Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
Quantity:
Subtotal
Taxes
Shipping
Total
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Mentone's Gazebo Gazette‚Äč

Facts about Mentone, CA.

Gazebo Gazette

Blog

Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM
Mentone's Gazebo Gazette

Volume 7

April 2014

Water History of Mentone Part Three



As I stated in an earlier publication, the fledgling area of Mentone suffered from an inadequate water supply that discouraged early settlers who had purchased the land from the promoters working for the railroads. Many of the new Mentone inhabitants moved away and most of the newly planted orange trees dried up.
W.J Tench saved Mentone from disaster. He approached the Land Company with a proposal that if he could secure a reliable source of water, the Land Company would give him a parcel of land and also lease him the existing pipelines. The Land Company, whose back, was against the wall, agreed. And, in September of 1898, Tench, with the help of Ah Yee, a Chinese laborer, began digging a well at the north east corner of his property. It took two years to complete (which is amazing considering Mentone’s rock infested ground). The two of them dug a hole four- feet wide, six- feet long and 190 feet deep. Dynamite had to be used to clear out some of the huge boulders. Every ounce of rock and sand had to be lifted from the hole using a bucket which was raised by a horse-powered windlass. They beefed up the sides of the hole with redwood timber 2 x 12’s, and a ladder was built (and added to) as the hole deepened.
Tench hit some water at 165 feet, but kept on digging. Eventually he struck a bed of clay, and the local folk said that if he punctured the clay he most likely would lose all the water he had discovered. He decided to dig through it in spite of their comments, and on April 11, 1900, water spouted through in a gusher.
At the completion of the well, Mr. Tench requested that the Land Company fulfill their part of the agreement, which they had agreed to do, after their representative verified the water source. The pipelines were leased to Tench for a period of five years with a second five year period if the service was deemed satisfactory.
Many stories concerning the Tench Mentone Water Company abound, some are true, some are questionable, and some are downright wrong. One famous story says that during the digging of the well, the Chinese laborer had placed a dynamite charge in a huge boulder, and was climbing up the ladder, but wasn’t quite out of the hole when the charge went off. It was said, “He was blown out of the hole!” and was not hurt, but that his yellow-tinted skin turned ghostly white.
In 1903, Tench built a reservoir that would eventually store a quarter- million gallons in an open pool from which 10 and 12 inch pipes reached through Mentone, feeding scores of smaller laterals. The lines reached all the way west to Wabash Avenue (Redland’s city limits). It remained as it was originally built until the 1970’s when stricter health requirements demanded that the sides be finished and an inflatable roof was added.
In 1905, Tench was notified by the Pacific Land Development Company that the McIntosh interests had acquired the pipelines and that they were unwilling to renew his lease. Mr. Tench had to relinquish his hard-earned pipelines in 1906. Even though the Mentone Water Company suffered a diminished supply; they still continued to provide water to many Mentone residents. A fierce competition began between Tench and McIntosh. (Continued in next issue)
 
 
Six generations of Soffels are represented here at Soffel Farms. Ron Soffel’s great grand- father, in 1914, planted some of the first orange trees in the region, and possessed the first all-electric home on the north side of Redlands. In the 1940’s, Ron’s grand-father, Joe Soffel, planted the first avocado trees, in spite of many growers telling him the trees would never survive this far inland. The avocado trees surrounding Redland’s Airport prove his critics wrong.
The fourteen acres of Soffel Farms produce organic blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, onions, watermelons, avocados, oranges, grape-fruit, pomegranates, honey jams and bar-b-que sauces made from honey. Think you’ve tasted everything? Wait until you taste their low sugar blueberry jam! Yum!
The blueberries are grown on over 2000 plants and consist of over six different varieties. During Christmas season they offer some of the freshest Christmas trees available.

The retail store is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm. The store is run by Ron’s sister- in – law, Shannon.
Starting the last two weeks of April (right now) you can pick your own blueberries, which are the only fresh, plant- grown ones available in the area.

There are amazing benefits of blueberries. This little fruit softens dry skin, boosts your brain power and may even prevent cancer. They contain many naturally occurring antioxidants, which help to protect the body against free radicals. They are literally bursting with nutrients. They can help regulate stomach irritations regarding motility because they contain fiber and tannins that act to draw tissue together and decrease inflammation. Soffel Farms offer the biggest and juiciest ones available. And don’t forget their honey and honey by-products.
 The Soffels have been in the bee business for decades, and bottle-up the best honey in the Inland Empire. No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Most folks don’t have a clue how important the honey bee is to civilization. They pollinate crops, an estimated one-third of all the fool crops we consume. Check out the 10 facts about honey bees you may not know (included in this publication).
Soffel Farms

1545 E. San Bernardino Avenue,

Redlands, Ca.

