The collection consists of materials related to the life, activities and interests of Francis J. Horvath. Some materials
relate to his interest in civic affairs in Newport Beach, and there are other personal items related to the celebration of
Mr. and Mrs. Horvath’s 50th wedding anniversary and a cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2 in the 1975-1976.
Francis J. Horvath was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 16, 1897, and he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in
1919 and received his law degree in 1922 from Western Reserve. He practiced law in Cleveland and married Ruth Hetherington
in 1924. In 1943 Francis and Ruth Horvath moved to Newport Beach, California. He opened a real estate office in 1947, and
served as chairman of the City Parks and Recreation Committee and president of the West Newport Improvement Association.