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Orange County Scanned Historical Documents (Adobe PDF Format)

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070906-4 

300 KB

Orange County is the Sugar Bowl of the U.S.

A copy of an article from the Huntington Beach News of Nov. 27, 1914, describing how more sugar beets were grown here than in any other county.  Holly Sugar Company, Carl Johnson.

080107-2

4.3 MB   

Severe Storm Hits Orange County

A series of articles from the Santa Ana Register of September 25 and 26, 1939 relating to a severe storm that caused significant damage and loss of life in Orange County.  Article titles include: Seek 23 Lost When Waves Wreck Ship, Rain Aids Citrus Crops, Airport Hangar Wrecked by Storm, All-Time Rainfall Records Shattered, Heroism of Life Guards Prevents Higher Toll of Death Along Coast, Raging Seas Claim Palatial Yacht in Newport Harbor Storm, Eyewitness Tells of Rescues at Beach City, Hero of Newport Rescue Tells of Battle to Save Victims of Wreck, 100 Feared Lost at Sea, Storm Death Toll Mounts, and Plan Rebuilding of Storm-Wrecked Piers.

080107-1

3.1 MB

The Southland – Mission to Megalopolis

A series of articles from the Orange County Register of July 4, 1976 describing the history of Orange County from the Mission era, to its current megalopolis status.  Article titles include; New World Empire Expanded by Spain, The Missions – They Changed Way of Life for Indians, Gold, Drought Spelled End of Colorful Rancho Period, OC and the 200 Years, Countians Pioneered Aviation, Irvine Ranch – Agricultural Giant, and Railroads Sparked Irvine Co., County Growth.

071118-1

269 KB 

Orange County Centennial Schedule of Events

A “Celebrate the Spirit  1889 – 1989” flyer listing centennial events for August 1988.

071118-2

1.2 MB  

A Celebration of Orange County;s 100th Birthday

A “Celebrate the Spirit  1889 – 1989” newsletter of May 1988 containing several articles relating to Orange County’s upcoming 100th birthday celebration.  Also included is a one-page calendar of events taking place in August 1988.

071118-3

1 MB     

A Celebration of Orange County;s 100th Birthday

The first “Celebrate the Spirit  1889 – 1989” newsletter of April 1988 containing several articles relating to Orange County’s upcoming 100th birthday celebration.

080221-6

632 KB   

100 Years of Agriculture in Orange County

A report produced by the Agricultural Commissioner Department of the County of Orange, highlighting 100 years of agricultural development in the County.

091002-4

670 KB

Prop. 13 Decision Fails to Rule Out Future Court Battles

An article from the Sacramento Bee of September 24, 1978 describing a decision by the California State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of Prop 13.  There is an analysis of what effect the Proposition will have, and possible future court actions.

091002-5

524 KB

Money Woes – Too Much and Too Little

An article from the Los Angeles Times of October 1, 1978 discussing how Proposition 13 affected two California cities, Fairfax and Manhattan Beach, and how one of them is facing extinction as a government entity, and the other bloated with unanticipated cash.

091002-6

453 KB

How Measures Compare

An article from the Los Angeles Times of March 13, 1978 discussing two Property Tax Relief Propositions, Proposition 8 and Proposition 13 and how they affect different segments of the population.

080228-3

3.3 MB  

Manpower Information for Affirmative Action Programs for the State of California, and Specifically for Orange County.

This report from July 1982 was produced by the Employment Development Department of the State of California.  It contains information for use in developing affirmative action plans as required for federal contract compliance.  Information is developed on a statewide as well as on a county basis.

071117-9

695 KB      

A Singer of the County’s Praises is Waiting for a Call

An article from the Los Angeles Times talking about a singer, Arnnie Stevens, who writes and sings songs about the places he has been.  The article describes a little about his life, and has the lyrics to a song he wrote praising Orange County.

071117-13

494 KB       

Orange County’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies

An article from Orange County Business from November 1984 showing by category of product or services, the 50 fastest growing companies in Orange County.

071117-14

367 KB   

Why does Orange County’s Sun Hide in June?

An article from the Orange County Register of June 15, 1985 describing scientifically why Orange County experiences morning clouds and sunny afternoons in June and not in other months.  The article contains a graphic display showing the differing wind patterns between the months of June and September.

071117-21

195 KB   

Major Housing Growth Projected by Year 2000

Two charts from the Los Angeles Times of April 21, 1985 showing projected housing growth in Orange County.

071117-22

320 KB   

Top Orange County Agricultural Products

A chart from the Santa Ana Register of May 27, 1986 showing by dollar value, the top Orange County agricultural products, determined by the Orange County Department of Agriculture.

