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1) Sometimes history repeats itself.
2) For many years the building housed a chain furniture store.
3) This building is in the heart of downtown Visalia.
4) The building also had an office supply store in it for a number of years.
Rare Old Train Depot Photos Discovered
Mearle Heitzman Turns 90
1885 Oil Painting Shows Interesting View
I recently visited City Hall West (Johnson and Acequia) and spotted this great old framed oil painting on the wall. For some reason I had never seen it before and it was a nice surprise. The artist, Frederick Bauer, created this image in 1885 and the view is looking east from the top of the old courthouse. In the foreground of this image, on the right, you can see the Masonic/IOOF Hall which sat on the northeast corner of Church and Center streets. To the left of the Hall is the future site of the 1893 S. P. Depot (where the Depot Restaurant is now.) Very few images exist showing this particular view and it was a good one to share. Again it is available for viewing in the public area of City Hall West. Go by and take a look at it. Much better to view in person.
“This Place Matters”
***In the last HH there was question raised about the initials VMDA which appeared on an old local milk bottle. Sharon Collier seems to have found the answer and she found it on the internet. Apparently, it stands for Valley Milk Distributors Association. Thanks Sharon for that.
***Gina recently asked a cemetery question. She had heard there was another cemetery in Visalia before the existing one. She is absolutely right. Originally, Visalia cemetery was located in the area bounded by Murray, Locust, Race and Encina. In 1859, the cemetery was ordered moved. The bodies were exhumed and reburied. Did they find all the bodies? I doubt it. Be careful when digging in the area, you never know what you might find!
***Duane Davis is curious about the decorative ornaments on either side of the entrance to the downtown post office. They are interesting objects and he asks if anyone knows anything about them? By the way, they are original to the post office. It sure would be nice to know who the artist was that designed them. Another by the way, the cornerstone for that building was laid in December 1933.
*** In the last HH, Janzen’s Jewelry store was shown in one of the photographs and Jan Moffett recalled how impressed she was with the store’s “animated” displays in the front display windows. She particularly remembers the snow scene with little figures skiing downhill. This would have been before 1956. Anybody else have any Janzen memories?
***In the last HH the Rainbo Bread building was featured and so many of you commented about the wonderful bakery smells that floated over Visalia when the ovens were working. Hard to beat the smell of fresh baking, huh?
Lombardi, the Italian arrested at the instance of J. R. Coats and charged with discharging firearms in the city limits, was found not guilty by City Recorder Clack this morning. Lombardi’s defense was that a dog, which was later found to be one belonging to Coats, was engaged in chasing his chickens at the time. Judge Clack declared that a man has a right to shoot in defense of his property. Visalia Daily Times, March 29, 1909