And thanks to Chris from O.C. History Roundup here is a little bit of more information on Esther.
Esther F. was born on Nov. 20, 1908 and grew up on her family’s farm in Willow Springs, Kansas. She came to Southern California in about 1936. Sometime during or soon after WWII, she married Loren S., a carpenter from Los Angeles. They made their home just north of Echo Park.
Loren was born in Oregon in 1899, but later came to live in Los Angeles. He spent the war working in Vallejo – probably at the Mare Island shipyard – before returning to L.A.
Sometime between 1948 and 1950, Loren and Esther moved down to Garden Grove, where they would live for the rest of their lives.
I have a document that shows that Loren worked for “O’Neil Construction,” but I think that may be an error. The scrapbook’s 1954 photo of the castle under construction suggests that Loren actually worked for McNeil (rather than O’Neil) Construction Co., which had the contract to build Disneyland.
Obviously, Esther later worked at Disneyland herself, (from at least 1958 until at least 1960,) but it seems that most of her married life was spent as a homemaker.
Loren died at home at age 82, in Oct. 1981. Esther followed, the day after her 81st birthday, in 1989. They are both buried at Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California.
- Chris Jepsen, local historian
Here is a photo from McNeil Construction company, who had the contract to build Disneyland.
Thanks Chris for the information. And the McNeil Construction photo is from the Anaheim Public Library.