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What's A Flossie Beadle?

  Every year the month of October is Lakeside's time of the year to commemorate the relentless efforts of Mrs. Florence "Flossie" Beadle (1902-1973) to preserve the history of our unique town.  Flossie spent many years researching the past and putting information down on scrap pieces of paper, envelopes, pieces of cardboard, or whatever was at hand when historical facts came her way.  In addition, she fought vigorously for the preservation of this town's trees, landmarks, and historic buildings.  So to honor her, and to show our greatest affection and admiration, the Lakeside Historical Society has dedicated October as "Flossie Beadle Month."

  Flossie was known for her zest for life, she wore loud print dresses and flowery, big brimmed hats.  She was a reporter for the local newspaper, and considered Lakeside's first historian doing research about the history and writing it down for future generations to have.  She was a dedicated preservationist.
  Flossie led the charge to save Lakeside's boathouse (built in 1886) from demolition and have it restored and moved back to its original location in Lindo Lake Park.
  However, Flossie is best known for her heroic efforts to save the large Cork Elm trees that once lined Woodside Avenue.  As the story goes, when the phone company was going to cut down those trees, Flossie sat in front of the trees with her loaded shotgun trying to protect them.
  Her vision was to create a Western theme village similar to the old Knott's Berry Farm.  She had a collection of old unwanted buildings moved to her property.  She then filled them with collectibles and antiques.  Some of them burned down, but the one building that survived, and is the most famous, is the "La Mesa Train Depot."  She had saved it from demolition, and then taken it home with her when no one else wanted it.  They probably thought she was crazy, but that's a preservationist for you!
  After Flossie's death in 1973, her family generously donated the Depot back to the City of La Mesa for their train display in the heart of town . . . that's a Lakesider for you!

  Flossie has also been credited with helping the Lakeside Historical Society get its start; she gave us our first scrapbook of Lakeside's history.  Our archives now boast of over 200 scrapbooks about the lives and times of Lakeside, from the habitation of the early Indians to the present day.

  Our Society's new Lakeside Museum will feature a display of Flossie Beadle's colorful life; the display open's

  This beautiful archway of Cork Elms at the west entrance to Lakeside was believed to be the only lane of these huge old trees in the United States.  The trees had been imported from Australia by the El Cajon Land Company and were planted on Arbor Day of 1893 by the pupils of the first school in Lakeside.  This picture was taken in the 1940s at the corner of Woodside Avenue and Channel Road, looking east.

November 12, 2004.  Please come to see her real life memorabilia and collections.  We are located at 12418 Parkside Street, next door to the Old Community Church .

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