Todd Cornelius Faulkner

Male 1900 - 1986  (85 years)


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  • Name Todd Cornelius Faulkner  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Born 27 Nov 1900  El Paso, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1910  Hope, Eddy, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Age: 9; MaritalStatus: Single; RelationToHead: Son 
    Residence 1910  Hope, Eddy, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son 
    Residence 1920  Taft, Kern, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 14
    Marital Status: Single; Relationship: Son 
    Residence 1930  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence 1935  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence 1 Apr 1940  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Age: 39; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Residence 1942  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Residence 1943  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Residence 1948  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Residence 1951  Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Death 29 Aug 1957  Palm Springs, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Death of wife Edna from Pancreatic Cancer. He never remarried. 
    Died 5 Sep 1986  San Bernardino, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6, 8, 11
    Death 7 Sep 1986  Winchester, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Arrival El Paso, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    RelationToHead: Self 
    Buried Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I112  My Family
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 

    Father Robert Thomas Faulkner,   b. 29 Dec 1873, Jackson, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1937, Downey, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Irene Francis Eiland,   b. 13 Aug 1880, Byrd's Store, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1960, Poway, San Diego, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Mar 1897  Scurry, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 21
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Edna Almyra Rouser,   b. 27 Oct 1913, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1957, Palm Springs, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 21 Aug 1931  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Harold Marquis Faulkner,   b. 9 Jun 1932, Costa Mesa, Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 2017, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     2. Living
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F69  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Divorced 30 Dec 1980  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Children 
     1. Brooks Adair Faulkner,   b. 19 Jun 1919, Lockney, Floyd, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 2000, Hemet, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F3093  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Brooks Adair Faulkner,   b. 19 Jun 1919, Lockney, Floyd, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 2000, Hemet, Riverside, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F8329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Nov 1900 - El Paso, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 9; MaritalStatus: Single; RelationToHead: Son - 1910 - Hope, Eddy, New Mexico, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son - 1910 - Hope, Eddy, New Mexico, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Single; Relationship: Son - 1920 - Taft, Kern, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Aug 1931 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Age: 39; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1 Apr 1940 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1942 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1943 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1948 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1951 - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Death of wife Edna from Pancreatic Cancer. He never remarried. - 29 Aug 1957 - Palm Springs, Riverside, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 30 Dec 1980 - Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Sep 1986 - San Bernardino, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 7 Sep 1986 - Winchester, Riverside, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - - El Paso, Texas, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - RelationToHead: Self - - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Long Beach Pike Arcade.jpg
    Long Beach Pike Arcade.jpg
    Todd on the honor roll
    Todd on the honor roll

    Albums
    Tod Faulkner's Journal
    Tod Faulkner's Journal (88)
    Tod's journal of his early years
    Tod Faulkner's Fight Album
    Tod Faulkner's Fight Album (204)
    Newspaper clipping of his fights
    Tod Faulkner
    Tod Faulkner (16)
    Tod Faulkner and friends
    Tod Faulkner and friends (19)
    Todd Faulkner Fight Images
    Todd Faulkner Fight Images (1)

  • Notes 
    • Family ran sheep in New Mexico in the Carlsbad Cavern area.
      Mother taught him how to read, only had 6th or 7th grade education.
      Memories of fishing in the Kern river.
      Fought behind the Fox Hotel in Taft, California.
      Played some football for the Taft Tigers.

      Worked in Oil fields while boxing on the side as a middle weight.
      Promoted boxing in Costa Mesa
      Had a fight Club in Long Beach.

      Excerpts from his journal 1920 to 1930:
      My motto: 50-50

      May 29, 1920
      I haven’t a cent and don’t expect to have for a long while. Although Dad & I just purchased a new King Eight Auto. Have had much experience for one of my age most of what has been in Taft....Have a very sweet sister 17 yrs of age another 12 another 5 and another 2 and so forth. Have a freckled faced brother who is ten who is a bear and smart as hell, I have great hopes for my little brother when he grows up.
      Have the sweetest mother in the world who has been through more hell for dad than I’d go through for any damn man in the world if I was a woman. But I’ll see she doesn't’t go through any more. Dad’s a peach since booze went out, but when the Country was wet he wasn't’t worth the powder to blow him to hell. But I’m sure we all have our faults and I don’t want to knock dear old dad, for although he gets sore awful easy and raises hell, “way down deep in his heart a fairer, squarer guy never drew a breath of air”
      But it has been my ambition to become a great boxer and get rich.