Serving Mentone and surrounding communities since 1914

Categories: history

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

212 Comments

Reply australia assignment writing
4:17 PM on May 11, 2018 
This is a nice post. It shows that the writer has indeed put in a great degree of effort to create the post. Well done.
Reply expert dissertation writer
12:44 PM on June 9, 2018 
Nice business honor and place objectives for the traditional methods and making great objectives with us. This mentonesgazebogazette blog has been developing us about sold the building and perfect history building.
Reply online assignment writing service
6:37 AM on June 21, 2018 
You have done a great job on this article. It’s very readable and highly intelligent. You have even managed to make it understandable and easy to read. You have some real writing talent. Thank you
Reply Dofollow Trust Flow Backlinks
11:25 AM on July 15, 2018 
great
Reply Active Energy Ontario
8:33 AM on July 26, 2018 
In this context, Active Energy are positioned as an excellent option to adequately manage energy, directing consumption towards energy efficiency.
Reply best essays reviews
9:45 AM on January 10, 2019 
Can't wait to read the next part. You are so talented! I love your writing style
Reply Cat6 plenum 1000ft
12:20 PM on March 9, 2019 
I am really impressive the Mentone's Gazebo Gazette. This is an informative post.
Reply Cat6 cable 1000ft
3:50 PM on March 16, 2019 
This post is so informative because few sites have raised the water concerns. That is why this post is so significant. Water is indeed an indispensable need of human being even whole creatures
Reply proessayreviews.com
6:39 PM on April 13, 2019 
Nice overview of your Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7 . Physical libraries are vanishing due to the availability of online books and publications. However, the trend of physical libraries should be kept alive.
Reply Masters Dissertation Writing Service
10:16 AM on April 20, 2019 
This is a very informative article and I didn't know how some of these songs were so relatable in some of the situations I've been into. Thanks!
Reply Webdesigner 
9:29 AM on May 2, 2019 
I have express a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorite’s blog site list and will be checking back soon…
Reply weeklyessay.com review
8:09 AM on May 8, 2019 
It is quite boring article.I even could not get it completely.I want you to share some informative but easy to understand content.Thank you so much.
Reply Heike Vanhoose
9:36 PM on May 10, 2019 
For a limited time we have lowered the rate on targeted website traffic. We have visitors from virtually every country on Earth. Each visitor is targeted by both country and keywords that you submit when you start your free trial period. If you need more visitors or product sales try our service free for seven days and we will send you 500 free visitors during the trial. There are no contracts and if you cancel during the trial period you will not be charged anything! Start your trial today: http://likes.avanimisra.com/4p4l





Unsubscribe here: http://y.rxhnet.de/5kfw
Reply homework for me
10:06 AM on May 25, 2019 
I have gone through this lengthy post before as well but anyways I just want to share it on some public forum to get reviews of people on it.
Reply tableclothsfactory
3:30 AM on June 2, 2019 
Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7
Reply wholesale eyelashes
10:19 AM on June 4, 2019 
Mentones Gazebo Gazette: Volume 7
Reply cheap research paper online
12:41 PM on June 18, 2019 
The Soffels have been in the bee business for decades, and bottle-up the best honey in the Inland Empire. No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Most folks don’t have a clue how important the honey bee is to civilization. They pollinate crops, an estimated one-third of all the fool crops we consume. Check out the 10 facts about honey bees you may not know (included in this publication).
Reply Whale Watching in Cabo
10:57 AM on June 28, 2019 
Close and personal whale watching encounters in Cabo San Lucas. Check availability and book online Cabo San Lucas only dedicated Whale Watching Company.
Reply Cat6 plenum
7:28 PM on June 28, 2019 
Shop Cables for Bulk Ethernet cat5e, cat6 Cat6a Plenum and Riser Ethernet Networking Cable & Accessories.
Reply Hearing test
11:52 AM on June 29, 2019 
We provide a full range of hearing services, not purely being a hearing aid reseller as are the majority of other hearing centres across Australia today.Some of the services include, Central Auditory Procesing Test. Microsuction earwax removal, Tinnitus Management, Hearing aid fitting and repair and Lyric hearing device.
0