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by: Chris MacDonald
Published: February 26, 2024


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach City Clerk Robin Estanislau Said: Get ready to celebrate Independence Day 2024. The Huntington Beach Fireworks Stand application process is ready to begin, and non profit organizations may apply for the opportunity to control one of the 15 Fireworks Stands to raise funds for a charitable cause. The application process opens on Friday March 1st and continues until Friday March 29th. For more Information, Visit

Huntington Beach City Clerk Robin Estanislau shared a link from The Previous Huntington Beach City Council Meeting on Tuesday February 20th, 2024.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission for Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 6PM has been cancelled due to construction in the council chambers.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission is Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 6PM in Council Chambers, Civic Center, 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California.

Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person Said: Remember When -

Remembering Ole N. Hanson

Today email is fast changing how we contact friends and relatives, but there are problems associated with this type of fast mail. Hackers sitting hundreds or thousands of miles away can hack into your computer or server and read your important mail.

But in the old day we had a safer method of keeping eyes off of our mail and that then and now is our postal service.

One of the vital links to our downtown business community as and is the dependable mail carrier and whether you refer to them as mail carriers, postmen or mailperson, these are our truly unsung heroes of our town that bring mail safely to either a PO Box or to our very doorstep.

This week we'll remember one of our early Huntington Beach mail carriers, Ole Hanson.

Born Ole Nicholas Hanson in January of 1887 in the small farming village of Ulen in Minnesota.

Hanson came from a typical farm family of seven brothers and sisters. Hanson's father moved his family to homestead land in Montana and later Ole and his brother would do the same in the Dakotas.

During World War I Hanson had served in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force in 1918.

It was through relatives Hanson met Alfreeda Dahl and on March 22, 1918 the two were married. This union would produce three children- Orville, Carol and Viola.

Alfreeda was fed up with the cold weather and wanted to move where it was warmer an so the Hanson family traveled to sunny California in 1920 and in 1921 the family settled in  the small beach town of Huntington Beach to begin a new life.

Hanson got a job as a letter carrier at the Huntington Beach post office on April 1, 1922.

This was a time when the postman delivered the mail twice each day in those heavy leather bags slung across their shoulders.

Hanson's route for most of his postal days included the business district of Huntington Beach and the eastern section of the town and if all these miles were to be added up that he had walked would cover four trips around the world.

During World War II our residents waited anxiously for Hanson to bring news of their sons stationed in far away lands.

Over his 28 years as the town's respected postman, Hanson served under no less then six different postmasters

Hanson was eligible to retire from the post office in 1948 but continued to walk his route for two more years until he officially retired from the postal service on March 31, 1950.

Ole and Alfreeda would continue to reside in their home at 813 - 13th Street for many years.

Hanson, a lifelong Lutheran, would go on and help organize and would later become  a charter members of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Costa Mesa.

It was on October 14, 1968 that Hanson left us to begin delivering God's letters in heaven and us with only one mail delivery a day.

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