By Geraldine Knatz
Evolving from a 27,000-acre rancho, to a colony of farmers, after which to a local subdivision, lengthy Beachs Los Cerritos is the tale of a fiercely autonomous neighborhood demonstrated sooner than William Willmores imaginative and prescient of a urban of lengthy seashore took carry. existence established round the ancient Rancho Los Cerritos through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as John Temples livestock ranching used to be changed by means of Jotham Bixbys sheep ranching and tenant farming operations. Jotham Bixby bought off land for small farms to create the Cerritos Colony, and extra subdivided land to create the Los Cerritos local. Invaded by way of oil drilling rigs after the invention of oil in within sight sign Hill, fires and noise prompted the citizens to escape. Los Cerritos declined yet rebounded within the Thirties, aided by means of the presence of the Virginia County membership, stately houses designed by way of world-renowned architects, and the recovery of the historical rancho adobe by means of the Bixby kinfolk.
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The home is at 4181 Country Club Drive. ) Fred W. Wood Home. W. Wood and the address as 339B. Wood built several homes in Los Cerritos, including 3812 Weston Place, where he also lived, and 202 and 212 East Bixby Road. His son James W. Wood went into the oil business. ) 46 don and Bertha Wallace. Wallace was a world-renowned wireless radio operator. From his home in Los Cerritos, he kept Long Beach connected during the 1933 earthquake and made world news when he communicated with Admiral Byrd at the South Pole in 1930.
Vignes was adamant that all his daughters be educated and that their spouses provide a proper home for them. Although the Vignes family name is no longer found in Long Beach, his daughter’s families were active in civic affairs. Surrounding their mother, Mary, are, from left to right, Edwine, Amelia, Marguerite, Marie, and Antoinette. ) Young Women Farmworkers. A shortage of men during World War I to work the farms meant that young women from Los Cerritos and neighboring farms were “drafted” as farmworkers.
A prominent Los Cerritos resident was Will J. Reid, who provided insurance coverage for commercial fishing vessels before he invested in the Hancock Oil Company. A community leader and philanthropist, Reid was a hunter who became an avid conservationist and president of Ducks Unlimited. Reid published the history of the Los Cerritos Gun Club. 40 Bradley Family. Charles Alexander Bradley Sr. and his wife, Clara Belle Farrell, are in the driveway of their residence at 3829 Weston Place with their 1925 Jordan Roadster.