • Ronald Scott

    When I lived in Chino we had to go to Montclair or Ontario to see movies.

    When Boomers was Bullwinkles

    When Chino Hills was nothing but make-out spots.

    When the words “Green Mist” gave you the chills

    Gemco was on Walnut and Central

    Pioneer Chicken was in the Gemco Center

    The words “Cooper House” would cause everybody to whisper in hushed tones.

    Aerojet was just these 2 bright lights in Chino Hills.

    When the Wonder Bread Factory would make you drool as you drove by smelling fresh baked bread.

  • John Clifford

    While I grew up a little west of here (SGV), some of these will still apply.

    * The only TV Channels were 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13

    * The big deal that was made when UHF began (everyone needed new TVs or Converters–sound familiar?)

    * Black and White TV and the subsequent arrival of color TV

    * Dick Lane (Whoa Nelly) and wrestling and roller derby (Go T-Birds) on channel 5.

    * Engineer Bill “Red Light, Green Light” (Channel 9)

    * Chucko the Birthday Clown (Channel 5)

    * Sheriff John (Channel 11)

    * Popeye and Friends starring Tom Hatten drawing Squiggles (Channel 5)

    * Bozo (Channel 5)

    * Taco Bell, everything on the menu was 15 cents (oh, and did you notice you never saw any cats around there?)

    * Driving east on Foothill (Route 66) and coming up on Henry’s Chicken In The Rough which looked like a flying saucer

    * The washes were not concrete but just wooded streams

    * San Dimas Canyon Park was way out in the wilderness

    * The Thunderbird on top of the sign for the bowling alley

    * Johnny Catron and the Catronjammer Kids big band (and also his Volkswagen dealership)

    * Tate Cadillac in the most modern building around (again flying saucer shaped–or maybe I was a space nerd)

    * Being warned about being careful in the LA County Fair Fun Zone because people will “knife” you.

  • Bob House

    When. . . you worked at the Redlands Post Office before Chester Reed, who just retired at 95.

  • Shelley

    Your responses to David’s question were heartwarming, reminiscent of my childhood in the Midwest. I’ve been in the Southern California area for the past 30 years and I am contemplating moving to Pomona. I’ve stumbled upon this website while researching life in Pomona. Your comments are of a more simple life, a less complicated time where conversations such as this might be had after church on a lazy Sunday morning. Our world is different today, and I might beg the question, “what is it like to live in Pomona today?”

    [You could get a whole range of responses to that, from happy to horrified. I’d recommend you check out a couple of the blogs in the Other Blogs of Interest section, M-M-M-My Pomona and Goddess of Pomona, for their take, bearing in mind that all the contributors live in the same neighborhood, Lincoln Park. — DA]

  • shirley wofford

    I remember when I went shopping for a house in 1964. I told an agent that we did not have the $1000 necessary for the down payment and closing costs, but we would have it by the time escrow closed. We found a house we liked in Montclair, went to the Bank of America with the seller, and filled out our application. We were living in our own home within 60 days. Those $119/month payments were really scary, but we knew if we didn’t take the jump, we would be paying rent forever. We still live in this old tract home (and still have the same phone number).

  • Scott Christiansen

    When Rhino Records was a little place to buy your favorite LP. For 40 cents I bought a used album of Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival and Otis Redding was the flip side. It’s still a great place to buy your favorite CD.

    [I have that LP! — DA]

  • La Verne Native

    You know you’ve lived in the Inland Valley a long time if you remember…

    … watching movies at the La Verne drive in theater (bonus if you remember your parents making you go in your pajamas in case you fell asleep)

    … shopping at one of the stylish Miller’s Outposts

    … celebrating your birthday at Farrel’s and eating a Pig’s Trough

    … when the Bagelry in La Verne used to be a bank (I think it was Security Pacific)

  • Chase

    I remember The Ontario Daily Report, our local newspaper.

    While living in Pomona, going to work in Hacienda Heights via Holt, Pomona, and Valley Blvd. (past Moo Hill, the feed lots) and then hopping on the 60 Freeway for the last leg which stopped in Rowland Heights at Fairway Drive.

    Crunching down on a pebble in my Taco Lita burrito which I ate way too many of while going to Cal Poly Pomona. Lucky we didn’t sue in those days.

    Having an old incenerator left in my back yard in Upland that was against the law to use.

    There were at one time nine grocery stores on Foothill Blvd. in Upland from Central to Grove.

    I remember the Thrifty ice cream for a nickel a scoop and gas costing 19 cents a gallon, although that was in a gas war competing with 21 cents a gallon.

