By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society
Within the Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson expected a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among la and San Diego. His urban might have streets that the normal contours of the land. Sunny shorelines and excellent weather enticed many to settle during this captivating neighborhood. identified for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, town grew to become host and residential to dignitaries corresponding to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. at the present time, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the excellent position for paintings and relaxation.
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San Clemente Plaza, referred to now as Max Berg Plaza, was once given to the voters of San Clemente as a spot to think about and wander. The town’s first church and college, often called San Clemente Grammar tuition and later as Las Palmas hassle-free, stood at its edges ahead of being demolished within the Seventies and reconstructed in a special kind. during this aerial view of San Clemente Plaza Park, the stained-glass-window layout is clear. The surf may be noticeable within the distance. the hot Reeves Rubber houses are visible at the correct, the 1st houses outfitted after the Spanish Revival–style development regulations have been lifted. obvious are the Episcopal church (the first church in-built San Clemente) and the San Clemente Grammar college, and alongside the ground of the photo is a drive-through eating place. (Courtesy of Lois Divel. ) The Plaza Park pond, newly built with the crimson Spanish tile sidewalk, lies within the foreground. Newly planted bushes are within the heritage. Fountains accessory every one nook of the San Clemente Plaza Park, referred to now as Max Berg Plaza. Max Berg got here to San Clemente through Camp Pendleton and global warfare II. Max Berg was once a comic in Lt. Bob Crosby’s touring convey; in spite of the fact that, so much bear in mind him because the longtime urban clerk with a humble character and infectious smile. On his retirement, he used to be commemorated with the naming of the park. San Clemente Plaza Park swans swim within the pond in entrance of the newly built San Clemente Grammar tuition. White and black swans lived within the pond. The outdated grammar university, obvious within the historical past, was once demolished in 1971, because of structural harm from the 1933 earthquake. earlier than development in 1927, San Clemente’s few effortless schoolchildren got guideline from Bernice Haywood Ayer in a place of abode on Avenida Serra. whilst the hot San Clemente Grammar tuition opened, it used to be now not instantly authorized to manage schooling by means of the kingdom of California. urban founder Ole Hanson equipped the varsity and deeded it to the owners of San Clemente; even though, the county college district couldn't legally function a “private” tuition. In an extraordinary flow, a San Clemente college District was once shaped to address the bizarre state of affairs. via 1935, enrollment had grown to 88 scholars, and the establishment used to be renamed Las Palmas institution, after the timber in Plaza Park, around the highway. The San Clemente Grammar university used to be the 1st tuition in San Clemente. an aspect road and extra rooms have been ultimately additional, in addition to carekeepers’ rooms upstairs. the college used to be given to town of San Clemente by way of Ole Hanson and his companions and used to be in use via 1927. (Courtesy of Lois Divel. ) William Ayer and Bernice Hayward have been photographed right here as a statement in their marriage. Ayer was once San Clemente’s first engineer. Hayward, a schoolteacher from Santa Ana, turned the 1st schoolteacher in San Clemente, instructing out of a neighborhood domestic until eventually the San Clemente Grammar tuition was once inbuilt 1927. (Courtesy of William Ayer. ) The handle of Bernice Hayward’s unique schoolhouse was once 157 Serra.