electric lights, gasoline pumps, and a post office -- emerged during this
The area was moving gradually away from farming and more toward
urbanization. Residents had more leisure time, as demonstrated by the
formation of the Friday Afternoon Clubhouse and the Women's Clubhouse.
On any given day, residents could be found at the Wayside Market on
Newport Boulevard. There was a counter at each end of the store with
chairs for serving watermelon, fruit and ice cream.
In Newport Beach, residents weren't allowed to legally drink alcohol
until 1933, but that was the only aspect in which the city was "dry."
Surfing and yachting were emerging as major hobbies.
Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfing to the United States in Newport Beach
during this decade. Balboa became a bustling center for social
activities. Shops such as Madame Larue, The Green Dragon and Soto's
The Balboa Yacht Club was founded in Newport during this decade. In 1922,
the first Newport Yacht Regatta was held, followed by the first
Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii in 1928.
"Newport Beach: The First Century, 1888-1988," James Felton, Ed., 1988.
"A Slice of Orange: The History of Costa Mesa," Edrick J. Miller, 1970.