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Report by Galen Hunter


"For the Good of Humanity"


[ Page updated - October 4, 2019 ]


In 2011, I took a photograph of a commemorative plaque (Figure 1). This metal plaque was on the ground leaning against a tree on the property of the Salvation Army facility located at the intersection of Beryl Street and Catalina Avenue in the City of Redondo Beach. I went to see this plaque again, but it is not where I photographed it. I went to the Army office and showed the good folks a copy of the photograph I had with me. We're looking for the plaque. The text on it reads:

The Salvation Army
Redondo Beach
Summer Camp
Built and Furnished By
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Dabney
For The Good Of Humanity
Lot Purchased By
Los Angeles Advisory Board
Dedicated June 14, 1927

This report displays selected documents and photographs about what the plaque is commemorating. It is honoring the people and institution who created a "Fresh Air Camp" for poor women and children right there at the beach a hundred years ago.



[Figure 1 - photograph by Galen Hunter, November 24, 2011]


Figure 2 - is a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dabney on the speaker's stand at the 1927 dedication ceremony.


[Figure 2 - LAT 00858, Los Angeles Times Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.]
This URL for metadata and zoom-in capability: https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p15150coll2/id/5793


Figure 3 - is a photograph of people at the 1927 dedication ceremony looking at the people on the speaker's stand.


[Figure 3 - LAT 00859, Los Angeles Times Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.]
This URL for metadata and zoom-in capability: https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p15150coll2/id/5792]


Figure 4 - is a photograph of people on the speaker's stand at the 1927 dedication ceremony. Harry Chandler is speaking and on the left, seated on the stand floor, reading, in his Salvation Army uniform is the beloved leader of the camp, James C. Bell.


[Figure 4 - LAT 00857, Los Angeles Times Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.]
This URL for metadata and zoom-in capability: https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p15150coll2/id/5827/rec/3]


Figure 5 - is a November 24, 2011 photograph by Galen Hunter looking south at the commemorative plaque in situ. You see there were two plaques. Lower right is the plaque shown in Figure 1 and it is no longer there. Notice the second commemorative plaque a few feet south. The text on this plaque is honoring James C. Bell. The Bell plaque is still there.


[Figure 5]


Figure 6 - is a September 29, 2019 photograph by Galen Hunter of the commemorative plaque honoring James C. Bell.


[Figure 6]


Figure 7 - is a January 24, 1931 Los Angeles Times article titled "Tributes Paid Salvationists", "Brigadier and Mrs. Bell Get Praise at Meeting".




[Figure 7]


Figure 8 - a photograph in a September 4, 1927 Los Angeles Times piece illustrating the Salvation Army Redondo Beach Summer Camp. The caption for this photograph reads "Major Mrs. James C. Bell, who is in charge of the camp, is in the foreground."


[Figure 8]