November 19th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1965, The Los Angeles Times reported that the Woman’s Club of Seal Beach was “the largest federated woman’s club in Orange District” with 579 members. The Tustin Area Woman’s Club took a close second place with more than 500 members.

The oddly constructed phrase, “largest federated woman’s club in Orange District” terminology is probably taken from the California Federation of Women’s Clubs which is divided into districts. One interesting note is the unnamed reporter cites Mrs. Robert Bidwell Jr., district president, and Mrs. Clyde G Reinoehl, club membership chairman in the story, but still made the mistake of claiming the Seal Beach club had only been organized two years before. The Woman’s Club of Seal Beach was formed in 1923, so he was only forty years off.

Factual errors aside, the story was accompanied by this nifty photo highlighting one of the WCSB’s 1965 projects — the beautification of Seal Beach during its 50th anniversary year. Mrs. Hubert Taylor, dressed in 1915 garb, Mrs. James Facer, working the shovel, and Mrs. Leonard Flint, making an odd gesture with her hands, are shown about to plant a tree at J. H. McGaugh Intermediate School.

Addendum: I don’t why I didn’t check this before, but a check on Google Streetviews appears to show that the tree behind Mrs. Hubert Taylor, and the one about to be planted are still there next to the administration building:
– Michael Dobkins


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