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In 1963, a new supermarket came to Chino, which anchored a brand new shopping center on the northwest corner of Central and Walnut avenues. Alpha Beta was part of a large chain of stores and featured a bakery, meat department and brand name products such as Van de Kamp. S & H Green Stamp…

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Chino Valley Lumber has been on the east side of Central Avenue, just south of Chino Avenue for as long as I have been in Chino.  I drive by it regularly, and often glance over at the massive piles of lumber that line the yard.  My father-in-law knew the men who worked there, and anytime my …

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Chino was once a wide area of open nature that was regularly used for citywide events.   In 1938, the Chino Champion reported, “to keep alive the spirit of the days of Spanish Dons in Chino Valley, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a colorful fiesta day known as Chino Rancho Ride.”

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As we travel along Central Avenue, passing Washington Avenue, a white gazebo can be seen sitting at the southwest corner. It is surrounded by trees and flowers and a small grass area. There are a couple of benches and a drinking fountain as well. This site that we pass so often is named Caro…

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Sometimes when I am posting in the Chino Memories Facebook group, I post a photo and let the members tell their stories about it.  The memories come in abundance each time I post an old photo of a donut shop from Chino.  I know we all love the sweet cakey goodness that comes from a donut, an…

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Boys Republic has an annual tradition of creating and selling Christmas wreaths. Many of us drive by Boys Republic, located between Grand Avenue and Eucalyptus Street, west of the 71 freeway in Chino Hills, and see the signs advertising sales.  As the holidays approach, I thought it would be…

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Chino has recognized many individuals that have played an important part in its history by naming 10 of 11 elementary schools after them, keeping memories of them alive. I thought it would be nice to look beyond the name, and remember the person. 

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Before the supermarket came to Chino, a family would typically shop for groceries daily, or a few times a week.  Most homes didn’t have a large refrigerator, and some only had an icebox to store food.  It wasn’t unusual to stop at the market on the way home to pick up groceries for dinner ea…

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When driving around town, I often wonder what something once was.  I see pieces of things, or abandoned places and always want to know more about it and the history that may lie within it.  One such place is a set of metal buildings that sits on the west side of Central Avenue, just south of…

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I’ve often wondered what the story was behind the castle-like building that sits at 13526 Central Avenue, on the west side, north of Schafer Avenue. I have driven by it hundreds of times, and have seen it change over the years, and my curiosity grew, so I decided to dig around and see what I…

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Summer as a kid was the best. School was out in Chino in mid-June, and the days were long. I would walk to my friend's house barefoot, quickly running across the hot asphalt street and onto the lawn to cool my feet. We would grab our bikes (and our shoes) and ride around town, and over to 7-…

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Had a great time at the annual Pioneer Picnic on Sunday. The Community Building was full of Chinoans from near and far who came together to share their common love of their hometown.

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Chino Community Theatre and Children's Theatre was formed in 1984 by husband and wife team Paul and Karen Larson of Chino.  Both were local teachers who created the theatre groups for adults and children. 

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Chino has had many fine pizza restaurants throughout the years.  Franchise pizza places such as Pizza Hut, Little Caesars, Dominos and Round Table seem to stick around for a long time, but independent places do not always fare as well.  Mama Mia’s, Pizza King, Brat’s Pizza and Pizza Peddler …

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Chino has always had many different churches, and many of the buildings are impressive and grand, and have been around for quite a long time. The churches are used to congregate, fellowship, worship, marry, baptize and to say goodbye to those who pass on.

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Roller skating had always been a popular activity, and in the 1980's it became a phenomenon.  The 1979 film Roller Boogie, starring Linda Blair added to the popularity, and suddenly roller skating wasn’t just for kids. The nearest skating rink to Chino had been The Roller Palladium in Pomona…

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I recently posted an image stating “I Love Chino,” and asked members of the Chino Memories Facebook Group to share what they loved about the community.  I was flooded with comments from people who shared their nostalgic memories of growing up in Chino, which was what they loved about it.  

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I was recently wandering around town looking at old buildings and investigating details as research for stories, when I happened upon a giant pine tree at the Community Building next to the memorial for fallen soldiers.

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Foodland Market began serving Chino in 1945, when it opened on downtown Sixth Street. The owners were The Kuskey Brothers, Joseph, Paul and Edward, who purchased the business from William Rabinowitz. Mr. Rabinowitz had purchased it a year earlier from Hyman Byalos, who ran it as Quality Market.

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Chino has had a few bakeries in the past that have left great impressions on the people of Chino.  One such bakery was Patty’s Pastries.  It first opened in 1958 in the Shopright Center on Riverside Drive at Yorba (where Stater Bros. is now), by husband and wife team Enro and Yoneko Okada, a…

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When one first thinks of Chino, cows may come to mind, but an even more delicious thought is the corn that was grown throughout the area. I remember driving down Pipeline Avenue in the 1980s, passing Eucalyptus and being surrounded by fields of corn.  In the 1990s, the fields slowly disappea…

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Before the existence of Home Depot and Lowe’s, Chinoans found their hardware needs at Herb’s Hardware. The store was located in downtown Chino, in the old Bank of America building (originally First National Bank) on the corner of 6th and D streets. The store was originally opened in 1909 by …

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Music is a big part our lives. We can hear a song and it takes us back in time to memories of our past. Before iTunes and online music, we would buy our music at stores.  Chino has had many different music stores, such as Burt’s Radio & TV, which was a very popular business located downt…

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Chino built its first stand-alone secondary school, called Chino High School, in 1909 on Riverside Drive, facing south to the end of 6th Street, so that those getting off of the train at the nearby station, would see it. The first classes were held in the new school in September, 1910, with …

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We all have a place that we hung out as teens that brings back warm nostalgic feelings when we think about it.  For me, when I was a teen living in Chino in the 1980s, my regular hangout was at the Pizza Peddler, which was located on Central Avenue and Philadelphia Street.  My friends and I …

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Chino is one of the few local cities that hold an annual Christmas Parade. The parade has long been a tradition for the city. I was able to find news stories on the parades dating all the way back to 1950. They were originally held at night, with the first parade in 1950 beginning at 7 p.m. …

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In 1965 plans were unveiled to continue the 60 (Pomona) Freeway from the Los Angeles County line, east to Mira Loma, consisting of three lanes in each direction. Construction was estimated at $7.5 million for the 4.6 miles across Chino, starting east of Reservoir Street and running to Euclid…

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Wally Thornton opened Thornton’s Central Drug Co. in 1947, on Central Avenue, just south of Riverside Drive, next door to the Chino Theater. Thornton’s quickly became a favorite place for Chino residents and farmers to shop and obtain medicine. When business growth forced Wally to search for…