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Editor’s note: Chino Memories Roundup columist Kerry Cisneroz said he has enjoyed writing a column for the Champion every week, but has decided to no longer continue. He wanted to thank Champion readers for supporting his columns the past several years. This week’s column first appeared in t…

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I always wanted to buy my lunch from the school cafeteria. I would take the paper lunch menu home, circle some of the foods I hoped to enjoy, and would post it on the front of the refrigerator. Yet, each morning I awoke to a brown bag lunch that mom had prepared, filled with a boloney sandwi…

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Eating breakfast out has long been a time for families, friends and professionals to meet both socially and for business reasons. Chino has many places to enjoy breakfast, but two restaurants have stood the test of time and have fed generations of people mounds of flapjacks and a countless n…

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Chino may be a modern city filled with shopping centers, housing tracts, industrial businesses and a large population bustling through the streets, but if you look, there are many historical gems that can be found. One such gem is the Community Building on B Street, off the main thoroughfare…

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It may feel like summer with our triple digit temperatures and sun-filled days, but this Monday, Aug. 9 is back to school for most students in Chino. The school district changed the start date to August about 10 years ago for reasons relating to state testing dates. Each year I am surprised …

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As August approaches, the hot summer month comes this year with a bit of change for me. August has always been a month of no school, filled with long days of swimming with friends while enjoying countless numbers of frozen popsicles. August is also the month that I have celebrated my birthda…

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Anyone who has lived in the Chino Valley can attest to having experienced the high winds that often blow through the Chino Valley. The high gusts of wind are known as the Santa Ana winds, or simply the Santa Anas. They are dry and hot, and typically occur during the autumn season. When Chino…

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Sometimes I drive by buildings and wonder what the history is behind the walls. I drive across Riverside Drive nearly every day, and sometimes multiple times a day, and often pass a set of schools directly across from one another on the north and south side of the street, just east of Monte …

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Summertime in Chino often brings triple digit temperatures. Today most every home has air conditioning, but at one time it was considered a luxury. Up until the 1980s, a large number of homes had no air conditioning, and the homes that did, had air conditioning box units sitting in a window …

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Chino has long held the tradition of celebrating Independence Day with a parade, park activities and fireworks for the people of the city. The events bring families together to recognize our great country and the battles that were fought to gain our freedom from England. Chino’s annual Fourt…

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There’s something about Chino that keeps people from moving away. I am told over and over again by many different people that multi generations of their families live in Chino. Some trace back to the early 1900s, making them a pioneer family in our city. Chino started out as a small agricult…

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Father’s Day is an annual day set aside each June to recognize fathers and their impact on their families. Losing my father suddenly after his 40th birthday left 12-year-old me a bit confused about the role a dad should play. I had good memories of my dad, but they were only a handful since …

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Earl Scheib was a name known for auto paint jobs and collision repairs  offered at affordable prices. Mr. Scheib started his business in Los Angeles in 1937 at the age of 29 and expanded his shops across the country. In the 1950s, his TV commercials, in which he was the spokesman, made his p…

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In 1930, the Chino American Legion Post created a monument to honor those who served and died in World War I. The monument, made of stone with an eagle at the top, was installed next to Chino’s Community Building on 10th and B Streets. A letter written by Chamber of Commerce President Elmer …

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I moved to Chino Hills in the Los Serranos community not too far away from the Los Serranos Country Club in December 1989 before the houses in Butterfield Ranch were constructed.

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Losing your parents is not easy no matter how old you are. It can be an emotionally difficult and life-changing experience. Even though it has been over 10 years since my parents left, I miss them tremendously.

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I am fascinated by old buildings and signs, and have been known to stop my car and have my family wait on me as I snap photos of random buildings or signs. I wonder to myself what the history may be, and what life the walls may have lived in the decades before I passed by. Chino has some rea…

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The Chino Valley has a great number of fire stations within its vast boundaries.  Seven stations spread throughout Chino and Chino Hills serve the nearly 200,000 residents that call the area home.

