A Look Back By Kay Beattie Vol.1

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Announcing the publication of the first volume of Kay Beattie's A Look Back columns, (originally published in the Highland Community News), as part of a Highland Area Historical Society fund raising project.

Kay spent many, many hours pouring over old newspapers, visiting the Highland Library, the Smiley Library in Redlands, the San Bernardino Feldhym Library and the San Bernardino Historic Archives, as well as her father-in-law's, George W. Beattie, work, to find information for her "stories".

This body of work is an invaluable resource for the history of Highland and the surrounding area, and is deserving of being preserved in enduring and readily available format. It would be impossible to include all her columns in a single volume, so they have been divided into several.

The collection was compiled, edited and indexed by Nancy Alexander, President of the Highland Area Historical Society and City Historian.

The cost is $40 and can be pre-ordered by contacting Nancy Alexander at . The first volume will be available in November and will make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who is interested in Highland's rich history.

A Look Back...
By Kay Beattie
Volume I

Historical columns published in the Highland Community News
From October 29, 1994 to December 28, 1995
Compiled, Edited and Indexed by Nancy Alexander


A Look Back...
By Kay Beattie
Copyright © 2009
Nancy Alexander
All rights reserved
No part of this publication may be reproduced. stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means--electronic, mechanical, photocopying. recording. or otherwise--without the prior written permission of the copyright owner.
Published by
Highland Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 353
Highland. CA 92346-0353
Printed in the United States of America
by Harper’s Printing
1956 North E Street
San Bernardino, CA 92404
ISBN 97g-l-61623-025-8



This collection of Kay Beatties’s “A Look Back” articles, originally published in the Highland Community News, is dedicated to her family, friends, readers, and to those who have an interest in the history of Highland, California.



Kay Beattie's historical articles, published in the Highland Community News, are of great value and interest to those desiring to know more about the history of Highland. Kay's diligence in research and her written contributions to the preservation of Highland's history cannot, in my estimation, be matched and are deserving of being preserved as a volume of work that can be readily accessed for study and enjoyment.

Many of Kay's readers will have copies of her newspaper articles in their possession, however, newspapers by their very nature are not meant to last, and become very fragile quickly. With the cooperation of the Highland Community News and the "Blessing" of her daughter, Karen, the task was undertaken to collect, edit and publish, and index this body of work in book form.

While transcribing these articles, I had some discussion with my daughter, Amanda, and Bill Calvert, a close friend of Kay's and former City Historian, as to whether the articles should be published chronologically or by subject matter to aid those researching a particular subject. While I see the value of the latter, I came to the conclusion that these article should be reprinted as they were originally offered by the author.

The date of the original article appears directly under the title. Minor editing was done to correct small errors. Where possible, the original photos have been scanned for better quality. Where these were not available, the photos were scanned from the newspaper, and therefore, the quality is somewhat diminished.

It is my hope and desire that this first volume of Kay Beattie's historical articles on Highland's history be informative as well as enjoyable, and that you will look forward to the volumes containing her "stories" from the years 1996-2001

Nancy Alexander, Highland City Historian


Table of Contents

Katherine Cross Beattie: A Short biography .


Molino. Fredalba. the Chumash Indians and the Beaver Clinic. Part I    Page   1
Molino. Fredalba. The Chumash Indians and the Beaver Clinic Part II    Page   5
An Elegant House and its Story Part I    Page   10
An Elegant House and its Story Part 11    Page 14
Christmas In the Highlands    Page   19


