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Orange Countiana 2010 to Current Year

The 2010 volume of Orange Countiana marked the return of the Orange County Historical Society's annual publication released each autumn. The intent of this journal is to foster a growing interest in researching, writing, and learning more about the rich history of Orange County, California.

The volume published in the current member year is given to each member in good standing (see our Membership page for details). You can order recent and earlier volumes of this journal from our Publications for Sale page.

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Orange Countiana Volume XI, 2015

Orange Countiana 2013
  Orange Countiana, Volume XI
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The eleventh issue of Orange Countiana includes articles that take us from the 1860s right up to the present day: 

  • “The Williams Settlement of Gospel Swamp” by Byron “Daniel” Williams
  • “Fast Changing Villa Park” by Louise Booth
  • “The Birth of an Industry – Early Citrus in Early Orange County” by Phil Brigandi
  • “Streamline Moderne Architecture in a Mission Town” by Krista Nicholds
  • “Laguna Woods – Birth of a City” by Bob Ring

Louise Booth (1916-2012) was a teacher and historian and the author of six books, including Villa Park: Then and Now (1976) and Fulfilling A Dream – The History of Chapman University (2001). She was active in the Orange County Historical Society, and served as chairman of our Orange County Centennial Committee in the 1980s.

Phil Brigandi has been researching and writing Orange County history for 40 years now. He is the author of more than two dozen books and the editor of Orange Countiana.Krista Nicholds has a BA and MA in political science. She spent several years in business management in the printing industry. She’s now studying heritage conservation in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California and will work in her new field in Orange County. Krista lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and two children.

Krista Nicholds has a BA and MA in political science. She spent several years in business management in the printing industry. She’s now studying heritage conservation in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California and will work in her new field in Orange County. Krista lives in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and two children.Bob Ring was actively involved in the incorporation of Laguna Woods. He was a long time councilman and former mayor of Laguna Woods, and the current President of the Historical Society of Laguna Woods. Myra Neben, former editor of the Leisure World News, also contributed to this article.

Bob Ring was actively involved in the incorporation of Laguna Woods. He was a long time councilman and former mayor of Laguna Woods, and the current President of the Historical Society of Laguna Woods. Myra Neben, former editor of the Leisure World News, also contributed to this article.

Byron “Dan” Williams was born and raised in Los Angeles County, but moved to Orange County in 1984. Professionally, he worked in marketing and advertising, including 18 years with Occidental Petroleum and ten years for Paramount Pictures and Madison Square Garden.

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Orange Countiana Volume X, 2014

Orange Countiana 2013
  Orange Countiana, Volume X
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The 10th issue of Orange Countiana includes articles on some of the earliest history of Orange County:

  • “The First Settlers” by Terry E. Stephenson
  • “Contested Boundaries and Intertwined Realities: Gospel Swamp and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Orange County” by Carolyn Christian
  • “Joseph Young, Orange County Vintner” by Mark P. Hall-Patton
  • “Chronicling Carbon Canyon: A Short History of a Corner of Orange County” by Paul R. Spitzzeri

Carolyn E. (Schoff) Christian is an author, cultural anthropologist and human resources professional, as well as a descendent of an early Gospel Swamp family. She has lived in Gospel Swamp for most of her adult life. She serves as President of the Friends of Pio Pico, Inc, the nonprofit arm of Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier and also serves as President of the California League of Park Associations (CALPA), serving California State Parks. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Historical Society.

Mark P. Hall-Patton grew up in Santa Ana, worked for the Bowers Museum, and was the founding director of the Anaheim Museum. He currently serves as Museums Administrator for Clark County, Nevada. He is the author of two books and hundreds of articles, and currently serves as a guest expert on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” He is active with many different historical organizations including the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.

Paul R. Spitzzeri grew up in Orange County and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in history at California State University Fullerton. He currently serves as Assistant Director of the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry. He is the author of a number of books and articles, specializing in 19th century Los Angeles. A resident of Carbon Canyon, he regularly explores the past and present of the area in his blog, www.carboncanyonchronicle.blogspot.com..

