Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 21
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 21

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
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HOMES, SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES CITY AMONG THE ORANGE GROVES i (•.-.-... j ,_« ^^^••^v;'^ •-••••• &4N G ABRIE L \ALLI LEAD IN G VOL COVINA, CALIFORNIA, SATURDAY. DEC. 26, 1908. INO. e CALL OF THE WEST Over Sierras to Sunshine Conies Never-Ending Stream of Home-Makers and Pleasure-Seekers. The Bigger and Better Covina Argus Invites You Today to the Land of the Golden Afternoon. "Well, yes, Son, I guess we are a bit tired after four days of steady riding, but don't tell me that it's tedious or anything like that. I tell you, boy, if I'd known there was such a tremendous stretch of country between Chicago and Los Angeles, I would have grown a foot taller long ago, just thinking I was an American citizen and had a share In this whopping big country. Mountains and plains and rivers and lakes, and whole states covered with cornfields—miles up in a snowstorm one afternoon and before nightfall running through peach blossoms and oranges into Sacramento— the Blue Canyon and the Royal Gorge —Great Scott! Your mother and I are a little tired but we're here in Los Angeles, and glad of it. Now, Where's Covina?" "We'll be in Covina in an hour, Dad. You and mother will sleep in an orange grove tonight." "You don't mean that we are going to camp—" "I mean that in the middle of the orange grove is where I've built the bungalow, and it's a good one, too. Six rooms with bath and verandas, pergolas and—" "Oh, I see, said dad; "right where •we can reach out and pull off an orange in the middle of the night." "That's what you can," replied his ouii, 'and svo're going to 'reach out' and take about $0000 worth of oranges from that ten acres this year, and the prices in the East have gone up one- third since the presidential election. Good times for Southern California from this day out. Better times than we've ever had, and that's saying a good deal, for we've got the richest country in the world here, without exception to any part of the United States. This is the Arcade station of the Southern Pacific that you and mother just left, and this street is Fifth street. We'll take a car right here and ride a few blocks to Main street, get off at the Pacific Electric station and take the Covina car there. We'll be home in an hour. HOME!" Within the brilliantly lighted station of the Pacific Electric company, the young man with the bronzed face and fore-arms found seats for the little lady and the elderly man with the iron-gray hair, and set them to watching the electric signs that flashed out the names of the towns surrounding Los Angeles as the big electrics boomed out on the journey to the suburbs, pointed out the perfect ease with which the great crowd of people was handled in the roomy station, until tho letters over tho track entrance spoiled out tho town of their own destination, when he piloted them to the car, and in a few minutes the great city of (ho Southwest lay behind them and the foothills of Iho country rolled up on either side of the track. "The track to the left goes to Pasadena. This is tlii! Covina Junction, with straight track from now on Id tho City of Orango G roves. All this land in the rolling hills is sown to grain every winter after the rains. Tho rainy soason commences in October and extends until May. Some Easterners have the idea that tho rainv soason extends for six months and doesn't rain at all for another six months. It rains two or three limes each month in tho winter, and the rest of the time the weather Is composed of cool, glorious sunshine. That big building on the left, is Ramona college. We are in the heart of some