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July 28, 2010 9 The Julian News We have our own private parking lot behind the office... entrance off 'C' Street ORNER WWW. 1an-pro TREET les.com P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 FIVE ACRE PROPERTY WITH WELL, water VERY SPECIAL OPEN FLOOR PLAN - 2 Bed- storage tank, electrical,shed and Septic system I CHOICE PARCEL IN JULIAN ESTATES- 4.24[[ room/2 Bath Home with 9 foot Ceilings, Roman| instaffed ready for your home. Very private setting|||SINGLE LEVEL HOME on wooded acre in Pine| Acres at the end of the road. Many large oaks and] Slate Stamped Concrete Floors, Granite Counter[[[ with rock wails and spectacular views Seller wffli[IHills 2 bedroom, 2 bath, family room, ~ranite| pines, views, underground power and phone, Tops, Plantation Shutters, RV Parking & Hookups. | also consider trade for property in San Diego area| counier tops, cathedral ceilings "in livingVroom, l[ paved roads, gated community. Au on l.w Acres _ | or Tucson. | attached garage. Private spa off master bedroom. | $199,000 $359,000 J $187,000 i $367,000 ! AVAILABLE LAND NICE SITE on Engineers Road with great[ big views. Former cabin burned in Cedar| Fire, but well and septic are there. $7%000 BUILDING SITE with County-approved plans for a 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home & garage. Was occupied by Harrison Park Trading Post which burned in Cedar Fire. Has well. Owners will consider carrying 30% down. Priced at $89,000 4.32 ACRES on North Peak with fantastic views - on a clear day you can see the coast line ~= . WYNOLA ESTATES- 2 bedroom/2 bath home. and also to Stonewall and Cuyamaca Peak. [UNUSUAL AND REMOTE MO]I~;ra~"PR~P~RTV. I Spacious and open floor plan. Converted 2 car Priced at $187,000 CHOICE SITE IN PINE HILLS. 1.28 Acres with garage with full'bath & private entrance. Attached[[[ I 20 Acres, Corn lete with dry cabin for secluded et-ll easy access, mature trees. Serviceby water company, Ill 1 bedroom/1 bath granny fiat with private entrance. [[[ JULIAN ESTATES - Gated Community of g II high end homes. 4.7 Acres with incredible ! away weeken~S.o Oak, Fir and Spruce treeS.S240,000 Views. I has approved~septic layoUt.s175,000 II]l 2.5 Acres. Bring al(offers!$578 000 [[]1 views. Has well. Priced at$275,000 II Juh Zerbe, Broker Associate Rose Steadman, Broker / Owner Kirby Wlnn, Realtor Associate I email: julinjoe@gmail.com email: kirbylwinn@gmail.com email: melo-de@sbcglobal.net Oh, the things we don't see when we are young. When I was a boy, attending Spencer Valley School, I had a friend named Johnny Huntemer. Johnny lived two houses north of the Spencer Valley school house. In the first house north of the school house lived Donny Ripley, another schoolmate. Johnny was a few years older than I and in my mind's eye, at that young age, he seemed as an adult to me. I lived at the other end of the valley. That mile between us might have been a thousand miles because I was never allowed to stray far from home. On the few occasions that I went down to Johnny's to play, I must have observed my surroundings better than I thought, because I can still visualize most of Johnny's yard. Johnny's dad was a cowboy and he also dabbled in some geology. I always had to stop at the table full of rocks and ore that he had out in front of the garage. The green colored rocks seemed to be of the most interest to me, but I can't remember what they were. Later on, Johnny's dad was drug to death by his horse, roping a cow in the San Felipe Valley. Johnny went away to college and that was the last I ever saw of him. Ever since I became interested in the history of Julian, I have heard mention of the Wynola Post Office. Someone told me that it was located at the house that my friend Johnny used to live in. I asked my grandmother, who was one of the few old enough to remember, where the post office was. She told me it was at the Ford house down at the north end of the valley. I am inclined to use oral history with a grain of salt. Oral history usually always has some truth to it, maybe a lot, but I always feel better if I have qualified documentation before I accept something as being true. My grandma died a few years ago and my cousin and aunt have since spent many hours sorting through my grandmother's papers and pictures. This might be a good place to caution The Wynola Post Office before anyone going through their ancestor's belongings. Things of value could be anywhere. You may find someone's birth certificate within the pages of a book, or any number of places. By default, I am the designated keeper of our family history. Over forty hours of scanning family photo's and negatives has provided a number of "Wow" moments. Two of those moments involved the Wynola Post Office. I had never seen a photo of the post office before, and I did not recognize the building when I first saw it in a picture. It appeared to be quite tall judging from the ladies who had lined up to have their image captured that day There was only one thing to do, and that was to hop into my truck and head down to Johnny's old house. When I pulled up