EVENTS & NEWS
Clean Extreme - Lake
Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Project location: Lake Elsinore Levee
Sonja Wilson passed away on
April 10, 2018 after a long illness. She was a long-time
member of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society. Sonja was
the first board president when the Lake Elsinore Unified School
District was formed. Her services were on Saturday, April
21, 2018 at St.
Frances of Rome Church in Wildomar.
Have you heard
about the USS Lake Elsinore?
USS Lake Elsinore, a cargo ship, was launched July 20, 1918 by
the American Shipbuilding Company in Ohio and was taken over by
the U.S. Navy on September 13, 1918; she would be 100 years old
The ship was commissioned with Comdr. G. E. Wiebe, USNRF, in
USS Lake Elsinore steamed to France, served as a coal transport
between British and French ports, and completed her coaling runs
May 3, 1919.
Transferred to the Army, she operated as a cargo transport along
the French coast, departed for the United States carrying Army
supplies, and reached New York on September 25 1919 where she
was decommissioned on October 4.
The USS Lake Elsinore was sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1926
U.S. Navy cargo ships during the World War I era had one
smokestack, two single masts, three raised hull islands, and no
paired kingposts. The USS Lake Elsinore was awarded the
World War I Victory Medal. Come by our Museum and see the
picture we have of the USS Lake Elsinore.
Election of Officers
The Nominating Committee consisting of Dave McElroy, Barbara
Alongi, and Pat Starr
presented the following slate of officers at the February
President - Ruth Atkins
Second Vice President - Nancy Hunzeker
Secretary - Joyce Hohenadl
Third Vice President (one-year term) - Pat Starr
There were no nominations from the floor.
The above members have been duly elected to their offices.
Riverside County History
Registration for this year's Symposium is due by February 16,
Held by the Riverside County Heritage Association, the sixth
annual event will be held March 3, 2018 (8:00AM - 3:00PM) at
Benedict Castle, 5445 Chicago Avenue, in Riverside. There
will be four talks on local history, a continental breakfast,
lunch, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Benedict Castle in the
Cost - $30 / person
Make reservations at
or pick up reservation forms at LEHS February 6, 2018 meeting
We are happy to report the "Shop For Your Cause" was a
LEHS members sold tickets and provided volunteers to assist with
the various activities held on November 4, 2017.
The result is we have received a check from The Outlets for
$1,170.96. Not bad for just selling tickets!
A friend of LEHS has purchased tickets in years past and this
year was no different. She started by purchasing a few
tickets and then asked for more. In the end this year, she
purchased ten tickets.
Our friend invites her sister, her daughter, her niece, her
granddaughters, plus other lady friends.
They all meet for the FREE lunch together and then they spend
the afternoon shopping; gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and
other special occasions!
This is now an annual family event!
This is an idea for members when the "Shop For Your Cause" event
takes place next year.
The Lake Elsinore Historical Society wishes you and your
family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for being a part of LEHS and our mission to preserve
Lake Elsinore's history!
Elsinore Naval and Military School Films
The history of ENMS began in July 1933 when Major Conklin (later
Colonel) and Captain P. A. Jones brought a group of cadets from
the Pacific Military Academy in Los Angeles to Elsinore for a
summer session. They discovered the Southern California
Athletic and Country Club and envisioned it as an ideal home for
a military academy and quickly arranged to purchase the
property. As a result, they established the school for
boys in grades #1 through #12 and started classes in September
1933. The school prospered until Colonel Conklin's death
in 1976. A portion of the above is from Tom Hudson's book
"Lake Elsinore - its story - 1776 - 1977".
As a military school, the curriculum was very demanding.
The students took classes that prepared them to enter a military
school (such as West Point). The boys lived at ENMS and
their schedules were rigorous. Good grades, doing chores
around the facility, participating in sports, etc., were part of
their everyday life.
During the more than 40 years ENMS operated in Lake Elsinore,
may pictures were taken. More than 20 rolls of film and
slides were loaned to the museum for the ENMS display by Rose
Wurtz, the officer in charge of ENMS' operations here in Lake
Elsinore. These artifacts have not been viewed because we
lacked the equipment to view these pieces of history.