    The sign, Upland Population 19,000.

  • michele

    BC Cafe in Claremont was a Howard Johnsons restaurant and there was a Sambos across the street.

    When Walter’s in Claremont was the cool funky hangout and coffee was cheap.

    The Claremont roundabout.

    Rancho was mostly still vineyards and you could spend a Saturday afternoon wine tasting at the local wineries.

    Farrell’s ice cream in the parking lot of Montclair Plaza.

  • Andy

    You know you’ve lived in the Inland Valley a long time if you remember when there was an Air Museum on Foothill Blvd.

    Being born & raised in Pasadena we seldom came “over the hill” unless it was for Sunday drives through the orange groves on the way to Riverside. I remember driving along Baseline, my Dad and Mom in the front seat and us three kids in the back. Dad would speed up and everytime there was a bump we would hit our heads on the top of the car.

  • Pete Van Ginkel

    When there was no Daily Bulletin…… was either the Progress Bulletin or Daily Report.

  • Michael Johnson

    WOW. Some great memories on this blog. My 2 cents:

    – Mt. Baldy drive-in theatre in La Verne

    – Fedco on Indian Hill (directly below the 10 Frwy)

    – Bubble Gum ice cream at Betsy Ross on Holt

    – Wherehouse Records on Indian Hill

    – 5 cent single scoop ice cream at Thrifty’s

    – Hughes Market (site of the old PHS that was burned down – by the Vice

    – Emerson “Junior High” was 7th, 8th & 9th grade

    – Taking swimming lessons at Pomona Swim School (on Kingsley) from a nice old guy named Herb

    – Ralph’s Barber Shop on Mission (moved to San Antonio and Mission when they built the Senior Apts.). There was also a bar next door and I would try to peek inside when I was just a kid

    – Bought my first car at Pomona Valley Datsun (Holt and East End)

    – Used to ride my old Honda ZA50 over at Claude Osteen’s Motorcycle Park

    – The Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino was a great venue for a concert

    – Attending Cal Jam and Cal Jam II at the Ontario Motor Speedway

    – Driving to Alta Loma seemed like a half-day car ride

    – Espiau’s Chips and Salsa (Holt Blvd)

    – Red Devil Pizza (Towne & Holt)

    – Leaving Chaffey College after a night class. Go south on Haven, put the car in neutral, and almost be able to coast all the way to the 10 freeway

    – White Front on Mountain

    Thanks for the memories, Dave!

    [Likewise, Michael! — DA]

  • Maribel Quesada

    How ’bout the Sir George’s buffet on Garey at La Verne…now it’s a church.

    Next door is an Alfredo’s that was a Del Taco.

    30 year old Pomona resident since 1978

  • Dan Mellon

    Living in Cucamonga meant you had to drive to Upland for absolutely everything!

  • Clark Burnett

    When my parents purchased a home in Ontario back in 1952 when I was 5 years old, the back yard had several large orange trees. All part of the citrus belt area. Area around their home was covered with orange groves. Now, it’s very difficult to find an orange tree or orange grove in the area.

  • John Corder

    I remember the chicken ranch on San Antonio and Phillips, Zimbels baseball team, putting large blocks of Ice in the plunge at Washington park, the nickle arcade game at Thrifty’s drug store, a gunfight game or the vacuum tester they had, the 60 freeway being built and we lived on south San Antonio ave. when I was in second grade and riding my bike up on the freeway, k-wow hills behind the radio station, the Christmas tree being put up at the mall in Pomona and being so excited, meeting Robin (I don’t know where Batman was) at some place in Pomona, the raceway that opened next to the train tracks on Mills, seeing “The Ten Commandments” at the drive-in, the 5 legged cow at Scott Brothers dairy, taking the keys from the milk trucks, getting a Tastee Freeze T-shirt, and my Dad working at Freightliner in Pomona.

  • Tim Rennegarbe

    You know you’ve lived in the Inland Valley a long time if you remember when…you saw your next door neighbor (in Ontario) slaughtering a steer in his back yard.

  • Micheal L. Pryor

    How about when Foothill and Vineyard was a “hot spot” with a bowling alley on the south side of Foothill, and a roller rink north on Vineyard?

    Haven and Foothill was a vineyard?

    The Mall was at Indian Hill and Holt?

    When every north-south street in Alta Loma and Cucamonga (they were separate towns then) became rivers when it rained?

  • Karen Politovich Brown

    I remember playing in the vacant lot at Flora and Mountain in Ontaro that later became Woolverton VW.

