January 13th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1936, Seal Beach Police raided the Walker Cafe where a gambling den had been set up in a back room. Robert Sandon of the district attorney’s office gained access to the back room posing as a gambler and left a door unlatched for Police Chief Lee Howard and Officer Ervin Glenn.

Fred C. Smith of 19 Neptune Place, J. W. Sneed, 1231 E. Broadway, Long Beach, various dealers, five alleged players, Hayes Pierpont, W. G. Scruggs, W. B. Scruggs, Vari Janes, and C. E. Nolan, who gave their address as the Seal Hotel, were rounded up. A crap table, dice, chips, and cards were also seized.

Bail was set at $250 for the dealers and $100 for the players. All posted property bonds for their release, aided by Mrs. Mildred Blankenship, owner of the Seal Hotel.

– Michael Dobkins

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3 Responses to January 13th in Seal Beach History

  1. Wally says:

    Great article!! . . . The officer here was Ervin Glenn . . . not Erwin Glenn . . . he was my uncle.


  2. Wally Hussey says:

    Officer Erwin Glenn named above, was actually Ervin Glenn . . . he was my uncle.


    • sealbeach100 says:

      That’s good to know. The newspaper article this item was take from was filled with some unusual errors. The headline lists a number of arrests that don’t match the names listed in the article, and it list the judge who imposed the fines as Judge Fred C. Smith, who was one of the arrested men fined.

      Considering how many typos I’ve made on this project in January, I think it’s only fair to forgive the nameless Santa Ana Register reporter and editor from seventy-nine years ago who misspelled your uncle’s name and let these errors slip into print.
      – Mike Dobkins


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