Local History Trivia

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How much do you know about Glendora's history?

Find out with our new trivia question. Every month or so, we will post a new question in the library and on our website for you to answer. You can use our resources about Glendora’s history to find the answer or ask a librarian at the information desk to point you in the right direction. We have numerous books, historic newspapers on microfilm, a clippings file and an index for the Glendoran Magazine.


Citrus Union High School  

What year was Citrus Union High School founded? How many students were in its first graduating class? 

Early grid of city with streets laid out  


How did Glendora get its name?


Glendora’s founder, George D. Whitcomb, combined “Glen” which described the narrow valley of his property, with the latter part of his wife’s given name, Leadora, and named his new town “Glendora.” 



Foothll Blvd Looking West  

Glendora was founded in the 19th century, and incorporated in the 20th century. Can you name the specific date of each event?


April 1st, 1887, and November 13, 1911.

The Chance Building    

“Cub Grocery” was a business located in this building, built in 1912, which still stands on the corner of Glendora Ave. and Foothill Blvd. This building was built by and named after what notable baseball player? What team did he play for?

ANSWER: Frank Chance. As a first baseman for the Chicago cubs, he was part of the famous tinkers-evers-chance double play combination that completed 1,213 double plays in 11 seasons.


Santa Fe Railroad Station in Glendora  



This is an early photo of Glendora’s Santa Fe Railroad station. What year was it built? 

ANSWER: 1887 (the same year that Glendora was founded).

Source: Glendora, The Annals of a Southern California community by Donald Pflueger.


Reuben Hamlin & Friends in an early model automobile



This famous Glendoran was the first man to send oranges to the White House, during the Taft administration. Who was he? 

ANSWER: Reuben Hamlin. His home (“The Hamlin House”) is the current california headquarters of the daughters of the American revolution.

Source: Daughters of the American revolution 


First National Bank building   QUESTION: 

This building (pictured) currently houses the Village Vault Restaurant. When was it built, and what was it originally used for?

ANSWER: 1906. It housed the First National Bank (Ground Floor) and the Glendora Opera House (top floor). The building also served as the first library location in 1908.

SOURCE: Glendora Report, Oct/Nov 2011


Vintage picture of people inside Glendora fruit packing factory   QUESTION: 

The Glendora Citrus Association (pictured here) was one of several packing  houses based in Glendora. How many boxes of fruit were packed annually in Glendora during the peak years of this industry?

ANSWER: Over 2 Million! Each box weighed 78 pounds. 

SOURCE: The First 100 YEARS compiled and edited by Joe and Ida Fracasse  



Vintage shot of tree-lined Vista Bonita Avenue  


In this early photo, pepper trees adorn the sides of this street, which would eventually contain Glendora’s first business district. Can you name the street?

ANSWER: Vista Bonita Ave.

Source: Beautiful Glendora: It’s people and history

by Sheldon G. Jackson




Interior of Glendora Drug Store (Kamphefner Market)  


One of Glendora’s first business buildings housed groceries, farm tools, hardware, and even a soda fountain! What was it called?

Answer: The KAMPHEFNER MARKET. It was located on North Vista Bonita Avenue, the site of the city’s original business center.


Pacific Electric (PE) car in front of the First National Bank Building and Opera House  

This is a photo of a Pacific Electric (PE) car in front of the First National Bank Building and Opera House.


On what date did the PE begin service to and from Glendora? Who was the first rider?

December 20, 1907. The first rider was railroad tycoon and art collector Henry E. Huntington.

Source: Glendora: The Annals of a Southern California Community, by Donald Pflueger (p.56).


Vintage Glendora house, green with white trim  

This house was once the Land Office and was one of Glendora's earliest buildings. It has been moved three times!


Do you know when it was built and where it is now?

It was built in 1887, but has seen some changes. It is now located on the corner of Minnesota and Whitcomb Avenues. It was once the Land Office. You can see an early drawing of it on the Glendora Land Company map in the Bidwell Forum at the Library. 

Source: Remember When... by Bobbie Battler, page 29.


