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Remembering Orange County’s first fallen peace officer, Undersheriff Robert Squires

On the evening of Dec. 16, 1912 Sheriff Ruddock received a telephone call from the Irvine station, telling him that a young Irvine girl had been attacked by a drifter who had fled into the hills. Sheriff Ruddock immediately rou...
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B-24Ds of 93rd Bomb Group in formation. Nearest aircraft is Joisey Bounce (s/n 41-24226), wingman is The Duchess, (s/n 41-24147), and next higher is Bomerang (s/n 41-23722). USAAF - U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DF-ST-83-04095.

World War II flyers brought home from New Guinea and identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full m...
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U.S. Navy Captain (ret) David. E. Leue'. Courtesy photo.

Veteran Naval aviator to speak in Garden Grove

Captain David E. Leue’ will tell his personal journey from his early years through the perils of naval flight training to becoming a combat veteran in Korea and to using that experience leading a squadron of attack aircraft i...
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Thanksgiving Day, 1943

This article is about my memorable Thanksgiving Day dinner in Italy, in November,1943, during World War II. I’ll just mention a brief prelude. Getting to Italy via North Africa At age 19, in Feb. 1943, I enlisted in the Army ...
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Heritage Hill announces upcoming seasonal events

Spend the holiday season in the great outdoor winter wonderland at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The month of December welcomes a busy calendar of festive events and public programs at the park for all to enjoy. December 6 –...
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Rancho Los Cerritos residence

Rancho Los Cerritos illuminates the past with Christmas showcase

A feast for the senses awaits you as you step back into Victorian-era California to celebrate the Christmas season at Rancho Los Cerritos. The adobe home will showcase extravagant decorations and the museum’s collections,...
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Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at Rancho Los Cerritos’s Old Time Christmas Festival

The popular Old Time Christmas Festival is returning to Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site on Sunday, December 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. People of all ages can experience and celebrate Victorian era Christmas traditions while learning ...
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The photo and proclamation honoring veteran Alex Olea that will hang in Cypress City Hall, held by Cypress Mayor Leroy Mills. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Cypress honors Alex Olea as Veteran of the Quarter

As part of a program started by Councilmember Mariellen Yarc to recognize veterans, the City of Cypress presented its quarterly Veteran’s Recognition to Alex Olea. Olea served in the United States Army from March 15, 1944...
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JFTB, 140th Chemical Company, California Nationial Guard, deployment

Veterans Day in America

Imagine… 2014. It’s 100 years since 1914. I’ve lived through 90 of those memorable years. Why “memorable?” One of the most memorable automobiles was Henry Ford’s “Model T Ford.” It was also the time when For...
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Eddie Martin Airport circa 1933. Photo courtesy of Eddie Martin Estate, via John Wayne Airport.

OC aviation history part of travelling Smithsonian exhibit on local display till Nov. 16

John Wayne Airport (JWA) is pleased to announce its participation in the Smithsonian Institute’s Journey Stories exhibition on display at the Heritage Museum of Orange County (HMOC). The Airport is providing photographic ...
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Class of 1985, John F. Kennedy High School, La Palma, California

La Palma’s Fighting Irish looking for 1985 grads

Did you graduate from La Palma’s John F. Kennedy High School in the Class of 1985? The reunion committee is looking for you! A reunion party is planned for Aug. 29, 2015, at Amaya Lounge in Buena Park. Richard Blade will be t...
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Clem Culpepper celebrates reopening of the Calico Mine Ride at Knott's Berry Farm on June 12, 2014. Photo by Katie Wiedel.

Local writer to speak about books on Knott’s Berry Farm

On Saturday, October 25, at 2:30 at the Cypress Library, Christiane Salts, writer, educator and 2014 Americana Buena Park ‘Citizen of the Year’ recipient, will speak at the Cypress Library about her books on the Kno...
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Rancho Los Cerritos opens new California native garden

In a process that took years of planning, the participation of many municipal departments, and with funding from a Port of Long Beach Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Mitigation grant, Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site has co...
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Seal of the County of Orange, California, with quasquicentennial ribbon. Graphic courtesy of the County of Orange.

Old Courthouse shows off Orange County’s 125-year history

The Old Orange County Courthouse is pleased to present “Orange County Circa 1889,” a collection of historic photographic work taken 125 years ago documenting the founding year of Orange County’s birth. The exhibit will ru...
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