    We used to go the Valley Drive-in in our PJs, and next to the playground there were monkeys in cages. Across the street there was a BBQ place, don’t know the name because we just called it “the little barbecue place.” There were murals of cowboys and roundups on the walls. The food was great!

    Also remember when the Chaffey tiger statue was in the quad in front of Gardiner Spring auditorium. One year, 1972 I think, our rivals (Redlands?) painted it pink.

    I went to San Antonio elementary school, and for the first 3 years we only had a dirt lot to play in. We had book and bake sales to fund the seeding of the lawn. Oh, the skinned knees! When they tore it down in 1975 they left the facade up for about 2 days. At night you could see the stars through the windows! For someone who had just discovered pot, it was a “wow, deep, man” moment. (Those days are long past!)

    Thanks for the memories, Dave and all.

    [You’re welcome, Karen. Based on local lore, I think the BBQ joint you refer to was the Rockette. — DA]

  • Fred Henderson

    Hi Dave and readers: Forgot one item — you’re old when you can remember the Crossroads market at Garey and La Verne (southeast corner).

    Fred Henderson

  • Dwight Siebert

    I remember: The Band Box with the John Buzon Trio, The Alibi and Ma at the piano, Saritas, The Hull House, GEORGE’S White Way Market (George always let us sit and read the comic books even if we didn’t buy a soda pop).

    Mel’s 19 cent hamburgers and the previously mentioned Taco Lita (5 tacos for a dollar). Cruisin’ Henry’s, Lyle Kendall’s Union 76 and his two great mechanics Des & Lou (They never failed to get Dad’s car running again after he tried to tune it up himself).

    Delivering the Progress Bulletin from a bicycle, riding all over the smoggy Pomona Valley then wondering why your lungs burned so bad the rest of the day.

    Mr. Hirayama, the wood shop teacher at Marshall, he had eyes in the back of his head. You never got away with anything in his class.

    Pomona Police Officer “Zip” giving you a warning when you really deserved a citation.

    I remember when Ganesha High School was on Ganesha Blvd.

    Don’t forget the Thrifty Drug lunch counter and Treasure Island gift shop, The Orange Belt Emporium, all on 2nd St.

    My favorite restaurant, Domenico’s on Foothill in Claremont, Dom was always singing in the kitchen.

    Too bad we didn’t realize it then, those were the “Good Old Days.”

  • ray

    filling your tank at Jimmy’s, Richfield, Exxon, Flying “A”, Texaco or Phillips “66” gas stations, The Roller Palladium, Roy’s Liquor Stores, Jenkins Market, TG&Y stores, Pomona Hi/Elk’s #789 tournament @ Ralph Welch Park, swim lessons @ old Bonita High (now Damien).

  • boomer

    i am 55 and lifelong pomona resident [garey class of 72].

    pomona had commuter service via scheduled helicopter route to/from ontario and los angeles and points between. the first helipad in the late 50s was between the railroad tracks of pomona road next to the corona expressway. later in the early 60s moved downtown next to the sp passenger depot.

    scott bros. actually had a dairy on philadelphia st.

    there was a chicken egg ranch between towne and san antonio off of hunt ave.

    and sheltons had their turkey ranch across san antonio from where simons jr. high is today.

    washington park and ganesha park plunges had 10 meter diving boards. rite of passage from chicken to braveheart for a boy was climbing that tall ladder and diving off the 10 meter board.

    entertainment abounded in pomona: 3 bowling alleys, 2 family billiard parlors, miniature golf, palm lakes, mountain meadows [goat hill] golf courses; 2 movie theatres and 2 slot car tracks. every town had a downtown theatre besides 3 drive-in theatres.

    banks closed at 3pm except fridays and were closed saturdays; stores [ceptin drug stores] closed at 5pm [9 on fridays] ; everything was closed sunday til noon for church services. there were no atms.

    thanksgiving weekend was the BEGINNING of the christmas season. students celebrated christmas break and easter break.

    you collected blue chip stamps and s&h stamps with each purchase to be redeemed for ‘free’ stuff. this led to blue chip bowling with the colored pins on saturday nites.

    local schools gave students ‘free’ tickets to the county fair.

    a gas station employee pumped your gas and washed your windows looking under the hood also, if you wanted him too.

    only the major streets [mission, 5th, and garey] had traffic signals at a few intersections.

    i guess i could go on and on. and, HELL YES, despite advances in technology, science, and medicine, those were the good old days. disneyland, knotts, a dodger game, just eating out on friday night [payday] were special treats. life was simpler.