Foothll Blvd Looking West, Glendora sign mounted as an arch over the street  

This photo of a charming electric street sign was taken around 1925.


Do you know how Glendora got its slogan "Pride of the Foothills"?

It was coined by Flora Jones Seaman Webb in the early 1900s for the Glendora Gleaner. Flora’s father was John Atlas Jones, the publisher of the Glendora Gleaner and the first president of Glendora’s Chamber of Commerce in 1917. Flora’s mother was president of the Glendora Woman’s Club in 1912.

Source: Glendoran magazine, Jan/Feb 2007, page 14.




Hamilton House, red with white trim   

This little house has been moved twice. It was an antiques shop on Alosta Avenue in the late 1950's through the late 1980's, before being moved to its current location.


Do you know where it is now?

It is the Hamilton House and is currently at the Centennial Heritage Park. It was moved there in 1988 by the Glendora Preservation Foundation. You can read more about the house in the May/June 2008 issue of the Glendoran magazine.


Brubaker house, Victorian, yellow with white trim 


Who was the first mayor of Glendora, and where did he live?

Hint: The house he lived in is still standing and is near the library.

Answer: His name was J.S. Brubaker and he lived in this house on the corner of Vista Bonita and Carroll Ave. He was only mayor for three short months. He died of "cardiac trouble" on February 5, 1912.


Source: The Glendoran, July/August 2002, page 53 and the Glendora Gleaner, February 9, 1912.


Flooded Glendora streets, 1969   


This was the year in which Glendora had 44 inches of rainfall in 42 days. 

Do you know what year it was?

The year was 1969.

Do you recognize the location?

It is Foothill Blvd. with Glendora High School on the right.



Big Tree Park   


This Moreton Bay Fig at Big Tree Park may be the second largest of its kind in the United States (the biggest is in Santa Barbara).

Do you know when this tree at Big Tree Park was planted?

It was planted in 1890 by Edgar J. Owens. A postcard picture of it can be seen on page 97 of Ryan Price's book Glendora (from the Postcard History series).


Samuel J Miller house, horse and carriage in front  


The house in this photo is still standing and is one of the oldest houses in Glendora, built in 1883.

Do you know where it is? What color is it now?

The house is red and is located at 539 East Sierra Madre Avenue.

Source: Remember When: A Historical Journey Through Glendora and Portions of Azusa by Bobbie Battler.


Michigan Meda Street Scene with three Glendora men  


We know quite a bit about this picture of early Glendora.

Who are the three men in the photo? When was it taken? What is the model and year of the horseless carriage?

This picture was taken in 1908 and the men pictured are Charles Matthews, Clyde Wamsley and Charles Weaver. The car is a 1907 Ford Model N. 

Source: Stories of Old Glendora by Ryan Lee Price.


Post Office interior showing desks with cubby holes   


The first post office in Glendora was located in the home of the first postmaster.

What was his name?

W. B. Cullen.


Source:  The Glendoran magazine, May/June 2005.



Converse Building; News Fountain Confectionery  

The "Converse Building," pictured here in 1905, still stands on Glendora Avenue.

What business has been in this building since 1943?
What is the building called now?

Nelson's Drug Store and the "Lee Building"

Source: The Converse Building 1905 by Ryan Price in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of the Glendoran magazine.


Interior of Glendora fruit packing house including workers
For several years, Glendora had the largest citrus packing house in the world. 

To which U.S. President did we send monthly shipments of oranges? 
President William Howard Taft
Source: Glendora, Pride of the Foothills: a Short History


Glendora Historical Society Building    Question:
 This building, located at 314 Glendora Avenue, has been  repurposed many times in its long history. Since its  construction 100 years ago, the building has served as  Glendora's City Hall, Jail, Firehouse, and even housed the  American Legion Frank J. Gard Post No. 153 in the 1950s.

 What is this building used for today?
The Glendora Historical Society Museum. They had their first open house on January 9, 1955.
The Museum is open 11am-2pm most Saturdays, go check it out!


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