Way Back When: A Bit of Hawaii in Santa Barbara

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(Image: By Semi-tropic Seas: Santa Barbara and Surroundings, E. McD. Johnstone, 1888. Courtesy of Neal Graffy)

By Betsy J. Green

A small notice in the local paper a century ago this month listed the dairies in Santa Barbara with information about their milk passing the sanitary test. One of the dairies near the top of the list was the Aloha Dairy. 

This name goes back to 1887 when a wealthy San Francisco attorney bought 54 acres on the north side of the Mesa. He subdivided the land and called the subdivision “The Aloha Tract.” The area is bounded by Gillespie Street on the north, by Robbins Street on the south, by Victoria Street on the east, and by Arrellaga Street on the west. In the middle is a street called Kowalski, which was the name of the attorney. 


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1918 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the fifth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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PitMix Jul 22, 2019 10:01 AM
Way Back When: A Bit of Hawaii in Santa Barbara

Which then became cheap housing in the 20's with plenty of room for a small house and a big vegetable garden so the people could grow a lot of what they ate. My former neighbor on Gillespie still lives in the small house where her Italian- American parents raised 13 children through the depression years. They had a sleeping building in the back in addition to the house. Would hold big gatherings where everyone brought the food they had and then shared so that everyone got at least a little to eat.

tagdes Jul 21, 2019 09:03 AM
Way Back When: A Bit of Hawaii in Santa Barbara

Right, but since Kowalski is the street in question it would be from Arrellaga to the north to Victoria to the south and west of Gillespie and east of Robbins.

bjgreen Jul 20, 2019 10:35 PM
Way Back When: A Bit of Hawaii in Santa Barbara

Well, it's a little confusing since the streets in Santa Barbara are laid out at an angle. The area I am describing is contained within a rectangle bordered by Arrellaga, Gillespie, Victoria, and Robbins. Kowalski Street is inside this rectangle.

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