Earlier this year, LEHS learned of a company who transfers the
films and slides to digital technology. The project has
been completed and members attending the December 5 meeting will
have the first opportunity to see some of the activities of the
Elsinore Naval and Military School.
Donna Franson broke her hip recently.
After being hospitalized, she is at the
Life Care Center of Menifee
27600 Encanto Drive, Menifee 92586
Raymond Corral, husband of Jeanie
Corral, passed away on October 6, 2017.
A Mass of Resurrection was held on October 20, 2017 at St.
Frances of Rome Church where he had been a long-time parish
Private burial was at Riverside National Cemetery.
Ceremony held by the
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
on Saturday, October 14, 2017 to place
a historic plaque on the CIty of Lake Elsinore's Cultural Center
was a huge success. A big thank you to LEHS members Ione
Boehmler, Hermann Drier, Joyce Hohenadl, Nancy Hunseker, Wendy
Lesovsky, Kim McElroy, Mary Ann Mealey, Barbara Middlebrook, Pat
Starr, and Rose Wurtz. These members helped with the
organization and food preparation for the reception after the
ceremony. A good time was enjoyed by the DAR and LEHS
Daughters of the American Revolution invites you to the
Historical Site Marking of the Methodist Episcopal Church (City
of Lake Elsinore Cultural Center)
14, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A marker will be placed noting the
historical importance of the
Methodist Episcopal Church
City of Lake Elsinore Cultural Center
(Built in 1923 and dedicated in May 1924)
To take place in front of the Cultural Center, 183 North Main
A reception will be provided by the Luiseno Chapter and the
Lake Elsinore Historical Society in the LEHS Museum
presented by the Outlets of Lake Elsinore
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Tickets are available for sale as a fund raiser for Lake Elsinore Historical
Catheryne "Cathy" Barrozo
passed away on Sunday, August
13, 2017, after a very short but courageous battle with a very
rare type of cancer. Cathy became a member of the Society
after her retirement from the City of Lake Elsinore.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 41810 Juniper Street,
Murrieta, CA 92562
Come to the Car Cruises in Historic
Downtown Lake Elsinore!
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Lake Elsinore Historical
Society is a part of the Downtown Merchants Association and we
are inviting you to come and help staff the Museum when the Car
Cruise visitors come to enjoy Lake Elsinore's history and the
exiting display of 1975 and older restored beauties!
P.S. There are new restaurants on Main Street you may wish
to check out!
Clean Extreme Update
Hundreds of volunteers
from local organizations (including the Lake Elsinore Historical
Society) in Lake Elsinore and its surrounding areas worked on
Saturday, April 22, 2017, to clean up and beautify Collier
Avenue area across the street from the Outlets.
Take a drive by and look at the newly-painted wall with the City
of Lake Elsinore logo, birds and cat-tails now decorating the
LEHS Needs You!
Docents are needed at our Museum to meet and
learn about Elsinore's interesting history and to support LEHS.
If you are interested, please contact us
for further details.
A docent meeting will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at
10:00 a.m. at the Museum
Time Capsule Display
Come see the items from
the time capsule opened December 11, 2016.
The items will be on display until May 7, 2017.
The capsule will be re-buried on May 12, 2017.
Robert F. Oberdorfer
passed away on January 10, 2017 at
his home in Menifee.
Bob and Dorothy, his wife (she passed away June 10, 2015) have
been long-time members of LEHS.
His burial was at Riverside National Cemetery on January 30,
U.S. Vets Project Update
During 2016 we added the U.S. Vets project to
our list of organizations to whom we make donations.
This project was one we made donations to on a quarterly basis
during the year. While we initially made donations of
nonperishable food and household items, their main request was
for clothing items the veterans could wear when they were being
interviewed for jobs. To this end, we made donations of
suits, jackets, pants, shirts and all types of clothing.