      June 26, 1920
      Mexico defeats Pinnell in Four Fast Rounds

      Feb 20, 1921
      Am working at Huntington Beach. Bob and I.

      June 24, 1921
      My parents are down here hunting a house now guess they’ll get one at Santa Ana.

      August 22, 1921
      I want to go to Balboa and to Santa Ana and stay with my parents for a while

      September20, 1921
      We are going to move to H.B. I guess and I kind of want too. Guess I’ll go to work for the Standard.

      October 20, 1921
      My Mama & Papa, Bros & Sis’es are going to move to Balboa or New Port the 25th.

      December 19, 1921
      Will soon be Christmas and I must buy for...Mama & Papa Dorothy & Elsie Jewell & Fay=my sisters Bernice & Emma=my sisters Neil=my 12 year old bro. That bunch will take all I can beg, borrow & steal. I took Jewel into Los the other day and bought her $125.00 worth of clothes, so don’t figure I owe her so much.

      April 17th, 1922
      ...am sick of H. Beach am staying home with my parents at Newport now and going to Anaheim & Balboa dances. Am running round with “June” my oldest sister mostly now.
      April 20th, 1922
      “That fine little gentleman Kid Mexico, otherwise Todd Faulkner had a few real wallops “on” Sailor Larry, but a draw decision seemed to please all. Mex had the lead in three rounds. In a long fight Mexico should win; he had too much heart for the colored middleweight.” H.M. Walker

      4 25, 1922
      I live at Newport with my parents now and I never go to bed before midnite, never get to napy’s house ‘ere 2 bells. I quit Winnifred Hallsen quit Earl last nite, so our gang is kinda busted up ain't’t it? Sis says if Winnifred beats her time with Billy Green now that she’ll kick the “devil” out of me. I’m always the fall guy

      July 3rd, 1922
      My parents moved in Newport, only to a better house.

      August 13, 1922
      I’I've got my King Eight fixed it sure looks swell. I am going to give it to Papa in a day or so.

      Sept 25, 1922
      I am on water wagon to stay. My parents are going to move around Tuesday. I think I have them a house. It will be better for dad. I want to go to Cinderella Roof one day this week. Will I get to go?

      December 15th 11PM 1922
      A fool There Was. Every body line up & take 3 guesses. Dad went out other nite to celebrate. First nite of 2 weeks vacation and got lit up had a wreck. I was called over long distance at 4:30 A.M.> and told a blood vessel was broke in his head. I rushed home and he seemed alright to me. The only thing I could find broke about him was his pocket book and that not unusual. Oh yes, he did smell just like a Brewery. But he’ my pal.

      January 8th, 1923
      If I don’t get hurt tomorrow I’m going to go to work for Tommy Bales and Roy Eiland. Running Rig guess it will be about Wednesday

      March 31, 1923
      When Alta said “good bye” it made a rolling stone of me and I don’t seem to be able to gather any moss. I gather it, but don’t keep it. I bought two lots in Lynwood last week. They are beautiful things 120 #160. If I could put a $5,000.00 home on it for mama and papa and furnish it nice. Mr. O’CONNOR will help me with that part. Then I buy 2000 baby chickens. Then mama can sort out the say —600 roosters and I guess about 400 will die. Then that will leave 1000 hens for mama. Then I’ll get a milk cow ($150.00) Fix a nice lawn, and some flowers and they have a fine home in their old age. Then if I go one and really make good I’ll buy them the nicest home money can buy, wherever they want it.

