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City of Huntington Beach Scanned Historical Documents (in Adobe PDF Format)

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Filename

File Description

070806-3

1.1 MB

The Northam Ranch House

A history of the “Northam Ranch House”, the house that “Diamond Bob” Robert Northam built.  Rancho Las Bolsas, Henry Huntington, Huntington Beach Company.

090501-15

402 KB

Time Has Tolled For Historical Tom Talbert House

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of February 4, 1988, talking about the history and upcoming demolition of the Tom Talbert House in Huntington Beach.

090518-6

221 KB

Son Fights City for Return of Old Family Home

An article from the Los Angeles Times of September 26, 1982 describing how Tim Talbert was asking the City of Huntington Beach to let him buy back the house and land that he sold to the city in 1971.

090501-16

590 KB

Fire Destroys Historic Building

An article from the Orange County Register of June 21, 1989 describing how a fire believed to have been started by two boys, destroyed an historic building in Huntington Beach that preservationists had hoped to make into a museum.

090518-33

794 KB

Old Mansion on a Mesa – A Museum in the Making

An article from the Los Angeles Times of April 27, 1976 describing how the Huntington Beach Historical Society is dedicated to preserving a significant part of Huntington Beach’s history, the Newland House, a two-story Victorian-style mansion built by William Newland in 1898.  According to historian Delbert Higgins, the Newland House was the first house built in Huntington Beach.

070811-4

920 KB

Huntington Beach Historical Society

A tri-fold pamphlet describing the history of the Huntington Beach Historical Society, its mission, special events, membership, and activities.  Newland House Museum, Newland House Country Store.

091112-21

358 KB

This is Historical Huntington Beach

A tri-fold pamphlet produced by the Huntington Beach Historical Society showing membership information and information about the Newland House Museum and Newland House Country Store which are the primary responsibilities of the Society.

091119-18

870 KB

The Newland House – Home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Newland

A bi-fold pamphlet compiled by Joel Blank, under the auspices of the Huntington Beach Historical Society, talking about the history of the Newland family and Newland House.

070806-4

1.8 MB

The Newland House

A pamphlet from 1981 describing the history of the Newland House built in 1898, home of Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor Newland. West Coast Land and Water Company, Robert Northam, Pacific City, Pacific Electric Railway, Indian artifacts.

070920-4

166 KB   

The Newland House

A flyer from the Huntington Beach Historical Society describing the history of the Newland House.  William Taylor Newland, Abel Stearns.  Also see 070806-4.

091112-37

554 KB

Newland House History

A 2-page description of the history of the Newland House and Newland Ranch.  It appears to be part of an unspecified report on the history of Huntington Beach.  Date unknown.

091119-17

1.7 MB

A Love Affair With a Historic House

An article from the Los Angeles Times of June 29, 1980 about Alice Jumper, and her efforts with the Huntington Beach Historical Society to restore and display the Newland House, located at Beach Boulevard and Adams Street.  The house was built for William and Mary Newland in 1898.

090501-9

579 KB

History Parades by House on Hill

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper of May 24, 1984 describing the historic Newland House and family of Huntington Beach.  Pictures included.

090501-7

743 KB

Beach Town's History Buff in Saving Mood

An article from the Los Angeles Times of July 15, 1985, describing how members of the Huntington Beach Historical Society requested the City Council to do a survey of Huntington Beach historical sites, to preserve them from the wrecking ball associated with the rapid expansion of Huntington Beach.

090518-21

445 KB

The Worthy Home: Part of Huntington Beach History

An article from the Huntington Beach News of July 3, 1987, describing the history of the Worthy home and property in Huntington Beach, and the effort to have it declared as a historical landmark in the National Historical Registry.

091119-13

230 KB

Huntington Beach Grants Stay of Execution for One of Its Famous Dignitaries

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of August 6, 1987 describing how Jack and Irene Briggs made an 11th hour of the Blodget House at 116 Eighth St., from being demolished to make way for new development. The house will be moved to another location.

090501-21

281 KB

Historic Buildings to Make Way for Parking Structure in Huntington Beach

An article from the Orange County Register of October 20, 1988 describing how the Huntington Beach Planning Commission voted to demolish several historical buildings on Main Street to make way for a new parking structure.

091119-3

215 KB

National Historic Registry Selects Huntington Home

An article from the Orange County Register of August 13, 1987 mentioning that three downtown, turn-of-the-century buildings have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.  The buildings are the Worthy family house, a commercial building, and a small tool shop between them.

090518-29

154 KB

Historical Nudge Doesn’t Budge Huntington Beach Purse Strings

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of May 15, 1989, describing how the Huntington Beach City Council would not allocate the funds necessary to restore or relocate the three buildings erected by Sam Bowen in the 1920’s.

090518-5

312 KB

Historic Huntington Beach Buildings Granted Stay of Demolition

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of June 4, 1989 describing how the historic Bowen buildings at Lake and Yorktown received a temporary reprieve from demolition to make way for new houses.

090518-3

217 KB

11th Hour Plea Fails to Save Historic Block

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of June 8, 1989, describing how the Huntington Beach Planning Commision voted 6 to 1 to allow Pacific Coast Homes to raze the original home of S. R. Bowen Co. to build six houses.

