Students of Santee School – Early 1900’s

Here is a photo of the students and teachers of Santee School in the early 1900’s.   If you look closely you can see that some students are wearing shoes and some are not.   There is also a big difference in the types of clothing the children are wearing.  Wish we could identify the people in this photo.  Does anyone see any relatives here in this photo?   Web marked B & W Santee School students

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For Our Military – Army Staff Sgt. Sean P. Fisher, 29, Santee Died Aug 14, 2007

Army Staff Sgt. Sean P. Fisher, 29, Santee; among 5 troops killed in helicopter crash


Sean Paul Fisher, of Santee, California, was a wonderful kid, a sibling hero to his sister Jennifer, and a good son. He was always protective of his sister and inspired her by his optimism and his drive to surmount any challenge. Sean graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, where he stood out in his American government class during his senior year, showing leadership and his ability to work with groups of people.

Before enlisting in the Army in 2002, Fisher held various jobs, including stints at a McDonald’s and a local casino. Everywhere he worked, he always gave it his best. His love was mechanics, and joining the Army gave him the opportunity to become skilled in helicopter mechanics.  He was fun. He loved life.

On leave just before his death, Sean had purchased a pair of black-and-white shoes, the type of classic footwear that used to be worn by entertainers such as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. He called them his dancing shoes, so his mother bought some Mexican music, and they danced and danced, with relatives videotaping the spectacle.

Army Staff Sergeant Sean P. Fisher, 29, was on his second deployment to Iraq when he was among 5 troops killed when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a post-maintenance test flight at the Taqaddum air base in central Iraq on August 14, 2007.  Sean died of his injuries on September 2, 2007.

He was assigned to the Army Active duty 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49, at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  He was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service.

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Santee School Children Losing Their Marbles

Santee School marbles

This is a great photo from the early 1900s showing children playing MARBLES at the Santee School.   Have you ever played marbles?   What did you call your marbles? Share your stories on our Facebook page.

Wikipedia lists some names as:

o Aggie – made of agate (aggie is short for agate) or glass resembling agate, with various patterns like in the alley

o Alley or real – made of marble or alabaster (alley is short for alabaster), streaked with wavy or other patterns with exotic names like corkscrew, spiral, snake, ribbon, onyx, swirl, bumblebee, and butterfly

o Ade – strands of opaque white and color, making lemon-ade, lime-ade, orange-ade, etc.

o Cat’s eye or catseye – central eye-shaped colored inserts or cores (injected inside the marble)

o Beachball – three colors and six vanes

o Devil’s eye – red with yellow eye

o Red devil’s – same color scheme as a devil’s eye but swirly.

o Clambroth – equally spaced opaque lines on a milk-white opaque base. Rare clams can have blue or black base glass. Medium-high value for antique marbles; rare base color valued much higher.

o Lutz – antique, handmade German swirl, containing bands of fine copper flakes that glitter like gold. Erroneously thought to have been invented by noted glassmaker Nicholas Lutz. Medium-high value for antique marbles, depending on specific sub-type of Lutz design.

o Oilie or oily – opaque with a rainbow, iridescent finish

o Onionskin – antique, handmade German swirl, with many closely packed surface streaks. Medium price range for antique marbles.

o Opaque – a popular marble that comes in many colors

o Oxblood – a streaky patch resembling blood

o Pearls – opaque with single color with mother of pearl finish

o Toothpaste – also known as plainsies in Canada. Wavy streaks usually with red, blue, black, white, orange.

o Turtle – wavy streaks containing green and yellow

o Bumblebee – modern, machine-made marble; mostly yellow with two black strips on each side

o China – glazed porcelain, with various patterns similar to an alley marble. Geometric patterns have low value; flowers or other identifiable objects can command high prices.

o Plaster – a form of china that is unglazed

o Commie or common – made of clay; natural color or monochrome coloration. Made in huge quantities during 19th and early 20th centuries.

o Bennington – clay fired in a kiln with salt glaze—usually brown, often blue. Other colorations fairly scarce. Fairly low value.