      Tuesday, June 12th, 1923
      Cousin Tod & I took a dip in the surf at 6 this A.M. I am going to buy Faye and mother some swell clothes soon. I think the good Lord is trying me out to see how long I’ll take care of my self. I plan on keeping it up and I hope he lets me make good. It isn't’t for me never as much as mama & Dad and those sweet babies. I’ll make them all very happy I know. No more gold for a few days. Dad is on his vacations now. For 15 days.

      Saturday, June 21, 1923
      Todd C. Faulkner better know as Kid Mexico—am A.No1 Rotary Driller, Pugilist, pool player, card man, ladies man, dancer, in other words—O’ I love me, I love me, I’m wild ’bout myself. I’d like to make good more for mother’s sake than my own but fortune wont hunt me up. I must keep trying maybe I’ll get away yet. Who knows.

      Saturday, July 14, 1923
      Neil is trying to learn to dive, is taking Lesson form famous Prof Finer for which I am paying. Just bought mother a new swimming suit & cap. Am going to get Faye some more clothes soon. Papa got drunk last nite.

      Thursday July 19, 1923
      Hell around home, dad on grouch.

      August 8, 1923
      Played a foursome at Long Beach yesterday. Neil & I & Harley& Monte. Got beat 3 strokes on 18 holes. I hope to buy half interest in local arena, will know tomorrow. Buzz Talbert is heading for the Ocean to take a dip. Neil & Monte are down on beach playing. Bernice and I went to San Pedro the other nite saw poor bouts. Emma & La Verne home from beach.

      Aug 28, 1923
      I am sitting on the sand watching the waves rolling in at H.B. its noon and high tide, Far away at sea I can outline “Catalina Island” Close away I can out line some fair damsels, playing in the sand, knowing the time is near when mean old man winter will end all their beach frolics until next summer. I see a huge battle ship and three or four fishing boats out at sea.

      September 24, 1923
      Rose at 8 bells, my sister Faye and I played gold at Long Beach.

      Sunday Sept 30, 1923
      Neil is now a Junior Life guard and can swim like a fish.

      Tuesday, June 15th, 1924
      My parents live half a block from my club.

      Sunday December 14, 1924
      ...I’m not dancing any. I hope I can do good. I'm trying hard. June is staying home. Dad & I fell out. Neil getting to be a big lad now, will soon be a help to the family. Am a big card at Wilmington where I’I've recently boxed 3 main gos.

      October 25, 1925
      Now to tell about a trip I just made over Ariz Texas N. Mex & old Mex we had a great time. Grighsy, Lopez, Dad & I took my new Hudson sedan it wasn't’t so new when we got back. Burned out a bearing walked 20 miles for gas once and had a around good time. Dad had great time in Carlsbad renewing old acquaintances. Saw all the old times. Granddad Faulkner was along with us there and he’s a regular old man fit as a fiddle at 78. We shot rabbits & doves camped out washed our dishes with a “wish & promise!! Swam ate honey & home made butter & biscuits at Grandmas when I got home I was a spoiled boy. Take it all in all we had a good trip. When any hardships came we all stuck together & overcame it.

      Joy Elliott: Interview 1c. Segment 3

      Elliott went to school with Edna, who married Todd Faulkner, who was also known as Kid Mexico. She played bingo at the Faulkner's bingo parlor and a friend of her helped out with the children's parties. Edna gave Elliott a standard poodle which she bred and raised poodles. She was always grateful for that gift and sorry when she heard that Edna died. Faulkner served good food and always served plenty of liquor. Elliott believed that Faulkner was "punch drunk."

      d. 2005

      Joy Elliott lived in Signal Hill most of her life and participated in its development beginning in the 1920s. She worked in restaurants and drug stores until she found a county civil service job and was a volunteer participant in local civic groups.

      In this single interview, discusses her move to Signal Hill with her family in 1925 and her enrollment in Burnett school. She observed the oil boom as a helped in her family's oil patch restaurant and, after she graduated from high school, as a clerk in the Signal Hill drug store. She married men in the oil field supply business and socialized with their friends and co-workers. She was also active in the North Long Beach Republican Club and in local government.