Terry Stephenson (1880-1943) was Orange County’s first great historian. He served as editor of the Santa Ana Register for more than two decades, then as Santa Ana’s Postmaster, and Orange County Treasurer. His books include Caminos Viejos (1930), Shadows of Old Saddleback (1931), Forster vs. Pico (1936), and Don Bernardo Yorba (1941). He served on the editorial board for the original Orange County History Series, published by the Orange County Historical Society in the 1930s.

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Orange Countiana Volume IX, 2013

Orange Countiana 2013
  Orange Countiana, Volume IX
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The 9th edition of the Orange Countiana, dedicated to the memory of the late Orange County historian Jim Sleeper, includes the following topics by these authors:

  • "John Meyenberg and the Lily Creamery" by Leo J. Friis
  • "Local News, Local Views: The Story of the Orange Post" by Phil Brigandi
  • "Staying With It: The Early Years of Toastmasters International" by Paul F. Clark
  • "Carl Stroschein: Last Constable of San Juan Township" by Pamela Hallan-Gibson
  • "Robert Strain: Citrus Industry Pioneer" by Monica Ortez

Leo J. Friis (1901-1980) arrived in Anaheim in 1926, pursuing a long and successful career as an attorney. He authored more than half a dozen books, including Orange County Through Four Centuries (1965), and Campo Aleman (1983). He was an active member of the Orange County Historical Society from the 1930s until his death, and played a key role in the revival of the Society during the 1960s.

Paul F. Clark is a local historian, author, and long-time member of Toastmasters. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton and past president of the Orange Community Historical Society, he is retired from the Riverside County Planning Department.

Pamela Hallan-Gibson is the author of seven books on San Juan Capistrano and Orange County history, and the granddaughter of Carl Stroschein. She now lives in Sonoma, California.

Monica Ortez has strong family roots in Northern Orange County. Born in Fullerton, she has lived all her life in Anaheim, and served on the Anaheim Historical Society board of directors. While serving as Senior Council Chair of USA Badminton, her work was published in several sporting magazines. She works as Project Coordinator of the American Indian Education Program for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach.

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Orange Countiana Volume VIII, 2012

Orange Countiana 2012
  Orange Countiana, Volume VIII
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The well-illustrated 8th edition of the Orange Countiana covers a range of historical topics, each written in a unique and engaging manner. These articles reveal new truths about familiar subjects:

  • "José Antonio Yorba" by Donald E. Rowland
  • "Along the Arroyo Santiago" by Don Meadows
  • "Portrait of a Young County" by Phil Brigandi
  • "Memories of 'Memo'" by Froy Tiscareño
  • "The Orange County Bankruptcy" by John M.W. Moorlach

Donald E. Rowland received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Redlands, and a D.D.S. degree from UCLA. After spending nearly three decades in private practice, he returned to the UCLA School of Dentistry, spending eight years as an Academic Administrator. He is the author of the book John Rowland and William Workman, Southern California Pioneers of 1841. Dr. Rowland is a descendant of José Antonio Yorba I, via Zenobia, the daughter of Bernardo Yorba and Felipa Dominguez.

The late Don Meadows spent nearly three-quarters of a century documenting the history of Orange County. Born in Indiana, he arrived in Orange in 1903 and soon fell in love with his new home. Proessionally, he was a teachter and biologist, but is best remembered as a historian, specializing in Southern and Baja California.

Froy Tiscareño, author of several books, contributed an article about his memories of colorful Orange County figure and historian William McPherson as well as tales of his Mexican-American family’s life in Orange County during the first half of the 20th Century. Tiscareño, who taught mathematics at Mt. San Antonio College for 27 years and recently taught at Irvine Valley College, came to O.C. from Mexico in 1949, settling in the little town of McPherson, near El Modena.

John M.W. Moorlach, C.P.A., contributed a first-hand account of “The Orange County Bankruptcy” to our journal. Moorlach has served as Supervisor for Orange County’s 2nd District since 2006, and was appointed Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector following the resignation of Robert Citron in the wake of the county bankruptcy. A former member of the Board of Directors of the Costa Mesa Historical Society, he also served as Vice Chairman of the California State Sesquicentennial Foundation.