o Crock – made from crockery (earthenware) clay

o Croton alley or jasper – glazed and unglazed china marbled with blue

o Crystal or clearie or purie – any clear colored glass – including “opals,” “glimmers,” “bloods,” “rubies,” etc. These can have any number of descriptive names such as “deep blue sea”, “blue moon”, “green ghost”, “brass bottle”

o Princess – a tinted crystal

o Galaxy – modern, machine-made marble; lots of dots inserted to look like a sky of stars

o Indian – antique, handmade German marble; dark and opaque, usually black, with overlaid groups of color bands; usually white, and one or more other colors. Can also have many colors like blue, green and scarlet. Medium price range for antique marbles.

o Mica – antique, handmade German marble; glassy to translucent with streaks or patches of mica, ranging from clear to misty. Value depends on glass color.

o Steely – made of steel; a true steely (not just a ball-bearing) was made from a flat piece of steel folded into a sphere and shows a cross where the corners all come together.

o Sulphide – antique, handmade German marble; large (1.25 to 3+ inch) clear glass sphere with a small statuette or figure inside. Most common are domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, cows, etc.; then wild animals; human figures are scarce; inanimate objects such as a train or pocket watch are very rare and command high prices. The interior figures are made of white clay or kaolin, and appear a silvery color due to light refraction. A sulphide with a colored-glass sphere, or with a painted figure inside, is also very rare and brings a high price. Like other types of antique marbles, sulphides have been reproduced and faked in large quantities.

o Swirly – is a common marble made out of glass with one swirly color.

o Shooter- Any marble but in a bigger size.

o Tiger- clear with orange-yellow stripes

o Baby – white with colours visible on the outside

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Then & Now – the Journey from Greenleaf Ice Cream Parlor to Riverview Community Church

Did you know…?

In 1915 the U.S. Government acquired a parcel of land at the intersections of Mission Gorge, Magnolia and Woodside Avenues. Called ‘Santee Camp’, several quartermaster units for the Army were encamped in tents at the site, which also contained a fueling depot. A structure was built and used as the headquarters for the camp, known as “Greenleaf’s Ice Cream Parlor”, possibly a code name. The Army terminated use of this site in October 1943.

In 1944, the Wagon Wheel Dance Hall opened in that building at 8861 North Magnolia. The main dirt road from El Cajon ran past the Wagon Wheel on the way to Lakeside. At the time the structure was one of very few in the area which consisted mostly of the railroad, and grazing cattle and horses. By 1951 it became the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Dance Hall, known for great food and entertainment. People would come all the way from San Diego, not as easy as you might think back then, to dance all night long. The entire building from front to back was used as a dance floor and food was served from the bar.

In 1976 the Wagon Wheel changed ownership and became Mulvaney’s. It was known for its amazing prime rib dinners and the largest dance floor in San Diego.

In 2003, new owners did a major renovation to update the decor, and paid tribute to its history by going back to its original name of Wagon Wheel. After a short stint as Lacey J’s Roadhouse Saloon & Grille, it is now home to the Riverview Community Church.

Then & Now

Then & Now

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– 1891 San Diego Union News – THE NEW COWLES SCHOOL

One of the Best Appointed School Buildings in the County

Land was deeded to School District by Jennie B. Santee, B. L. Cowles, et al on June 13, 1891 in the amount of $1.00

Land was deeded to School District by Jennie B. Santee, B. L. Cowles,
et al on June 13, 1891 in the amount of $1.00

“W. H. Sommers writes from El Cajon that the Cowles School took possession of the elegant new school house on Monday morning of this week.

It is doubtful if there is any building of the kind in the county provided with more conveniences. In the first place the furniture and school apparatus is of the very best. Then it is provided with a good well, wind mill and a large tank from which water is piped into the cloak room, where there is a wash bowl placed upon a neat marble slab.

On Arbor Day the children will plant trees upon the acre and a half of ground embraced in the school block. The intention is to irrigate the trees and shrubbery and make the grounds as handsome as good taste and care can make them. The lot is, of course, to be neatly fenced.

A nice bell of fine tone is one of the features of interest, which every school should possess.

This elegant little building will be dedicated with appropriate exercises on Friday evening, December 11 [1891]. The entertainment will consist of recitations, music and short addresses. At the close of the school exercises a lunch will be served, after which the young people will spend a few hours on the always popular amusement of dancing.”

– San Diego Union, San Diego, CA Thursday, December 17, 1891
– Story researched by Carole Delozier

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