Books

Hurley Medical Center – The Beacon On the Hill History of Clinical Excellence and Service to People. 1905 – 2020

Situated in America’s heartland and located in Michigan’s seventh-largest city is a thriving medical center that has stood the test of time. This landmark institution, known as Hurley Medical Center (HMC), is a 443-bed premier public teaching hospital recognized throughout the state as a trailblazer in advanced specialized health care. Throughout its continual evolution, HMC has held fast to founder John J. Hurley’s dream of offering clinical excellence and service to people for the City of Flint. In 1905, Hurley gave land and $55,000 to start a public hospital. An English immigrant, Hurley worked his way up from serving as a hotel porter to making a fortune from sawmills and soap. Remembering those early days of poverty, he decided to make this bequest after his wife struggled through a serious illness. Hurley Hospital opened its doors on December 19, 1908. HMC hails as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center with an Emergency Department that handles more than 90,000 emergency cases a year along with the extraordinary capacity to save lives with the area’s only Burn Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatric Emergency Department. This book illustrates how HMC has not only been the heartbeat of a community from its early launch in 1908, through decades of leadership in medical care, but continues to inspire a culture of trust, compassion, and respect as “the beacon on the hill” for many generations.


One Hundred Sunsets

This is a collection of 100 sunset images that journal author Julie M. Walke’s personal journey from grief to peace after receiving the news of the sudden death of her former husband. The images illustrate a universal appreciation of sunsets. This is not a self-help book, rather it is the author’s belief that everyone has the capacity to improve their emotional well-being through a renewed appreciation of the natural world, and the often forgotten rhythm of nature that coexists simultaneously alongside our daily lives. Walke turned to nature and discovered the restorative power of watching a sunset. She vowed to photograph this experience and healing process over the course of one year or one hundred sunsets . . . whichever came first. This story is being shared now because of the millions of people around the world who are grieving. These sunsets provide hours of contemplation through a calming pictorial. The book is dedicated to the celebration of life and the daily renewal that is promised after the sun sets.


Red Hill Country Club: Celebrating 100 Years 1921-2021

Nestled against the foothills of the San Gorgonio Mountain Range in the majestic shadow of Mount Baldy and Mount San Antonio is a picturesque place known as Red Hill Country Club. Filled with both natural beauty and carefully manicured landscapes, this private club and golf course sits at a junction of history and of the present; and of time well spent and timelessness. Red Hill Country Club came into being during the 1920s when the dirt road that ran west alongside the southern boundary became attractive for investment. Businessman and citrus grower Albert L. Swift saw the potential in the 260 acres of land. He invited his friend and visionary golf course architect George C. Thomas Jr. to design a golf course that not only respected the natural topography but also took advantage of the panoramic grandeur of the mountains. The first nine holes were shaped into a top-flight golf course that propagated emerging champions and offered the casual golfer tournament-level play. But that was just the beginning. Planning for the second nine began in mid-1946 by noted golf course designer William “Billy” Park Bell. Bell had worked closely with fellow Pennsylvanian Thomas. The two nines were essentially the same at the time of the club’s fiftieth anniversary in 1971 and occupied about 135 acres. If Swift were alive today, he would most likely marvel at the showplace Red Hill Country Club has become and of the current stewards of play and history that keep and protect it. Readers should come away with a deeper understanding of why Red Hill Country Club is so treasured and of the people who have cared for its legacy along the way.


Bel-Air Bay Club: Past & Present, A Pictorial History Celebrating 90-years

The story of the Bel-Air Bay Club began in the 1920s when Los Angeles developer Alphonzo E. Bell had the vision to create a country place by the sea after his successful inland development of Bel-Air. In a 1927 prospectus by author Edward O’Day, he described a deep-rooted and instinctive westward urge that leads men from the valleys to the crests and over the crests down to the sea; a liberation from inland constraint established along the Pacific Ocean shore of Southern California. This magical place was first described in 1602 by cartographer Gerónimo Martínez de la Palacios as, “the crescent indentation of the California coastline at the 34th parallel marked with a notation…“Grande Ensenada”. This 31-acre rectangle along the oceanfront known as Bel Air Bay was part of the original 6,659 acre-Spanish Land Grant known as Rancho Boca de Santa Monica. It is here that Bell along with architect Elmer Grey and landscape architect Mark Daniels designed an idyllic enclave of sixty-seven cottage sites meandering along the hillside from Sunset Boulevard to Arno Way down to the natural cliff top where the Upper Club sits majestically overlooking the Lower Club and 1,200-feet of beach frontage. Bell’s idea was simple in that it struck the heart of what people value the most — spending their leisure time at the beach, close to nature and away from the increasing hustle and bustle of a growing Los Angeles metropolis. Ninety years later, that still holds true.


