Eyes of World
Man's a Man
Son of Father
Long Ago Told
To My Sons
I know Him
BSC no numb.
Hall Photo Co.
Matt's Cabn RP
Matt's Cabn tnt
Matt, Mollie, etc
Uncle Ike RP
Uncle Ike Tint
Bennett Sp. Tint
Bennett Spr RP
1925, Son Father
1925. Brian K
1926, Barb W
1935, When Man
1936, The Mine
1936, Wild Brian
1937, West Gold
1937, Out West
1937, Secret Vly
1959, Shep (TV)
Indiana U. Libr.
E Clampus Vitus
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Barbara Worth facilities click:
have been several
Worth (for example, the Barbara Worth
Apartments in Los Angeles).
part, I have chosen not to include them in this web site because Harold
Bell Wright was in no way involved with them. But I have
included this Barbara Worth Cafe for several reasons. This
cafe existed as the "Barbara Worth Cafe" during several
cafe--he may even have eaten here--during his trips between San Diego and
the Imperial Valley. This cafe, like Jacumba itself, is
remembered by long-time residents of San Diego and
In Wright's novel, The Winning of
Barbara Worth, several men ride horses to San Diego to pick up
money, then raced back to a town in Imperial Valley to pay the
workers and save the town. If that race was a historical event,
those horses would have raced through Jacumba in 1907.
miles west of El
History of Cafe
Originally known as Tucker's Cafe, this small diner was renamed the
Barbara Worth Cafe after it was purchased by Jack Patty in 1934 or 1935.
I have not learned when it was originally built. In 1937 Patty took
his son-in-law, Ernie Gillenberg, into the business (hence both
names on the matchbook cover shown below). In 1941 the cafe was remodeled and enlarged, doubling the seating
capacity to 48 counter seats and 4 large booths. The tower was added
during that 1941 remodeling. The cocktail lounge was added to
the east side of the building later,
in 1951 or 1952. The Cafe was still in business in 1955 or '56. I
have not learned when it closed. In 2003 the building was still
there (see photos at bottom of page). The cafe part was now a general
market selling a variety of items, including food, liquor, and
clothes. In 2003 the lounge part was a real estate office. The son of the
former owner of the Barbara Worth Cafe, who spent
many hours washing dishes in the Cafe, remembers washing a great
deal of Barbara Worth china that had a picture of Barbara Worth in the center
and a gold ring around the outer edge. He believes that china was
ordered only once because by 1943 there were only a very few of the
larger plates left with the picture of Barbara Worth--and the
picture was barely visible. Gradually all the china was replaced
with plain white china. It is possible that none of the cafe china
with the Barbara Worth logo survived.
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||1. Greyhound Bus Stop, Jacumba, Calif.
c.mid-1940s. After the tower was added but before the lounge.
||2. Left to right: post office(?), Barbara Worth Cafe,
Market, Jacumba Liquor, Hotel Jacumba). Probably from the late 1940's. The name,
"Barbara Worth Cafe" is barely visible on the front of
the cafe, along with a Greyhound Bus sign. "This is a Red
Cross Pharmacy Postcard." Cocktail lounge not yet added. gc
||3. Greyhound Bus Stop, Jacumba, California.
Long cigar-shaped form on front of cafe is the shadow of the
Greyhound sign. Cocktail lounge not yet added. Postmarked 1945. eb
||4. The Barbara Worth Cafe and Burlington
American Bus Depot, Jacumba,
CA. (c.1953). The car on the left is a 1951
Nash. The car fender on the extreme right is a 1951 Kaiser.
People gathered around scales. Cocktail lounge on left. Photo from the San Diego Historical
Society's extensive collection of postcards.
||5. The Burlington American Bus Depot at The
Barbara Worth Cafe. Jacumba, Calif. Scales visible. 1951 Nash and
1951 Kaiser still there, plus 1950-53 Cadillac. Note driver in seat of Kaiser,
with door open. gc
||6. The South Side of Main Street, Jacumba, Calif. 1953
Ford in foreground. Nash
and Kaiser still there, though Nash is mostly hidden. Man standing
outside Kaiser now. gc
||7. Main Street in Jacumba, Calif. 1951 Nash and
Kaiser still there. Man still standing beside Kaiser. Cocktail lounge on left. Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell.
||8. Jacumba, Calif. Barbara Worth Cafe
on left. Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell.
||9. Barbara Worth Cafe. Enlargement of card
above, showing "Barbara Worth Cafe" name and Greyhound
Bus sign. This card says EKC where the stamp goes.
Cocktail lounge on left. gc.
||10. Barbara Worth Cafe. In this photo, from
the late 1930's, there is a large, vertical "Cafe"
sign. "Barbara Worth" is written in script at the
bottom of the sign. The three-part tower seen in other photos
was not built until 1941. gc
Barbara Worth Cafe. Enlargement of part of
above photo. You can ALMOST read the "Barbara
Worth" at the bottom of the "Cafe" sign. Cocktail
lounge not yet added. gc
||12. Jacumba, California--on Highway 80.
||13. Main Street--U. S. Highway 80--Jacumba,
California. The Hotel Jacumba, and all the rest of the town,
was built by a Burt Vaughn in 1919. He also built and owned the
Desert View Tower, eight miles to the east of town. The hotel was
destroyed by fire, and its remains torn down in 1991.
Barbara Worth Cafe.
Jacumba CA 1957-58 cars
Chrome card. Left side of cafe is the Rodeo
Room--the Cocktail lounge. gc
||15. Downtown Jacumba in 1950's. Barbara Worth
Cafe visible on right. gc
16. Former Barbara Worth Cafe in 2003 (looking south). Former cafe
is now Mountain Sage Market, former lounge is Mitchel Real Estate.
17. Jacumba in 2003. In this wider picture of the former Barbara
Worth Cafe you can see that buildings on the left are gone, and
all that remains of the old Vaughn Hotel, or Jacumba Hotel, is the
chimney visible above the porch on the right.
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