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 remember driving down Pipeline Avenue in the 1980s, passing Eucalyptus Avenueand being surrounded by fields of corn. In the 1990s, the fields slowly disappeared, and the land that once was home to this sweet crop became a shopping center called the Chino Spectrum, and then eventually, other centers as well.
One person who grew corn in Chino and sold it locally was Henry “Hank” Decker, through his Decker Farms.