Mrs. Bushong, who was Katy Robinson then, remembered that it was chilly outside, but when people entered the building they were greeted by lights, warmth, friendliness and the wonderful smell of a fresh tall fir tree. Real candles glowed on the tree, which was also strung with fluffy popcorn and bright red cranberries. As the children sang Christmas songs, there was the sound of sleigh bells. The jingling became louder and louder until suddenly Santa Claus came through the doorway. Once the children told Santa (W.W. Lowe) that they had been good all year, he gave every youngster a bag of candy and nuts.
That same year, a
A CHRISTMAS FLOOD OF WINE
In December 1889 Southern California experienced torrential rains and the flat area between
Honda rivers. Nearly everything on the Nadeau property was swept away in the flood including kegs of wine. Some of the ranchers living on the flood plain partially recouped some of their losses by this windfall of wine, which they viewed as an unexpected Christmas gift. Twenty years later folks still claimed to have some of that wine on tap in their homes. The Nadeau’s never fully recovered from their losses, and switched from raising grapes to sugar beets.
That same flood put the Southern Pacific railroad out of commission and quite a few
On Christmas morning, 1899,
The quake was centered in
Jacinto, six Indians were killed and four fatally injured when an adobe building, in which they were holding Christmas celebrations, collapsed. Almost every house in
Several aftershocks followed, with people afraid to return to their beds. Coming during the final days of the nineteenth century, many could not help but wonder if this tragedy was a portent of the century to come.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Claudine