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The Tuna Boat House

South Bay Yesterday: The house that stands today at the corner of Oaklawn and D Street in Chula Vista is unique in the South Bay. It was built by Lorne Dunseith during World War II and looks like a boat. In fact, it is a boat. Dunseith had moved to San Diego in 1934 and lived […]

Chula Vista History

When the Liquor Flowed in Chula Vista

South Bay Yesterday: On May 1, 1933, you could finally get a drink in Chula Vista. From the day the city was founded in 1911, it was a dry town. Ordinance No. 11 passed in 1912 prohibited the sale of liquor and no bars were allowed. Of course, during the prohibition era of the 1920s, there […]

Sinatra Kidnapping

The Sinatra Kidnapping

South Bay Yesterday: Imperial Beach woke up on the morning of  Dec. 13, 1963, to find police cars and the FBI at the Florida Street home of J. R. “Bob” Irwin. They were there to arrest Bob’s brother, John Irwin, for the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra, Jr., the 19-year old son of famed crooner Frank Sinatra. “Junior” […]

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