Fontana Is Bizarre

Fontana has always been a bizarre place.

I grew up in Fontana and my Dad worked at the steel mill. I remember going through some difficult times when it shut down. I remember going out to the mill with my Dad to get his paycheck on Friday's and then cashing it a the Keystone. We would go to the 4 marks bar where he would have one beer and I would have a basket of french fries and a Coke. Kids could sit at the bar back then and it was no big deal. I was only five in 1977 but I remember it like yesterday. I had fun and looked forward to

going with my Dad on Friday's because we would go grocery shopping at Fed-Mart or Alpha-Beta on Randall. Good ole Jolly Farms and Jones's Pet Shop.

It was a rough and tumble town built on the Steel Mill and FOHI Football. Crazy how things change.

Yes Al Capone's House is still standing with it's famous "C" on the chimney located on the south side of the house. Al Capone tried to replicate his home in Cicero a suburb of Chicago where ever he lived. He had homes in several places and he did the same thing in Florida. He was banned from Los Angeles and was not allowed in the state. The authorities did not want him here and tried to keep him out. He had rackets everywhere that included brothels, bars, and or speak-easies with boot legging operations. I imagine he had a lot to do with Muscoy also. That place was a bootleggers paradise with underground tunnels everywhere. What better place to have a hide out, in Fontana.

The "KKK" house is just down the street West of Capone's house. George Pepper lived there and moved on to Fallbrook with ties to John Metzger.

I have a lot of stories just like anyone else that grew up in the Meth infested city "Felony Flats" was the unofficial name it was given by the street urchins and parasites.

The dynamics of Fontana have forever changed and will never be the same, but I will say that I am proud to have been born and raised there. The place was crazy but the people were great and didn't take no shit. It was the epitome of a blue collar hard working town. No matter where you went out of state someone always knew someone from that crazy town.

Anyways, there is so much to say about Fontana I could write a sequence of books on that place. Some good, some bad, but I cannot change where I am from good ole Fontana.

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we used to go to the four marks bar too!!!

My boyfriend and I just found out about Capone's house. Where is the other house located off of Randall? I live 2 minutes from his house. My dad worked at Kaiser and after he cashed his check at Keystone, he went to Cherry Liquor Store and hanged out at the Shed next door. We shopped at the Shopping Bag or the Food King at the Fontana Square. What a small world!

Lived right down from Al Capone's and walked by the house on Anastasia everyday. Grandparent's owned the property Keystone and I used to sing at the Shed. Could tell a million stories.

I got tears in my eyes reading this. I lived in Fontana from sometime in the 50's to so long I can't remember. I was married in 1953 and my husband worked at Regina Winery and we lived out in the middle of the grape vineyards on the Devore Cutoff. I was 17 at the time. So many memories.

I went to work for Regina in 1965 and worked there doing the billing until 1972, I also worked in the tasting room and did a couple of commercials for them. Remember the afternoon movie on TV something to do with Hunter something. I have two kids that graduated from FoHi as did I in 1976 after returning to school to finish my senior year. We lived on Upland Avenue right off Arrow. I remember Kaiser Steel and the stuff that turned my white car yellow and so many memories that my mind gets clogged up just trying to sort it all out.

I worked for the County and at times worked in Fontana serving civil papers and trying to keep the A** biting dogs off me while I was trying to get out of the yards. Remember when Kaiser Hospital would not take anyone that was not a Kaiser Steel worker or family member? All the rest of us had to go San Bernardino to the Hospital. I also lived right on Sierra Ave across from the Alpha Beta store at an Ambulance place my husband drove the ambulance and I worked the switch board.

Most of my 77 years was spent in Fontana, San Bernardino and I miss the old town but not what it has become now. Nothing stays the same I guess. I remember working at Regina when they had the little horses and they were in the Rose Parade every year for a long time.

What great times there and memories, I hate to see them go.

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