The House That Women Built: The First One Hundred Years of the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco

The story of the House that Women Built began in the early 1900s when the city of San Francisco, the most important port city of the New West, was experiencing unprecedented growth. It was then that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and three days of subsequent fires helped set the stage to shape the city that we know today. Women of all economic backgrounds became involved in the fight for equality and had a significant impact on the new cityscape. Influential women led the way by forming many local organizations including the first woman’s athletic club west of Chicago. The initial idea for a woman’s athletic club in San Francisco was proposed at the home of Mrs. William Denman on an afternoon in 1912. Over tea with Mrs. Thomas Driscoll and Mrs. Babcock (later Mrs. John Lawson), Elizabeth Taylor Pillsbury, daughter of the publisher of the Boston Globe, shared her recent experience of visiting the Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago. She described the elegant club on Michigan Avenue with its large ballroom, well-appointed dining room, pool, gymnasium, and beauty shop. The core of the membership of the club was expected to come from the Social Register, but efforts were made to reach artistically trained and working-class women. The Club was founded in 1915 with the aim of “education first and recreation and pleasure afterward.” One hundred years later, The Metropolitan Club of San Francisco formerly The Woman’s Athletic Club of San Francisco, stands strong while a new generation of women walk through the doors, learn of their shared history, and make lifelong friends.


A Pictorial History of the University Club of San Diego

A Pictorial History of the University Club of San Diego traces the timeline of the more than century-old institution from its earliest days as a meeting place for educated persons to discuss current events to its current incarnation as San Diego’s most successful and longest-surviving business and civic club and one of San Diego’s oldest corporations. The University Club of San Diego’s roots started in the decades following the Civil War, while the country was experiencing a cultural revolution of higher learning and a growing middle class. Its history goes as far back as 1896, when 13 women and eight men began monthly meetings, bringing together persons with academic degrees to discuss current topics of the day. This group formed the College Graduate Club, which later became the nucleus for the University Club. On December 18, 1908, a group of men from the core of the College Graduate Club met and created an inter-fraternity, male-only membership organization named the University Club of San Diego. Less than a year later, the Club had incorporated and began meeting in a rented mansion at the corner of Fourth and A Streets in downtown San Diego. By 1916, the University Club established its first member-owned headquarters in a new building designed by architects William S. Hebbard and Carleton Winslow Sr. at 1333 Seventh Avenue. In 1970, the third Clubhouse was designed and built on the same site with underground parking. The three-story modern brick building included an expansion to the corner of Seventh and A Streets. Adapting to the changing times, the club began accepting women members in 1975. In 1989, the club’s members sold the clubhouse and more than 300 joined Dallas-based Club Corporation of America in the new University Club atop Symphony Towers. At that time the eighty-year-old corporation was renamed the 1909 University Club of San Diego Inc. and concentrated its’ efforts in support of education, art, and history.


HOBY: The First 50 Years Empower, Lead, Excel

The words and pictures of more than fifty years of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is presented by author Julie Walke, in celebration of the organization’s birth, growth, and rise to greatness. Hollywood actor O’Brian started HOBY in 1958 after he traveled to the African jungle hospital and met the inspirational Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer. HOBY has helped to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by inspiring a global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs annually provide nearly 10,000 local and international high school students the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering, and today more than 4,000 volunteers and over 365,000 alumni proudly make up the HOBY family. Further information may be obtained at www.hoby.org.


The Red Dressing Gown

It is 1939 in the south of England at the brink of World War II when this historical novel opens to offer a teenage view of wartime. It is a story of loyalty, true love, and commitment among four young friends against the backdrop of London’s evacuations, the fires of Southhampton, and the Battle of Dunkirk. As the story begins our heroine A.J. envies her friend Marigold’s seemingly perfect life. To forget her troubles A.J. reaches out to American pen pal Kay who writes about wartime life in Pennsylvania. Carefree Jimmy, a wealthy royal, moves into town and befriends the girls. Fortunes change when Marigold has a traumatic accident and A.J. discovers a keen interest in helping her but Kay is too far away to help. Torn between love and fate A.J. realizes that English society is partial to privilege but Jimmy convinces her that England will become less class-conscious and more democratic after the war. On both sides of the Atlantic, A.J., Kay, Marigold, and Jimmy learn the value of true friendship while seeking their independence and success.


Imperial Beach: A Pictorial History 

A wonderful combination of people, activities, and events that make Imperial Beach unique, livable, and special. This 8 ½ x 11 hardcover book captures the small-town character and easy-going style of Imperial Beach in 144 pages of exiting text and over 200 beautiful photographs. This limited-edition volume also offers a wealth of information interweaving the story of the city with the history of the state and nation. The high-quality photographs and in-depth information make this book a wonderful learning tool and a lifelong reminder of the richly blessed community of Imperial Beach.