Al Mesmer (1855-1947) was the president of the North Los Angeles Development Company, served as a member of the Freeholder's
Charter Commission to frame a city charter for Los Angeles, and served as Los Angeles park commissioner. The collection consists
of notes gathered by Joseph Mesmer for a projected history of Los Angeles.
Mesmer was born on November 3, 1855 at Tippecanoe City, Ohio; moved to Los Angeles with his parents in 1859; attended the
College of Strasburg, Germany; returned to Los Angeles, opening the Queen Shoe Store in 1878, which he sold in 1896; became
president of the St. Louis Fire Brick and Clay Company, president of the N.E.W. Commercial and Improvement Association, and
president of the North Los Angeles Development Company; served as a member of the Freeholder's Charter Commission to frame
a city charter for Los Angeles, and also as Los Angeles park commissioner.
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
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