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Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 10
Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 9
Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 8
Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7
Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 6


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Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 10

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 10

November 2014

The Buried Treasure of Mentone

Have you heard the legend?

First, I should lay a little background foundation for the story…

Years ago there used to be a saw mill up in Mill Creek Canyon near where Forest Home is now. The original mill works, machinery, and all, came from Maine, along with some of the original lumber. The mill was built by the Mormons in 1849. The Mormons operated it for three years before Brigham Young called all of them home and the mill was abandoned.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 9

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette: Special Edition

Volume 9

August 2014

The Mentone Round Up 1971-1972-1973

Back some 40 years ago, Mentone Chamber of Commerce held a parade and a “get- together” in the land adjacent to the Elephant Packing House (across the Blvd. from the Mentone Senior Center, now home of Hovey Tile Art). The event was held for three consecutive years (1971-1972-1973). Sadly, with too much alcohol in their system, a group consisting mostly of out-of-towners got out of control and a riot ensued.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 8

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 8

June 2014

Water History of Mentone Part Four

As the competition began between Tench and McIntosh, Mr. Tench took steps to insure his continuation in the water business. He convinced the Crafton Orange Growers Association to build their packing house on Opal and Nice Avenues and pledged adequate water for their operation. The railroad had constructed a pipeline from the water tower connected to the Mentone Water Company system, and when they were convinced of the dependability of the Tench supply, they leased the pipeline to Tench who agreed to provide water to the tower for $30.

Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette

Volume 7

April 2014

Water History of Mentone Part Three

As I stated in an earlier publication, the fledgling area of Mentone suffered from an inadequate water supply that discouraged early settlers who had purchased the land from the promoters working for the railroads. Many of the new Mentone inhabitants moved away and most of the newly planted orange trees dried up.
W.J Tench saved Mentone from disaster. He approached the Land Company with a proposal that if he could secure a reliable source of water, the Land Company would give him a parcel of land and also lease him the existing pipelines.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 6

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 6

March 2014

Water History of Mentone Part Two

As I stated in an earlier publication, the fledgling area of Mentone suffered from an inadequate water supply that discouraged early settlers who had purchased the land from the promoters working for the railroads. The first large land grants came about with the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. This was the legislation that enabled the transcontinental railroad. The railroads were granted 400 foot right- of- ways, plus ten square miles of land for every mile of track built.

Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 5

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 5

February 2014

Water History of Mentone Part One

In the very early days of the Crafton/ Mentone/ Greenspot/ Redlands area, grain, grapes and apricots were the main crops grown. Around 1877, the first of the orange groves were planted. Seed was used from oranges that were shipped from Tahiti. The young trees did well and produced abundantly. In 1884, the Washington Navel orange became available and in 1890 Valencia oranges were planted.

Water to irrigate the new groves was available because in 1819 the Fathers of Mission San Gabriel proposed to instruct the Gyncbama Indians, who lived in the flat area west of Redlands, in the arts of agriculture.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 4

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 4

January 2014


If you’re REALLY hungry than we’ve got the place for you….Mentone’s Mill Creek Cattle Co. Without a doubt it is the most colorful business in Mentone. Decorated to the hilt with old Western memorabilia and it offers a menu of barbecue and good old- fashioned cookin’. Mill Creek Cattle Co. is what a lot of restaurants would wish to be. And, if you leave hungry, it’s your own fault because they are known for their generous portions.  

Jim and Maribeth Lotito took over two years renovating the old Mentone Yacht Club when they purchased the property back in 1998.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 3

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 3

December 2013

Most folks don’t have a clue as to what’s behind the front door to Frank’s Place. It’s not just a bar with a pool table, because it’s the place where the “wet burrito” was born. And, if you haven’t tried their “LOCO” burrito, you just haven’t lived. The “LOCO” is the specialty of the house, and it was concocted by Fran himself way back in 1972. Frank has gone home to glory, but turned the reigns over to his daughter, Sylvia Oshoa. She’s ran the place since 1994 (since no one else in the family wanted to).

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 2

Mentone’s Gazebo Gazette

Volume 2

November 2013

Above is the original map for the township of Mentone developed by the California Central Railroad (full size maps are available at Mill Creek Cattle Co. - see Mary Beth). The lots were 25’x50’. The railroad took great pains to advertise the proposed town site in the Eastern newspapers to attract potential buyers. Quite an advertising plan was developed, including aerial photos of the area. Full-grown orange trees were up-planted from surrounding areas and re-planted eventually became a major orange- producing area, but it took a few years.

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette: Volume 1

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette
Volume 1
October 2013

Some interesting demographics about Mentone……..

According to the 2010 United State Census, Mentone has a population of 8,720. The racial makeup is 70.1% Caucasian, 35.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% African American, 4.0% Asian, 1.4% Native American, 0.4%Pacific Islander, and 14.2% from other races.

There are 3,026 households and the average household size is 2.84. Those who live alone and are 65 years or older represent 5.9%. The median income for a household is $41,225.
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