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Orange Countiana Volume VII, 2011

Orange Countiana 2011
  Orange Countiana, Volume VII
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The 7th edition of the Orange Countiana features articles by local Orange County historians with a connection to libraries or archives within the county:

  • "The Silent Cannon: The Spanish-American War Memorial at Irvine Park" by Jim Sleeper
  • "The History and Humanity of Charles C. Chapman" by Brett Fisher and Randolph Boyd
  • "Sacred Encounters: The History of Holy Cross Cemetery" by Stephanie George
  • "The Rise and Firery Fall of the Pacific Beach Club" by Chris Jepsen
  • "'Fools Rush In': Politics and Gambling in 1930s Orange County" by Phil Brigandi

Rand Boyd is the Special Collections and Archives Librarian at Chapman University. He holds a B.S. in Business Systems Analysis, a B.A. in History, and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Brett Fisher is Chair of Library Systems Division, and Liaison Librarian to Religious Studies and Philosophy at Chapman University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Disorders (Speech Language Pathology) with a minor in Christianity from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Stephanie George is the archivist for the Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton. She holds a B.A. in American Studies, an M.A. in History, and Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Currently on the board of the Orange County Historical Society, she is also president of the California Council for the Promotion of History. Aside from local history, her research interests are American religious history and folklore.

Chris Jepsen is the Assistant Archivist at the Orange County Archives, president of the Orange County Historical Society, and is involved in Huntington Beach Historical Society, Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society, and Public Relations Society of America. He has lived in Huntington Beach nearly all of his life, and has been pursuing local history work since high school. Chris also writes a blog dedicated to Orange County history: The O.C. History Roundup.

The late Jim Sleeper, a member of the Orange County Historical Society for more than 70 years, was long recognized as Orange County's leading historian. He authored Turn the Rascals Out!, Great Movies Shot in Orange County That Will Live Forever, and the three editions of his Orange County Almanac of Historical Oddities.

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Orange Countiana Volume VI, 2010

Orange Countiana 2010
  Orange Countiana, Volume VI
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The 6th edition of the Orange Countiana is an 80-page booklet that features six articles by noteable writers of Orange County history. The articles cover the time from the early settlers to the incredible 1930s and ‘40s, and from La Habra to San Clemente:

  • "Eighty-five Years in the Old Courthouse" by Lecil Slayback
  • "Albert Barnes Clark: A Pioneer Community Leader" by Paul F. Clark
  • "The Birth of Orange County" by Phil Brigandi
  • "Orange County's Meandering Boundary: Coyote Creek" by Esther Ridgway Cramer
  • "The Long Arms of the Octopus: Southern Pacific Politics in Orange County" by Stan Oftelie
  • "Prohibition Distills New Business on the South County Coast Then Depression Pulls the Cork on the Good Life" by Doris I. Walker

The late Lecil Slaback was 98 years old at the time of this 2010 publication. Slaback lived in Orange County all his life and saw the 1916 flood from the Old Courthouse cupola. After a long career as a court reporter, he served on both the Orange County Historical Commission and the Santa Ana Cultural Heritage Committee. His article on the Old Courthouse comes from his unpublished memoirs.

Historian Paul F. Clark wrote about pioneer community leader A.B. Clark who was his great-grandfather. Paul was a past president of the Orange Community Historical Society and a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. He is retired from the Riverside County Planning Department.

Phil Brigandi has been researching and documenting local history since 1975, and has written more than 20 books. A native of Orange, he joined the board of directors of his local historical society at age 18. He has also been active with many other historical organizations, and served as County Archivist from 2003-08.

The late Esther Ridgway Cramer was a native of La Habra, and a leading historian of Northern Orange County. A past president of the Orange County Historical Society, she served on the Orange County Historical Commission when it began in 1973. She authored the histories of La Habra, Brea, and contributed to the first Orange Countiana in 1973.

Stan Oftelie grew up in Buena Park. He was a reporter for both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, and was also CEO of the Orange County Business Council.

The late Doris I. Walker was a teacher, journalist, photographer, and historian. She authored the histories of Mission Viejo, Dana Point, and San Clemente. She was a member of the Orange County Historical Commission and her centennial history of Orange County, Sections of Orange, was named Best Historical Book of 1989 by the National Federation of Women.