What was happening 100+ years ago


News stories from the local press 1918 In 1918 America was at war and the entire country was doing what they could to help the war effort.  But some wondered if liberties were being threatened.   AMERICAN PROTECTIVE LEAGUE   Vigilantes or patriots?  Some weren’t sure if the American Protective League (APL), a private organization that worked with federal law enforcement agencies in support of the anti German movement during World War I, was a good thing or a bad thing.  Formed by a wealthy Chicago businessman, A.M. Briggs, it had 250,000 dues-paying members in 600 cities throughout the United States.  It wasn’t just Germans the group went after—draft dodgers, anarchist, pacifists and labor unions were also targeted as being “un-American.”  It was a genuine secret society replete with oath […]

1917 – Long Beach and WWI

News stories from the local press 1917     LONG BEACH AND WORLD WAR I   On April 2, 1917, President Wilson announced what many believed was inevitable—war between Germany and the United States.  The war in Europe had been raging since July 1914, but it was Germany’s policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and an attempt by Germany to get Mexico to join the war in return for the territories of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, that prompted Woodrow Wilson’s action.  At a patriotic rally held in the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium on April 4, 1917, the entire German population of Long Beach expressed full accord with the United States and President Wilson.  Arthur Falkenhayn, who had served in the German army in his youth and now was a florist, presented […]


News stories from the local press 1916 WOODROW WILSON WINS ELECTION BECAUSE OF LONG BEACH            The United States presidential election of 1916 had incumbent President Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic candidate, pitted against Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, representing the Republican party.  After a hard-fought contest, Wilson defeated Hughes by nearly 600,000 votes in the popular vote and secured a narrow majority in the Electoral College by winning several swing states with razor-thin margins.  One of those states was California, and many believe the reason the California electoral vote went for Wilson was because of Long Beach.           In November 1916, Long Beach became the pivotal point in keeping President Woodrow Wilson in office, all because of a misunderstanding. Events began on a hot day in August 1916.  Governor Hiram Johnson […]

1915 Long Beach

103 YEARS AGO in LONG BEACH, CA. News stories from the local press  1915 LINCOLN MONUMENT IN PACIFIC PARK Since 1906 the stone foundation originally intended for a soldier’s monument in the southeast corner of Pacific Park had laid unattended. The project itself had a checkered past and was abandoned because of internal jealousies among members of the Sons of the Veterans’ Auxiliary over who would get credit for the monument. The original contractor was paid a $200 deposit, but was still owed $3,600 for the soldier statue still in his possession.  Exhausting all efforts to get paid, the contractor placed the matter in the hands of an attorney.  On the next Memorial Day an unusual wood and canvas monument was placed upon the granite base in Pacific Park.  The […]

1914 Long Beach

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1913 Long Beach

105 YEARS AGO in LONG BEACH, CA. News stories from the local press 1913     THE EMPIRE DAY DISASTER The Irish had their holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day, the Italians Columbus Day, why not a holiday for British Americans?  In 1913, 20,000 former British subjects living in Southern California chose May 24th, Empire Day, as their day to celebrate.  The British holiday began in 1838 to commemorate young queen Victoria’s birthday.  When she died in 1901 her subjects still wanted to honor her accomplishments so Parliament issued a proclamation establishing May 24th as Empire Day.  Now the first Empire Day celebration on the west coast was to be held in Long Beach, California. The Daily Telegram of May 23, 1913 described what was supposed to have happened: “The greatest British […]