071117-23

6.8 MB   

Close UP

A series of articles from the Orange County Register of March 19, 1989 ranking the cities of Orange County against factors such as, Schools, Transportation, Shopping, Recreation, Entertainment, Income, Education Level, etc.

071117-7

1.7 MB   

Gang Violence Spreads in Orange County

An article from the November 1989 issue of Orange Coast Magazine discussing the effect that the more than 90 gangs with more than 7,000 members are having on certain areas within Orange County.  A major emphasis is the effect of gangs related to schools in the County.  The article also contains a listing of the major known gangs within the County, their ethnicity, and the city where they operate.

071117-11

387 KB        

Traffic Problems Continue to Lead List of Concerns

An article from the Orange County Register of December 5, 1989 that discusses the fact that traffic congestion is the most pressing problem to County residents, ranking far higher than concerns about growth and housing.  The article also contain a graph showing traffic trends from 1982 to 1989.

071117-12

307 KB       

72% Say smog is a Major Problem

An article from the Orange County Register of December 5, 1989 discusses the 1989 Orange County Annual Survey conducted by the University of California, Irvine, where 72% of the residents agreed that air pollution is a major problem in Southern California, and 52% support cleaning up the air at any cost.  The article also contains a couple of graphs that show people’s feelings regarding the pollution problem.

071117-17

368 KB   

Orange County’s Fastest Growth – Pessimism

An article from the Orange County Register of December 5, 1989 discussing the 1989 Orange County Annual Survey showing that Orange County residents are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the future quality of life in Orange County.  The article contains several graphs showing varies quality of life trends.

071117-10

371 KB      

91 Freeway: Too Many Cars, Too Little Cash

An article from the Orange County Register of December 26, 1989 describing the very heavy traffic congestion on the 91 freeway for residents who live in Riverside County, and work in Orange County.  It also discusses the amount of money that is needed in order to widen the freeway and lessen the congestion.  There is a second short article that talks about charging every driver $1 a day, round trip, to help offset the cost of improving the freeway.

071117-15

175 KB  

Orange County Residents Aren’t Coming, They’re Going

An article from the Orange County Register (date unknown) discussing a migration report issued by the state Department of Finance’s demographic research unit.  Overall, the trend for the major Southern California counties, is that more people are leaving the area than entering.  The primary reason given for this trend, is the downturn in jobs.

071117-16

1.3 MB   

Danger Underground – The Downside to Life on the Hillside

An article from the Los Angeles Times of January 1990 discussing the reasons for landslides in Southern California.  The article also shows potential slide areas, mistakes made by homeowners, landslide prevention,and causes of landslides.  It also has some photographs of landslide areas.

071117-3

377 KB      

56 OC Firms Among Top 3,000 Ozone Depleters

An article from the Orange County Register of January 17, 1990 describing how 56 companies in Orange County are among the nation’s 3,000 largest releasers of ozone-destroying chemicals, CFCs (cholorfluorocarbons) into the atmosphere.  The article also contains a chart showing those Orange County companies releasing the most CFCs, along with the type of chemical and the amount.

071117-1

382 KB      

OC Release of CFCs is 4.5 Million Pounds a Year

An article from the Orange County Register of January 18, 1990 discussing how Orange County leaks 4.5 million pounds of ozone-destroying chemicals, CFCs (cholorfluorocarbons) into the atmosphere each year.  The article also contains a chart showing the CFCs by county, and by industry.

080107-3

248 KB 

OC Home Prices Take a Slight Dip

An article from the Orange County Register of April 18, 1990 describing how the prices of homes in Orange County, and the number of home sales dropped from the preceding year.  The article also includes a chart showing Orange County home prices from 1987 to 1990.

080107-6

380 KB  

The Jekyll-and-Hyde History of the Santa Ana River

An article from the Orange County Register of April 23, 1990 discussing the history of the Santa Ana River, primarily in regard to the several severe storms that caused the river to flood areas abounding the river channel.

071117-19

563 KB   

From Orange County to the World – County Becoming Top Export Center

An article from the Orange County Register of May 2, 1990 discussing that Orange County is emerging as one of the nation’s leading export economies, surpassing Los Angeles and San Francisco in total value of exports.  Data was presented at a forum at World Trade ’90.  Also see 071117-24.

