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Postcard: Correspondence from Chester Smith
Acton, California

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Personal correspondence on a repurposed penny postcard from Chester Smith of Acton to Mr. A.A. Bissell of 4318 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, postmarked at Acton on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28, 1921.

The postmaster (postmistress) at the time was Lydia C. Newton, who served in that office from May 1, 1915, to May 1922 when J.J. Haisch was appointed to the position (Meryl Adams 1988:401). We're unsure of the physical location of the post office during Newton's tenure. Previously Paul Bachert's general store at today's 31814 Crown Valley Road, across the street from the old Acton Hotel, doubled as the post office; it would do so again when Haisch owned the store and served as postmaster.

Some research is needed to divine the identity of Chester Smith. His correspondence reads:

Acton Calif. / Sept. 28, 1921

Sir:

Will be at Gruel's office Friday at 2 p.m. Meet at that time.

I am well and will resume the offensive. Will stay at your house Friday if it is convenient. Yours truly,

Chester Smith


LW3372: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2018 by Leon Worden.
J.J. HAISCH
Acton Merchant

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Predecessor: Paul Bachert 1894–1903

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Postcard 9/28/1921

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General Store 1910s

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General Store 1923

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Haisch ~1920s

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