Santa Ana has a unique history as part of Orange County. At the turn of the century, a Victorian mansion was built by Dr. Howe and his wife Willella, both well-known physicians in their town. The mansion cost $3,000 to complete, which was a fortune in those days.
At the time, it was regarded as the nicest home in the area. What is now know as the Dr. Howe-Waffle House has become a permanent fixture in Santa Ana, thought it was moved for an urban renewal project in the 1970’s.
Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle was one of the country’s first female physicians. She practiced medicine for 38 years, delivering 1,000 babies in her time as a doctor. She completed her medical education in Santa Ana, where she set up practice.