Santiago Orange Growers Packinghouse Interior. Circa 1928. Orange, California. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
In 1929, the Santiago Orange Growers Association was the largest Valencia orange packinghouse in America, shipping over 800,000 crates (or 50 million pounds) a year. At the beginning of World War II, a packinghouse was built at 350 North Cyprus Street for the Association. The Villa Park Orchards Association purchased this packinghouse in 1967. It operated through 2005.
Orange Pickers with Ladders in Orange County, California. Circa 1942. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Unlike crops which could be harvested by large machines, oranges had to be harvested by hand, which required an enormous number of workers. Pictured here, orange harvesters rest.
Military Diary Form of Julian Gonzales. Circa 1946. Orange, California. Shades of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
This military diary belonging to Julian Gonzales of Orange, California offers a brief timeline of the service person’s military history during WWII.
Clipping on Arthur de Leon. Circa 1944. Orange County, California. Shade of Orange Cypress Street Barrio Collection. Courtesy of Orange Public Library.
Arthur C. De Leon received the Bronze Star medal while serving in the United States Army, during World War II, in 1944 for a meritorious achievement with a tank destroyer battalion in Germany.
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