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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Alvarado Neighbors: 406 A

The proprietor of Alvarado Court was also the designer, builder, and current manager. His name is Emile Charles Jessurun, born 13 January 1875 in San Francisco. Emile’s mother, Emma Cerf died just one week after Emile’s birth and his Jamaican born father, Isaac Jessurun was a compositor, commonly referred to as a typesetter. Isaac’s parents were of English descent. Isaac died in 1910 at the age of 64.
Emile’s maternal grandfather was French. Emile’s father remarried six years after Emma’s death to Melanie Wormser, and together they had two daughters, Stella and Florence.
Emile married Olive Tuttle on 16 November 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. Olive’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook, New York. After Emile and Olive married, there daughter, Estelle May was born in June 1897 in Illinois. From there, the young Jessurun family, along with Olive’s mother, moved to Manhattan where Emile operated a photography business.
By November 1916, Emile and his family had moved to Los Angeles finished construction of the bungalow complex known as Alvarado Court. The Jessurun family moved into apartment # 400 A, with one side facing Alvarado Street and the back towards Maryland. Shortly before the Taylor’s murder, they moved three buildings down to 406 A, the home vacated by comedian, Charles McLean and his wife Faith, when they moved next door to 406 B.
After Taylor’s murder, Emile, Olive, & Estelle moved to Big Bear, California. Emile owned 107 acres of Big Bear property on which he built a large hot water plunge and was financing the construction of a sanatorium when he died of a heart attack in August 1926.

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