    [Of course, today we have blogs… DA]

  • Louis Di Donato

    I remember driving up with my family to Mt. Baldy and seeing nothing but citus groves from about Fourth Street to the dam. The further north you went the groves went from being orange trees to lemon trees. I remember very early on when there was nothing but orange groves at the end of west Flora Street. This would put in the mid-1950s.

    If you ask any of the really oldtimers about the citrus industry the first thing most will tell you is about lighting the smudge pots.

    I remember King Cole Market at the corner of Holt and San Antonio and Shady Grove Dairy (originally OU Dairy) just down street from there. There use to be a statue of a cow outside the dairy.

  • Ron Prado

    I remember when Ontario Motor Speedway was not only home for the Ontario 500 but also held the biggest concerts, The California Jams 1&2.

    I also remember driving through south Ontario and getting your car windows wet from the drizzle from the Sunkist plant.

    Ontario had the best hot dog stand around on Euclid and Holt Blvd. They had the best Chili Dogs.

    I remember Taco Lita on fourth street and the taco on a bun.

    I remember the Brookside Winery and the town of Guasti. (Shame on Ontario for its demise!!!)

  • boomer

    dave, tell ron prado the taco in a hamburger bun was called as lita burger and the best thing about taco lita. i worked at one in pomona when i was 15. friday nites were 5 for a dollar night on tacos/tostados. also, when der wienerschnietzel first opened mustard dogs were 19 cents!

    the little greasy spoon called the “apex” cafe [east side of garey just south of 3rd] had the BEST straight chili in the valley.

    kress and woolworths had soda fountains and thrifty drug had a small restaurant in back on 2nd street. orange julius stood alone. best for dogs pre derwiener. badens was the fancy downtown restaurant on garey between 2nd/3rd. robbies came later. roy’s liquor/deli [shielas pawn] had a dinette in back; also the best beef dips wrapped in brown paper.

  • Jim

    I remember when Pomona had at least two free-standing Orange Julius stands. One was on the NE corner of Garey and La Verne Ave and the other was at Mission and Dudley. Both buildings are still standing but have been taco stands for decades now.

    I worked at Taco Bell on Mission and remember clearly the busy 5 for $1 taco nights…in direct competition with Taco Lita a few blocks west at Mission and White.
    And the dinette that “boomer” remembers was Greene’s Deli. All their food at Greene’s was great but I have to argue that the best beef dips were at Tony’s which is still operating today at San Antonio and 3rd.

    [That they are: 52 years strong. — DA]

  • Charles Bentley


    Having recently returned from vacation, this is my first chance to respond to your blog topic. Love what I’ve seen thus far.

    … when Grove Avenue did not run through John Galvin Park.

    … when Los Monitos had just one location on Holt Boulevard and both the food and the service was terrific.

    … when the post offices in Upland, La Verne and Guasti were small and the service friendly.

    … when the drive up Haven Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to Chaffey College was both picturesque and peaceful (day and night!).

    … when Vineyard Avenue was surrounded by (you guessed it) vineyards.

    … when there was a roadside rest stop off the I-10 near Fontana.

    … when a trip to Chino often resulted in bringing home corn, strawberries, black-eyed peas and other farm-fresh produce.

    … when your boy scout troop hiked up Euclid Avenue and camped overnight in 24th Street Park.

    … when your parents could drop you and your sister off at the movie theater (the Grove, the Granada, the Fox) on a Saturday morning and not worry until it was time to pick you up that afternoon.

    … when the area had a multitude of cafeterias (Crystal, Hollander, Clifton’s) and smorgasbords (Griswold’s, Sir George’s, Bit O’ Sweden) that families could enjoy.

    … when the Chaffey High School marching band was so big it used to outnumber many of the visiting football teams (and their fans!) that came to Graber Field.

    … when there was bottle art and poetry placed along the roadside on the drive up to Victorville.

    Thanks to one and all who have contributed to this post!

    {Excellent contributions as always, Charles. — DA]

  • DeAnna

    I remember when…

    … the corner of Palo Verde and Central Ave had a 76 Union gas station with pumps that had to be reset after the attendant pumped the gas for you.

    ….when Saratoga Park was just an empty field that Papa Joe use to drive through to come visit us ๐Ÿ™‚

    ….when Montgomery Wards used to be North of the Montclair Plaza.

    ….Nana telling me stories of early years in Montclair, and how excited she was when Montclair Plaza went up…and me wondering a second level?? how are they going to find enough tenants for all that store space.