090518-30

174 KB

City Warned of Danger Before Building Burned

An article from the Orange County Register of June 22, 1989, describing how Huntington Beach City officials might have been lax in providing adequate safeguards for the historical Bowen buildings in downtown Huntington Beach.

070904-9

300 KB  

Sunday Band Concert Was Favorably Received

A copy of a page from the Huntington Beach News of April 1914 describing the new Huntington Beach Concert Band.  The page also has the following articles, “Clerk Nutt, Attorney Davis and Engineer Spencer” and “William Newland Has Been Appointed”.  Also see 070904-8

070904-8

308 KB  

Everybody Boost For the New Huntington Beach Concert Band

A copy of the front page of the Huntington Beach News of June 24, 1914, with the above headline.  The article does not seem to be included on the page.  Also see 070904-9.

Churches

070724-1

3.4 MB

History of First Christian Church of Huntington Beach

This booklet covers the history of the First Christian Church of Huntington Beach for the 85 years from 1905 to 1990. It also includes brief descriptions of the founders and charter members of the Church. James G. Hurst, Everett Auger, Thomas W. Overton, Robert Shannon, Bruce Templeton.

090518-16

178 KB

Elder Doesn’t Warrant Historical Respect

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of November 17, 1988 talking about the Community Bible Church at 6th and Orange in downtown Huntington Beach and the fact that it should be included in the National Historical Registry of historical sites.

091119-1

314KB

Savior Sought for Historic Chapel

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of March 24, 1988 talking about how the Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board and the City Council are looking at ways to save the 11th St. Church of God chapel that has been designated to be torn down to make room for condominiums.

091119-10

193 KB

City Will Save Old Church

An article from the Orange County Register of March 31, 1988 describing how the Huntington Beach City Council approved $23,000 to save the 'Little Blue Church' from demolition by moving it to a new site.  Also see article 091119-1.

090518-15

231 KB

City’s Oldest Church to Mark 85th Anniversary

An article from the Huntington Beach Independent of June 22, 1989 describing the history  of Methodists in Orange County, and the 85th anniversary of the First United Methodist Church of Huntington Beach.

Schools

091002-20

757 KB

Huntington Beach Union High School

An article (date unknown) by Raymond M. Elliott, Principal of Huntington Beach Union High School, talking about the history of the school that was founded in 1903, and was known as 'The School on Wheels' because it moved so frequently during the first few yers of its somewhat uncertain existence.

091002-28

5.3 MB

Ocean View Makes News

A compilation of articles from October and November 1972 talking about various matters concerning the Ocean View School District of Huntington Beach.

091002-31

37 KB

School Completion Dates

A one-page listing from April 12, 1979 showing the names of schools and their respective completion dates.

091002-23

369 KB

Close One High School, Panel Asks

Orange County Register of Sept. 10, 1987 discusses how a Blue Ribbon Committee recommended that the Huntington Beach Union High School District close one of its 6 high schools to maintain the quality of education in the remaining five. The 3 that were suggested for closing were Huntington Beach High School, Ocean View High School, & Edison High School.  Also see article 091002-22.

091002-22

231 KB

School Closure Appeals to No One

An article from the Orange County Register of September 17, 1987 talking about a proposal to close one of the district's schools to save money.  Three high schools were singled out for consideration, Ocean View, Edison, and Huntington Beach.  The article discusses the affect that such a closure might have on the various communities served by the schools.

090518-14

330 KB

Towering Example of Local History Feted

An article from the Orange County Register of October 8, 1987 talking about the rededication of the auditorium and bell tower at Huntington Beach High School as Orange County Historical landmarks.

090501-11

473 KB

Close One High School, Panel Asks

An article from the Orange County Register of October 10, 1987 describing a citizen's advisory committee's recommendation to close one of the city's six high schools to maintain the quality of education in the remaining five high schools.

091002-21

222 KB

Closed Elementary School to Reopen as Child-Care Center

An article from the Orange County Register of October 22, 1987 describing how the Burke School, an elementary school in the Huntington Beach Elementary School District, that has been closed for two years, will be taken over by National Pediatric Support Services of Irvine for its Step-by-Step Early Learning Enrichment Center.

091002-24

142 KB

8th-Graders Show CAP Strength

An article from the Orange County Register of October 20, 1988 describing how 8th-graders in the Huntington Beach School District turned in a strong showing in the California Assessment Program tests, although 3rd-grade scores fell significantly in reading, written language skills, and mathematics.

091002-26

168 KB

California Assessment Program Test Scores

A series of charts from the Orange County Register of October 20, 1988 showing California Assessment Program (CAP) test scores for schools within several school districts within Orange County.  Scores are for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math, for 3rd, 6th, and 8th graders.  Also see article 091002-24.

091002-27

150 KB

Unusual Job Links Schools to Neighbors

An article from the Orange County Register of February 22, 1989 talking about how Fran Andrade is a liaison between Oak View School and the residents of the nearby neighborhood, one of the poorest in Huntington Beach.  With a population that is 70% Hispanic and 20% Vietnamese, Andrade's job is to foster communication between home and school to create a better environment for learning.

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