OCHS Annual Dinner Our July meeting will be at Park Plaza, located at 620 South Glassell Street, across from W. O. Hart Park. Park Plaza will again be hosting a social hour preceding the program with wine and appetizers.

Those that attended the event last year will remember the fabulous refreshments provided by Park Plaza. Yum! Enjoy the treats and then a fascinating program!

Orange Fire Department
Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:00 p.m. Social Hour
7:00 p.m. Program ~ Jim Richardson, Speaker
Park Plaza Retirement Residence
620 South Glassell Street
Orange, California
If you ever had questions about the history of the Orange Fire Department, all will be revealed by long time Orange firefighter Jim Richardson!  Jim (now 84) was born at St. Joseph Hospital and joined the Orange Fire Department in 1952 (at age 22), where he worked until retiring in 1990 as Battalion Chief.  When Jim joined the Department, it consisted of only 8 employees and 12 volunteers.  Of course the population of Orange was only about 10,000 then.  Today, the OFD has 138 employees.  When Jim joined the department, the pay was so low ($200/mo.) that he had to also work at Orange Hardware on South Glassell Street to support his family.  Jim married Ramona Lucas in 1953 and they raised their 3 children in Orange.  Jim has an interesting story about how he was hired and many fun facts about the fire call boxes and the Orange whistle that used to go off faithfully atnoon every day.  Since retirement, Jim and Ramona (wife of 61 years) have taken many vacations, including some great cruises (with the exception of the one that got cut short by Hurricane Sandy a couple of years ago).

The ORANGE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host its Annual Dinner 2013 on Thursday January 24, 2013, at The Villa at 510 East Katella Avenue, located in the City of Orange. The event will begin with a No Host Bar at 6:00 pm and the Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm. Smart Casual – Business Wear attire is reccommended for this evening’s occasion.

Current Events

THE ORANGE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY welcomes the Old Towne Orange, California Farmers and Artisans Market presented by Orange Home Grown. Held at the Historic, Villa Park Orchards Packinghouse, every Saturday from 9am to 1pm throughout the year. This wonderful event takes place where one can find a farmers market full of fresh, locally grown fruits & vegetables, flowers, homemade breads, cheeses, honey, coffee and other yummy stuff. More information can be found at our Links page and at Orange Home Grown.org.

Past Events

Please take a look at some of the events previous years:
2012 Events
2011 Events