My Gift To Chris And Mike On My 55th Birthday 2016

Even as Upland’s population surpasses 70,000, this San Bernardino County suburb remains steeped in tradition with century-old homes and the occasional horseback rider. Tract homes replaced groves in the 1970s and ‘80s, but the citrus-scented past lingers with a Lemon Festival set in the historic downtown.


Brothers George and William Chaffey bought more than 6,000 acres of land in 1882 and quickly went to work on their irrigated “model colony” to be named Ontario, after the province in their native Canada.

But the Chaffeys didn’t stick around long. An Australian water supply official visited the new colony in 1885. Impressed with the brothers’ irrigation system for agriculture, Alfred Deacon persuaded the Chaffeys to come to Australia and develop farming towns there.

Other developers carried on and the new town thrived. Residents of north Ontario broke away and in 1906 formed their own city, called Upland.

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Upland’s most distinctive feature is 200-foot-wide Euclid Avenue, which runs the length of the city from north to south. Fascinated with geometry, George Chaffey designed Euclid with cross streets planned precisely one-quarter mile apart from each other.

In the early days, Euclid was home to a trolley called the “gravity mule car.” Mules hauled passengers uphill, then rode downhill on a platform behind the car. An electric trolley replaced the mules in 1895.

Euclid’s broad center median is popular today for jogging and walking dogs under the shade of pepper trees. It’s like an elongated park running the length of the city. The stretch of Euclid’s median north of Foothill Boulevard is the most used. Popular with horseback riders, it is known as the Bridle Path.

Homes lining Euclid includes bungalows, Victorians and gated estates. “Once you pass Foothill and go north, that’s the elite,” said Phil Duran, who has worked at a hair salon on Euclid for 27 years and jogs along the median.

The city’s best-known monument is the Madonna of the Trail statue at the intersection of Euclid and Foothill Boulevard, also known as Route 66. The 75-year-old statue depicts a hearty pioneer woman clutching a child — and a rifle — and marks the location of trails early settlers followed west.

“For a sleepy little community, we’re steeped in history,” said Virginia Shannon, who lives in a century-old home on Euclid and is a member of Upland Heritage, a preservation group.

The city has eight other historic districts, said Dave Stevens, a former city councilman and founder of Upland Heritage. Some homes date back to the late 1800s.

A scenic view of Mt. Baldy in Southern California.

The San Gabriel Mountains provide an imposing backdrop for the city, rising sharply to about 10,000 feet and offering views of snow-capped peaks on clear winter days.

Hiking, camping and winter skiing at the Mt. Baldy resort are only a short drive north into the mountains.

Insider’s view

John and Joan Kruse moved here in 1968, and they find the biggest change is the loss of the lemon groves.

“The fragrance was just overpowering,” Joan Kruse recalled.

Though Upland has lost its scent, memories of the citrus heyday are rekindled every spring at the annual festival.


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Getting Personal

I wanted to share with you both the town and time I grew up in.

I was born at San Antonio Community hospital in 1961 and believe me life was much more simple than it is today.

In the video I make at that hospital I not saying anything groundbreaking just to focus on life and make decision that promote your lives. Slow down keep it simple…..

Michael, I found this video of your new fish tank and downloaded it. Call me crazy but I was so happy to see how much care and detail and time you spent on this.

I know that you just like me, have run into confusing and traumatic situations but it’s through these adversities that we gain the wisdom to overcome.

Chris and Michael, just know this: I am not perfect but I am a man from my generation who decided to spend his 55th birthday reaching out to you guys.

Slow down, do your research, forgive those who have hurt you and focus on life!

 Promises Just for You

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

“Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
The dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
All those from Sheba shall come;
They shall bring gold and incense,
And they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
The rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
They shall ascend with acceptance on My altar,
And I will glorify the house of My glory

“Who are these who fly like a cloud,
And like doves to their roosts?
Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me;
And the ships of Tarshish will come first,
To bring your sons from afar,
Their silver and their gold with them,
To the name of the Lord your God,
And to the Holy One of Israel,
Because He has glorified you.

“The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
And their kings shall minister to you;
For in My wrath I struck you,
But in My favor I have had mercy on you.
Therefore your gates shall be open continually;
They shall not be shut day or night,
That men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles,
And their kings in procession.
For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish,
And those nations shall be utterly ruined.

“The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
The cypress, the pine, and the box tree together,
To beautify the place of My sanctuary;
And I will make the place of My feet glorious.
Also the sons of those who afflicted you
Shall come bowing to you,
And all those who despised you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet;
And they shall call you The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
So that no one went through you,
I will make you an eternal excellence,
A joy of many generations.
You shall drink the milk of the Gentiles,
And milk the breast of kings;
You shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

“Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
Instead of iron I will bring silver,
Instead of wood, bronze,
And instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
And your magistrates righteousness.
Violence shall no longer be heard in your land,
Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders;
But you shall call your walls Salvation,
And your gates Praise.

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
Isaiah 60