      When Elliott divorced her second husband, she kept their house and, at the time of the interview, she was still living there in retirement from the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. The interview was conducted as part of a project to document the history of Signal Hill.Interview 1c

      Topics on this side of the tape include: Republicans; elections; oil industry; Kid Mexico; and the Pike.Joy Elliott was interviewed on 12/13/1989 by Kaye Briegel:

      Joy Elliott requested to be interviewed in the Signal Hill Community Center. No other events were scheduled during the time of the interview, so it was quiet and relatively private.Citation:

      Elliott, Joy. Interviewed by Kaye Briegel. 12/13/1989. Long Beach Area History: Signal Hill. The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, California State University, Long Beach. Interview 1c Segment 3 (11:06-14:18) Segkey: ab3449. August 29, 2008. <http://www.csulb.edu/voaha>.
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      John McDaniels: Interview 1b. Segment 2

      Kid Mexico was operating on Signal Hill when came back from the service in 1960. Kid Mexico started out in a big old building on Anaheim St. where sponsored amateur fights; the winner got $3 dollars and the loser, $1. He was "one heck of a promoter." He had a bowling alley on Orange and got movie stars to make appearances there. His house was nearby and he also had a restaurant and apartments. There were other restaurants and bars in the same neighborhood John McDaniels grew up in Signal Hill and has lived there since retiring from the Army. As a boy, he attended the Southern California Military Academy in Signal Hill where he lived in the barracks. His mother sent him there after he played hooky from junior high school.

      In this single interview, McDaniels remembers growing up in Long Beach before his family moved to Signal Hill. His father worked as a welder in the oil fields and, during the Depression, his step father ran a "relief station" in Signal Hill where, among other things they baked bread for CCC camps throughout southern California. When he attended the military academy, he received military as well as academic training and found the military training valuable when he joined the Army. He quickly advanced to become a sergeant and served through World War II and the Korean War.

      When he retired and returned to live in Signal Hill, he held various jobs including "junk collector." The interview was conducted as part of a project to document the history of Signal Hill.Interview 1b

      Topics on this side of the tape include: military; Kid Mexico; boxing; sports; US Army; petroleum refineries; and the Pike.John McDaniels was interviewed on 6/25/1991 by Kaye Briegel:

      John McDaniels was interviewed in his home in Signal Hill.Citation:

      McDaniels, John. Interviewed by Kaye Briegel. 6/25/1991. Long Beach Area History: Signal Hill. The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, California State University, Long Beach. Interview 1b Segment 2 (1:44-5:41) Segkey: ab3495. August 29, 2008. <http://www.csulb.edu/voaha>.
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      John McDaniels: Interview 1b. Segment 3

      Many people criticized Kid Mexico. But there was colorful and there was always action around him. Drinking went on until 2 am and then, near Kid Mexico's there was a place that stayed open after that and sold "set ups." Patrons brought their own liquor and the place sold mixers and chasers. The "set ups" cost more than drinks in most bars. McDaniels has little interest in politics and feels that things on Signal Hill are going smoothly; since the town is small, he can call any of the politicians or police in town if he has a concern. John McDaniels grew up in Signal Hill and has lived there since retiring from the Army. As a boy, he attended the Southern California Military Academy in Signal Hill where he lived in the barracks. His mother sent him there after he played hooky from junior high school.

      In this single interview, McDaniels remembers growing up in Long Beach before his family moved to Signal Hill. His father worked as a welder in the oil fields and, during the Depression, his step father ran a "relief station" in Signal Hill where, among other things they baked bread for CCC camps throughout southern California. When he attended the military academy, he received military as well as academic training and found the military training valuable when he joined the Army. He quickly advanced to become a sergeant and served through World War II and the Korean War.

