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1924 – Herman and Tillie Lentzner, and Margie Steinman move to Los Angeles, CA

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Tillie and Herman Lentzner on the beach, most probably in Santa Monica CA

Sometime after their return from their trip to Europe on August 12, 1924, and before July 21, 1926, when Herman’s name first appears in the LA Times, Herman and Tillie Lentzner left St. Louis and moved to Los Angeles. Since Margie Steinman, Tillie’s half-sister, states in her 1939 Petition for Naturalization that she moved to LA in 1924, she may have come with the Lentzners, with whom she had been living since emigrating from Eastern Europe to America in 1921.

It was in an atmosphere of high excitement that Herman and Tillie moved to Los Angeles as several well-placed events were causing massive growth in this southern California paradise. Abundant sunlight and an effort to escape Thomas A. Edison’s restrictions on film production in New Jersey gave birth to the movie industry as we now know it; and practically all the great heads of the studios were Jewish: Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, Carl Laemmle, William Fox, Louis B. Mayer, the Warner Brothers, and Irving Thalberg. The great port built at San Pedro made LA a world-class center for overseas commerce, and the aqueduct into LA from the Owens Valley, constructed by William Mulholland, brought water to the city’s desert climate. And when the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads entered Southern California, their directors Collis P. Huntington and Cyrus K. Holliday cleverly initiated a huge real-estate boom. And top it all off, the largest oil field in the continental United States was discovered in Los Angeles and in nearby Huntington Beach and Signal Hill.

To be sure, by the 1920s, there was no better place to be living in America, than in the fabulous city of Los Angeles with its new Hollywood subdivision. And it was here in Los Angeles that the families Banarsky/Bonar, Kantoff, Brin, Lentzner, Wyman/Steinman, and Gruenberg came to realize their dreams and in the process coalesce into the extended Bonar Family.

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All the way to Cal-i-for-ny-ay, on the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe!

Broadway in Los Angeles. Click on this photograph to learn more about Los Angeles in the 1920s.

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