October 23rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1935, the Santa Ana Register reported that the Seal Beach Elementary School was planning to have a radio set up in each classroom.

This effort to modernize Seal Beach classrooms with access to cutting edge media technology was spearheaded by, The Seal Beach P.T.A. and made possible with donations from the Seal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Seal Beach American Legion post, the local auxiliary of the American Legion, the Woman’s Club of Seal Beach, and the Seal Beach Council.

The report ran with a photo of the first three radios with representatives of the organizations involved, including D. W. Collier, Mary Zoeter, Mrs. Dagmar Schmidt, Anna Collier, J. H. McGaugh, C.E. Thompson, W. S. (Sperry) Knighton, Mrs. Ruby Mayes, and Mrs. Jessie Reed.

– Michael Dobkins


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