Author to sign copies of book on historian
Proceeds to help refurbish Fletcher community center
Local author Jim Nelson will sign copies of his new book about Col. Ed Fletcher and the history of Solana Beach at tonight’s Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society general meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the Fletcher Cove Community Center.
Nelson spent countless hours doing interviews and research for what is his second book, “La Colonia & Solana Beach: Spring Up from Colonel Ed Fletcher’s Running Water.”
A 15-year resident of the area, Nelson said he became interested in pursuing its history after attending a series of lectures by historian and lifelong resident George Wilkens eight years ago.
“He gave a talk about growing up in Solana Beach, and I was just enthralled with it,” Nelson said.
For his 2002 book, “Early Solana Beach,” Nelson arranged interviews with Wilkens, and then Robert “Chuckles” Hernandez for the history of La Colonia. Nelson said he originally planned to add this new information on Col. Fletcher as part of a second edition. However, there was so much to include that it ended up becoming a whole second book.
“One of the things I learned is that people didn’t know as much about Fletcher as people thought they did,” he said.
Some of the stories in Nelson’s new book are how Fletcher went from being “nearly penniless” to a major developer in the city, and Fletcher’s involvement in getting the Cabrillo monument to Point Loma. He also explores further the back story about La Colonia and Eden Gardens.
The book will cost $20, with half of that amount being tax-deductible. Proceeds will go to the Fletcher Cove Community Center refurbishment project.
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