BOMBERG, Charles A.
BOMBERG, Charles Amandas (1891-1933) was born on March 19, 1891 in Redwood City, California. According to his draft registration, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes, and weighed 190 pounds.
C. A. Bomberg =  Hazel Gertrude Lawson (1891-1959)
- 1. Fredrick Ernest Bomberg (1907- ) = Lillian Morse Eggleston
- 2. Richard Bomberg (1926-1998)
After her husband's drowning, Hazel remarried Charles Addison Bowen (1874-1959).
“Charles A. Bomberg, known by all his friends and associates as "Dick," is a native of California, born in Redwood City, San Mateo county, March 19, 1891. His parents were Frederick C. and Anna Bomberg. His father was a native of Denmark, while his mother was born in California. Dick Bomberg completed his education in Redwood City in 1908, and the first year thereafter was spent as an apprentice in a candy factory. Leaving this work, he was for six months employed in the oil fields of Maricopa. In July, 1910, he came to San Pedro and engaged in work for the Standard American Dredging Company. At the outbreak of the World war he enlisted in the navy with the rating of machinist's mate. Later he was assigned to the duty as an instructor of marine engines and in this capacity advanced to the rank of ensign. On November 1, 1918, he was among the first commissioned officers to be released. However, he still is a member of the reserves. Returning to San Pedro after the war he again took up work with the Standard American Dredging Company, and remained there for two years, at the conclusion of which time he purchased a motor boat and entered into business for himself as operator of a water taxi. This proved interesting work, as well as remunerative. His first boat was known as the "H-10." With this he was engaged with special parties and moving picture work about the coast and various islands. Later he commissioned the Juan, a boat with a capacity of thirty passengers and a speed of thirty-five miles per hour, which proved to be the fastest one about the harbor; and for the most part has been engaged with the Fox and Lasky Motion Picture Studios. Mr. Bomberg was married in 1916, in Ventura, to Miss Hazel Gertrude Chandler [Lawson], whose parents were natives of the state of New York. She is a member of the Woman's Club, San Pedro, and both are active members of the Methodist church. There are two children: Frederick [sic], who is now a student of the San Pedro high school and is studying electrical engineering; and Richard Frederick, seven months old. Mr. Bomberg owns his home at 778 Twelfth street, San Pedro, and is firm in his belief that the city has great possibilities. His recreations are mainly hunting and fishing.” [Ludwig, Ella A. History of the Harbor District of Los Angeles, 1927, p. 806-807].
In the News~
[unattributed]: “Fisherman drowns when skiff upsets. Dick Bombgard [sic], 42, lobster fisherman, of 776 West Twelfth street, was drowned at St. Nicholas [sic] Island, Dec. 26 last, when his skiff was overturned in the surf by a huge swell as he was rowing to shore. This was the report made to the U.S. Coast Guard early today by John "Shorty" Evans, owner of the lobster fishing boat 656-A, of San Pedro, with whom Mr Bombgard was working at the time. On behest of Mr. Evans and Mr. Bombgard's widow, Capt. Muller S. Hay of the U.S Coast Guard instructed his boats on patrol to be on the look out for the body. After the upset, the fisherman was never seen again. Besides his widow, he is survived by two children.”
January 1, 1934 [San Pedro News Pilot, ]: “Memorial service for C. Bomberg planned. Mrs. Hazel Bomberg, widow of Charles A. (Dick) Bomberg, 42, lobster fisherman, who was drowned when his skiff, bound from a beach off San Nicolas Island to the lobster boat of L. V. (Shorty) Evans, December 26 last, will hold a memorial service for Mr. Bomberg shortly, she announced today. Among those attending the service will be the couples daughter Hazel Bomberg; and their sons Frederick F. Bomberg, 25, member of the crew of the McCormick freight steamer Charles L. Wheeler, Jr., which was refloated yesterday from Sand Island, mouth of the Columbia River, by the Merritt-Chapman & Scott corporation salvage tug Peacock of San Pedro; and Richard Bomberg, 7, who lived with the couple at 776 West Twelfth street of this city. Mr. Bomberg is survived also by three sisters, Mrs. Anna Williamson of this city; Mrs. Loretta Roth of San Francisco; and Mrs. Ivy Kelting of Redwood City. Brothers surviving are Harry Bomberg of Inglewood and Reuben Bomberg of San Francisco.”
January 9, 1934 [San Pedro News Pilot, ]: “Coast Guard hunting boat drowned by San Pedro fisherman sought off San Nicolas Island. U.S. Coast Guard craft on patrol were directed today by Capt. Muller S. Hay, commanding the San Pedro base, to search on the beach of San Nicolas Island for the body of a man reported last night by a fisherman. The fisherman, whose name was not obtained, reported sighting the body last Sunday and viewing it through binoculars. Because of the heavy surf, however, he was unable to get close to it. If the fisherman is not mistaken in his identification of the object as a human body, the Coast Guard believes it is the body of Charles A. "Dick" Bomberg, lobster fisherman drowned in the San Nicolas Island surf last December 27, when his skiff overturned. Mr. Bomberg had been a partner of Lawrence "Shorty" Evans, also of San Pedro, on the latter's lobster fishing boat. He was drowned when he attempted to row a skiff to the lobster boat from shore, where the men had spent the night at a ranch house, according to the report of Mr. Evans to the Coast Guard.”
January 10, 1934 [LAT]: “Coast Guard out seeking body of local fisherman. U.S. Coast Guard craft on patrol were directed today by Capt. Muller S, Hay, commanding the local harbor base, to search on the beach of San Nicolas Island for the body of a man reported last night by a fisherman. The fisherman, whose name was not learned, reported sighting the body last night through binoculars. Because of the heavy surf, however, he was unable to get close to it. The Coast Guard believes it is the body of Charles A. "Dick" Bomberg, lobster fisherman, drowned last December 27 when his skiff overturned.”
January 11, 1934 [LAT]: “The body of C. A. Bomberg, 42 years of age of 776 Twelfth street, San Pedro, who was drowned off San Nicolas Island December 27 , was recovered last night on the windward beach of the island by members of the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Bonham, according to a wireless message received from the cutter at the Coast Guard base. The body will be taken to San Pedro today. Bomberg, a lobster fisherman, was attempting to row ashore in a skiff from a fishing boat when his craft was upset. He leaves his widow and two sons, Richard and Fred Bomberg.”