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Historic Companies And Nonprofits: Recognizing Their Legacy

For the past two years, the Business Journal has run a list of historic companies and nonprofits that continue to operate in Long Beach. Each year, as some businesses close their doors and we learn about others missed in our research, we run an updated timeline chronicling those historic institutions that opened prior to 1970 and continue to operate today.

This list was compiled initially out of curiosity. As we brainstormed in an editorial meeting in 2016, we asked ourselves: How many businesses in Long Beach have operated for decades and decades? What are their stories?

First, we needed to establish criteria for what could be considered a historic company. We decided to limit our search to companies that opened prior to 1970 and are still operating in the city today. We later added nonprofit organizations and other non-public sector institutions. We reached out to the city business license department, the public library system, the Long Beach Historical Society, Long Beach Heritage, city councilmembers and others to develop as complete a list as possible. We e-blasted, posted on Facebook and even tweeted.

The end result: in our first effort two years ago, we identified more than 220 businesses and 45 nonprofit organizations and institutions. It was an impressive list, but surely incomplete. Since then, companies contacted us and their names have been added to the list. We also lost a few.

1891

Taubman Simpson Young Sulentor

 

1895

Kelly Williams Insurance Agency

 

1897

Press-Telegram

 

1906

Luyben-Dilday Mortuary

Sunnyside Mortuary

 

1907

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

 

1913

Long Beach Iron Works

 

1915

Phillips Steel Company

 

1916

Harbor Custom Canvas

 

1918

Hamman, Miller, Beauchamp, Deeble Insurance Services

 

1921

Eye Treatment Center

Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

1923

Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center

T.F. Merrick Co.

 

1924

Community Hospital Long Beach

Jacobsen Pilot Service

Joe Jost’s

1925

Pfanstiel Printers

1926

Gage Pharmacy

Van’s Hardware

Wards Pharmacy

Windes

1927

Outer Limits

Pacific University School of Law

Queen Beach Printers

 

1928

Bischoff Sheet Metal

Thirsty Isle

1929

Encore Awards/Jensen Rubber Stamps

The Varden A Boutique Hotel

 

1930

M.O. Dion & Sons, Inc.

Kuster/A Probe Company

 

1931

CH Topping & Co

 

1932

McCarty’s Jewelry

 

1933

Halbert Hargrove

Pediatric Medical Center

Sanborn & Sine

The Termo Company

Electric Construction Company

 

1934

Gibbs Architects

1935

Belmont Heights Market

Connolly Pacific

1936

Electro-Tech Machining

Long Beach Fireman’s Credit Union

1937

A Beautiful California Florist

Foasberg Laundry & Cleaners

1938

Air Source Industries

1940

Art’s Brake Service

Chet’s Auto Sales & Service

Milburn Plumbing and Heating

1941

Billings Ace Paint & Hardware

Engle Racing Cams

Moffatt & Nichol

Paul’s Dairy

The Boeing Company

Ward’s MediaTech

 

1942

Burke’s Auto Body & Paint

1944

California Cartage Company

Don & Harold’s Automotive

Gilmore Music

Paul’s Glass Co.

1945

B & B Supply

CW Industries

Mark Schneider Design

1946

Bragg Companies

Heather R Chambers, CPA

Lester Box & Manufacturing

South Coast Shingle Company

Tuttle Cameras

1947

Alsace Lorraine Fine Pastries

California Swaging & Cable Products

Cowelco Steel Contractors

Hill Crane Service

Santa Fe Importers

WECO Aquatics

1948

Acme Auto Headlining

Belmont Shore Children’s Center

Jewish Long Beach

1949

Antique Metal Finishing

Rapid Screen Repair

1950

Crosby & Overton

Friction Materials Co. of Long Beach

Harbor Chevrolet

Stu’s AE Transmission

The Reno Room

1951

Berg-Nelson Company

Bixby Knolls Flowers

Hillside Enterprises – AR&C Long Beach

Hof’s Hut

Snyder Manufacturing

1952

B & B Pipe & Tool Company

East Long Beach Brake Service

R & G Carpet Service

Tenni Moc’s Shoe Store

The Annex

1953

J.B. Hanover Company

Orchid Cleaners & Laundry

Wallboard Tool Company

1954

All Glass & Upholstery

Blumberg Law Offices

Circle Moving & Storage

1954

Domenicos Belmont Shore

Globe Gas

Kaiser Permanente

Los Altos Car Wash

Twining

1955

Broadway Glass & Mirror, Inc.

