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Key Words: Claremont History, Moving to Claremont, Claremont Schools [Part 1] George Gale was born in 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. He first visited Claremont with his family in 1929. His aunt and uncle owned the Gale Ranch located North of Claremont. He brought his wife and children to live in Claremont in 1953 in order to help take care of the ranch. He mentions that all of his children attended school in Claremont. He remembers that the Claremont high school received a bell from the Santa Fe Railroad that they would bring to every football game. Since they cannot take the bell to games anymore, it is now hanging on the gymnasium wall. Gale helped start the senior lunch program in Claremont, and he also helped as it moved from a church to Blaisdell Park, the field house at Memorial Park, and eventually the new Joslyn Center at Larkin Park. During this time, he worked for the city in Parkways and Trees under Jim Hagenbothen. Gale also remembers Claremont’s expansion during the 1960s and 1970s. The Gale family came to California on the Overland Trail, and the ranch had been passed down in his family for decades. They kept many horses on their ranch; in fact, there were nine corrals on the property by the time they got rid of the horses and brought in a development company to build houses on the property instead. [Part 2] Gale describes the original homestead house that was built by his family when they first moved to California. He wishes that the house would not have been torn down, and he adds that it should have been registered as a historical building. He commented, “It was really the last homestead in this county.”
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