Sanitarium Times - Page 4


Was life the same for everyone?

  • There was a big separation between Seventh-day Adventists and the people they called "non-Adventists". They knew each other but didn't have a lot in common. The Adventists kept to themselves and did most of their shopping in town.
  • Many of the workers in the orange groves were hispanic. They often lived in little shacks and went to a separate school. (See the article below)
  • Loma Linda was a poorer community than Redlands. Homes were often small -- not like the mansions in Redlands.
  • People who moved to Loma Linda wanted to help the hospital and college. They were not the rich people from the East who settled Redlands and other towns nearby.

The Campus Hill Church was the original Seventh-day Adventist church in Loma Linda. The building changed several times.

Bryn Mawr School

In 1905 the county of San Bernardino built a special school for the hispanic (mostly Mexican) children whose parents worked in the citrus groves. They were not allowed to go to the Mission School, which was kept for white children. Imagine what it was like to go to school separated from other children.


In 1942 Rafaela Rey asked the school board to let hispanic children go to school with the white children. The Board closed the Bryn Mawr School in 1943. It was used for many years as a church. It was called The Sacred Heart Church of Bryn Mawr.

After a few years a new Catholic church was built. You can find the Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda.

The Bryn Mawr school is still standing, and is being remodeled to be used as a church by the Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Church.

There is a small building by the street corner. People ask what it is. It is a shrine -- a kind of worship place. It was dedicated to "Our Lady of the Citrus."

When the Catholic Church was built on Mt. View Ave, the church moved the shrine. You can see it there at the front of the church.

Old Bryn Mawr School

Old Mission School
San Bernardino County Museum

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