This got me thinking of how once you becomes a teacher, your love
of writing continues well after retirement from school.
With the coming of the 100th anniversary in November of our
Huntington Beach City Elementary School District, it is a good time
to recall how much we owe the teachers who have taught during those
This week we are going to see how our community said thanks to
these respected pillars of classroom society.
We showed our gratitude on Oct. 20, 1930 when our PTA, our Woman's
Club, our Business Men's Assn. and the Huntington Beach Chamber of
Commerce came together to offer them thanks in a gala reception
inside the city auditorium.
There were more than 100 teachers from Huntington Beach elementary
school and high school who attended that gala that night.
More than 300 teachers and their guests listened as PTA President
Mildred Ridenour welcomed everyone to a night of music, dancing and
an evening of entertainment.
In those days the majority of teachers were single women and so
President Ridenour told the audience that the reason it was easy to
get teachers to come to Huntington Beach was that we offer them a
prize for coming.
No, it was not a monetary prize or a new house or car.
Ridenour meant that our town has the best eligible bachelors in
Orange County and we would be willing to give them as a prize to any
teacher who could win one.
And over the years many did win the hearts of our prize bachelors.
Next on the program came a musical interlude provided by Margaret
Colvin on piano, Roy Larson on cello and Harry Robinson on violin.
After this string trio completed its two musical selections, it
was now Willis Osborn's turn to welcome all on behalf of the Chamber
This was followed by a welcome by May Jackson from the Woman's
Club and from Howard Hepburn of the Business Men's Assn.
All of the teachers present at this gala were asked to stand while
they were introduced by their superintendent of schools, C.B. Baldwin
for the elementary school and M.C. Jones for the high school.
With all the welcomes concluded, it was time for the entertainment
part of the evening.
George Sugars, local oil operator and president of the Rex Oil