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colorful history of Anaheim is depicted in a mosaic
mural decorating the former Home Savings & Loan Association
building (now Washington Mutual). Nationally recognized
artist, Millard C. Sheets was commissioned by Home Savings
& Loan Association to create murals at their branches
The Byzantine and Venetian glass mural, executed by
Nancy Colbath, includes important figures and episodes
in Anaheim's past. Surveyor George Hansen, known as
the "Father of Anaheim" is portrayed as a key figure
in the history of the City. He mapped the original boundaries
of Anaheim: North, South, East, and West Streets, which
were then marked by stockades. This was one of the first
cities in the area to have set boundaries, and remain
the boundaries of the Anaheim Historic Colony District.
Anaheim had its own Chinatown. Some Chinese immigrants
worked in the vineyards and may be seen in the mosaic
making wine. When a blight attacked the vineyards and
destroyed the grapes, farmers turned to oranges as their
mainstay and hope for the future. Orange trees were
also included in the design by Millard C. Sheets. As
nearby cities developed, they too depended on the orange
crop, and the surrounding area became known as Orange
Other pioneer scenes in the mosaic show the wedding
of Mr. & Mrs. Atherton - owners of an ostrich farm;
and Mr. Fred Rimpau, a fireman, representing the first
volunteer fire brigade.
A major figure in the mural is Madame Ana Modjeska,
a great actress who made her home in what is now known
as Modjeska Canyon, where it may still be seen. Madame
Modjeska was responsible for attracting cultural interest
to Anaheim. Today a theatre group is named for her -
the Ana Modjeska Players.