    Thanks David for starting the trip down memory lane.

  • Regina Garcia

    Still a newbie (1976), but…

    RC when …

    Blowing Santa Ana winds at the corner of Baseline & Archibald made it look like it was snowing feathers from the chicken ranch on the NE corner?

    You gave visitors directions that said: “Go north on Archibald until you see the Alpha Beta grocery store and turn right.”

    You could ride your bike on Baseline and cross over railroad tracks?

    There was only one library at Lions Center on Baseline and how exciting it was when it moved to the “new” building on Archibald?

    City Hall was located in several different offices & buildings on Baseline?

    Sheep grazed where Victoria Gardens is located?

    IE when:

    Dressing in your Christmas finery and attending the Santa Breakfast at Buffum’s in Pomona?

    Montclair Plaza was an open shopping mall?

    People still lived in Guasti?

    Vineyards and workers picking in the hot sun?

    The fragrance of citrus blossoms?

  • Jon

    I remember when…

    * As a kid, my mother would pile my brother, sister and I in the back luggage compartment of the Volkswagen Beetle and ask us if we wanted to go on the ‘Weeee-Street’ (Baseline from Alta Loma out to La Verne where it was like a roller coaster) or on the ‘Bumpy Street’ which was 19th in the same direction and the road was not well maintained (oh, and both roads were one lane going in opposite directions).

    * I remember going with my dad out off Highland to cut felled Eucalyptus trees for firewood for the winter.

    * When Highland Ave took you out to Fontana (or ‘Fon-tucky’ to those of us that thought Fontana was in another state).

    * Going to FEDCO (now Ontario PD) to buy a Walkman or Nintendo but not before you had to show ID to get in.

    * My mom buying summer passes to Mountain Green Movie Theater so she could drop my bother, sister and I off for a classic movie once/week like Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang or Mary Poppins.

    * When you would go to the “Top of Sapphire” or the “Top of Archibald” to go hangout and drink on the weekends in high school and, generally, the police wouldn’t bother you — now all developed.

    * Watching Channel 5 on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm as Tom Hatten introduced movies (Channel 9 tried to compete with movies of their own during the same time frames)

    * Going down to MusicPlus located on Foothill (just east of Vineyard and where GemCo used to be, to stand in line to get wristbands to buy concert tickets.

    * Going to the restuarant at Guasti’s for a homestyle breakfast — It has moved to Central Ave in Chino in an old Mexican restaurant… just not the same.

  • Derek Deason

    Pom Lanes bowling alley on south Garey ave, Towne & Country bowling alley on West Holt in Pomona.

    When tthe Glass House was Thrifty Drug store.

    The Jade Palace on Holt on Montclair.

    The San Bernardino Sheriff West End Station Mountain and IS10 in Ontario.

    Sambo’s restaurant on Indian Hill and IS 10 Claremont.

  • Michael Johnson

    Dave, not sure if you can use this or not. I received this from my mom (1957 graduate of Pomona High School). The video was posted by Darin Kuna, a Pomona history buff. The school was on the southwest corner of Holt and San Antonio. Take care – Mike

  • Lizzie

    What a trip down Memory Lane. Born here 73 years ago at San Antonio Community Hospital, grew up at the Shady Grove Dairy when it was on 7th Street in Upland until 7th Street was changed to Ontario. Went to Edison School, Vina Danks Jr. Hi, and Upland College Academy at San Antonio & Arrow Hwy. Ate burgers at Stinky’s and open enchiladas at Lloyd’s at Central and Foothill and those were the best ever enchiladas. All my friends went on to Chaffey High but my parents wanted me to go to our church school. Had 13 kids in my graduating class. Grew up smudging lemons in the winter and irrigating in the summer. Remember the flood that took out the Kapu Kai and I still have one of the tiki men that floated out and down the river. Lucky me. And life goes on. Thanks for the memories.

    • Philecia Patterson

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  • Kathy Archer

    …wasn’t there a Buffum’s department store in downtown Pomona? I seem to remember shopping there for Girl Scout uniforms.

    …shopping at Lou Miller’s Levi’s and More…that predates Miller’s Outpost (Lou was the father of a dear friend of mine)

    …when Griswold’s was up on Foothill

    …when there was no 210 freeway – we used to tease my Grandma who passed in 1994 that the freeway was going to go right through her mobile home (she lived in the park up on Fruit which now nearly backs up to the 210).

