Lakeside's Olde Community Church
Home of the
Lakeside Historical Society
9906 Maine Avenue, Lakeside, CA 92040
In 1972, the Lakeside Historical
Society was formed 90 years after the El Cajon Valley Land Company
constructed our boathouse in the only natural fresh water lake in San
Diego County, thus marking the beginning of our town.
In those 90 years a lot of our
history was not recorded, and so was lost. The Society was formed
with the express purpose of recording our passage through the years so
that never again would a 90 year period contain so many blanks.
Today, the Society is not only
dedicated to recording our history but to the preservation of our old
buildings in a Heritage Park, which we will strive to establish.
Many of us remember only as far
back as our grandparents. The Society has pledged a better fate
March 1972, Gene Claussen called a
meeting at Lakeview Elementary School to form the Lakeside Historical
Society of those who loved Lakeside and wished to preserve its history
for succeeding generations.
Dr. Sam Sloan was elected
president for 1972, and again in 1973. Paul
F. Leone was elected in November 1993, but interest waned and for two
years there was no activity.
Bill Davis then initiated the
revival of the Historical Society, and was elected president for the
year 1976. During his leadership, as a memorial to Otis Barker, a
drinking fountain was built next to the Library and dedicated in October
1976. Money contributed from the US Bicentennial Committee was
used for the project of moving the Boathouse from the shore into the
lake. Also assistance from local businesses made this possible.
Mr. Davis resigned in August of
1977, and Ray Ceccotti, vice-president, succeeded him. Marguerite Sherman was elected in
November 1977 as president. And the following year, on July 24,
the Lakeside Historical Society was incorporated.
Rosa Ribley and first quilt
Both quilts 1981
The first Hometown Reunion
[now Heritage Day] was
held in October of 1978 at the El Amigo Restaurant (formerly Bostonia
Ballroom) in El Cajon, and was so successful it has become an annual
affair. The next four years it was held at the VFW Hall in
Lakeside. Increased attendance caused the group to seek larger
quarters. From 1983 until 1986 the Reunion was held in the Social
Hall of the Catholic Church on Lakeshore Drive.
A heritage guilt was completed
with names of people and the date they came to Lakeside embroidered on
red and white blocks. Rosa Ribley did the embroidering, Marguerite
Sherman assembled them, and Judy Puhn Hooper drew pictures on the border
and quilted the entire quilt.
Marcella Williams was elected
president for 1980, and again in 1981. A second blue and white
heritage quit was made by the same volunteers and exhibited at the 1981
Reunion. The Society helped in planning and supplying pictures for
the mural at the Lakeside Middle School.
Ralph Anderson served as president
for the year 1982, and Delores Meyer in 1983-84.
LHS Lakeside Museum c.1984
Two large sea containers were purchased, and with
Meyer and Ralph Anderson heading the project, they were moved from Long
Beach to Lindo Park, placed twelve feet apart and dedicated in May
1984. The next year, with many contributions of material and labor,
the entire area was enclosed, roofed and a cement floor poured, giving us
three display areas. We thank the industries and individuals who
gave so much toward this effort. A picnic and dedication was held
may 27, 1985. President Herb Mansfield was master of ceremonies.
During 1983, we helped plan and set up a pilot program
to teach a unit on Lakeside history to the third grade at Lindo Park
School with teacher Linda Halberg spearheading the assignment. This
was expanded, and now the third grade curriculum in all Lakeside schools
includes a unit of Lakeside history. Bill Davis has been our school
coordinator (currently Olga Puhn ), presenting a slide show at each school
and conducting tours of some of the historic sites in the area. A
"Junior Historian" membership club was initiated.
Dolores Meyer was selected as chairman of the
Lakeside Centennial Committee with Mary Allison as assistant.
Monthly events led up to the grand Centennial Celebration on July 4th,
5th, and 6th in 1986. All Lakeside organizations were invited to
A dedicated committee worked diligently
collecting, researching and compiling information for the Legends of
Lakeside. But it is the individuals who have told, written,
and shared their family backgrounds who have really made the greatest
contribution to the book and our web site. They have lived the
history of Lakeside -- and we have tried to capture it for future
published pictorial history unfolds in Images of America: Lakeside,
by Richard S. White. This publication chronicles
the time from Lakeside's first building in 1886 through the 1950's. The
images have been painstakingly restored by the author to display a clear
view of Lakeside's history.
published and Copyrighted History
of Lakeside Schools: 1979 - 2011©
by Edna Kouns and Catherine
Hansen and Allene Savage and edited by Richard S. White is now
available. This gem will take you back to those "good ol' school
days." The book is filled with rare and restored images showing how
a small country town came to be what it is today.
of these publications
available to view, and/or purchase, at the Lakeside Historical Society store
located behind our Olde Community Church.
Like at the turn of the twentieth century, hundreds of enthusiastic people
flocked to Lakeside to experience Lindo
Lake, the Lakeside Inn and
the weekend races. On the
weekend of June 4 - 6, 2004, they came from all-over the county in cars,
buses, motor homes, and even bicycles. One guest boasted of being from St.
George, Utah! They came because now Lakeside's past can be enjoyed
in pictures and memorabilia at the Lakeside
The opening of your museum was indeed a huge success. To our
delight, people were waiting at the front door even before the museum was
open, and some visitors arrived at the last moment before closing, anxious
to see and learn about Lakeside's past. And many of the visitors
lingered for more than an hour and everyone was thrilled to see your new
We would like for you to enjoy the museum so please come by and
visit . . . invite your family and neighbors.
The new Lakeside Museum opened in 2004
Richard S. White as president