080107-5

805 KB  

Land of Memories – Glimpses of Old Ranchos Survive

An article from the Los Angeles Times of May 3, 1990 describing the land grants and ranchos in the 1800s that were the basis for modern Orange County.  It also contains a map showing 20 of the original ranchos that comprised Orange County in the early 1800s.  Rancho San Joaquin, Canon de Santa Ana, Rancho Trabuco, Rancho de la Playa.

071117-6

547 KB   

Garden Grove, Westminster Police Fight Asian Gangs with Education

An article from the Orange County Register of August 5, 1990 describing how the police departments of Garden Grove and Westminster have become the nation’s most knowledgeable sources of Vietnamese organized crime in the United States.  As of the date of the article, 60,000 – 70,000 Vietnamese live in Orange County. The article also contains a portrait of a gang member.

071117-8

888 KB   

Gang Hatred: the First Seeds - Barrios’ Rivalry Began with Sports, Cars

An article from the Orange County Register of August 6, 1990 discussing two Orange County gangs, La Colonia and Big Stanton, where rivalry that was forged on baseball fields, moved to fashionable cars and clothes and escalated eventually to drugs, guns and killings.  There is also a second article describing how gang violence appears on the rise throughout the County.

071117-18

347 KB   

1990 Building Permits Fall Sharply

An article from the Orange County Register of January 31, 1991 discussing the fact that building permits in Orange County fell to the lowest levels since the recession years of the early 1980s.  The article contains graphs showing building permits for housing, commercial building, and industrial.

071117-4

238 KB      

Gap Widens Between OC Rich and Poor

An article from the Orange County Register of May 12, 1992 discussing recently released census figures that show that the gap between Orange County’s wealthy residents and the working poor is widening.  The article also contains a chart showing some demographic statistics of Orange County.

071117-5

608 KB   

35.7 Million in U.S. Live in Poverty – Most in 28 Years

An article from the Orange County Register of September 4, 1992 discussing how the number of Americans living in poverty rose by 2.1 million to 35.7 million, the highest rate since the recession in the early 1980s.  The article also contains a chart showing poverty demographics in Orange County.

080221-1

677 KB   

1994 Orange County Crop Report

A report produced by the Agricultural Commissioner of the County of Orange, showing the condition, acreage, production and value of the agricultural products of Orange County for the year 1994.

071117-20

329 KB   

Farmers Markets – Orange County

An article from the Los Angeles Times of May 31, 1995 talking about the farmers markets of Orange County.  A listing is also presented of all the markets, along with location, dates and times of operation, and telephone numbers.

080212-5

1.6 MB   

Orange County Clubs and Organizations

A listing from the Orange County Register of January 5, 1995 of the various clubs and organizations within Orange County.

080212-6

1.7 MB   

Federation of Orange County Historical Organizations 1997-1998

This document contains an alphabetical listing of Orange County facilities by Category, a reference listing of historical organizations, and information regarding each of the organizations.

071117-24

107 KB

OC Exports

A chart from the Orange County Register (date unknown) showing statistics for Orange County exports.  Also see 071117-19.

080107-4

247 KB  

Orange County Depicting Ranchos and Landmarks

A historical map of Orange County showing significant landmarks in the county dating from the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s.

080110-1

3.2 MB   

Orange County Before it Was a County

A paper by Stephen Gould of the Western Association for the Advancement of Local History, Tustin, California, 1989, commemorating the one hundredth year centennial anniversary of Orange County.  It contains a history of the County going back to the mid 1700s.  It also includes a comprehensive bibliography and references, as well as other books by Stephen Gould.

080110-2

3.6 MB   

Turn of the Century Recollections

A pamphlet containing a series of ‘turn of the century’ recollections of Orange County, by Lucy Lockett, published in 1979 by the “Our Heritage” Section of the Ebell Club of the Santa Ana Valley.

080110-3

1.9 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 1

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  Contents includes; My Marchant Ancestors by Lenora Marchant Homyer (1983), My Heritage by Jo Winters Elliott (1983), and Family Genealogy by Lucy Hill Lockett (1982).

080117-1

2.1 MB

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 2

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  “Recollections of  My Roots in Santa Ana California”  by Eugenia Gilbert Selleck, 1983.

080117-2

2.2 MB  

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 3

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  “My Santa Ana Heritage” by Elsa Edwards (1983).

080117-3

1.6 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 4

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  “George Key of Placentia Farmer, Writer and Gentleman” by Maureen McClintock Rischard.

080117-4

1.6 MB 

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 5

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  Amanda Jane Harmon, Pioneer 1849 – 1940.

080117-5

1.8 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 6

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  Bessie Beth Coulter, First Curator, Charles W. Bowers Museum by Roberta Yonker Dale.

