By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society

Within the Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson predicted a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among l. a. and San Diego. His urban might have streets that the typical contours of the land. Sunny shores and ideal weather enticed many to settle during this fascinating group. identified for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, town turned host and residential to dignitaries akin to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. this day, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the excellent position for paintings and rest.

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This turned often called the Ole Hanson association (OHO). After three hundred and sixty five days with the OHO, everybody got a gold ring. every one next yr, a ruby used to be put in his or her ring. Ole Hanson believed so strongly in his imaginative and prescient that he wouldn't be swayed even by means of the county while San Clemente’s streets have been denied. In an unparalleled circulate, Hanson turned the landlord of the city’s streets by way of submitting the town map as a surveyor’s map. He paid taxes at the roads himself until eventually the town included in 1928, while he bought the entire streets to the town for $1. San Clemente included in 1928 with a council-mayoral govt. Ole Hanson Jr. , Thomas F. Murphine, Oscar F. Easley, Earl Von Bonhorst, and Leroy M. Strang have been elected as urban council individuals, with Thomas Murphine selected mayor. The tasks assigned to every have been Mayor Murphine, commissioner of finance; Oscar Easley, commissioner of streets and sidewalks; Ole Hanson Jr. , commissioner of lighting fixtures, water, parks, and playgrounds; Leroy M. Strang, commissioner of police and hearth departments; Earl Von Bonhorst, commissioner of health and wellbeing, safeguard and public morals; William J. Berry, urban clerk; Harry H. Cavin, urban treasurer; L. G. Nattkemper, urban recorder; Charles D. Swanner, urban legal professional; woodland J. Eaton, leader of police; James H. Bennett, leader of the hearth division; William A. Ayer, superintendent of streets and town engineer; and Edward R. Bartlett, electric, plumbing, and construction inspector. by way of the summer time of 1929, 1000000 cubic yards of dust were excavated; forty miles of streets were paved; forty nine miles of water pipes were laid; 6 million sq. ft of pavement laid, 31 miles of gutter and sixty five miles of scale back laid. a few 31 miles of Ole Hanson’s Spanish tile have been put into the sidewalks. the hot urban owned loose and transparent all of its streets, 5 miles of seashore, 1,200-foot fishing pier, neighborhood membership condo, seashore membership and pool, schoolhouse, golfing path, bridle trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, and its landscaping and water procedure. the town was once impacted by means of the nice melancholy as all towns have been; despite the fact that, San Clemente used to be capable of continue to exist simply because owners’ facilities were paid for by way of OHO. town recognized via its neighborliness utilized this angle in the course of the Prohibition. As San Clemente’s pier supplied an ideal drop-off place, many all started a ecocnomic enterprise in bootlegging or rum-running. all of the whereas, San Clemente’s elite equivalent to Hamilton Cotton, one in every of Hanson’s companions, hosted Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt for card video games in his small gazebo outbuilding overlooking the Pacific Ocean. within the early Nineteen Forties, the Spanish village lifted the restrictive Spanish Revival development codes demonstrated via Ole Hanson, and the 1st ranch-style houses have been equipped. within the overdue Thirties, the San Clemente kingdom Park, all started throughout the Civilian Conservation Corps, used to be validated and continues to be loved by means of citizens and viewers alike. With the tip of the melancholy, San Clemente witnessed its first commercial increase, starting within the Forties with the Reeves Rubber plant and Gregorian Copper.

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