Lodi rallies around magnolia tree for 1913 Christmas
The Lodi municipal Christmas tree erected near the Lodi Arch was the center of Yuletide services on Christmas night. This photograph shows the tree stuck in the middle of Pine Street, just to the east of the arch. This photograph of a Christmas evergreen may have been taken in 1914 or 1916; in 1913, the tree was a magnolia.
Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 am
A century ago, times were prosperous and the Christmas spirit was widespread. In December 1913, Lodi’s two grammar schools were overcrowded, and the Bank of Lodi unveiled its new building in Downtown.
Newspaper advertisements for Lodi businesses urged people to “Try Lodi First” for Christmas shopping. Grape growers were thrilled with the lucrative harvest, and the community united for its first outdoor Yuletide celebration.
Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:00 am.