Stories

Gordon William Grundy

NBHS Profile 2015 Gordon William Grundy As a lifelong advocate of his hometown Newport Beach, Gordon William “Bill” Grundy was a founder and president of the Newport Beach Historical Society for 42 years. Grundy was born February 20, 1924. His father, Gordon Milton Grundy, was the first doctor...

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The Memory Of Orange Blossoms…

The Memory of Orange Blossoms in the Spring   My family moved to Newport Beach when I was two years old, back in 1955. My grandfather, Donald G. Griswold, moved his manufacturing business from Alhambra to Costa Mesa. Cla-Val Company is still going strong on Placentia Avenue. We...

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Bob Reed Was A Strong Man

BOB REED Bob Reed was a strong man.  However, Bob didn’t acquire his strength rowing a dory several miles a day in the open sea as so many other locals.  Bob was an iceman.  He acquired his strength wrestling three-hundred-pound slabs of ice. I know that everyone...

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Cinderella–Not!

Cinderella--Not! When we first moved to Corona del Mar, everything north of Fifth Avenue was open hills.  To the west, where Irvine Terrace is today, was Mr. Harris’s riding stable, and  to the east, from Poppy to Crystal Cove, more open space.  In the village itself...

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Balcony Delivery

In 1949, my parents, sister, dog, and I moved down to Balboa Island permanently, and I attended the elementary, junior high, and high school here. I obtained a paper route, and found that one high school teacher (who shall remain nameless) was on the route, and she was very particular that her paper be...

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Fish Scales And Bikinis

When my father moved our family to Newort Beach in 1957 my brother and I were immediately befriended by a bunch of guys at Newport Harbor High.  One of the guys was Grant Hornbeak, a quarterback on the football team and an accomplished golfer (he...

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My One And Only Flight Of The Snowbirds

The year was 1948. I was eleven years old. Summer was upon us. That meant that Newport Harbor was gearing up for the Flight of the Snowbirds. The sailboat race pitted 125 to 150 twelve foot Snowbirds (sailboats with one sail called catboats and usually...

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