People who worked or owned a business at The Pike
lifeguard at the Plunge
My father. Karl Bailey, was a lifeguard at the plunge in the winters and on the beach in the summer. (He later went to work for the Harbor Dept.) That’s where he and my mother met. Anyone know him? This would have been in the early 1940’s. He worked with a lady who later became a guard at LB Jordan. She was there in the 60’s. I volunteered as a Jr. guard.
Thanks for doing this. Lots of memories. Nice to see the post about the Guadignoes. I have hired them in the past. And met them at WCA conventions.
Pike Shooting Gallery
My name is Debra smith. My brother Donald and I never met our father, or at least not at an age where we would have remembered him. His name was Cecil Smith, and our mother’s name was Wanda Hurst at that time. She had left home in Arizona and moved to Long Beach in the early fifties, and, according to my birth certificate, he worked at The Pike, managing the shooting gallery and was born in 1929 in Kernville, CA. I was conceived in 1953, probably at the Pike, and born in April 1954. My brother was born in 1955. The story we were told was that our dad was already married, with 2 children. Sometime after Don was born he died in an auto accident. At least that’s what we were told. I’ve found no evidence of that. I remember mom taking me to the Pike when I was about 4 or 5. Someone she knew commented on how closely I resembled my dad. Having no idea at the time that my current dad was actually my step dad, I thought the comment odd, even at that age, because I looked nothing like pop. Don and I know we have half siblings out there somewhere and would like to meet some people who look like us. Plus, we’ve never even seen a picture of our dad.
THE STONE MAN
My great uncle, John Shouse was the “Stone man” in 1968. Spectators would come see him at The Pike. Do you have any information on him? I would like to pass this information to my daughter. Uncle John passes away over 40 years ago. I have a few articles from newspapers in 1968 with information that he was there during this time.
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I hope this helps you in some way. May God bless him in eternal rest and peace.