On Sunday, July 12th at 3:53pm, a brush fire was reported near Goodenough and Burson Road in Fillmore, near underground fire in an oil-rich area. It was in a remote, rough area off Squaw Flat Road. By 4:30pm the fire reportedly burned about an acre, and helicopters were called in to help battle the blaze. Air tankers were called and cancelled after helicopters made their drops and crews were able to extinguish the flames. The fire was said to have started as a thermal anomaly, which is underground oil steam that burns and can flame at times, reaching the surface to ignite a fire.

 


 
8-year-old Noah wins Creative Builders Summer Contest.
8-year-old Noah wins Creative Builders Summer Contest.

Congratulations to 8-year old Noah with his theme “Fillmore”! Noah received a total of 272 likes/loves for his Creative Builders Summer Contest submission. He was awarded a summer-themed prize; The City of Fillmore will be contacting your mom soon, Noah! Thank you to all who participated in the Creative Builders Summer Contest. Courtesy City of Fillmore.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

July 9, 2020

INFORMATION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1. 2020-2021 Reopening Work

2. High School Athletics Conditioning and Skills Building, Summer 2020

3. Farm Activity Plan, Summer 2020

TEMPORARY PROCEDURES FOR VIRTUAL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Temporary procedures for virtual public participation in FUSD school board meetings will be held until further notice. Click link for more information: https://4.files.edl.io/476b/03/26/20/201809-8b82d5ff-0d3e-4c82-96e0-0193...

 


 
Dr. Ira Hinckley, eldest of Fillmore’s first physician Dr. John P. Hinckley. All images courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Dr. Ira Hinckley, eldest of Fillmore’s first physician Dr. John P. Hinckley. All images courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale.
Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale.
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Drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura street.
Drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura street.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

Born in Connecticut in 1879, Ira Hinckley was the eldest of John and Cora Hinckley’s children. He moved with the family to first South Dakota and then to Ventura, California. Ira attended dental school at University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1899. Shortly thereafter, he married Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale. The newlyweds originally lived near Dr. John Hinckley on Ventura Street, but by the 1930s they had moved to a home in the 400 block of First Street. Kate’s mother, Susan Crusan, lived next door to them. The house Dr. Ira and Kate Hinckley lived in is no longer there. It was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Corl Family donated it to the Fillmore Historical Museum. It now has pride of place at the Historical Park on Main Street.

Besides being one of Fillmore’s earliest dentists, Ira Hinckley also was a pharmacist. At first he had his office and pharmacy “one block south of Fillmore State Bank, telephone Black 233” according to an entry in the 1910 City Directory. He operated the drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura streets for many years. After retirement he would fill in as relief pharmacist at the Fillmore Pharmacy as well as at Clough’s Pharmacy.

Ira had other interests besides his profession. He was the violinist in the Harmonson Rood Orchestra. This was a group of around twelve musicians (the number varied) made up of members of the Rood and Harmonson families augmented by John B. McNab, A. J MacKenzie (pastor of the Sespe and Bardsdale Methodist Churches) and Ira Hinckley among others. They often could be found playing under the Sycamore tree on the McNab property at 411 First Street.

Like his father, Ira was a member of the Fillmore Masonic Temple and also served as Worshipful Master. The 1930 City Directory listed him as secretary of the Lodge rather than as dentist or pharmacist.

Also like his father, Ira had citrus groves and was a member of the Fillmore Citrus Association. By 1938 he was listing himself as a rancher.

Kate and Ira Hinckley had two children, Lawrence and Hattie Mae. Lawrence would become a well-known artist and put Fillmore on the map as a town which supported the arts. Hattie Mae married Chet Hanson, who was a boarder at Hattie’s grandmother Cruson’s house and worked at the refinery.

Ira died suddenly in 1939, only two years after his father, John P Hinckley. Kate lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren passing away in 1971.

 


 
On Saturday, July 4th at 10:30pm, Ventura County Fire crews responded to a fire near the 1700 block of Goodenough Road, north of Fillmore. Once on scene fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames by 11:43pm. No injuries or damages were reported at the time of the 2-acre fire; cause is under investigation. Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department
On Saturday, July 4th at 10:30pm, Ventura County Fire crews responded to a fire near the 1700 block of Goodenough Road, north of Fillmore. Once on scene fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames by 11:43pm. No injuries or damages were reported at the time of the 2-acre fire; cause is under investigation. Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department
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On Saturday, July 4, a 3-car collision occurred on Hwy. 126 near A Street. The driver of an older Nissan pickup drove into the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan, which in turn struck a smaller Toyota sports vehicle. A female passenger in the sedan was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. No specific injuries were indicated. The male driver of the Nissan was arrested for suspected DUI.
On Saturday, July 4, a 3-car collision occurred on Hwy. 126 near A Street. The driver of an older Nissan pickup drove into the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan, which in turn struck a smaller Toyota sports vehicle. A female passenger in the sedan was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. No specific injuries were indicated. The male driver of the Nissan was arrested for suspected DUI.
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Pictured above is the black older Nissan truck that rear-ended the Toyota 4-door sedan.
Pictured above is the black older Nissan truck that rear-ended the Toyota 4-door sedan.
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The third vehicle, a Toyota sports vehicle, which was struck by the Toyota 4-door sedan as a chain reaction caused in the crash.
The third vehicle, a Toyota sports vehicle, which was struck by the Toyota 4-door sedan as a chain reaction caused in the crash.
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Suspected DUI arrest.
Suspected DUI arrest.
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On Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 6 pm at Shiells Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Health Care Agency offered free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. Fillmore residents lined up and patiently waited, abiding by social distancing protocols. The test was a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. The testing was part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University. Testing was offered at locations throughout the County. More information at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904.
On Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 6 pm at Shiells Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Health Care Agency offered free COVID-19 antibody testing to the community. Fillmore residents lined up and patiently waited, abiding by social distancing protocols. The test was a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. The testing was part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University. Testing was offered at locations throughout the County. More information at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904.
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On Monday, July 6th at 7:28am, near the Grimes Canyon Rock Quarry, a semi-truck filled with sand rolled over blocking north and south-bound lanes. Crews responded quickly to the scene and cleared the south-bound lane to allow traffic through. Authorities are investigating the accident.
On Monday, July 6th at 7:28am, near the Grimes Canyon Rock Quarry, a semi-truck filled with sand rolled over blocking north and south-bound lanes. Crews responded quickly to the scene and cleared the south-bound lane to allow traffic through. Authorities are investigating the accident.
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Courtesy Martha Richardson

Rotary Club of Fillmore recognized the Community Award Honorees for 2019 at their Zoom meeting on June 24th. Fillmore Police Chief Garo Kuredjian introduced Deputy of the Year Diego Estrada, and Explorer of the Year Brianna Morfie. Fire Chief Keith Gurrola introduced Firefighter of the Year Austin Segovia. Ernie Villegas introduced the Business of the Year, Fillmore & Western Railway ( Dave and Tresa Wilkinson), and Citizen of the Year Ari Larson. FUSD Superintendent Adrian Palazuelos introduced the Administrator of the Year Beverly Garnica, the Classified Employee of the Year Amelia Dominguez and Student of the Year Isabella Palazuelos. Each of the Honorees will receive a certificate of congratulations from the Rotary Club.

 
On Saturday, July 4th at the Vons Shopping Center, 600 block Ventura Street, crews responded to a dumpster fire near the Subway store. The flames were extinguished quickly; cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Saturday, July 4th at the Vons Shopping Center, 600 block Ventura Street, crews responded to a dumpster fire near the Subway store. The flames were extinguished quickly; cause of the fire is under investigation.
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