WCTU CALIFORNIA FOUNTAINS
(Then & Now)
NOW: WCTU FOUNTAINS IN SO. CALIFORNIA
Around 1920, these WCTU 'water' fountains were once everywhere!
Ontario, CA: 1908 - 2006
C Street & Euclid
SCULPTURE ATOP WCTU FOUNTAIN
Mission Inn & Orange St.
[From 2006 WCTU of So. California calendar - July]
ORANGE PLAZA FOUNTAIN
Southern California WCTU participated in the restoration project of the Orange, California WCTU Fountain, one of the few identified WCTU fountains remaining in Southern California.
Paul B. Scott, President of Board of Trustee's for So. Calif. WCTU,
presenting check in 2003 to Bob Hitchcock, President of Save the Fountain Committee.
"Women's Christian Group Donates $5,000!
Orange, CA December, 2003 The Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Southern California has given a very generous $5,000 contribution to OTPA's Save The Fountain Fund.
There is a lot of history between this organization and the original Old Towne fountain. For instance, in the late 1800s Mrs. Robert Tener, then a member of the W.C.T.U., is credited with coming up with the idea to have a "water feature" in the new Plaza. It was this organization that raised the $585.00 deposit for the fountain in 1886 and they even put on the play "The Plaza: A Local Drama in Five Acts" to raise the balance owed." [Reference: http://www.otpa.org/latest_news.html]
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ORANGE PLAZA FOUNTAIN DEDICATION 2007
The WCTU of Southern California has been designated as one of 5 "Guardians of the Fountain", and as such we were awarded a sizable replica of the fountain
The city of Chino, California reproduced this 1908 WCTU water fountain in 2010.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOUNTAINS REMEMBERED
W.C.T.U FLORAL FOUNTAIN
Glendora, CA: 1909
"As it appeared when constructed in 1909"
[From 2006 WCTU of So. California calendar - May]
(The City of Glendora also has a website walking tour (http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/library/glendora_walktour.pdf)
which shows a small photo of the fountain at 159 Glendora Avenue in front of the Converse Building/Nelson's Drug.
It says, ". . . Installed in 1909 by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).")
View of Michigan Ave., Glendora, in 1912, looking south. The pepper trees lining the street were about 25 years old then.
They were among 6000 that had been planted around 1887. Another interesting part of this photo is the "sentry box" at right.
Inside is a drinking fountain sponsored by the WCTU!
"Mayor C. H. Windham & Group at Bixby Park
[WCTU] Fountain Dedication"
“This picture shows the officers of Southern California WCTU and Long Beach Federation President Mrs. Stella Irvine. Mayor Windham and Ben Walton in Bixby Park upon the occasion of the recent presentation of the handsome fountain that is shown in the picture."
Photo (L-R): "Mrs. Julia D. Phelps (Los Angeles county, president); Miss Ella C. Howard (Long Beach Federation, President); Mrs. Hellen M. Stoddard (San Diego Co., President); Mrs. Ada E. Harmon (Kern Co. President); Mrs. Ada B. Cummings (Ventura Co., President); Mrs. W, C, Young (State recording secretary); Mrs. Stella B. Irvine (National Sunday School Superintendent); Mrs. Hester T. Griffith (State President); Mrs. Eva Van Ornum (Santa Barbara Co., President); C. H. Windham, mayor of Long Beach & Ben Walton, donor of fountain."
[From: Southern California White Ribbon, July, 1911]
WCTU FOUNTAIN (left foreground)
San Jacinto, CA (ca 1920)
[From 2006 WCTU of So. California calendar - October]
Strawberry Park, California Fountain Dedication
WCTU and LTL (Loyal Temperance Legion) members gathered at
new fountain in today's Gardena, California for dedIcation ceremony.
(Notice the presence of Japanese-American honorary WCTU members at extreme left.)
["Gardena was once known as "Berryland" for its production of strawberries as well as raspberries and blackberries, and had a reputation as the berry capital of Southern California. It was especially well-known for its annual Strawberry Day Festival and parade held each May, when each visitor received a free box of strawberries. The community of Strawberry Park also evolved north of Gardena."
Dedication of the Beaumont, California WCTU Fountain - April 1, 1911
Note proximity to U.S. Post Office
EXISTING & REMEMBERED WCTU FOUNTAINS
IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
|Arcata, CA||Fountain in town square|
|Fowler, CA||City park, east of downtown|
|Hanford, CA||Northeast corner of historic courthouse|
|Reedley, CA||City Park (rededicated 1999)|
|Watsonville, CA||WCTU Fountain in City Plaza|
WCTU Fountain in Fowler - Central California
Photos provided by: Stasha Tompkins, U.S. History/AP, Social Science Dept.
Chair, Riverdale High School, Riverdale, California
(Southwest of Fresno)
"I was fascinated by the WCTU website that included pictures and information about the water fountains that the WCTU chapters placed around the country at the beginning of the 20th century. I have attached a couple of pictures of the water fountain located in Fowler, California that is still in existence and in working order. It is located in Panzak Park. I don't know if it is the original placement, but thought you may want to add the picture to the site if you are still running it."
"The Selma, CA WCTU fountain was pulled out some 20+ years ago."
[Thanks to Gary Alexander, Selma, CA, for the above photo.]