Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chula Vista History Timeline

This timeline was obtained from the book "Stories, Tales, Folklore of Our Communities" published by the Chula Vista Historical Society. It obtained the list from the "F" Street School Reunion Program of 16 June 1963.

1886 -- 17 November, work started on the Sweetwater Dam
1887 - National City and Otay Railroad opened for business
1887 - Telephone lines extended to Chula Vista
1888 - 100 house were being built
1888 - 7 April, Sweetwater Dam finished

1890 - First school built at 270 "F" Street
1890 - First Congregational Church formed, was only church in Chula Vista for 17 years
1891 - 4 August, first Post Office started, Mrs. Sarah Fleming, Postmistress
1891 - 27 August, first library attempted with books donated from Colonel William G. Dickinson's collection
1892 - Chula Vista formed own school district

1897 - Pier built at foot of "F" street
1897-1904 - Seven years of drought
1898 - Chula Vista Yacht Club formed
1908 - First hospital started at 183 Third Avenue - Mrs. Emma Saylor
1910 - First Bank established, "Peoples' State Bank" at 3rd and F Street

1910 - About 500 people lived in Chula Vista
1911 - First City Council elected - Mayor E.T. Smith
1911 - Chula Vista incorporated
1911 - First Methodist Church built
1913 - Chula Vista Women's Club started - Mrs. H.S. Penfold, President

1913 - 8 January, had big freeze, temperature approximately 26 deg.
1913 - 17 September, temperature rose to 110 deg.
1914 - Hercules Powder Plant located on Bay Front, foot of "D" Street
1914 - New "F" Street School built at 375 "F" Street
1916 - Charles A. Shaver, Principal of "F" Street School

1916 - Work started on first library building
1916 - 22 January, Sweetwater Dam overflowed
1916 - 27 January, Otay Dam burst
1918 - Christian Science Church started
1919 - Miss Grace Blake, Community Nurse came to Chula Vista

1920 - San Diego Country Club started, 600 membership
1920 - Population now about 1,600
1921 - St. Rose of Lima Church built
1921 - 10 May, Volunteer fire department formed - Chief Charles E. Smith
1921 - Bonita and Sunnyside Districts joined Chula Vista Grammar School District

1923 - Calvin J. Lauderbach, Principal at "F" Street School
1927 - Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce started
1930 - Fiesta de la Luna became annual event
1931 - First Justice Court of National Township - Judge Lowell Howe first Justice of the Peace.
1938 - Population about 6,000

1941 - Rohr Aircraft moves to Chula Vista
1948 - 1 February, Fire Station at Civic Center opened
1950 - Grammar School District becomes Chula Vista City School District
1950 - Population about 16,500
1951 - 5 February, Civic Center dedicated

1951 - Otay School District joined Chula Vista School District
1960 - Population 43,350.

1 comment:

sharonsdaughter said...

My mother was Fiesta de la Luna Queen in 1964 or 1965. Sharon Lynn Payne. I desparately want a picture from that event if it is available.