Another landmark, one of the pioneer buildings of Anaheim, which has weathered the storms of more than half a century,
is doomed to give way before the march of progress. This is the Hussman residence on South Los Angeles Street,
between Center and Chestnut. It is standing on ground belonging to Samuel Kraemer, and is in the way of a modern
business building which he is preparing to build on that site. Other buildings on the ground have been removed, and some
giant pepper trees in the rear are being cut down this week.
The Hussman residence was build by Henry Hussman shortly after the great flood of 1862. It was originally built of
adobe. This was torn down and the present frame structure took its place. Mr. Kraemer has offered it for sale intact,
and unless somebody purchases it and moves it off, it will probably be demolished.
Few people now living remember the inundation of 1862, in which Anaheim was practically wiped off the face of the
earth. The raging Santa Ana overflowed its banks and the flood swept over the townsite to a depth of three or four feet.
The buildings of the town were mostly temporary shacks and among them were numerous tents in which people lived or
transacted business. When the flood subsided it was found that only one structure in the town was left standing. That was
the two story building on West Center street between Los Angeles and Lemon, owned by John Casson, which was recently
marked for destruction, as the owner is preparing to build a modern business block and theatre on the site. Thus within a
month two of the oldest buildings in the city, connecting links with the pioneer days will give way to modern enterprise.
In that memorable flood of 1862, one man lost his life. He was a pioneer named Toetz, and his 20 acre ranch was located
south of Broadway and west of the Santa Fe railroad. His house was swept away and he was carried into the current of the
river by the raging flood. Many days afterward his body was found near the ocean buried in the sand. It was discovered
by a gleaming gold watch chain which sparkled in the sun.
This flood was an epoch-making date in Anaheim history. Nothing like it was ever known either before or since. It was
disheartening to the colonists, but they were not frightened away by one misfortune and their faith in the location they
had chosen was justified.
Mr. Kraemer is preparing to put up a brick building with a frontage of 80 feet. It will only be one story in height at
present unless the upper rooms can be rented before it is completed, but the foundation will be built strong enough to
support another large rooms, if necessary.