Sun. Mar. 22- Wisteria Garden Party

Pat-Susan-Wisteria-2016Wisteria Garden Party, Sunday, March 22. 2020 at 1:00 – 3:30 PM at 4761 Niagara Avenue Ocean Beach, 92107, Minimum Suggested Donation: $15 Members & $25 Non-Members (Includes OBHS Membership)
Spend the afternoon in the historic O.B. Wisteria Cottage garden under the largest wisteria canopy in Ocean Beach and listen to live music including songs from the 1920s by local Juketones (with a dance area).
Enjoy: Tasty snacks & beverages, vintage photos & O.B. Signs and an Opportunity Drawing. Dress: Historic, garden party, purple attire, or O.B. casual. Please join us for this fun Spring party.

Mar.13 & 15: 1920-2020 Remarkable Women Conference

remarkabe-wom-logoThe Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties 55th Annual History Conference, 1920-2020 Remarkable Women: Fri., Mar.13 & Sat. Mar. 14- 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Portuguese Hall, Point Loma, San Diego- More Info. & Registration at: congressofhistory.org

Dible’s Thompson Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie

Dible-Picnic-Area2.20.20- OBHS presented: Dible Family 1928 – 1938 Silent Movie, Clips of Sunset Cliffs, O.B., PL. and popular San Diego sites. Included period 1920s music. Featuring Randy Dible who put on a wonderful program with a 1920s period music track, shot by Randy’s grandfather, starring generations of the Thompson/Dible family and their friends on clips of Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Coronado, Balboa Park, Julian, Downtown SD, Catalina, Tijuana, and other locales. It was a fun and captivating evening as we stepped back into San Diego’s rich history. more: OBHS Sea Scrolls March April 2020

 

When Tiki Invaded San Diego

Tiki Head 2 smThe Ocean Beach Historical Society Presented: When Tiki Invaded San Diego, By Diane Kane, PhD, Thursday, Jan.16, 2020 7 PM, At Water’s Edge Faith Community, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.
We enjoyed a  lighthearted romp through the immediate post-war period that explored how the allure of the South Seas became synonymous with San Diego. Discover how tourism and suburbanization exploited the indigenous architecture of Polynesia to create the Tiki Style. This themed architectural style was augmented by newly introduced tropical plants, readily available to the backyard gardener.
Although Shelter Island and Mission Bay were ground zero for TIKI, Mission Valley and other suburbanizing communities were not immune to its charms. In transforming desert scrub into a palm-laden paradise, “America’s Finest City” became the mainland vacation alternative to Hawaii. OBHS Jan Feb 2020

The Legend and Lore of the O.B. James Gang- Nov. 21, 2019

OBHS NL Nov Dec 2019 mrJames-GangAs we celebrated the 40th Annual Ocean Beach Christmas Tree and Parade, we had an opportunity to meet the family that not only started this holiday event but were instrumental in other cherished O.B. traditions as well.
Brothers Ron, Greg, Mike, Pat, and sister-in-law Susan reminisced about the trials and tribulations of working together in a family business while also trying to make a positive impact on the community.
For over four decades, the James family has been an integral part of the Ocean Beach community. They were instrumental in the founding of the Ocean Beach Merchants Association (now the O.B. Mainstreet Association) and the Ocean Beach Historical Society. Over the years, they held leadership roles with the O.B. Merchants Association, O.B. Town Council, O.B. Planning Board, and O.B. Historical Society. The brothers were the catalyst in beginning the Ocean Beach Fireworks Festival, O.B. Street Fair, the Ocean Beach Christmas Auction, O.B. Parade, and the Christmas Tree, as well as the Community Mural Project.
The presentation touched on the history of the James Gang, with anecdotes, images, and artifacts from Ocean Beach’s past. They also paid tribute to their late brother Rich James, the founder of the O.B. Christmas Tree, whose life epitomized the O.B. spirit.

“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years”

Rays-surfer-300-dpi“Surfing Sunset Cliffs, The Early Years” BY ORIGINAL SUNSET CLIFFS DUDES & GIDGETS, Oct 17, 2019.
A  packed house (of Surfers) showed up for “SURFING SUNSET CLIFFS, THE EARLY YEARS” presentation. Flashback to the blue waters of the cliffs with surfers/presenters Jim “Mouse” Robb, 86, Marsh Malcolm, 86, John Holly, 76, Billy Chapman, 75, Tom “Lizard” Chapman, 76.
Talk included tales of the “Original Gidget” Linda Benson.
This Sunset Cliffs program covered the years 1945 – 1965, including 1947 film footageof surfing planks (wood longboards) at Ab’s beach.

Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD

Woman-Carrico-2019The Ocean Beach Historical Society presented:
Why Should the Woman Always Have to Pay: Unsolved Murders in SD,
by Author Richard Carrico, Sept. 19, 2019
Richard L. Carrico presented four unsolved murders, including the 1923 mysterious unsolved murder of Fritzi Mann, local dancer and actress. “Found dead on the beach at Torrey Pines, Fritzi showed evidence of blunt force trauma but died from drowning. The autopsy report noted that she was in a: delicate condition.”
The police hauled in several suspects including a Hollywood producer, wealthy businessmen, and Louis Jacobs, a medical doctor from Camp Kearny Army Base. Jacobs stood trial twice for the murder but ultimately got a verdict of not guilty.This cases remains unsolved, but Carrico gave a theory about who the murderer was.
Using trial transcripts, sometimes lurid newspaper accounts, and other historical documents, Carrico presented three others cases from 1931 that also remained unsolved.