in front of the house I was sure I was at the wrong place. This house was small, just the way I remembered it. I got out of the truck and as I walked toward the house I began to smile. Aside from an apparent addition to the south side, the house was almost unchanged since the day of the photo. There could be no doubt that this was the Wynola Post Office. About a year had passed since that day, when my partner in all things history, Ed Huffman, emailed me to ask if I knew the turn of the century anything about the Wynola Post Office. He was asking because he had had an offer for us to visit what was thought to be the old post office. The current owner's, Albert and Lydia Lewis, were also curious about, the origins of their house. On May twenty eighth of this year, Ed Huffman, Albert Simonson, and I, visited the house. It was easy to see why I had thought the building in the photo was so big. When comparing the women in the picture with the height fireplace features, it became immediately apparent to us; those women were short! We spent time trying to identify clues that would date the origin of the building, but it was difficult. We rapped up our visit and thanked current resident, Carol Frausto, for her gift of sharing with us and headed home. Being home of course meant firing up my work station and pouring over old data. Fortunately, a book had been written about the origin of the post offices of California. The data from it was available online and through the Julian library. The book details when each post office was established, discontinued, its location, and its first post master. Other information was given as to the class of post office it was, and the transfer station it received the mail from. Some post office locations moved several times over their service period. The Wynola Post Office was established on June 5, 1889. Knowing this however, does not give us when the house was built. In a taped interview of long time Wynola resident, Red Collar, in 1984, we learn that Mary Ford is running a boarding house there in the early 1900's. It would not have been uncommon for Mary to have sold merchandise from this central location. The post office was designated as a class four facility. The mail transfer station is listed as Santa Ysabel. The Wynola Post office was discontinued on December 15, 1913. There are a couple of stories relating to how Wynola got its name. In his memoirs, newspaper man James Jasper tells of how the residents had applied for the post office to be called Spencer Valley, the name given to the area which had been settled by a family named Spencer. Informed by the U. S. Postal Service that the name Spencer was already taken, the residents then chose the name of Wynola. It is the origin of the name Wynola that is in question. Jasper says it is the Indian name of a spring located west of the post office. There is also a likely connection to a lake back east named Wynola. The name Wynola eventually replaced Spencer as the name residents used for the area. The old photographs show lettering below the window sills which are on the west side of the house. This suggests that the mail was passed out those windows. You might ask yourself why a post office would be located at what seems to be an out-of- the-way location. The answer to this is provided by long time Julian resident Woody Barnes. Woody brought to my attention that back then, the road used to follow the sectionalized land and the road, which was headed east at that point, made an abrupt right turn to the south, right next to the post office. The 1928 aerial photograph shows exactly |@ what Woody had suggested. A rural lane also extended east toward other homesteads. This intersection in the road, adjacent to the post office and school house, may have been the social and business center of the valley. While the post office building has survived, other structures on the property have not. To the east of the. post office building survives a small barn which served as a milk barn and pig feeding facility. My friend Johnny kept his FFA project steer in the barn. One structure that did not survive the ravages of time was the first fruit refrigerator located in the Julian area. Woody related by David Lewis that the walls of the building were filled with sawdust which served as insulation. Apparently termites considered this construction to be ideal habitat, so the building was lost. The book of California post offices reminded me that there were eight post office locations around the Julian area. Only Santa Ysabel and Julian survive. I left Carol and Albert and the Wynola Post Office building feeling that it was in good hands, and that it would survive another century, looking much the same as it did in the photos you see on these pages...another cultural treasure preserved. The Wynola tiost Office building as it appears today. When you colne to a fork in the road, take it. -- Yogi Berra The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today, Julian Library Hours Monday closed Tuesday 9:00 - 8 Wednesday 9:00 - 6 Thursday 9:00 - 6 Friday 9:00 - 5 Saturday 9:00 - 5 1850 Highway 78 765 - 0370 ,