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Heart of the Valley: The Maryknoll Sisters came to Guadalupe in June of 1942 with a general assignment of teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church, and carrying out various social service activities, as well as with the community’s medical needs, and lived in a convent at 1142 Guadalupe Street.
Heart of the Valley: The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Guadalupe, the most northern and western in the archdiocese, was blessed and dedicated on March 14, 1959 by his Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre.
Heart of the Valley: May 7, 1873: The first religious society, The Methodist Episcopal, was organized at a meeting held at Fleisher’s Hall located on the northeast corner of Main and Broadway.
Heart of the Valley: April 22, 1882 - H. J. Laughlin and S. Clevenger published the first edition of the Santa Maria Times. The Times building was located in the T. A. Jones building just south of the post office.
Heart of the Valley: Yesterday’s stagecoach driver was a breed that could hold the reins of a six-horse team in their brawny hands and sense from the pull, which horse was faltering and which one needed the whip.
Heart of the Valley: Joe Enos purchased the Smith family homestead from Sarah Jane Smith on Nov. 15, 1906, and moved his family, then consisting of three children (one daughter and two sons) onto the property a few months later.
Heart of the Valley: The 78-year-old Nora Preisker died May 22, 1961, of cancer, in Pasadena. Her burial, per her request, was private.
Shirley Contreras: Santa Maria Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, once located in a small office at 125 W. Church St., began in 1906 as a protective organization to keep out competition. It later moved to an office in City Hall, and in 1972, a separate office was constructed at 614 South Broadway on property leased from the city, where it remains today.
William “Billy” Smith, who was born in Yorkshire County, England in July of 1834, crossed the Atlantic alone at the age of 15. He settled for a time in Canada before coming to northern California in 1860, where he farmed in the northern part of the state for five years before returning to Canada.
The Santa Maria Inn was the epitome of fine lodging.