Ocean Beach Historical Society board members, and the community are active in writing, winning awards, sitting on boards of non-profit organizations and much more. Also, many community members past and present have also left their mark on O.B. See what O.B. is all about. Link to the past atThe Beach News Archives: https://archive.org/details/oceanbeachhistorical
San Diego SOHO helpful restoration tips: http://www.sohosandiego.org/enews/0322diyrestoration.htm
A Page from History: OB’s Wisteria Cottage has kept love on the vine for 115 years
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but any time is the perfect time for a love story. This is one love story that happens to involve several families, a cozy little beach cottage and a century-old wisteria vine.
The cottage, at 4761 Niagara Ave. in Ocean Beach, was built in 1907, making it one of OB’s oldest homes. Known as Wisteria Cottage in reference to the now-spectacular wisteria vine planted by John Clarke in 1915, the little place has been well-loved over the many seasons by the Clarke, Titlow, Black and James families. Link to full article: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2022-03-15/a-page-from-history-obs-wisteria-cottage-has-kept-love-on-the-vine-for-115-years
AUTHOR TALK- at the Point Loma /Hervey Library, March 14, 2022, guest joined Author Kathy Blavatt in-Person or Virtual as she talked about San Diego’s “Sunset Cliffs Park- A History” .
A Page from History: The tales of Duckville still call
We’d like to take you all out to Duckville this weekend. Be a hoot, wouldn’t it? Nice and quiet, catch some halibut maybe, tell some tall tales around the wood stove.
We’d like to, but no can do. Duckville isn’t there anymore. Where was Duckville? That will be a tricky one to pin down, as it was a destination with no borders and no boundaries. Duckville was a place in time, a state of mind, a fishing line … and, OK fine, a cluster of eclectic shacks and shanties perched precariously on the salt marsh of False Bay way back when.
If you’ve never heard the tales of Duckville, it is small wonder. The little community had dwindled significantly by the early 1920s, and after it literally washed away for the second time … but, hang on, let’s paddle back a ways.
We are going to refer here to False Bay — or Puerto Falso — and Mission Bay interchangeably because that’s how they did it for 40 years between the time the name was changed via a contest in the 1880s until Mission Bay finally came into common parlance. Link to full article: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2022-02-16/a-page-from-history
Fond Farewell: Ocean Beach remembers pillar of the community: ‘Shoeshine Willie’ Washington: Link to 8 News
A Page from History: The twisty past of OceanBeach’s holiday tree
BY ERIC DUVALL DEC. 13, 2021, Point Loma and OB Monthly:
Well, that would depend on your vantage point. Or what side of the (chain link) fence you’re on. But all that aside, the Ocean Beach community Christmas tree is greeting its 41st consecutive season this year, and its preposterous, zany and improbable history is certainly something to celebrate. Article LINK: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2021-12-13/a-page-from-history-the-twisty-past-of-ocean-beachs-holiday-tree
“Ocean Beach pioneer D.C. “Charlie” Collier bought the parcel at the bottom of “Pacific Avenue” from Carlson and Higgins when he was a teenager. He moved a two-room cabin on to the property in 1888, and so began an almost forgotten story that became part of the mythology of Ocean Beach. Read the story of Charlie Collier and his Famous Shack. Link here: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2021-10-18/a-page-from-history-a-look-back-at-charlie-colliers-once-famous-shack
Feedback on the OB Library Expansion Plans!
The Ocean Beach Planning Board and community members looked at the long awaited plans for the OB Library Expansion on Wed. Nov. 3, 2021 Water’s Edge. For further info. please visit: Ocean Beach Planning Board Website at: www.oceanbeachplanning.org
or READ: Public Input Not Allowed on New OB Library Design – Is Ocean Beach Getting the Shaft, Again?
The Story of Warren-Walker School: OB’s long-running institution Warren-Walker School began very quietly in 1932. Tutor Nellie Walker began with two students in an upstairs room in the Kraft Building. The school, serving the community for nearly 90 years, now has four campuses in San Diego. Ocean Beach Historical Society Board Member, and Warren-Walker teacher, Kitty McDaniel tells the story in the Point Loma – OB Monthly. Click link: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2021-09-13/a-page-from-history-legacy-spirit-and-promise-the-story-of-warren-walker-school
The Little Co-op that Could. OB People’s Food will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. In half a century of providing quality organic food to the people of San Diego, People’s has become a part of the fiber (get it?) of the Ocean Beach Community, as well as OB’s largest employer. Find the story here: https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2021-04-13/a-page-from-history-ocean-beachs-little-co-op-that-could
San Diego Floral Association Garden Tour
Vistas and Verandahs: Ocean Beach Gardens
Was Sat., June 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoyed the beautiful OB hills.
A safe event is our highest priority.
Keepers of the Flame
In their annual People in Preservation Awards, San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) recognized the great work of OB Historical Society’s Susan and Pat James in the preservation and enhancement of Ned Titlow’s Wisteria Cottage in Ocean Beach. The OB Landmark is graced by the century old Wisteria vine which covers the patio and adorns the front of the cottage. SOHO also noted the couple’s continuing efforts in hosting the biennial Wisteria Garden Party. Congratulations to Pat and Susan! A very well deserved honor.
The James honored for Wisteria Cottage and Garden Party in Ocean Beach
by DAVE SCHWAB Peninsula Beacon – 06/18/21
Excerpt: Among the artifacts preserved at the historic wisteria vine-covered cottage at 4761 Niagara Ave. are a huge Ocean Beach monument sign, nostalgic community business signs, and the old Strand Theatre’s film projector (1925-1998).
“I collect a lot of relics, like this entryway sign to Ocean Beach that was on the highway for 35 years, and business signs from Quiggs Bar & Grill and the Electric Chair,” said Pat James who, along with wife Susan, have been caretakers of the charming OB beach cottage built in 1907 by a couple from New Mexico.
The garden party tradition was started by the late Ned Titlow, past president of OBHS, and Carol Bowers, OBHS co-founder. Now known as the Wisteria Garden Party, the spring event brings local artists and famous OB residents together to play music, showcase art, and bring photos and memorabilia showcasing the beach community’s long history.
Read more: San Diego Community News Group – The James honored for Wisteria Cottage and Garden Party in Ocean Beach