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Author Archives: Larry Strawther
The Los Alamitos Museum is looking for volunteers to help prepare and host events throughout the year. The museum is open two days a week — from 2pm to 4pm on Sundays and Tuesdays. Some of the Museum’s events … Continue reading
After a year and a half of writing (and far longer than that for procrastination) yours truly has just turned in his final proof manuscript for our new book “Seal Beach: A Brief History” which will unleashed on the … Continue reading
One of the more curious stories I’ve come across in my research of Seal Beach is the tale of Jimmy Slyter and his nationally publicized, but somewhat sketchy, quest in 1946 to swim from Catalina and use the money raided … Continue reading
Anyone who looks at Los Alamitos property maps around 1920 comes across the name “J. Stern and Sons” as owners of the land of what is now called Apartment Row. After emigrating from Germany, Stern partnered with a cousin, __ … Continue reading
Although I have to imagine there was some kind of on-the-fly Nickelodeon operation going on in early Los Alamitos, the first documented theater I can document in the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor area was the Fox Theater which opened up in the … Continue reading
Although Seal Beach residents will not officially celebrate their village’s 100th birthday until Oct 1915, Seal Beach technically will turn 100 years old on July 17 of this year. It was on that day in 1913 when Bayside Land Company … Continue reading
Rossmoor resident recalls when Navy Jet landed in his backyard Burton Schild, an orthodontist, was one of Rossmoor’s original residents, owning a home on Yellowtail Drive that backed up to Los Alamitos Blvd (later changed to Seal Beach Blvd.). Now … Continue reading
People often ask me to confirm stories they have heard about Rossmoor. (No, it was not originally intended to be a nudist camp — that was somebody’s joke on Wikipedia.) A frequent question is about the origin of street names … Continue reading
Having worked for a daily newspaper during my formative years and running my own small-town publication, I know that correct facts are often immaterial to a story. So keep that in mind as you read this article on Los Alamitos’ … Continue reading
The Holiday season is full swing now– which means Youth Center Christmas tree sales at the Ganahl Parking Lot, Holiday Crafts sales, sports teams selling wreath and poinsettias, realtors driving Santa Claus through Rossmoor and Los Alamitos, students caroling at … Continue reading