A view of the Plaza with the Los Angeles Plaza Church in the background, circa 1870s.
The famous church is sometimes called the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels. But its official name is the La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles. Its address is 535 N Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The church in 1870.
An Exterminator Exterminated
LOS ANGELES TIMES – (December 29, 1881) A Mexican, O. Seliger, got drunk and started in to clean out all the priests in the city, day before yesterday, in front of the Plaza Chruch. A large crowd congregated to witness the extermination, but an officer put an end to the battle and yanked the poor fellow. He was tried yesterday in the criminal court, and got twenty days in the city jail for his little sport.
The only “O. Seliger” I could find in Los Angeles in the 1880s and 1890s was Oswald E. Seliger, and, no, he wasn’t a Mexican. He was Prussian. He was also a former Infantryman turned music teacher.
Photo taken circa 1895. Notice the bakery sign next door?
The church in 1899. Photographer: William Henry Jackson.