Happy 100th Birthday Newport Beach
In 2006 the City of Newport Beach will be celebrating its
100th year anniversary., and is in the planning stages for our
celebration and is looking for Community input on how you would
like to mark this milestone in our City’s history. Please take a
moment to provide officials with your thoughts:
Thanks for your website. I still feel a part of my home town by
checking it out daily!
This is for Bev Purdum regarding the original Girl Scout House on
Balboa Blvd. My mother, Carmelita (Mrs. Lonnie Vincent) was Girl
Scout Commissioner and insigator/planner of the building (1944?)
She and Muff (Mrs. Hubbard Howe) brought Girl Scouting to Balboa
in 1938 by starting the 1st Brownie Scout troop. When Muff's
daughter, Sheila and I "flew up" to Jr. Girl Scouts, that troop
was also a first. Mom continued as Brownie leader and Muff lead
the Girl Scout troop.
Later, the building became The Teen Canteen.
If this isn't too long, here is a little of my family's history in
Balboa. My mother and Dad moved there as newlyweds in 1930. I
was born in 1931. Dad bought the Balboa Pharmacy and Mom owned a
gift shop in the Balboa Inn. Later on, Dad built Vincent's Lido
Drugs (next to the Lido Theater) and Vincent's Corona del Mar
Drugs (sharing a parking lot with Albertson's)
They were both extremely active in their community's affairs
throughout their lives. Dad, at one time was Chamber of Commerce
president. Mom was a past president and Active member of the
Assistance League of Newport Beach until well into her 80s.
I love remembering my "growing up" years in the best place on
Earth and sharing with anyone who is interested in those "olden"
Tita (Lonita Vincent) Yost
hi jim, i am an old visitor to balboa and now live on balboa
island. my high school (rosemead high) girls group used to stay
at the morgon's house during easter week. one year, 1962 or 1963
my girlfriend and i were on the front page of the l.a.times during
easter week. the picture was taken by the ferry on the sand
infront of the old arcade. i moved here four years ago and went
by the morgan house and mrs. morgon was sitting on the front
porch. i sat and talked with her and learned alot about the
history of balboa. her son, tim, was our ricky nelson. went to
my 40th h.s.class reunion last year and my friends were so
surprised i moved here, we all have great memories of balboa. i've
always loved this place. the only fallback is the parking on the
For More London's Times
The only difference between a yard sale and a trash pickup
is how close to the road the stuff is placed?
On The Fun Zone Boardwalk
By The 1920S, Balboa was a popular location for the
Hollywood moviemakers. Its pristine empty beaches, calm
bay waters and the ocean surf were just what was needed
for exotic movie settings, and the Pacific Electric could
deliver a flat car full of equipment from Los Angeles in
only an hour. The first major motion picture to be filmed
here was the original 1917 "Cleopatra." A work crew of
eighty men constructed a fleet of 29 full scale, ancient
design galleys on the Balboa Peninsula. After the ships
were completed, the cast arrived by Red Car and camped in
tents on the beach. Local fishermen were used for the more
dangerous rolls such as falling in the water, because most
of the actors couldn't swim. For the grand finale, all the
ships except for Cleopatra's were soaked with 5,000
gallons of crude oil and set ablaze. Cleopatra's ship was
crushed to splinters upon the rocks at Rocky Point. The
old three-master "Fremont" built in 1852 and declared
unseaworthy, was used for the filming of the original
"Treasure Island" in 1919. After returning from a day of
shooting at sea, the Fremont sprang a leak and was cast
upon a sandbar at the mouth of the bay by a large swell.
The terrified actors who couldn't swim, were forced to
spend the entire night aboard the Fremont with only a
single lantern for light before they could be rescued the
next day. Each tide drove the Fremont higher up on the
sandbar and finally, after several days, she was
dynamited. Shots of the explosion were used in movies for
I would very much like to get copies of Tim Morgan's
albums can you help?
Jim, Thanks for the forwarded email about my albums. Hope
things are going well for you. Tim Morgon
I am looking for names or websites of any places that sell
the ceramic address plates that many of the houses have on
Balboa Island. I have a beach cottage in Carlsbad, CA and
I want to put one of those pictuesque plates on our house.
I hope you can tell me where to order one of these.