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Barrio Life & Festivities

In addition to group activities such as picnics, club, religious holidays and school events, there were activities unique to the area. The Friendly Center, 436 N. Cypress, was built with funding by several local churches in 1924 to serve the Cypress Barrio. It offered church services, classes, and various community outreach programs. Jamaicas (street fairs) were held in front of the Friendly Center in the late 1940s.

Weddings in the community were significant events, as one can sense from the lovely portraits that capture these important occasions.

This page displays a sample of the photographs collected during the Shades of Orange project.  The entire collection is available from Orange Public Library's Local History photo database:  http://localhistory.cityoforange.org/, use the search phrase Shades of Orange to view the entire collection.  Add an additional search word (like a name) in the second search box to narrow the search.

Events

Holy Family Catholic Church and Rectory, at the corner of North Shaffer Street and East Chapman Avenue, Orange, California, ca. 1931. View looking northwest. Holy Family Catholic Parish first celebrated mass on December 18, 1921. It would become Holy Family Cathedral after move to South Glassell ca. 1975. The photograph was taken after the mission style remodel in 1930, by William A.Klos, 546 East Culver Avenue, Orange, California.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro,  File Number S026,  Barcode 10599328

Jamaica Fiesta Parade float traveling East on Chapman Avenue, Orange, California, ca. 1948.

Donated by Lorraine Limon,  File number S089,  Barcode 10599355

Queen Irene Cruz and her court being escorted to a winners' platform during the annual Jamaica Fiesta that was held on North Cypress Street in Orange, California, summer, 1947. In the automobile, left to right are Irene De Leon, Irene Cruz, and Carmen San Roman, traveling north on North Cypress Street, just past West Sycamore Avenue.

Donated by Agapito Morales,  File Number S107,  Barcode 10599367

The annual Jamaica Fiesta held on North Cypress Street in Orange, California, 1947. Rosalio San Roman (in uniform) escorts Irene Cruz, Queen of La Jamaica.

Donated by Agapito Morales,  File Number S114,  Barcode 10599372

Theresa Beltran Figueroa, the first queen at the annual Holy Family Cathedral Fiesta, South Glassell Street and West La Veta Avenue, Orange, California, ca. 1955. Who ever sold the most tickets became the queen.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S127,  Barcode 10599386

First Communion class group portrait, taken outside the entrance to Holy Family Catholic Church, located on the corner of North Shaffer Street and East Chapman Avenue, Orange, California, 1947.  Back row, left to right: (2) Irene Garcia, (3) Janet ?, and (6) Deloris Wingate. Middle row, left to right: (9 & 10) the Tredwell twins, and (11) Margrat Beltran (sister of donor). Bottom row, left to right: (1) Raul Garcia, (3) Louie Garcia, and (5) Onesimo Aguirre, (11) Robert Martinez and (13) Peter Perez. The priest is Father Collins.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S130,  Barcode 10599388

Dancing on stage at the Jamaica Fiesta on North Cypress Street in Orange, California, ca. 1951. Women dancing are, left to right, Rachel Alonza and Martha Beltran. Behind them, left to right, are Evelyn Aguirre, Margaret Beltran, Irene Beltran, and Theresa Beltran. Two women in the audience identified, second and third from the left, are Felicitas Guzman and Julia Guzman.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S131,  Barcode 10586601

Gathering for rosary held for baby girl Aguirre [first name unknown], at Aguirre family residence at 381 North Harwood Street, Orange, California, ca. 1921. At this time, Rosaries were said at the home of the family of the member who had died. The funeral would be held at the church. Bottom row, left to right: Telesforo "Teddy Aguirre", Petro Aguirre, Gregorio "Goyo" Aguirre. Middle row, left to right: Lucy Aguirre, Onesimo Aguirre, Porfirio Aguirre. Top row, left to right: Pedro Aguirre, Jauna Aguirre, Ysidoro Aguirre, Dominga Aguirre, Unknown and Maria Piedad Villalobos (grandmother of the deceased child.) Parents of the deceased child are Domingo and Pedro Aguirre.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S135,  Barcode 10586605

La Jamaica Festival (a harvest festival) outside the Friendly Center on North Cypress Street, Orange, California, September, 1966. People are walking up and down the street. One of the booths for the event is at the right. Jamaica means "Hibiscus."

Donated by Jose A. Santos,  File Number S151a,  Barcode 10586851

Jamaica Festival, Orange, California, ca. 1965. Two hold a sign, which says "Jamaica Festival, 440 North Cypress Street, Orange, California. The Coronation of the new Queen, Mexican Food, Mariachi's, Prizes, Teenage Bands." The man at right is Jim Silva.

Donated by Jose A. Santos,  File Number S159,  Barcode 10586627

Emma De Leon and Enedina De Leon standing in front of the Jamaica cashier's booth on North Cypress Street in Orange, California, 1948.

Donated by Catalina FigueroaFile Number S168,  Barcode 10586637

Rafalita Nava, Edna De Leon, and Emma De Leon, standing in front of the cashier's booth at La Jamaica Festival on North Cypress Street, Orange, California, 1948.