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Now that my kids are in high school, I can compare the differences of high school today, compared to when I attended high school in the 1980s.  I started attending Don Lugo High School my sophomore year in 1986. In addition to the typical educational requirements of English, math, history an…

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Spring is upon us.  I am smelling the wildflowers, listening to music from the past and looking through old photographs. I cannot help but reminisce about things have changed over time. Many sentimental memories enter my mind and I become very nostalgic.  What my boys call the olden days, I …

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Sometimes I happen upon a photo from the Champion archives that really draws me in.  My eyes fixate on the details of each building, the cars parked on the street and the people walking by. 

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Pizza before a movie...pizza after a Little League baseball game...pizza on a Friday night after work...pizza for a birthday party...pizza has always been a popular meal that is loved by most everyone.  Chino has had many great places that served pizza, and some of the best were/are the dine…

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It’s hard for me to accept that Al McCombs is gone. I worked for and was later partners with him for 20 years.

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Chino lost an icon last week, when Al McCombs passed away on March 12, 2021.  Many have called him “Mr. Chino,” “The Face of Chino,” and other various names relating to his true love of our city.  I called him mentor, and friend.  I originally wrote the story below in October 2020, as an adm…

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1987 brought the city of Chino an exciting new shopping center, built on the south side of Philadelphia Street, between Central Avenue and Benson.  Chino Town Square was the largest shopping center in Chino, and offered many dining choices, a deluxe movie theater and large department stores …

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Sometimes in life you meet a person who inspires you, without them even knowing they did.  I had the pleasure of getting to know Dick Ferguson, also known as Mr. Ferguson, or Coach Ferguson, former teacher and principal at both Chino High School and Ramona Jr. High School, when he began atte…

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Baseball has long been America’s favorite pastime, and can be traced in Chino to the early 1900s.  The city had it's own team, which would play other city teams, and was a popular weekend activity for those living in Chino.  These were times of no radio or television, making live sports the …

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Before Chino was known as a dairy community, it was an agricultural mecca.  The soil was good for growing most any crop, of which the quantities were regularly reported in the Chino Champion. “Where Everything Grows” was the city’s motto, and the crops it produced proved it to be true.  I re…

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As a kid, my friends and I would watch Dodger baseball games on TV, listen to them on AM radio, and if we were lucky, we would take the short drive from Chino to Los Angeles to see a Dodger game.

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2020 has been a tough year for all, with huge lifestyle changes due to COVID-19 restrictions and shut-downs.  Christmas is most always a time where we can find happiness, even in the most difficult situations. It's a time to decorate homes with lights, and to dress up a tree with ornaments t…

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I found my first job in 1988 at the local Chino bookstore, Newsboy Books & Video. The store was located in the old Alpha-Beta & TG&Y center, northwest corner of Central and Walnut, between Mi Ranchito and Americana restaurants. I worked Saturdays from 2 p.m. to closing at 9 p.m. …

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In his Chino Memories Facebook this week, Kerry Cisneroz asked his followers: Chino is a place where we have grown up, gone to school, made friendships, been married, had children and raised them as well. Whether you are still in Chino, or have moved away, what special parts of your life hap…

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Ever wonder how schools in Chino were named?  Every elementary school located in the city of Chino, with the exception of Walnut Avenue Elementary, is named for persons that made an impact on our city. 

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I had the pleasure of meeting with Raul Garnica, who will turn 98 in September.  During our conversation, he shared his memories of 86 years of living here.  Raul was 12 years old when he came to Chino from Colorado in 1934 with his parents to work the fields.  His family had friends within …

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Many may consider Chino to have been a dairy town, but Chino also has quite a history in the farming industry. The soil in Chino was very fertile, hence the city's slogan, "where everything grows."  Potatoes were one such crop that Chino grew an abundance of. Potato farming was big business …

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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…