      When he retired and returned to live in Signal Hill, he held various jobs including "junk collector." The interview was conducted as part of a project to document the history of Signal Hill.Interview 1b

      Topics on this side of the tape include: military; Kid Mexico; boxing; sports; US Army; petroleum refineries; and the Pike.John McDaniels was interviewed on 6/25/1991 by Kaye Briegel:

      John McDaniels was interviewed in his home in Signal Hill.Citation:

      McDaniels, John. Interviewed by Kaye Briegel. 6/25/1991. Long Beach Area History: Signal Hill. The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, California State University, Long Beach. Interview 1b Segment 3 (5:41-7:30) Segkey: ab3496. August 29, 2008. <http://www.csulb.edu/voaha>.
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      John Travers: Interview 1a. Segment 3

      Kid Mexico's home was on 23rd and Cerritos with a pool and a 1 lane bowling alley. He also operated a bowling alley with about 8 lanes, and next to that he had a fancy restaurant and next to that, he had a building for gambling. On Saturday mornings he had big parties for kids with movie stars making personal appearances. He also staged dance marathons. Southern California Military Academy, which was on Signal Hill at the time of the interview, had been there as long as Travers could remember. The military academy students used to play football on a field near the buildings and local kids used to go and watch. Sometime military academy student flew kites along Cherry and local kids cut the strings so they could stead the kites which they couldn't afford to buy for themselves. John Travers grew up in Signal Hill and has held various civil service jobs in the city. At the time of the interview, he was Superintendent of Public Works had worked for the city for 34 years. He has observed many changes in the city and the way it treated its employees.

      In this single interview, Travers talks about his family moving to Signal Hill during the Depression when Japanese families still farmed among the oil developments that dominated the area. After he graduated from high school, he joined the Army and when he was discharged, he returned to Signal Hill and went to work for the city. At that time, city employees were expected to perform maintenance work for city council members and all of the city's equipment was old and out of date. At the time of the interview, all that had changed.

      Travers is proud of the way things have changed for city employees and the new equipment they have to work with. The interview was conducted as part of a project to document the history of Signal Hill.Interview 1a

      Topics on this side of the tape include: family background; Japanese families; 1933 Long Beach earthquake; Kid Mexico; WWII; military; municipal employment; and Fiesta de Oro Negro.John Travers was interviewed on 6/27/1989 by Kaye Briegel:

      John Travers was interviewed in an office in the Signal Hill City Yard.Citation:

      Travers, John. Interviewed by Kaye Briegel. 6/27/1989. Long Beach Area History: Signal Hill. The Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive, California State University, Long Beach. Interview 1a Segment 3 (4:34-6:24) Segkey: ab3512. August 29, 2008. <http://www.csulb.edu/voaha>.
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      Peggy McClanahan: Interview 1b. Segment 1

      Kid Mexico had a bowling alley in Signal Hill. In addition to free bowling nights for kids, he brought celebrities to town for personal appearances. On Christmas, he made sure that every kid in Signal Hill had a gift and he gave chocolates or a bar of soap to the women. He once asked McClanahan if she needed anything. She told him she's like him to pave her alley and he got it done. She also asked him to mow her lawn, which he did, but cut of the sprinkler heads. She was surprised to hear that he was a gambler, but he did not instill those ideals in children. He made his money boxing and owned a lot of sports memorabilia. He had the only bowling alley and bingo parlor in Signal Hill. Bingo was played in a separate room, but she was too slow to play. Her neighbors played and won nice prizes.

      b. 1913 d. 1996

      Peggy McClanahan grew up in Signal Hill and lived there most of her life. In fact, she lived in the same house and observed many changes as she went to school, worked and then raised her own family.

      In this single interview, McClanahan discusses her family's arrival; in Signal Hill. She began attending Burnett school and then graduated from Poly High School. She worked in an auto repair and wrecking yard where she kept the books and did all of the office work. After she married, she and her husband bought the house where she grew up and where she was continuing to live at the time of the interview. She experienced the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and the more serious Richfield compressor plant explosion that followed. She also was the recipient of political favors Kid Mexico bestowed on individual local voters as well as the parties he threw for everyone.

