September 28th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1946, Ralph Henry Lawrence, a 45 year old toolmaker from Clearwater plead guilty to a felonious assault charge and received ten years probation and was ordered to pay a $360 fine at the rate of $10 a month.

This ad ran in the Long Beach Independent exactly five years to the day before Ralph Henry Lawrence’s day in court. There’s no special significance to this coincidence. It’s just fun to run old Sam’s Seafood advertisements.

On July 13th Lawrence had attempted a hold-up of Sam’s Seafood Grotto. Instead of making a clean getaway with some loot, Lawrence was severely beaten by the restaurant’s owner, George B. Arvanitis.  The irony of pleading guilty to felonious assault when you were the one severely beaten perhaps contributed to the leniency of the sentence.

– Michael Dobkins

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