While it is difficult to put a price tag on the value of these
items, we estimate our total donations for the year amounted to
Thank you for your support!!!
the time for Giving
Please bring food to the November and December meetings
Donations are needed for:
(Youth, Education and
Service Center and also known as Fishes and Loaves of the St.
Francis Catholic Church on Lowell Street)
(Helping Our People
Samples of food to donate: all
types of dry beans - navy/white, pinto, black, lima, rice, dried
pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, pasta sauce (24 oz. cans), peanut
butter, and cans of stews, soups, fruits, vegetables, boxes of
U. S. Veterans Project
In addition to food, the
veterans need clothing and items to furnish their homes.
forget to buy extra food when at the grocery store, we will have
a jar for you to donate cash and/or gift certificates.
presented by the Outlets of Lake Elsinore
Saturday, November 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free catered lunch - Free wine & beer tasting - Free package
Plan you holiday shopping and save $ $ $
Buy tickets ($20 each) for your friends
Sell tickets as a fund raiser for Lake Elsinore Historical
Shopping, Savings & Fun
Over $20,000 in
In memory of our member
who passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016
Our condolences to his family
Jim came to visit our Museum on a regular basis and he shall be
U.S. Vets Project
Thanks to the LEHS
members for their support of our new project and here is an
Please continue to
bring donations to each meeting.
The next delivery will be made after June 30th.
Clean out your kitchen cabinets and kitchen drawers for pots,
pans, dishes, utensils you no longer use or extras taking up
And, when you go grocery shopping, please buy a can or two of
fruits, vegetables, canned beans, soups, spaghetti sauce as well
as pasta, rice, dry beans, boxes of cereal, etc. Every
item will be appreciated.
And, don't forget men's clothing.
Our thanks to LEHS members for helping our veterans for their
service on our behalf!
Clean Extreme Project - Saturday, April 23, 2016
Was a huge success as volunteers came together
cleaning up West Graham Avenue from Main Street to the Elsinore
Lake Elsinore Historical Society
Receives Official Certificate of Recognition
From California State Senator Jeff Stone
The Lake Elsinore Historical Society was honored to have
John Hunneman, Communications Director for California State
Senator Jeff Stone at its April 7, 2015 meeting.
Mr. Hunneman presented an official Certificate of Recognition to
the Lake Elsinore Historical Society
for its continued preservation of local history
History Was Made In Lake Elsinore
The following information has been excerpted
from Michael Williams' article in the 3/28/2015
What: U.S. Marines successfully
assembled and dismantled two different types of bridges in
Who: Bridge Company of the 7th Engineer Support Battalion
in the 1st Marine Logistics Group, a wing of the 1st Marine
When: Monday to Friday, March 23-27, 2015.
Where: Lake Elsinore inlet channel adjacent to the
levee and north bank.
Significance: First time such a dual bridge building
exercise has been performed.
This is exciting!
Approximately 100 Marines arrived at 6:00AM on March 23 with 37
trucks of equipment to complete their mission of "bridging gaps"
in Lake Elsinore.
They camped in tents on the levee and dined on Meals Ready To
Eat, just as they would in combat of other activity.
The Marines built a 400 foot Improved Ribbon Bridge consisting
of a series of interlocking pontoons stretching from bank to
bank. Upon completion of this bridge, the Marines drove
their trucks across the channel and proceeded to build a 54 foot
Medium Girder Bridge.
Lake Elsinore is the only spot within 250 miles of Camp
Pendleton where the exercise could be performed.
Assembling both bridges in sequence had not been done before as
a training exercise.
Recently we had the pleasure of having
a group of ten or more former cadets from the Elsinore Naval and
Military School visit the museum.
They spent several hours looking at the ENMS artifacts, visiting
with the LEHS docents on duty, and reminiscing with each other.
What an enjoyable day hearing their stories!
Museum Tours Available
Tours for students, boy scouts, girl scouts,
cub scouts and special groups are available. Please call
951-678-1537 to make arrangements.
Members: Take Note ...
Members must wear their name badges when
attending our meetings or pay a $1 fine. After a
discussion, the members voted to fine
those members who do not wear their name badges.
