2017

Welcome to 2017. This Date in Seal Beach History will be a mix of recycled past posts with original posts for dates that the blog hasn’t covered yet. If you see material you’ve seen before, please be patient. I’ll be posting some new Seal Beach history and photos throughout the year. With luck, we’ll finish 2017 with a post for each date in Seal Beach history. Thanks. – mpd

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January 21st In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1913, the South Coast Improvement Association met, President Philip Stanton presiding.

It was announced that Pacific Electric Railway President Shoup had arranged for hourly “Flyer” service on the Newport line, meaning that there would be no way stops between Los Angeles and the Willowville Junction (where the Blue Line meets Long Beach Boulevard at Willow Street today) in either direction. This meant a faster schedule for travelers to and from Bay City, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Balboa.

The Roads committee reported that it had met with the Orange County Board of Supervisors to request the building of a county road to commence no later than  February 1913 with working commencing at Anaheim Landing or Bay City and then proceeding south along the coast until completed.

– Michael Dobkins

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January 20th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1914, the citizens of Seal Beach agreed by unanimous vote to accept the donation of a $6000 tract of land offered by the Guy M. Rush Company and the Bayside Land Company to be the site for a school building. The site was located  between 11th and 12th Streets two blocks from the beach and close to the Pacific Electric line. Seal Beach Elementary School, which was later renamed Mary Zoeter School, was built on this site.


– Michael Dobkins

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January 19th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1964, the Long Beach Independent reported the winners of Seal Beach Artists League’s fifth annual Mosaic Show. Beth Willie of La Habra won the top prize for her contemporary panel, “The Seventh Day.” First award for a representational panel went to Ardith Addous for “Miracle of the Seagulls.” First place prizes also went to William Walker in the decorative panels category and Jim Abrecht in the round objects category.

The Mosaic Show was open to the public seven days a week at the Seal Beach Arts Center at Main Street and Ocean Ave.

– Michael Dobkins

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January 18th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1976, “King of Hearts,” a seventies cult film favorite starring Alan Bates and Genevieve Bujold, played at the Bay Theater as part of an one-week exclusive engagement. Two animated shorts, “Bambi Meets Godzilla” and “Thank You, Masked Man” (based on a Lenny Bruce routine) filled the rest of the bill.

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– Michael Dobkins

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January 17th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1975, if you and a friend felt a tad peckish while driving down Pacific Coast Highway through Seal Beach, you could pull into the Glide ‘er Inn and be proudly served bouillabaisse Marseillaise for two, according to this ad from the Long Beach Independent.Jan_17_1975_Glide_er_Inn_Ad– Michael Dobkins

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January 16th In Seal Beach History

On this date in 1988, former Croatian interior minister Andrija Artukovic, also known as The Butcher of The Balkans, died in a Zagreb prison hospital in Yugoslavia. Artukovic had been convicted of murdering 700,000 Jews, Croats, Serbs and Gypsies during World War II.

After the war, Artukovic had traveled under an assumed name into the United States and settled in Seal Beach. He managed to resist extradition for thirty-six years, but was finally returned to Yugoslavia in late 1986 where he had been found guilty of war crimes earlier in the year and sentenced to death. The sentence was never carried out due to his ill-health and he died two years later.

– Michael Dobkins

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January 15th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1937, John Ord, Civil War Veteran and early Seal Beach resident passed away at the age of ninety-five.

John C. Ord

John C. Ord

John Ord was a prominent member of the Seal Beach in its early years, and there will be a fuller biography about him later in the year.

Photo by Charles Beal

Photo by Charles Beal

– Michael Dobkins

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