Lemon Grove Denny's
6936 Federal Blvd
(Posted on the Vintage San Diego Facebook page October 20, 2017)
I thought I knew my cars, but these ain't helpin' me pick a date for this photo. 1975?
January 2023 photo from Google Street View
I was a toddler, we lived briefly in Spring Valley and traveled Federal
Boulevard to get downtown. My folks always pointed out the little American flag where
the "Polish Princess" was buried. Later when Highway 94 was built
they had to rebury the Princess to complete the College Boulevard exit,
but the little flag remained -- or so my memory tells me.
From the August 10, 1950 edition of the Lemon Grove Review
The story of Princess Filomena
Wojciechowski of the Polish House of Sledzinski captured (and continues
to capture) the imagination of Grovians shortly after her arrival in
town as a refugee from the Soviet gulag. The princess and her
husband, John Sledzinski, purchased a home on six acres, which they
dubbed Polonia Acres, at Radio Road and Federal Boulevard. The
actual address was 6810 Broadway and included a legal burial plot for
the Sledzinskis. But the princess, weakened by Soviet hard
labor in the mines of the Ural Mountains, lingered only briefly in the
best climate on earth, dying in 1941. Later, when "Little Polonia"
became the on-ramp to new Route 94, the princess was exhumed and taken
to Greenwood Memorial Park for re-burial.