The Mentone Hotel in 1892.

Mentone Hotel was built in 1892 and was on Opal Avenue. The tourist hotel had financial difficulties and became a TB sanitarium. The new hotel had an electric generator that powered 60-light bulbs in the hotel.  

Marie Reynolds, a devoted Redlands area historian, will present “Mentone-Crafton History New Discoveries” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St.  

The Reynolds family owned the property where the Crafton Retreat began in the 1870s. This connection and an inquisitive historical thirst led  Reynolds to research Crafton, Mentone and portions of Greenspot. Her eagerness for learning the area history began decades ago.  

For 18 years, Reynolds participated with the Heritage Auxiliary of the Assistance League. She led fourth-grade tours of Redlands and researched and wrote “Treasures in Hidden Neighborhoods” to raise money for the fourth-grade tours. These tours were sell-outs.   

Reynolds attended kindergarten at Mentone Elementary and earned a business administration degree at Cal State University, Fullerton. She has been involved with education and students while living in an 1891 Victorian home with her husband and two children.

Reynolds volunteered as a PTA librarian at Mariposa Elementary for 10 years. She has served on the board for Cope PTSA for five years, Redlands High PTSA for five years, Redlands Council PTA for six years, Redlands Education Foundation for six years and was a Girl Scout leader for 5 years.  

Reynolds is a 20-year member of the Redlands Contemporary Club.  Every Saturday for the last seven years, she has served as co-advisor for Kimberly Juniors. For more than a decade, she has been a member of the Redlands Area Historical Society board and newsletter chairwoman for a decade.  After attending the Mentone Area Community Association regularly, she became a board member a year ago.  

Reynolds digs to find the history and significance that makes local history come alive.