Local History Trivia


How much do you know about Glendora's history?

Find out with our new trivia question. Every month or so, we will post a new question in the library and on our website for you to answer. You can use our resources about Glendora’s history to find the answer or ask a librarian at the information desk to point you in the right direction. We have numerous books, historic newspapers on microfilm, a clippings file and an index for the Glendoran Magazine.

LHT October (1)

This house was once the Land Office and was one of Glendora's earliest buildings. It has been moved three times!


Do you know when it was built and where it is now?

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This photo of a charming electric street sign was taken around 1925.


Do you know how Glendora got its slogan "Pride of the Foothills"?

It was coined by Flora Jones Seaman Webb in the early 1900s for the Glendora Gleaner. Flora’s father was John Atlas Jones, the publisher of the Glendora Gleaner and the first president of Glendora’s Chamber of Commerce in 1917. Flora’s mother was president of the Glendora Woman’s Club in 1912.

Source: Glendoran magazine, Jan/Feb 2007, page 14.


Hamilton House LHT2 

This little house has been moved twice. It was an antiques shop on Alosta Avenue in the late 1950's through the late 1980's, before being moved to its current location.


Do you know where it is now?

It is the Hamilton House and is currently at the Centennial Heritage Park. It was moved there in 1988 by the Glendora Preservation Foundation. You can read more about the house in the May/June 2008 issue of the Glendoran magazine.

Brubaker house LHT 


Who was the first mayor of Glendora, and where did he live?

Hint: The house he lived in is still standing and is near the library.

Answer: His name was J.S. Brubaker and he lived in this house on the corner of Vista Bonita and Carroll Ave. He was only mayor for three short months. He died of "cardiac trouble" on February 5, 1912.


Source: The Glendoran, July/August 2002, page 53 and the Glendora Gleaner, February 9, 1912.



This was the year in which Glendora had 44 inches of rainfall in 42 days. 

Do you know what year it was?

The year was 1969.

Do you recognize the location?

It is Foothill Blvd. with Glendora High School on the right.


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This Moreton Bay Fig at Big Tree Park may be the second largest of its kind in the United States (the biggest is in Santa Barbara).

Do you know when this tree at Big Tree Park was planted?

It was planted in 1890 by Edgar J. Owens. A postcard picture of it can be seen on page 97 of Ryan Price's book Glendora (from the Postcard History series).

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The house in this photo is still standing and is one of the oldest houses in Glendora, built in 1883.

Do you know where it is? What color is it now?

The house is red and is located at 539 East Sierra Madre Avenue.

Source: Remember When: A Historical Journey Through Glendora and Portions of Azusa by Bobbie Battler.

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We know quite a bit about this picture of early Glendora.

Who are the three men in the photo? When was it taken? What is the model and year of the horseless carriage?

This picture was taken in 1908 and the men pictured are Charles Matthews, Clyde Wamsley and Charles Weaver. The car is a 1907 Ford Model N. 

Source: Stories of Old Glendora by Ryan Lee Price.


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The first post office in Glendora was located in the home of the first postmaster.

What was his name?

W. B. Cullen.


Source:  The Glendoran magazine, May/June 2005.




The "Converse Building," pictured here in 1905, still stands on Glendora Avenue.

What business has been in this building since 1943?
What is the building called now?

Nelson's Drug Store and the "Lee Building"

Source: The Converse Building 1905 by Ryan Price in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of the Glendoran magazine.


For several years, Glendora had the largest citrus packing house in the world. 

To which U.S. President did we send monthly shipments of oranges? 
President William Howard Taft
Source: Glendora, Pride of the Foothills: a Short History


Glendora FD    Question:
 This building, located at 314 Glendora Avenue, has been  repurposed many times in its long history. Since its  construction 100 years ago, the building has served as  Glendora's City Hall, Jail, Firehouse, and even housed the  American Legion Frank J. Gard Post No. 153 in the 1950s.

 What is this building used for today?
The Glendora Historical Society Museum. They had their first open house on January 9, 1955.
The Museum is open 11am-2pm most Saturdays, go check it out!


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