of the famous scenes from Helen Hunt Jackson's well-known book, "Ramona." Here are new villages being laid out by the rapidly spreading population of Los Angeles. Below here we run through thousands of acres of truck gardens which supply Los Angeles with vegetables and small fruits." "I've been gazing out of the window since I left Chicago," said the elderly man, "and the country is growing more wonderful every minute." Through the old town of El Monte, where the English walnuts are raised, to Irwindale, a suburb of Covina, cov- of afternoon sunshine, and through the groves laborers wore busy, dressed in the lightest of clothing, arms and chest bare, brown and hardy with their toil in the land of eternal summer. "[ know this locality would still, mo. and your mother has fallen in love already," said the elderly Easterner. "I have been reading about Covlim In the Covina newspaper you sent us, and it seems to be cxaclly as represent ed." Through the days that followed, Iho man from the East nnd his wife discovered that ho was only one of many tourists and homesookors who were journeying to this town of oranges in the San Gabriel valley. A community of ;>000 people, with a surely of Its becoming populated by 10,000 In a fow years, Hie locality attracts men with money to Invest in a permanent home, or men with money for a safe deal in PALMETTO RANCH. Home of Col. F. M. Chapman, Where Governor! of the State Have Been Entertained. ELDORADO RANCH—OWNED BY J. H. ADAMS. Forty Acres of Banner Oranges. The crop brings twelve dollars a tree, or one thousand dollars to the acre. orangos and small fruits, profit-hearing real estate. Throe now brick business blocks in Iho pioccsK of construction Ibis year show the steady increase in demand for business places. Covina never oxpori- with tin: village hidden among the splendid green of the groves. In a little less than one hour after leaving the station in I.os Angeles, the Pacific Kloe- trie car boomed into tbe town of Covina, dropping passengers at each street, until a general exodus was made at Citrus avenue, the main si reel of the city. The atmosphere of this mid-winter afternoon In the orange bell was that of one of Ihoso balmy days known lo the East as "Indian Summer." Recent rains had removed the slight accumulation of dust from the green of the groves, until they glistened like emerald gems in Iho glint encod a boom of any nature, preferring lo grow healthily and steadily in the .surest manner. The fads gleaned by the business man and his wife who h:id come to Covina wllh their son are the same thai hundreds are acquiring each day during llie winter, vlna, Is that of the building of a beautiful and commodious High School, now In process of COIIHI rud Ion, In the stylo of tho I'Yonoli RetiiialHHaiice. Tills splendid building occupies a commanding night within one block of tbe car line on Cl'rus avenue, and Is to be eroded at cost of $<;o,00(J, the bonds for thin building being sold lo llie State of California al a high premium. The big wooden building, eroded bill a few years nK" fur tin for Covina is coining to the front Ibis High School became loo umiill for tin year as never before In IIH history. Among the nowesi ventures which the town has taken hold of In a public- spirited manner characteristic of Co- .,„., scholars asking admission this year, and after voting bonds for llie now building, Iho prosoni one wan sold lo Iho gramma!- school, which In turn has become congou!od, HO that iho High School building was a IIOOOH- riity lo Iho grammar school. The •Dammar school buildings are clustered In a campus roofed by splendid shade trees, with tennis court, basketball grounds, baseball field and hand ball having their soparai;- portions of i iho campus. Covina, In tho pasi two yearn, h<is | bull! two now ohurehcK and n-mod ' oiled one, and another will soon ho In process of const ruction. The l'rcnb.y- lerian church Is possibly iho must Im posing Hi rue! me, being built of llii- California prepared stone with nquare lowers after the offer! of ;he dav;. ol Norman oasflori, and li.