      Earl Beebe: Interview 1b. Segment 10

      Beebe was friends with Kid Mexico, Todd Faulkner, when Faulkner was boxing. Faulkner opened a bowling alley in Signal Hill and made a lot of money. Signal Hill was a wild place; things were open 24 hours a day, partially because the oil business operated around the clock.

      b. 1906 d. 1994

      Kid Mexico started out as an oil worker in the early days at Huntington Beach. He taught Onus Lindsey to be a professional boxer; Lindsey might have become a professional fighter except he went to work in South America. There used to be a gym in downtown Long Beach where fighters worked out. When Alexander had a day off, he'd go there and watch them train. Kid Mexico worked out there as well as at Jack Doyle's gym and arena in Vernon. Alexander saw Kid Mexico fight there along with Bert Colima. Alexander also sometimes took vacations at Wheeler's Hot Springs near Ojai where he once saw Jack Dempsey; Alexander's youngest brother was friends with Dempsey and managed light weight boxers. Dempsey liked to spar with light weights to improve his speed. Sol Alexander bought and sold crude oil for oil refining companies. He worked not only in southern California and the central valley, but in other oil fields, including those in Mexico. He also invested in producing oil wells and bought and sold oil on his own account. At the time of the interview, he was still in the business buying and selling oil on his own account.

      Sol Alexander: Interview 1c. Segment 5

      There were boxing matches at Wilmington Bowl, at Jack Doyle's place in Vernon and at the Chief Petty Officers Club in San Pedro. There were 4 round amateur boxing matches; later California allowed professional fights. Kid Mexico promoted gambling in Signal Hill. He brought the man who played Hopalong Cassidy to Signal Hill for a personal appearance. Sol Alexander bought and sold crude oil for oil refining companies. He worked not only in southern California and the central valley, but in other oil fields, including those in Mexico. He also invested in producing oil wells and bought and sold oil on his own account. At the time of the interview, he was still in the business buying and selling oil on his own account.

      Rig builders were the hardest working and toughest men in the oil patch. They were husky, strong armed fellows and sometime they had tempers. Some also became boxers such as one Alexander knew who fought Kid Mexico. He was a "knock out artist" and Alexander often saw him fight at Wilmington Bowl. In addition, he had "woman trouble," and Alexander can't remember his name. Sol Alexander bought and sold crude oil for oil refining companies. He worked not only in southern California and the central valley, but in other oil fields, including those in Mexico. He also invested in producing oil wells and bought and sold oil on his own account. At the time of the interview, he was still in the business buying and selling oil on his own account.

      Topics on this side of the tape include: oil industry; Japanese farmers; Kid Mexico, boxing; rig builders; and Signal Hill, California.Sol Alexander was interviewed on 5/19/1982 by Kaye Briegel:

      This third interview was conducted at Alexander's home where he offered the interviewer a glass of water from a bottled water dispenser as he explained that he never drank Long Beach city water because it is fluoridated. It followed lunch at the Petroleum Club where he refused to drink coffee because he said it might have been made with city water.Citation:

      BKS. Cal.
      Mon. 7-26

      Darling Mother & folks:

      Just a line. I thot your were up a Uncle Tommy’s & would not have wrote had Jacqueline not told me you were home & wanted me to write. So I am losing no time doin so.
      Its very warn here but Im getting used to it so O.K. now. They have a new field here “paso Creek” there is going to be quite a boom I think.
      We’ll finish well 2 more weeks then I guess I come home get Jacqueline and move up here a year or so, so I can get so “gelt” ahead.
      Mother, isn’t Jacqueline the sweetest thing in the world? She called me up Long distance other day because She didn’t get a letter that day. Said she was fraid I was sick. Be good to her mother, She adores you & all the family, but shes so afraid you don’t love her. Be sweet to her Wonderful Mother ‘cause shes ours now. You’d have to be sweet to her e’en if you didnt like her & I know you cant help but love her, shes so wonderful.
      Advise her, help her all you can mother dear, I know shes lonely & restless, Don’t you think its O.K. if she goes to dances I’m not jealous & I don’t want to cage her up bless her. I trust her completely only I hope she wont drink. I send oddles & gobs of Love to all. Especially my ole pal “Dad.”
      Yer Sun an skule buoy, Toddy.

      2018 4 st. Apt 2
      Bakersfield, Cal.

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