May 9th, 2006 in Normal Heights
May 9th, 2006 was quite a day for Normal Heights. Normal Heights celebrated
it's 100th birthday. Ron Roberts and the City of San Diego presented a proclamation to Ingrid Hansen on behalf of the Normal Heights Cultural Council, declaring May 9th Normal Heights Centennial day. Later that evening a free dinner (RSVP only) was held to help celebrate 100 years of Normal Heights.
Some Speeches from the Centennial Dinner
Normal Heights in 1906
On some maps, Normal Heights was shown as "uninhabited territory."
The streets and alleys were dirt (there were no sidewalks) and not paved until 1913-14 by our favorite contractor, George H. Oswald. Dust was undoubtedly a problem, but parking surely wasn't.
There was no Number 11 Trolley serving our part of Adams Avenue or a bridge over Ward Road. There was one farmhouse at 3946 Madison. It's still there.
The May 9, 1906 issue of the San Diego Sun advertised a man's two-piece suit for $11.50; women's leather shoes ranged in price from $2.00-$3.50 a pair. Hillers Market at 24th and Logan offered 17 pounds of cane sugar for $1.00 and Mexican Java coffee at twenty-five cents per pound. There was a curtain sale at Marston's Department Store.
The population of the 45 United States was nearly 92 million. (The next three states to enter the Union -- Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona -- were still territories.) California.s population was approximately 2.3 million, and San Diego's was estimated at 27,000 by the Chamber of Commerce.
The governor of California was George C. Pardee. The mayor of San Diego was John L. Sehon, who governed with a Common Council, and the County Board of Supervisors had six members: James H. Cassidy, Howard M. Cherry, Joseph Foster, John Griffin, James A. Jasper, and William Justice.
Eight hundred and twelve residents claimed Normal Heights as home by 1910, according to the U.S. Census.
In 2006, Normal Heights is definitely "inhabited territory," with at least 15,000 residents, and dust is not much of a problem, but parking surely is.