November 20th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1928, The Santa Ana Register announced the first members of the newly established Seal Beach Junior Police. The new members were Jay Goade, Harry Scott, James Wheat, Junior Morris, Edward Howard, and Ellis Winterstein.

The Seal Beach Police force in 1929 with the Junior Police on the steps of the Seal Beach Elementary School (later renamed Mary E. Zoeter School). This is four years before the 1933 Long Beach earthquake damaged the school buildings. (Photo courtesy of Stan Berry)

Quoting Stan Berry from an earlier post about the Seal Beach Junior Police:

This is a 1929 group photo of the Seal Beach Police Department under the command of Chief A. G. Johnson. One of the programs that Chief Johnson was instrumental with was the organization of a juvenile police force of six (6) members.   These boys were chosen from their school because of the record  they held for trustworthiness, faithfulness to duty and the ability to work successfully with their schoolmates.  The duties of the juvenile police  were to protect little children at all times and to see that vacant property was not vandalized.  The boys met with the Chief each Saturday to discuss any problems.

The Seal Beach Junior Police badge (courtesy of Stan Berry)

– Michael Dobkins


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