Sparkle and Gleam Amid the Groves

Once her six children were grown, El Toro pioneer Frances Bennett focused on a hobby that had long caught her interest—and would soon catch the eye of anyone happening by Second and Cherry.

Imagine it's the California of the late 1950s or early 1960s, and you're a Sunday motorist out for a drive on a sunny afternoon.

After cruising along the highway, you decide to take the El Toro Road turnoff so you can explore an area of Orange County that still has that rural, pre-suburbia look.

As you travel toward Saddleback Mountain, you notice on your right a large pond, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"lake-el-toro"} --> plus a few cottages and barns. Despite the grove of olive trees, you briefly catch sight of a . Suddenly your tires are traveling over the worn grooves of train tracks and you see, to your left, El Toro's , a few more private residences, and a . And then, as you near the intersection of Second and Cherry, you see it. To your left, beyond clusters of red geraniums, , ,


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