Chula Vista Genealogical Society

                                       We Dig Our Ancestors

Society Board

President: Karen Smith

1st VP, Programs: Terri Seat

2nd VP, Membership: Arlene Watters

Secretary: Daryl Hern

Treasurer: Sam Seat


Cemetery: Susan Zimmer

Research Grp: Randy Seaver

DNA Group: Randy Seaver

Education: Susi Pentico

Estate Papers: OPEN

Historian: Susan Zimmer

Hospitality: Jane Furnish

Librarian:  Carrie Holleron

Newsletter: Randy Seaver

Drawings:  OPEN

Webmaster: Gil Leon-Guerrero

CVGS General Meeting - February 2015

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium
The Chula Vista Genealogy Society invites you to join us at our General Meeting.  


Barbara Zaragosa:  

Barbara, with her master's degree in history from Harvard University, has used extensive interviews of community members as well as photographs from private and public collections to capture what it has meant to live in this small border community. She is a freelance writer who resides in Chula Vista, California.

Barbara will be discussing our local history and her book "The San Ysidro / Tijuana River Valley"

San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley by Arcadia Publishing traces the history of the border region through a large collection of photographs. In 1851, surveyors placed a marble obelisk on a mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which demarcated the United States-Mexico boundary line. Tourists flocked to the region alongside land speculators who envisioned upscale hotels, resorts, and spas. Tia-juana, at the time, was a small town, which existed on both the American and Mexican side. Two decades later, an East Coast journalist, William Smythe, established a utopian agricultural colony in what is today San Ysidro. The colony was washed away by the 1916 flood and after that, Border Barons lived here while earning their living through the flourishing Vice Tourism industry in Tijuana. 

The presentation will include pictures of the San Diego-Tijuana border from the 1880's onward, stories of the man who drank one bottle of whiskey per day, the controversial rumor that Seabiscuit was boarded in the Valley and a private picture of Bobby Kennedy in San Ysidro one day before his assassination.

The meeting starts at noon with light refreshments followed by a presentation by our guest speaker.

Attendance is free

Mailing Address: PO Box 3024, Chula Vista, CA  91909

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