    …the Claremont Reading Conference for children. I can remember being so impressed meeting two children’s authors who autographed books for me.

    …when the best ribs in town were at a place called Roval’s in Cucamonga (before they added “Rancho”)

    …that silly roundabout in Claremont…my English husband and I sat with friends one evening and watched drivers attempt to negotiate it. I wish I could have read your opinions on it when arrived in Claremont ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Max A. Alderete

    Raised in Pomona from 1967 to 1990, there’s a few things I remember that now belong to the ages… like the Gemco on Indian Hill, next door to the Music+ store. When the Bookmobile would park in the Jenkins parking lot next to the Fotomat on Garey. Being able to drive to the top of Ganesha Park. Going to the Blue Chip stamp store in the west side on Mission. Thanks for the memories David.

  • Brent

    After seeing in today’s paper (Mon., 7-12) that they are tearing down the old bridge on Foothill near Baker in RC, I had to add another comment.

    We road our bikes under that narrow bridge enroute to Upland many times. We tried to time it so that no cars would be coming in the same direction. Our timing wasn’t so good, but we all survived.

    Schwinn Sting Ray bikes with banana seats were very popular then. Some even had “sissy bars.”

    Without sissy bar on back of seat:

  • Derek

    When A M A donuts on Missions was a McDonald’s.

    [Only the seventh one in existence when it opened, by the way. — DA]

  • Ray B

    Just noticed this post so thought I would add my I know I’ve lived here long time:

    As a kid delivering, on my bike, the ChinoValleyNews after school on Wednesdays. Later the same with the Daily Report every afternoon as well as Saturday afternoon (Sunday in morning) and having to collect money from subscribers at door;

    Went bowling at the Chino Bowl (10 lanes usually no wait);

    Eating at Pup-n-Taco and Naugles (both had bun tacos);

    Hwy 71 was a two lane road between 60 and 91 fwys;

    Dairy parties and turning down the music when the cows were brought in to be milked so they wouldn’t get spooked.

  • Annie

    …in Rancho Cucamonga, when Ponderosa was a steakhouse and not a dental group?

  • Mike Andritch

    I remember living in Pomona when you had a rotary phone with a phone number number that started with the letters “LY” for “Lycoming.” Our phone number was LYcoming 9-4445. It was later changed to NAtional which is now known as “62.” Area codes were still off in the future and you dialed the operator to make a long distance call.

  • John Tudehope

    When you were given a celebratory gold pog slammer when the Foothill Marketplace first opened in Rancho.

    When Casaletti’s was actually a “polka palace.”

    When going to the Quakes game was the cool thing to do.

  • James Cole

    The 100 year flood in 1969 put the wash on the map between Carnelian / Vineyard and Red Hill in Rancho Cucamonga. Every year Red Hill CC Drive would wash out making it impossible to get to Carnelian. Years later they built a concrete canal with bridges over what was just a small dip in the road before the flood.

  • Dia Peters (Formerly Claudia Snyder)

    I was born in Pomona 62 years ago and can’t recognize it today! So many things are gone.

    I remember Mel’s hamburgers where you could get one for $.39!!!! I worked downtown at Lerners’ dress shop when I was 18. There was a Hatfields, Sees candy, great Mexican restaurant I can’t remember the name of, Orange Belt with an ELEVATOR and an elevator operator to take you to the mezzanine!

    Newberry’s and Kress’ where you could eat at the lunch counter and Thrifty’s where you could get an ice cream cone for 10 cents.

    I remember the Helms bakery man who would come on our street and honk. We would all get our bread from him or fresh donuts. If you didn’t have the cash he would “put it on your account” and trust you til payday because he always knew you would pay then.

    The Good Humor man was pretty cool too!

    I remember the worst thing anyone could do to you was give you cooties! Whatever that was!!

    We used to leave our keys in the ignition of our cars and the doors were always unlocked mainly cuz we kids would be running in and out of every house in the neighborhood.

    • Robert Spector

      And I remember Mel’s when a burger was 18ยข, in the fifties. Long time gone.

      • Linda Owens

        and they would have a “sale” and the hamburgers would be 10 for $1.00

        • Louie Ramos

          Mels burgers were the best.

