Sunday, April 25, 2021

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 28 April Features Carole Sobke

 Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 12 noon PDT

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)
Carole Sobke on "Old Sacramento, Miss Odessa's Medical Idioms, and a Pop Quiz”

This month's program is a short history of the founding of Sacramento, the early flooding   problems, with a few of her ancestor’s experiences included, and the founding of the Old Sacramento State Historic Park. Miss Odessa, a docent from the Sacramento History Museum, will be talking about the background of some of the medical idioms. If there is time, there will be a quiz on some of the early and strange names for medical ailments. So be prepared with a pencil and paper nearby!

Carole is a fourth-generation San Diegan – her paternal great-grandfather, J.H. Frederick Heilbron, a German immigrant, settled in San Diego in February 1888 and opened the first cold-storage butcher shop in downtown San Diego called Superior Market. Being German, he also had F. Heilbron Saloon and Bottling Works, also in downtown San Diego. 

Her first four years were spent in Mission Hills, then they moved to Point Loma. She graduated from Point Loma High school, then attended San Diego State, San Diego City College and Grossmont College at various stages of her life! Carole was the bookkeeper for her father’s business (Heilbron Electrical Co.) and her husband’s business (Adams Auto Parts). She spent 20 years in the Technical Services department at Grossmont College.

Over the years she has had several hobbies - antique cars were so much fun! Currently, she collects antique and studio art clothing buttons, collects ephemera from the 1915/1916 Panama-California Exposition and the 1935/36 California Pacific International Exposition (both grandfathers were involved), delves into genealogy and writes family biographies and stories - the good, the bad and the ugly. She has also done knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, cruel embroidery, quilting and currently she makes cross-stitch greeting cards.

Attendance is free but only 100 seats are available so please register soon.


This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 26 April.  Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific Daylight Time.  The Zoom room will be open by 11:45 a.m. for visiting and helping attendees connect.

This invitation is available to non-members by registering at  You will receive an email the day before the meeting with the link to JOIN.  Attendance is limited to 100 attendees.  Contact if you have problems.

NOTE:  The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an email membership of $10 per year for distant members (outside of San Diego County, California).  Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program on last Wednesdays, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on the third Wednesdays, plus a monthly 10-page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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