SBHS News . . .

Our next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Library at 365 F Street. Mike McCoy will speak on the history of the Tijuana Estuary. This also will be our annual business meeting with election of officers for the following year. If you would like to nominate anyone for an office, please send me your email, to ses@sandiego.edu

You can read about Mike and his wife Patricia in the Feb. 14, 1985, Star-News. See sunnycv.com/southbay/docs/mccoys85.pdf.


Oct. 17 Talk . . .

The Heritage Museum will host a meeting of the Docents League of San Diego County on Monday, Oct. 17, and the public is invited to hear Steve Schoenherr speak in the Auditorium at 11 a.m. on the Great Flood of 1916. This is also an opportunity for everyone to view the exhibit on the Great Flood at the Museum before it is replaced by a new exhibit on the Rohr company planned for January of 2017.

Oct. 22 Family History . . .

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Family History Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chula Vista Civic Library, 365 F Street. A special presentation will be made by Ceasar Castro on the history of the family of Mayor Mary Salas. Ceasar wrote the article in the July issue of the Bulletin of the South Bay Historical Society about his family's history in the Otay Valley. More information about this event can be found at https://chulavistagenealogysociety.wildapricot.org/event-2308579

Nov. 12 Shindig . . .

The South Bay Historical Society will participate in the Soil Shindig on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Suzie's Farm in the Tijuana River Valley, at 2570 Sunset Ave., in the Grove where the Farm Stand is located. Our exhibit will display the history of the valley, and we will have books for sale. The second annual Soil Shindig is a day-long event to celebrate healthy soil, sustainability, and food in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. It is free and open to the public and will include featured speakers, workshops, demonstrations, great food, farm tours, kids' activities, a vendor fair, and much more. It is jointly sponsored by Suzie's Farm, Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County/Tijuana River Valley Community Garden. More information on this event can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-shindig-2016-tickets-27467537143

On the left, Yolanda Gaona picks strawberries in 1984 from the last remaining strawberry field in the Tijuana River Valley, owned by Danny Marschall. His berries were so prized that they were shipped to England for the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Pollution from the sewer pipeline break during the 1980 flood had a devastating impact on farming in the valley. This field today, northeast of Hollister and Sunset, is leased by Suzie's Farms for pick-your-own organic vegetables, from kale to pumpkins (but no strawberries).
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