  • Jeff Lewis

    I remember going to Ganesha park and hiking up to the old reservoir at the top of the hill

    I remember when my grandparents use to irrigate their peach and apricot orchard on the corner of Philips and Reservoir

    I remember growing up swimming at the Pomona Swim School on the corner of Kingsley and San Antonio from 6 to 16, god bless Herb and Lilian Weightman

    I remember playing in the spaceship at Ganesha park

    I remember going to the Ontario Airport and pulling up to the boarding gates and watch the planes take off and land

    I use to work at the Scotts brother dairy store on S. Phillips that my uncle owned

    I remember Gemco on Indian Hill at the 10 freeway

    I remember the walking tunnel that went under the 10 freeway that was east of Indian Hill

    I remember when Pomona Parks and Recreation used to have summer activities at the elementary schools during summer vacation

    I seem to remember outdoor concerts at Ganesha park or somewhere around there when I was kid

    Getting free passes to the LA County Fair the week we started back to school after summer break

    Fishing derbies in the fountains at the Pomona library I think it was

    I guess I could go on and on, just wanted to add my 2 cents

    [And we’re glad you did. Thanks, Jeff. — DA]

  • Steve F

    I remember when

    – the old Pomona Public Library was on Main Street

    – Unimart near 5 Points was the first discount department store in town

    – every kid got free ticket to LA County Fair and school closed down early that first Friday in September so we could all go

    – I rode my bike for miles to pick up, band and bag the Prog for my route

    – I would explore the old Wash near Arroyo looking for frogs and tadpoles in water that could be green one day and yellow the next depending on the color of paper at Potlatch that day

    – Orange groves and empty fields and Ganesha hills was my playground

    Pomona was a great place to grow up.

  • Marc

    Me flinging the Progress-Bulletin and my brother slinging the Herald-Examiner onto porches from our groaning and seemingly 200-lb. bicycles.

    Pedaling at the crack of dawn from the Indian Hill and I-10 (it’s the San Bernardino freeway, dang it!) area out to Puddingstone to catch bluegill and crappie.

    Hurtling down the big hill in Ganesha Park on hand-made racing carts. Then hitting that awful high curb at the bottom … launching into the air and landing hard on the grass. We even rigged up operating “drag” parachutes. Which obviously didn’t work that well.

    Hearing the reverberations and roar of dragsters out at the Winternationals echo over most of the Pomona valley.

    The euphoria of pedaling through seeming miles of citrus orchards in the Spring and inhaling the ambrosia.

    And, for the most part, how darn well we all got on in our very multicultural neighborhood … until the Watts riots hit. Then it changed forever.

    And if anyone can help me here I’d appreciate it. There was a candy store, chock-a-block with penny delights that for years occupied a decrepit old building on the West edge of Lincoln Park. I have such a strong memory of that place, but can’t remember the name.

    And thanks to Dave and all you other old-timers for firing off a whole bunch of synaptic junctions that ain’t been lit in decades!

    [You’re welcome, Marc. Now, does anyone know the name of that candy store? — DA]

  • barbara f

    When FEDCO was being built and finally opened.

    The phone company decided you’d have to say your whole phone number to have the operator connect a call, so you’d say LY for LYcoming until the phone company changed hands and now you were NA for NAtional, and then the operator would tell you to dial the number directly yourself.

    And the families of quail running along a road and sometimes straight into the road to cross it … right in front of cars (which would always slow down).

    The official looking yellow quail sign on 1st street in Claremont to mark a well known quail crossing.

    When Claremont had two policemen on duty (one for the day and one for the night) and two cabs operating from the taxi stand by the train depot downtown.

    When the train water tower was still standing along the tracks on 1st street in the village, and the single longest running graffiti in history: “John Loves Mary.” (And the graffiti that appeared when the rusting water tank was after many years painted: “He Still Does.”

  • barbara f

    There was a freestanding Orange Julius stand in Claremont across Foothill from the high school. And on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill in a stone building was an auto repair shop. A pedestrian tunnel had at some time been excavated and ran under Foothill Blvd at that corner for the students to use to and from school. Access to which was denied by iron gates and locked padlocks any other time.

  • barbara f

    (Maybe this question should be retitled, “You know you’ve lived a long time when … “)

    You could walk a mile or so towards home from school along Foothill Blvd and there really were not too many cars passing by … not many on the still new San Bernardino freeway, either, until you were quite close to LA … but you all knew that already … A bit more interesting to cut down through town on a diagonal (and shadier, too), past the tall pepper trees and the carob trees.

    You’d go to Adobe Palomares with friends just to get away from the crowd and have a quiet conversation while sitting at tables under a pergola fashioned from small tree limbs.

    When the boys sold the Delarobia wreaths they made each year from tables they were allowed to set up on sawhorses at the very edge of the mall, just across the street at the corner where the new pedestrian mall began.

