Businesses and Work Life

Early Commerce in Orange

Commerce in the N Cypress Street area helped define the community as well as providing employment and services to the residents. Grocery stores, pool halls, barbershops, restaurants, and automobile shops filled the area, along with street peddlers. Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, Western Cordage, and the packing houses, especially the Santiago Orange Growers Association (later Villa Park Orchards Association), were important sources of revenue to the residents. The economy in the barrio revolved around the citrus industry. Men worked in groves as pickers; women worked in the packing houses as graders and packers. Some of the local businesses were the
  • Cayatano "Pete" Cruz Grocery
  • Colin Tortilleria
  • Cruz's Pool Hall
  • Filiberto Paredes Market
  • Simon Luna Grocery

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