On this date in 1961, the Seal Beach Republican Women’s Federation conducted a home tour of five Seal Beach homes and gardens, each decorated in either a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday theme.
The tour started at 2 p.m. in the garden of Dorothy Henkey at 706 Ocean Avenue. Transportation to the other homes on the tour was offered to anyone who registered in advance with Charlotte Shuman of 204 Ocean Avenue.
Also on the tour were the homes of Captain and Mrs. Russell Grotomat at 11 Bolsa Street, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Buffum at 450 Ocean Avenue, Commander and Mrs. A.H. Sleeth at 404 Ocean Avenue, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lusk at 1530 Crestview Avenue. A highlight of the tour was a five foot dome designed and built by Mrs. Sleeth.
Mrs. M.L Johnstone, chairman of the committee that organized the tour told a Los Angeles Times reporter that refreshments were to be served during the tour by Mrs. Robert Osborne, Mrs. Dorian Boyd, Virginia Tessier, Mrs. Roy Jensen, Mrs. James Bonar, Mrs. R. Smith, and Mrs. James Harbison.
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