February 13th In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1924, the Santa Ana Register reported a number of Seal Beach related items. First and foremost was the announcement of a meeting that evening of the chamber of commerce where the committee on publicity was expected to… “have some suggestions to offer.” The reporter also teased that “other matters of interest would be” … duh-duh-dah… “taken up for consideration.”

After that dynamic and exciting announcement, it seemed almost anti-climatic to mention that the Ladies’ Aid Society would rather unconventionally serve dinner from 11 am (in the morning!) until evening (the customary time for dinner under most social circumstances). 

On Main Street, A new manager, Mrs. E. H. Anderson, took over The White House Cafe,  but for some reason, she did not follow the “dinner in the morning” trend that was sweeping the city that day. Further down the street, Miss Humeston opened the Colonial, a business specializing in general merchandise.

On the social scene, Mrs. Cargill was to be the hostess for a cards evening held in the home of Mrs. James Loftus. A few days earlier, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence J. Smith were visited by weekend guests, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McCord of Santa Ana and Mrs. Elda Barmes of Gardena.

But it wasn’t all mingling and entertaining in Seal Beach that day. Henry Gade and his daughter, Mrs. Thelma Edmunds, were spending their last day in town before leaving for a new home in Anaheim. This sad news was balanced against the announcement that Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Conway had taken a cottage in The May Court on 7th Street. (Mrs. Conway was a cousin of Mrs. Quinn, don’t ya know.)

The article ended on a happy note. Mrs. C. B. Conner had recovered enough from a long illness to be able to sit up for several hours a day.

And that was the news in Seal Beach for February 13th ninety-two long years ago.

– Michael Dobkins

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February 12th In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1922, the Santa Ana Register reported that Dr. J. N. Bartholomew recovered his stolen car.

Dr. Bartholomew’s Studebaker had been taken in broad daylight several days earlier in Santa Ana.  On February 11, he had passed the thief brazenly driving the stolen car on the boulevard between Seal Beach and Santa Ana (probably today’s Westminster Boulevard or possibly Bolsa Avenue), but when he lost the thief’s trail while turning around on the street to make pursuit. It was impossible tell whether the thief had escaped to Huntington Beach or gone further down the road towards Long Beach.

The next day, the intrepid doctor, now accompanied by his wife, searched through Huntington Beach without a glimpse of the purloined Studebaker. Expanding their search towards Long Beach, they soon spotted their stolen car and chased it into Seal Beach when the thief had to stop due to a flat tire. Rather than face the good doctor (And who can blame him? Dr. Bartholomew was one determined medico!), the thief skedaddled away across a mud flat.

– Michael Dobkins

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February 11th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1973, a two-week series of deadly storms came to an end according to the Long Beach Independent. These violent storms resulted in deaths and damage throughout Southern California, but the last storm in the series created a landslide that stranded four Seal Beach residents in the Mt. Baldy area. Kenneth and Jackie Springer and their two-year old daughter, Wendy, and a ten-year old neighbor, Gigi Maitland had to be escorted six miles to safety by the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team.

– Michael Dobkins

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February 10th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1954, the Long Beach Independent reported that three young ladies drew straws hoping for some omen of which one of them would be crowned Queen of the Seal Beach Youth Center Sweetheart Hop. The three finalists (left to right) were Sandra Anderson, 15; Patricia Bayer, 17, and Donna Wagner, 15.

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Sure, it may be an honor just to be a finalist, but history records that Donna Wagner was the one crowned Valentine Queen of the Sweetheart Hop on Saturday, February 13, 1954.

– Michael Dobkins

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February 9th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1962, fans of international music could trot down Main Street to the Rouge et Noir, Seal Beach’s own folk club, and enjoy some Spanish folk dancing from Los Flamencos with Benito Palacio on the guitar and Pepe Segundo providing the vocals.

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– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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February 8th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1947, the Navy announced that Captain R. J. Townsend, commandant of the Navy’s amphibious base in Little Creek, VA, would be transferred to Seal Beach to serve as the ammunition depot’s new commandant.

– Michael Dobkins

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February 7th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1954, the Lakewood Park Corporation, a developer of a major share of the Lakewood residential area, announced the purchase of one hundred eighty-three acres of the Hellman Ranch. The land was north of Pacific Coast Highway and bordered by Bolsa Avenue, Bay Boulevard (now Seal Beach Boulevard, and Landing Hill. The purchase price was $4,000 an acre for a total of $732,00.

– Marilyn Van Dyke and Michael Dobkins

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