October 23rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1920, Harry H. Mayer ran the follow ad in the Santa Ana Register — again.

From July until November of 1920, poor Mr. Mayer could not get rid of his span of mare mules no matter how much he advertised, but he must have finally found a buyer because he stopped advertising. Mayer’s ads for his mules and the ad back in August selling a fresh Swiss Jersey cow indicates that the character of Seal Beach in 1920 was much more rural than the city is today.

Harry was tall with a medium build and brown eyes and hair, according to his WWI draft card.  He came from Philadelphia to Southern California with his German-born wife, Augusta. He bought the lot at 126 11th Street in early 1914 with a down payment of ten dollars and either built (or hired someone to build) a house on the lot in 1915 that still stands today.  In Pennsylvania, Mayer had been employed as a policeman and must have been good at it because the 1920 census lists him as a city marshal for Seal Beach.  

– Michael Dobkins

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2 Responses to October 23rd in Seal Beach History

  1. MeMe Thomsen says:

    I love these Seal Beach posts. So rich in history. Thank you again!


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