Tag Archives: 1916

August 27th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, Aviator stuntman Joe Boquel climaxed his first engagement performing in the skies over Seal Beach with two new stunts— the falling leaf tail twist and the merry-go-round. The specifics of these stunts can be guessed, … Continue reading

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August 13th in Seal Beach History

 On this date in 1916, thirty-two year old aviator stuntman Joe Boquel began his first exhibition engagement above Seal Beach. Boquel  had only been flying for four years, having taken lessons from another well-known stunt pilot of the era, Silas Christofferson. In … Continue reading

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July 30th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, Aileen Allen and Her Company of California Mermaids gave a diving and swimming exhibition from the Seal Beach pier, both during the afternoon and during the night. These night-time splish splash-capades were probably scheduled to highlight (Ha! … Continue reading

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July 5th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, the Santa Ana Register reported the sad fate of  W. J. Doyle. After several hours working as a waiter at a Seal Beach cafe on July 4th, Doyle quit due to illness. As his boss was … Continue reading

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June 22nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, fishermen on the Seal Beach pier had a close encounter with a large California gray whale. Not only were the fishermen surprised by the whale spouting a large spray of water over them, but the whale also … Continue reading

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May 19th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, Seal Beach the Lodge Cafe on Main Street ran this ad in the Santa Ana Register. Adams, Beverly and West were a male comedy and singing trio active in 1916.  After some initial success in … Continue reading

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May 13th in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1916, the newest and latest of all cabaret and dance cafes, the Wilcox Casino had its grand opening! Connie Conway and six other noted dancers from Los Angeles and San Francisco will introduce the newest dances … Continue reading

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