The Berns Company

1956

A.P. Fischer Motor Oil & Filters

49rs Tavern

Industrial Filtration

Long Beach Ice

Neill Aircraft Company

Park Pantry The Original

1957

Control Switches International

Long Beach Muffler

Mac’s Lift Gate

Marri’s Italian Family Restaurant

Simon, McKinsey, Miller & Stone A Law Corporation

The Eldo Bar & Grill

Ventura Transfer Company

1958

Klampon Thread Protector

Olsen Roofing Company

Santa Fe Garage Auto Service

1959

Bodell’s Shoes

Ellison Realty

Gem Shoe Repair & Leather Goods

George Oliveri Salon

SnugTop

Tell Steel

Western Office Refinishing Co.

White Realty Associates

1960

Iguana Kelleys

Modern Specialist

Quality Sprayers

Umberto’s Men’s Wear

1961

Marvin S. Beitner, Ph.D.

Black, O’Dowd & Associates

City Tow Service

Long Beach Animal Hospital

Stan Miller Yachts

1962

Jacobson Plastics

Superior Electrical Advertising

Wyatt Precision Machine

1963

Benny The Tailor

Best Western Golden Sails Hotel

Golden Star Restaurant

Metropolitan Chemical Company

Scuba Duba

1964

Ace & Stewart Detailing

Capri Realty

Certified Alloy Products

Chuck’s Coffee Shop

Hobbs Bannerman

Marina Shipyard

Santa Fe Convalescent Hospital

Yamko Truck Lines

1965

Able Glass Service

A.J. Edmond Co.

Lakewood Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Merle A. Anderson, DDS

California Resources Corporation

1965

Diversified Securities

Duthie Power Services

Hasco Oil

Haskell’s Prospector Steakhouse & Saloon

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil

Joy Processed Foods

Long Beach Artificial Limb Company

1966

All Star Tire

Ando Electric Motors

Bloom Orthodontics

Cabe Toyota

Colonna & Co Realty

Bernard Fishman, DDS

Industrial Tire Service

L G Smith Accountancy

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison

Stapleton Technologies

1967

Auto-B-Craft of Long Beach

Big D Floor Covering Supplies

Bixby Knolls Tower

Dave’s Burgers

Hi-Standard Manufacturing

Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport

Palmcrest Medallion Convalescent Hospital

RADCO

1968

  1. R. Beinlich & Sons Construction

German Auto Long Beach

Jim’s Auto Repair

Dr. Arlo G. Jorgensen, DDS, MS

Morgan Industries

1969

Bryson Financial

Circle Audi

Don Temple U-Store & Lock

Grand Food & Beverage

Eric R Hubbard, DPM

Huff’s Family Restaurant

Machan Sign Company

National Plant Service

Omaha Airplane Supply

Plasidyne Engineering & Manufacturing

University Trophies & Awards

Nonprofit,

Membership And Other Organizations

1884

Long Beach Young Men’s Christian Association – YMCA

1891

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

1905

WomenShelter of Long Beach (Founded as Young Women’s Christian Association – YWCA)

1909

Long Beach Municipal Band

1912

Long Beach Day Nursery

1917

American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter

Long Beach Bar Association

Rotary Club of Long Beach

1919

Boy Scouts of America, Long Beach Area Council

Kiwanis Club of Long Beach

1921

Downtown Long Beach Lions Club

1923

Campfire Long Beach

1924

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club

Apartment Association, Southern California Cities

League Of Women Voters Of Long Beach Area

Soroptimist International of Long Beach

1925

Long Beach Casting Club

1926

Tichenor Clinic For Children

 

1928

Goodwill Serving

The People of Los Angeles County

1929

Long Beach Playhouse

Long Beach Yacht Club

1931

Junior League of Long Beach

1932

Children’s Dental Health Clinic

1935

Long Beach Symphony

1937

Downtown Long Beach Alliance

1939

Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach

bgclublb.org

1940

Assistance League Long Beach

Long Beach Branch NAACP

1946

Children’s Benefit League

The Guidance Center

1947

Long Beach Community Band

1948

Albert Jewish Community Center

Belmont Shore Business Association

1950

Long Beach Museum of Art

1952

Arthritis National Research Foundation

1953

South Coast Inter Faith Council

1955

Rancho Los Cerritos (After land donated to City of Long Beach, opened in 1955 as a public museum)

 

1956

The California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation

 

1961

Memorial Medical Foundation

Retirement Housing Foundation

Seal Beach Yacht Club (Located in Long Beach)

1962

Historical Society of Long Beach

1963

California Conference For Equality and Justice

Pools of Hope

1964

Fair Housing Foundation

1966

AbilityFirst Long Beach Center

Long Beach Section of the National Council of Negro Women

1967

Miller Foundation

1968

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens (Year donated to City of Long Beach)

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