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Biography of Arthur V. Slack of El Monte California

Arthur V. Slack, a native of El Monte and the Son of William Slack whose life sketch is to be found elsewhere in this work, was born in 1871.

He remained at home assisting his father on the ranch near El Monte and attending public schools until he was seventeen years of age. From that time until in 1896, he was engaged in the butcher’s trade being employed in different places in this district and in Los Angeles. In 1896 he started a meat market of his own at 27th and Main Streets in Los Angeles, which he conducted until 1911 when he expanded his activities to include the wholesale and livestock branch of his business. In 1916 he disposed of his business and retired, investing his capital in real estate in Los Angeles and Huntington Park. In the latter named place he purchased a comfortable residence where he and Mrs. Slack have since resided.

In 1892, he was married to Miss Cora May Robertson, a native of Indiana whose parents were John and Catherine Robertson also natives of Indiana who in 1881, came to San Diego and, nine years later moving to Los Angeles. To this union three children were born, namely: Harold A., of Roscoe, California; Hazel D. (Mrs. G.W. Nichols) of Huntington Beach; and Mildred C., (Mrs. C.E. Sarff) of Whittier.

In political matters Mr. Slack is a staunch Democrat, while his religion is the practice of the Golden Rule. Until a few weeks preceding the publication of this work, Mr. and Mrs. Slack, content and happy in the realization of moderate success, and gratified with having contributed their share to the upbuilding of the communities in which they have lived, resided at 7018 Rugby Avenue, in Huntington Park. The family was saddened July 3, 1937 by the unexpected death of Mrs. Slack at their summer home in Seal Beach. Mr. Slack continues to reside in Huntington Park.

Source: C. D. Mayon, F. Brow, L. Stoddard, and C. Mudd; El Monte from the Pioneer Days. WPA Project No. N-5740, 1936. In record 19-187072. (California Historical Landmark No. 765: El Monte). On file at the SCCIC, CSU Fullerton.

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