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Author Archives: Larry Strawther
At 5pm today the Pike officially opened for business in Los Alamitos in the location where Mr. B’s and Casa Castillo have been feeding Los Alamitos and Rossmoor resi9dents for years. The Pike is owned by Chris Reece, a former … Continue reading
A big event which actually had quite an effect on Seal Beach was a September 18, 1941 gambling raid which resulted in the arrest of at least ten men and the detainment of over eighty customers. Orange County sheriff’s deputies … Continue reading
I just got word from the History Pres that my new book on Seal Beach (cleverly titled “Seal Beach: A Brief History”) has actually been printed and my own stash of books is on its way. If you want an … Continue reading
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