-> inicrior Is finely arranged with :t bnT.e auditorium and balcony, especial at lent ion i being paid lo the accouhiic, lo n:-;.-i',>i i the well-rendered iiiiixic ol >'ii:-, oii/an-j l/aiion. Near It i« Iho n«-w l!apii:-:l ; church, a modern edifice, and between; IheKO I WO llOllHOH of WOL.hlp I.-. Ill"' '.vhilo, flower-enveloped hi incline '•>(' ill"- f'ariioglo lihraiy, one 1,1 tin- tin in the Han fjabrlol valley Huiiou.'d in;/ theHO public building.', an orange grove.-! v.llh l|i"-ii \>a~ ^'alow.-i, i-on.e of them co.-.uv, i,;•••:•!; ;};•': com loll a bl'- home i,a .inc ..-, men and i ,inciii-i (,r a Ii i '. 'oil! I' a : a in ' i a i, ;• about IIUMilif, Ibese oi'cbai'd tinmen, hi llie pleasant fact of line road;;, well oiled and diiKtlesii, smooth and com Tollable lor carriage nnd automobile alike. Kvory whore beautiful homes are Ibe order, whether erected al a con! of ICSH than Ijluuo or for ni'/re Iban $10,0011, lor tbe worl, In.- a chance to build an al I rarfi •,e bonic beie as well an llie icim d i !'i -,iern business man with c;iplt;il ;ii hit com mnnd. The til reels ol' Cuvlnu pro'onl an air of prosperity and comfort all for one may seldom pans down ('III IIH avenue without wli ncsitinj.'. iho HU'bi of do/eiiH of automobiles and car /oH walling the pleasure of ihelr ownoi-H who are trading In the marketplace. Let tiH PUSH on from this Introductory article to other pagos of tbo Argils, wlioro tho subjocl.H arc taken up ut. length for your benefit. In thesis artlcloH wo will give you honoBt values on landn, and tell you why wo want you IIH a permanent resident In the nowoHt and bcmt land of tho aeinl-lrop- ICH. BACK YONDER. Avvny buck yonder tin- wintry winds ' in'.- chill, In n wlndbiK :<lii"d of HIHIW lien Ilir; vnlli'V mid the hill, Tin- p.illcivl cnllle huddle In the Hhidlnr from the Mlnnii, Ami Hi"' fnlliH nre nil hoii^i'd In 'round Iho lire, kccpliiK wnrin; ||'H n Iniril lime lluy'rc InivlHK, mid It Hi'lM ii innn (o ponder How Kind lie uiwhl. I" I"' Unit he'H not Illicit Yonder. I Kid lo thinking of lln-in, often, wln-n alone, Hi-re wllli llu- bin In mid Hie IICCM' lni|)|iy drone, Tim HdWi'i'H nnd llie MIIII nnd llii! Inliil wllh popple.M KII.V; Hoiin-lniw IhroUKli II nil my IhoUKhtH biickwnrd Hlriiy, And I cnlcli mj'Hcll' n -ilremnlnK of lln) old plnce, mid wonder If Ihe HklltlllK'H like II WIIM Wlli'll I I|V"'"I buck Yonder, I wonder If they Kiilh' 1 '' In "ic cold, crlMp nlr.lil. Wllh Hi" 1 IIIOOH'M lloodliiK (-'.lory on lh"i llddM Mill! nnd wldte, The hiKly-l liroiilcil liuyn and lln- lannli- Tliclr liriKld ''.yen dandim tlir'oiiKli Ihi-lr When coaHlhiK'" nl )l:i heal and the lee H KlcmiiliiK under Tile liollldedH II Wlll/./llie, III! llie llllH hack Yonder. I lldnk I MCC Hie old folk" Ktilhercil in III"' c,|,,w ill' Hie hcarl liMlone'M warnilh Ilial once I IIMed I O If IIO VS'. 'flu' blown 11 IK of elder nf N'alnrc'n Wholennllie 1,1. V. ,\ i d I le- l-polli! ol Hie 1,1 <-|i:i |.| -,.. I;, I I lei III 'idoll < tipple,'. HI ' V' , I lldnk, and I Ililnli, III! I'..- hall a mind If, -I | Oa IH |e I I'll"- laid i enl I've r.ol on Yond<r. I'.III, l.f eiilir.-"'. II'.' "tils wouldn't really t'o In llie houllnt; '.MI,I| , and II now, ,\ wa '.- ll MIII DM- llowi-i ', and I Ii KM- bee.,, 'I'll. Ii ilni In lie- ah , a nd I In- '.niiny day I I'.ul I ean'l lielp I'.no'AlnK a> la i away I wander Thai Ihere'H olhi'i kind >d' joy, and H'.i way baelt Yonder. .lolin H. Mdirom-lv HI n '• 'Shall a Goth Enter the Home of a Roman' .Italian Villa of Ben f. Thorpe U rider E i / J;

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