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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