080124-1

1.8 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 7

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  The Basler Story by Dr. Herman Basler.

080124-2

1.2 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 8

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  Hazel Ione (Schaffert) Maag by Maureen McClintock Rischard.

080124-3

1.2 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 9

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  The Clark and Pitcher Families by Alice (Clark) Pitcher.

080124-4

1.7 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 10

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  The Enderle Family by Harriet (Owens) Enderle.

080128-1

2.6 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 12 (Volume 11 is missing)

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  Memories of Orange County and Balboa Island by Virginia L. Carpenter.

080128-2

1.7 MB   

Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley – Volume 13

Part of a 13 volume series of pioneer memories of the Santa Ana Valley.  The Francis Griset Story by Francis Griset.

080128-3

144 KB   

Take Pride in America

A bookmark from the Orange County Historical Commission asking for the public’s help in protecting our fragile and historic archaeological sites.

080212-2

264 KB         

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution

A document showing the contact information for the Director and Chapter Regents of the California Daughters of the American Revolution.

071117-2

647 KB      

Vietnam War Deaths from Orange County

A listing of military deaths from the Vietnam war, by each of the cities in Orange County.

091002-3

1.5 MB

Indian Valley – Plumas County, CA

A pamphlet produced by the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce describing the Indian Valley area of Plumas County, California.  Descriptions are provided for several of the communities in the Valley.

080212-4

479 KB         

Questions & Answers about Southern California Association of Governments

A brochure providing answers for frequently asked questions regarding the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  It also contains the names of the officers within the various counties.

080214-1

2.0 MB   

OC Citizen’s Report – County of Orange, Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2004

This report, produced by the Orange County Auditor-Controller’s Office, represents the highlights of the significant economic and financial activity of Orange County, California for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004.

080214-2

2.3 MB   

OC Citizen’s Report – County of Orange, Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2005

This report provides an overview of the County’s financial condition and a brief analysis of where the County revenues come from and where those dollars are spent.  It also provides an outline of trends in the local economy and how aour economy compares to neighboring counties, the State, and the nation.

080214-3

4.3 MB   

Orange County – 20 Year Master Plan of Transportation Improvements

This report describes a 20-year master plan for improving transportation facilities in Orange County, and the proposed plan for paying for those improvements.  The 40-page document was prepared by the Orange County Transportation Commission.

080221-2   

410 KB

County of Orange – Information and Services Directory

An information and services directory for cities within the Second District of the County of Orange.  The document was produced by Harriett M. Wieder, Supervisor, Second District.

080221-5

292 KB   

Orange County Japanese American Council – Historic Building Survey

This is a preliminary list of pre-1940 Japanese-related building sites, including homes, churches, schools, and businesses.  This brochure highlights 19 of those buildings in various parts of Orange County.

080228-1

735 KB   

Orange County Cities and Members of the State Legislature

A listing from December 1990 of Orange County cities, with the names of the mayor, mayor pro-tem, council members, and the city manager.  It also contains a listing of Orange County State assemblymen and state senators.

080228-2

1.5 MB   

Orange County Historical Highlights

A pamphlet produced by the First American Title Insurance Company in 1983 giving a brief glimpse into the rich heritage of Orange County.  The pamphlet contains many pictures and maps from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

080310-3

210 KB   

County of Orange – Anaheim Rainfall Statistics

For the city of Anaheim, rainfall totals by month for the years 1935 – 1969.

080310-4

298 KB   

Air Quality Data 1987 – South Coast Air Quality Management District

A series of statistics showing the amount of various pollutants measured at 37 air monitoring stations in southern California, for the year 1987.

080310-5

297 KB   

Air Quality Data 1988 – South Coast Air Quality Management District

A series of statistics showing the amount of various pollutants measured at 37 air monitoring stations in southern California, for the year 1988.

080310-6

290 KB   

Air Quality Data 1989 – South Coast Air Quality Management District

A series of statistics showing the amount of various pollutants measured at 37 air monitoring stations in southern California, for the year 1989.

080313-2

4.2 MB  

Orange County Economic Forecast – 1993

A copy of the Chapman University Economic Forecast for 1993.  Statistics and commentary include employment, taxable sales, building permit valuation, housing prices (resale homes), and the Consumer Price Index (inflation).  The report will be used buy the City of Huntington Beach  as it reviews current year revenue projections and prepares projections for the next year.

080212-3

699 KB         

Chess for Juniors

A brochure describing the Orange County’s Chess Club for youths ages 7-15.  It talks about the benefits of joining the club, the meeting schedule, and an application for joining.

   


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