Solana Beach family gathers 6 generations

The Gonzales family from La Colonia de Eden Gardens celebrated their family heritage at a six-generation family reunion last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 3, at San Dieguito Park.

There were 308 of 476 family members present for face painting, sack races, horseshoes, food and just plain family fun.

The oldest and youngest family members, Frank Gonzales and Stella Guillen; twins, eight sets total; most grandkids, Maria Gonzales-Sanchez; and those who traveled the farthest — three family members came all the way from Hawaii — were all acknowledged.

Josie Castañeda, one of the original family members, still lives in Eden Gardens.

“It (the neighborhood) was like a big family, I’ve lived there all my life,” Josie said.

She moved to Eden Gardens in 1927 with her parents, Jesus and Cande, and remembers a much smaller, less developed Eden Gardens than she lives in today.

Most of the existing family still lives in North San Diego County.

Candelaria and Jesus Gonzales moved to Solana Beach’s La Colonia in 1927; they had emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico 10 years earlier, making them one of the oldest families with members still living in Solana Beach today.

Jesus died in 1939 and Cande managed to raise 11 children as a single mother. She is remembered today as a bright, loving woman who loved to cook for her big family. The family also reminisced about Cande’s love of classic western movies and milkshakes from Conley’s on Via de la Valle during the reunion.

Cande was 100 years old when she passed away in 1988 and attended the last Gonzales family reunion was in 1987. Saturday’s gathering was held in her memory.

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