The Highland-East Highlands Historical Society    Page   27
John Muir    Page   30
Did Wyatt’s horse Drink Here?    Page   35
The Naming of Mt. Harrison    Page   37
Historic Stidham House Called ‘One of a kind’    Page   39
A Story About Three Prominent Doctors in Highland’s History    Page   41
The Development of Highland Schools    Page   44
The Story of Base Line’s Origin    Page   48
Floods And Washed Out Roads Are Common In Highland’s History    Page   51
Daffodils and a Centennial    Page   54
Highland’s First Bank and Its History    Page   57
A Scary Story of a Mountain Lion    Page   60
Highland Area Chamber of Commerce    Page   63
Highland Heritage Reunion    Page   66
The Earp Family and Orange Crates    Page   69
Some Very Unusual Weather    Page   71
An Indian Scare    Page   74
East Highland Area School Is Sworn In    Page   76
One Hundred and Two Years Ago. A Library In the Making    Page   78
An Afternoon With Ailene Cram Geib    Page   81
An Ancient and Honorable Order. E. Clarnpu Vitus    Page   83
What a Celebration...July 4th 1895 Remembered    Page   85
1895-1995...Oranges to Skates    Page   87
From a LOOP to a Metro LINK 1892-1993    Page   90
A Bond of Friendship (The Knights of Pythias and the Sisters of Pythias)    Page   92
Annie Lee Hatch Celebrates 98th Birthday    Page   95
Dutch John and the City Creek Road    Page   98
Ah Sing Chung: Highland’s Chinese Merchant    Page   101
103 Years Ago. Highland’s First Newspaper Published    Page   104
Submerged Bridges    Page   107
How To Keep the Trade in Highland... Sprinkle the Base Line    Page   109
History of the Highland Messenger Newspaper    Page   111
A History of Fire Service in Highland    Page   114
Stories of How a City Grew    Page   117

Katherine Cross Beattie: A Short biography

Katherine Cross was born August 2, 1910 in Utah. After her father died in 1918 during the influenza epidemic, Kay’s grandfather brought the family to San Bernardino.

She attended the Fourth Street Elementary School in San Bernardino, graduating from the sixth grade in 1921. She attended San Bernardino High School, San Bernardino Valley College, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Physical Education and English.

After receiving her teaching credential from the University of Redlands, she began teaching at San Bernardino High School and later at San Bernardino Valley College.

It was at San Bernardino Valley college that she met her future husband, George F. Beattie, who taught mathematics and astronomy. The planetarium at Valley College is named in his honor, and Kay maintained an active interest in the planetarium.

Kay’s father-in-law was George W. Beattie, an early pioneer in the San Bernardino, Redlands, and Highland area. At age 16, he was the first teacher in Redlands. He wrote extensively about history and daily life in San Bernardino County. Upon his death in 1949, Kay, George, and their two children moved to the ranch in East Highlands. Kay became an active participant in running the orange grove, and was involved in community affairs and at the Redlands schools, including serving as President of the Redlands High School PTA.

Kay has always been a history buff and became active in the Highland Area Historical Society. At age 80 she started a new career as the “unofficial” Historian of Highland”. In the next 14 years she went through two computers and numerous keyboards in her literary endeavors.

In 1981, she was given a Highland Area Chamber of Commerce Honorary Life membership for her work in preserving local history.

Starting in 1994, she wrote articles for the Highland Community News. She had been involved in journalism while at San Bernardino High School, even writing for the San Bernardino Sun Telegram, so this was a normal progression. Besides working on several other projects, including, “What happened to Cramville?”, she worked on dedications of historic sites in the area.

She also completed G.W. Beattie’s memoirs. For many years she researched his life and dug further into Redlands and Highland history. In 1998, the result of her labors was published by the A.K. Smiley Library, “George William Beattie-An Uncommon Man-His Life and Times.

In 1998, Kay was inducted into the San Bernardino Valley College Hall of Fame for her pioneering role in women’s sports. She was also inducted into the University of Redlands Town and Gown Society. She was a long time member of Chapter GH, PEO, in San Bernardino.

In March, 2005, she was able to attend the dedication of Beattie Middle School in Highland. She was very proud that the new school had been named for the Beattie family, pioneers in the area.

After the East Highlands ranch was sold in 1978, Kay lived at Valencia Lea Mobile Home Park

Kay Beattie passed away Thursday, November 20, 2005 at the age of 95.