This is a way of raising extra money to pay our expenses.
There have been discussions over the past few months about the
raffles we have held in the past. It was brought to our
attention that nonprofit organizations must register with the
State of California Attorney General's office and pay yearly
fees to legally conduct raffles.
Should an organization not do so, it is subject to stiff
If you do not have a name badge, please let us know at the next
meeting and a new name badge will be ordered for you.
A NEW LAKE ELSINORE BOOK
"My Life, My Family, My Home, My
is the new book in town written by
Lake Elsinore resident,
businessman, and owner of Elsinore Barber and Beauty Shop on
If you get a chance to read Fred's book, it is very enjoyable
and tells about Lake Elsinore's history during his 54 years in
P.S. Fred's story is written as told to Jeanie Corral
Country" Issues For Sale!
Lake Elsinore Historical Society has
received a donation of issues of "High Country" from Tom
Hudson's family. These publications were printed beginning
in the 1960's and have many wonderful stories for your
The authors include Tom Hudson, Sam Hicks, Al Newhart, Erie
Stanley Gardner and many others.
The covers have paintings by Ralph Love who lived and painted in
Lake Elsinore before moving to Temecula and continuing his
painting in "The Shack".
The issues are new issues and are collectors' items!
An 'old and tall'
(Before The Californian was sold to a new owner it printed "Roses and Raspberries" in one
of their issues.
The article below appeared in the November 20, 2012 issue.)
A rose goes to the folks who raised private funds and worked
collaboratively with the property owner to preserve Lake
Elsinore's Tank House, an unusual building that is as tall as is
is long and believed to date from the 1880's. It was used
to house equipment that pumped mineral water to locals spas from
hot springs that once made the city famous. When the owner
wanted to demolish the building, members of the Lake Elsinore
Historical Society, the Luiseno Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, and others raised money and moved the
building onto land donated for the purpose by the City.
Slapping a historical designation on a property can be a
nightmare for the owner but this community made the process work
like a dream.
(Helping Our People of Elsinore)
HOPE was started in the early 1990's by a group of churches in the
area and manned by volunteers as it is today.
In the beginning, the pastor of each church would take turns
heading up the organization. Ron Hewison was the first
non-pastor Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has
managed the organization and it has grown through his
Types of food you are requested to donate:
Beans, Beef Stew, Chili, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Rice, Spaghetti,
Spaghetti Sauce, Tuna
If you have fruit trees, donations of fruit are appreciated.
HOPE does not need cans of vegetables and they can always use
Santa Fe Depot
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, voted to approve the Santa Fe Depot, now
the home of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, as an
historical landmark. The train station was built in 1896 by
the California Southern Railway Company. The station was
used by passengers and for freight shipments of farm products in
its heyday. The Riverside County Historical Commission,
chaired by Joyce Hohenadl, recommended the designation in
1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine
The first fire engine owned
by the City of Lake Elsinore had a broken clutch and it has been
repaired by the City of Lake
Elsinore's Maintenance Crew. It was restored by the Lake
Elsinore Historical Society and
a committee chaired by LEHS Member Russ Burns. We are
delighted it was in the
Put Unity in the Community Parade
held on November 21, 2009 and
was one of the parade's highlights. Elsinore No. 1 is a
beauty and we are very proud to have this treasure to show off
to the community!
Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore Next Exit
California State Historic Brown Signs have been
installed by the City of Lake Elsinore. The signs were
erected recently on Interstate 15 at the northbound and
southbound exits to Main Street with arrows pointing to the
City's nostalgic downtown district
Main Street Museum
183 North Main Street
(Use Heald Avenue Entrance)
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Lake Elsinore Historical
Society Museum has returned to
Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore effective May 3, 2014.
All of the artifacts have been returned to the museum and we are
in the process of reassembling the displays. While the
displays are not complete, please come visit, and maybe lend a
hand in recreating the displays of our wonderful and historical
Wednesdays and Saturdays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If a group wishes to tour the
Museum, please leave a message at (951) 678-1537