"In the matter of picking citrus fruits, the writer has tried repeatedly to use white men and Japanese. Our experience shows us that the white man does not like the tedious routine work of picking and will promptly leave this for any other job available, even at smaller wages. The Mexican, by nature ... More >>
Orange County residents have bemoaned the encroachment of suburbia and loss of our orange groves for decades. In 1963's Historical Volume and Reference Works: Including Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens, a three-volume compendium of Orange County history, author Mildred Yorba MacArthur--s ... More >>
Flickr user zapstratosphereThe story of Anthony Ward is relatively known at this point--the British fund manager whose manipulation and domination of the world's cocoa bean market have earned him the nickname "Choc Finger." It's his thirst for cash that can drive up or crash cocoa prices, which i ... More >>
Ain't that a beaut?Tanaka Farms' story begins with Takeo Tanaka, who came to the United States by way of Hiroshima, Japan, in the early 1900s. Takeo had a son, George, born and raised in the Northern California city of Dinuba. Not wanting to fight in Pearl Harbor, George fled to Utah, where he me ... More >>
...comes from Adelina Pleasants, author of 1931's History of Orange County California. In her entry on the county's citrus industry, Pleasants wondered whether "it is going to pay to replace all our fine walnut orchards with oranges." And you wonder why Orange Count historians are usually as respect ... More >>
With the world going ga-ga about our federally indicted sheriff Mike Carona, what better time to take a trip back and revisit the county's more-jerkish sheriffs? Just a brief history, ma'am:
THEO LACY (1891-1895; 1899-1911): Presided over the last lynching in Orange County history.
LOGAN JACKSON ( ... More >>
Hey parents! Want to pay a couple hundred smackers to bring the family out to meet a guy who has no hope of becoming president? And never mind that -- could anything be more appealing than a barbecue hosted by a guy who not only won't touch alcohol, but doesn't even approve of caffeine?
That's righ ... More >>