Donated by Catalina Figueroa,  File Number S171,  Barcode 10586640

Dressed for their first Holy Communion, Maggie Colin, age seven years, Tom, age ten years, and Paula Colin, age eight years, are posing in front of a 1935 Chevrolet, Orange, California, May, 1951. Behind them is Lewis Court. The Holy Family Catholic Church was located on the corner of North Shaffer Street and East Chapman Avenue, Orange, California, at this time. There were eleven Colin children in the Colin family at this time. They were Robert, Petra, Philip, Helen, Frances, Louise, Tom, Paula, Maggie, Ralph and Irene Colin.

Donated by Colin Family,  File Number S203,  Barcode 10586693

Madelyn Mendez, Marilyn Mendez and Gilbert Garcia, all in Mexican costumes, lined up for the May Festival Parade on North Shaffer Street, Orange, California, May, 1947. Madelyn Mendez and Marilyn Mendez are on the pony, and Gilbert Garcia stands beside them. Photographed by Webbe Studio & Photo Service, 137 North Glassell Street, Orange, California.

Donated by Gilbert Garcia,  File Number S304,  Barcode 10586780

Joe Beltran and Margaret Beltran at Holy Family Catholic Church at South Glassell Street and West La Veta Avenue, Orange, California, ca. 1951. The occasion is the May Crowning Ceremony; May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A procession would be followed by the crowning.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S345,  Barcode 10586810

Orange Barrio Historical Society Annual Picnic at W. O. Hart Park, Orange, California, June, 2004. In the picnic pavilion area are: Paul Guzman at the registration table, and behind him, left to right are Bobby Martinez, Sal Martinez, and Freddy Martinez. In back of the group is a display board with historic photographs exhibited by members of the organization.

Donated by Leo M. Castro,  File Number S372,  Barcode 10586874

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Weddings

Wedding portrait photograph of Lupe Tarango and Pocrano Tarango, Orange California. 1935. They were the owners of the Tarango Grocery, located at 440 North Cypress Street in Orange, California.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro,  File Number S012,  Barcode 10586668

Wedding portrait of Marcos Poblano and Tomasa Gonzales, 1917. They were married at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim, California.

Donated by Leo M. and Helen Poblano Castro,  File Number S027,  Barcode 10586675

On the occasion of the marriage of Elivra Morales to Jess Perez, ca. 1957. Left to right: Isabel Hernandez Morales (donor's mother), Elivra Morales Perez (donor's sister), Jess Perez (future mayor of the City of Orange) Reynoldo Macias Morales (donor's father).

Donated by Agapito Morales,  File Number S105,  Barcode 10599365

The wedding of Gregorio and Jesusita Aguirre, at Holy Family Church, located on the corner of East Chapman Avenue and North Shaffer Street, Orange, California, ca. 1936.  Flower girls, right to left: Nancy Aguirre and Taressa Beltran.  Top row, left to right: Kate San Roman, Esther Cruiz. Middle row, left to right: Nina Aguirre, unknown, Helen Martinez, unknown, unknown, Ysidoro Aguirre. Bottom row, left to right: Unknown, Lucy Beltran, Frances Aguirre, Jesusita Aguirre, Gregorio Aguirre, Teddy Aguirre, Joe Beltran, unknown.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S134,  Barcode 10586602

Studio portrait photograph of Lopez/Colin wedding party, Orange, California, September 7, 1929. The bride, Augustina Lopez, is seated in the center; the groom, Felipe Colin, is standing in back at right; Soledad Rodriguez, the maid of honor is at left of the bride; bride's brother, ____ Lopez is best man and is standing behind maid of honor; left and front is Angie Guzman, right front unknown.

Donated by Colin Family,  File Number S215,  Barcode 10586705

Wedding portrait of Reynaldo Morales and Isabel Hernandez, Orange, California, 1930. They were married at Holy Family Catholic Church in Orange by Rev. F. Casimir Di Cristina on September 28, 1930. The studio photograph has been hand tinted. The Morales family lived on North Cypress Street in Orange, California.

Donated by Agapito Morales,  File Number S245,  Barcode 10586884

Lucy and Joe Beltran wedding, Orange California, May 10, 1935.  Back row, left to right: Unknown, Petra Aguirre, Marcelina Chavez, unknown, Lucy Aguirre Beltran, Joe Beltran, Joe Quintana, unknown, unknown, unknown. Children in front row are also unknown.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S328,  Barcode 10586793

Kay and Baldomoro "Domey's" Beltran wedding, Orange, California, ca. 1943. Left to right: Lucy Aguirre Beltran, Joe Beltran, groom Baldomoro Beltran ["Domey"],  and seated in front, the bride, Kay Morales.

Donated by Martha Beltran,  File Number S329,  Barcode 10586794

The wedding photographic portrait of Petra Aguirre Martinez and Paul Martinez, Orange, California, December 15, 1935.  Left to right: Lucy Aguirre Beltran (wife of Joe, sister of Petra), unknown, Ysidra Balderrama Martinez (wife of Jesus), Petra Aguirre, Paul Martinez, Jesus Martinez (brother of Paul), Onesimo Aguirre (brother of Petra) and Joe Beltran. The children are left to right: Grace Martinez, Albert "Bobby" Martinez, (children of Ysidra and Jesus); Rachel Villalobos (niece of Paul). Donor said the photo studio where the portrait was taken was located on the second floor of the Campbell building at 101 South Glassell Street, southeast corner of Plaza Square.

Donated by Rosita Hernandez,  File Number S360,  Barcode 10586835

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