December 2nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1935, the Los Angeles Times caught up with Seal Beach’s first citizen, Judge John Charles Ord and took this photo.

Ord was Seal Beach’s first mayor, first postmaster, and first city judge. At 94, partially incapacitated by illness, but still “imbued with youthful ambition,” Ord was learning to use the typewriter. He told friends that he never enjoyed life more or felt better.

That must have been one really fantastic typewriter.

– Michael Dobkins

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4 Responses to December 2nd in Seal Beach History

  1. Lonnie Brownell says:

    What year was that article in? I’m guessing the 30’s.


    • Lonnie Brownell says:

      1935… The name of the photo file has the info.


    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Once again Brownell makes a goal for the proofreading win. Thanks for catching that. Thanks.

      Unfortunately, I can’t fire the tyro who makes all these typos. Luckily, he works for nothing, the idiot.


  2. MeMe Thomsen says:

    HaHa..yes, where can I get one of those! Great photo. Sounds like a wonderful man to know… and he must have loved Seal Beach to put so much of himself into the town back in the day.


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