Historical Happenings: The War of the Roses

A suspected gang-related shooting this past summer in Max Berg Plaza Park prompted San Clemente city officials to remove objects that gang members could hide behind. As a result, 6-foot-tall beds of white roses were dug up and thrown away. No big deal, right? Not so fast, Tom Marshall notes in his latest Historical Happenings column. It turns out the bed of Peace Roses were of historic value.

Historical Happenings: When San Clemente Was the Center of the Political World

How Nixon came to choose San Clemente as his base is as interesting as it was improbable, Tom Marshall reports in his latest Historical Happenings column. Soon after taking office in January 1969, Nixon let it be known that he wanted to have a private residence somewhere in Southern California, where he was born and raised. This bit of news perked the interest of local resident Fred Divel. He had the perfect place for Nixon: the blufftop home of the late Hamilton Cotton.

Historical Happenings: The Legend of the San Clemente Monster

Though Loch Ness in Scotland has garnered much of the media attention for nearly a century as the site of everyone’s favorite prehistoric-looking creature that may or may not exist, the shores near San Clemente also has its own tales of a large monster. As Tom Marshall writes in his latest Historical Happenings, sightings of “The Clemente Monster” living in the waters between San Diego and San Clemente Island date back to 1914.

Historical Happenings: Happy Birthday, Casino San Clemente

In this month’s Historical Happenings, Tom Marshall looks back at the past 85 years of the Casino San Clemente, the city’s historical dance hall in North Beach that hosted such stars as Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in its heyday. It’s since become an entertainment and wedding venue that will host a special VIP celebration this Saturday.

Historical Happenings: The Book on San Onofre Beach

In this month’s Historical Happenings column, Tom Marshall highlights only a small fraction of what David Matuszak covers in his nearly 12-pound book about surfing history at San Onofre, San Onofre—Memories of a Legendary Surfing Beach. The author will headline the Historical Society’s next public event on June 9 to discuss the book.