  • barbara f

    On rainy days, the newspapers were delivered handwrapped in a sheet of wax paper.

    [Wax paper! Just like fresh-baked cookies or a ham sandwich. — DA]

  • barbara f

    I honestly don’t ever remember paying to walk through the grounds of the Botanical Gardens in Claremont which I did often when I was young, or especially no charge in summer. They discouraged bicycles, though.

  • danny swartz

    when you could play at the discovery zone which was on foothill and when you could drive down highland ave from Alta Loma into San Bernardino

  • Larry Timmons

    David, I moved into Pomona as a one year old in 1946. Grew up on Kingsley near Mills. One of my neighborhood buddies became rich in the earth moving business, Lea and Stires earth moving. I remember Sears abd Roebuck when being built, the storm drain that went under the entire shopping center from Holt and Alexander, under the center and let out south of the tracks at State st. I remember the tunnel that went under Holt blvd to Pomona High. I remember the fire. I remember swimming in the buff at the falls behind Puddingstone resivore way before they blewit up. I remember sneaking into the LA Fair threw a stotm drain that led to the center of the fair. I remember Mels 19 cent burgers, the Hull House and meeting his daughter Candy at Rock Creak Calif. She became Ganisha High’ queen. I remember her kiss. Cant think of anyplace in Pomona I didnt get to from when I was old enough to ride a bike to cruisen all it had to offer in my 57 Chev. Still looking for Judy Brown. ! Old flame. Remember the old winery up on Foothill or was it Highland? They used to film some old Combat episodes cause it looked like Italy. Its great to read everyones memories. Larry Timmons

    • Delilah Hornbuckle

      I was in glee club at Ganesha with Candy Hull. One day, she was inconsolable because she’d just been told she was adopted.

      • Larry Timmons

        Don’t know if you got my previous msg, I’m not very good on these sites.
        Do you ever hear from or about Candy? Last I saw was in the late 60’s in Balboa. He family had a home on the island. I tried to start a Candy hunt once in 2000, and a msg came back, said leave it alone, some people don’t want to be found! There is more to it than that but it starts there. She had a close friend nick named tater, she came to Rock Creek once. Candy and I spent a couple vacations there when she came up with her family. I can’t find anything about her! Do you ever hear anything?

        • Delilah H.

          Never heard anything. Would love to, though.

          • Larry Timmons

            When I blogged way back about living in Pomona, some one said, what ever happened to her. I suggested having a Candy hunt! I said there must be someone who knew her, old boyfriend, neighbor etc. As I mentioned, someone said she may not want to be found and said they tried the same as I just said and the FBI contacted her and said to lay off, quit looking! I asked if they asked why or what, they replied, “let me say, soldiers in Viet Nam knew her name but didn’t know who she was” so I let it go. Could be she got mixed up in something and is now living life under another name. Who knows? But a gal as pretty and sweet as she was can sometimes get with the wrong croud. Then, it could be something simple. I sure hope so! Thanks for getting back to me.Larry

  • Ronnie Feightner

    You remember when Ontario was the largest vineyard in the WORLD!

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  • Cindi

    Does anyone remember if there was a Miller’s Outpost near the corner of North Garey and maybe Arrow in Pomona in the 60s and 70s? I know there was one down on Holt too but I’m interested in learning if anyone remembers one at this other location. Thanks for your help!

    • Sandy

      I remember that place Cindi! A small square little building. They turned it into M&I Surplus, now it is the Amtrack Station. That store was right where you went over the rail road tracks. I still have the key fob from there.

    • Suzanne

      Pipeline and Mission Where the Western wear building still stands,Lou Millers was inside,they also sold defects,the creases would be off just enough to bother you..No Pre-Wash Levis,you had to guess all the time..Remember the two guys Lou and Miller i think? They went to that location and signed autographs..My memory is vague,but i remember some commercials.

  • Dan Royse

    I was born in Pomona in1960 at Pomona Valley Hospital I love when I was like four years old I lived on Gordon next to Huntington hardware store which is still there and the Goldstrike market that I used to walk to when I was five and get candy from uncle Milton and itโ€™s still there but itโ€™s not the same ,but now I work in Pomona and live in Moreno Valley. PS they used to call me Danny white boy.

  • Suzanne

    When my Aunt’s phone number in Ontario california started with YU4,and kids could walk down mission blvd eating oranges on the ground from the orange groves on the Montclair border.When Valley Inn was a Drive In with a swing set i played on.When the Bolium in Montclair had “Hot Shot” my favorite “Pinball” machine.