Looking north across Crown Point, Pacific Beach, around 1929. Streets and sidewalks have been laid out in anticipation of the construction of the Causeway across Mission Bay. Note the signature: "Compliments of Mrs. Dennstedt."

That would be my "Nana" -- Gertrude Dennstedt. I recognize her signature. All the Dennstedts that immigrated from Germany to the midwest to Canada to California are my relatives. There are also numerous "historical” homes in San Diego that my father built --
Sherry Dennstedt Zullo '61

OMG!  That pic of Crown Point,  “Compliments of Mrs. Dennstedt”.  "Dennstedt Village" was at the corner of 54th and Redwood.  It came to be known as "Redwood Village" to most of my friends.  In looking back, it was probably one of the first "strip malls" around, but it was more like a little circle of shops, with parking in the center, and a few businesses across Redwood.  My dad's office was down there, and I'm guessing he was one of the first tenants, therefore my belief that he probably knew the Dennstedts.  "Dennstedt Village" and "Redwood Village" were used interchangeably in our home. The stores I can recall down there were The Village Market (where many Oak Park boys had their first jobs -- including Jim Clark), Kipps Varsity with the two old ladies who watched us like hawks so we didn't steal the penny candy -- although many of us now admit to doing it --, "Sam, the barber", where my dad and brother went every two weeks for a hair cut,  -- (many DeBlasis, kids of Sam, the barber, went to Crawford -- I knew Janet, class of '73, I think my sibs knew older DeBlasis), Lou's Liquor behind Kipp's Variety, The Amity Club bar, next to the Village Market and the kid's clothing store owned and operated by Mrs. (? -- come on   Eventually, the first KFC I ever knew of took over the area that Kipp’s had occupied and a Carvel Ice Cream shop went in down there, too.  (Jinger Nelson, class of '77 filled me on on some of the names of businesses that I couldn't recall.  I will tell you that alcohol was forbidden in our home, so I needed Jinger's assistance with the name of two of those establishments.  I got the answer zipped back to me immediately!   
Patty Bremner Brubaker  '72

Patty Bremner Brubaker  '72 has a good memory of Redwood Village.  But she left a couple of businesses off.  On the west side of The Village Market was a hobby shop that eventually became a laundromat.  The laundromat  had professional sized hair dryers where I could be found on many a Saturday afternoon with my soup-can sized rollers in my hair.  On the east side of the grocery store was a little café.  The Village Market was owned and run by two men named Bob and Noble who were two of the nicest men around.  Noble’s son-in-law, Danny, ran the meat market.  My father was a meat cutter for Safeway and anytime there was a strike, Danny would put him to work in his market.  Also, on a side note, my brothers and I had our dental work done by Patty’s father.  I believe my brother Richard ‘69, was in Patty’s brother Darrell’s class -- Susan Cone Milow ‘68

I used to shop at the Dennstedt Village Shopping Center on 54th and Redwood when I lived on Chollas Parkway -- Cathy Seidman Warmack ‘64

My parents bought a house in Dennstedt heights.  we were behind the Campus Drive-in.They had a office building across from the tack and grain store on El Cajon Blvd.  In the dip about 6700, on the north side.  We sometimes would walk through there on the way to John Muir.  down into the canyon, follow the rabbit trails, and up the other side.  A short cut? It was different that way.  Then they built Montezuma, and messed up the route. -- Pat Chambers ’67

I wonder if Pat Chambers ever had chicken and dumplings at Mc Donald's Farm Restaurant.  It was on the hill they bulldozed down into the gully so they could build apartments and businesses on flat land.  No more farm house on a hill, surrounded by eucalyptus trees, with horses in the gully.  The McPherson's daughter, Donna McPherson, was my girl scout leader at John Muir.  She taught us the secret to making good spaghetti at the overnight camp in Balboa Park.  I still remember-- and use -- the secret -- Jeannine Berger Passenheim '60

Here's a similar shot of Crown Point taken a year or so later than the one above. The photographer was H. A. "Jimmy" Erickson.

Howard Rozelle took this Crown Point aerial in 1946, during a brief partnership with Jimmy Erickson. Howard said Jimmy was a loud mouth who claimed to have taken the first aerial photo ever, while flying out of North Island. He also told Howard that Charles Lindbergh stayed with him during his visit to San Diego in 1927 to take possession of the Spirit of Saint Louis. Howard and I later discovered both of Erickson's claims to be valid.



Snow in San Diego, February 27, 2011

Two Views from Point Loma, 1932 and 2010

San Diego, 1876

Panorama Drive, 1947

Pacific Beach Chevron, 1946-2020

Crawford High School 1957-1961

Oscar's Drive-In, Pacific Beach circa 1955

Horton Plaza 1886

El Cajon 1895

Encanto circa 1955

47th & Federal, 1946

Del Mar Train Station, 1910

San Diego Mothball Fleet, 1950

Pacific Beach: 1925

Crystal Pier: 1946

Santa Fe Train Station: 1920

San Diego Streetcars: 1950


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