A few years ago I An old Beaumont restaurant named Rusty Lantern.. As people have said, it was one of the places that was really a “good place to eat”. I recently discovered another place with the same name, but at least if you believe in Riverside County sheriffs at the time, it seems like the opposite.
West Riverside Rusty Lantern was started by a man named DB (Darius Baker) Jack. It’s an understatement to say that Jack has lived different lives. He was born on July 20, 1887 in Fort Worth, Texas. By the age of 13, he moved to the Arizona Territory, where he worked for several years as a railroad brakeman away from Yuma.
Around 1913, he married his wife, Porin, and had two sons. In 1917 he joined the Army, took action on the Western Front during World War I, and returned to Arizona in 1919. He returned to the Army in 1922, but a year later he stayed for only a short time. I was hired as a truck driver at Long Beach. By 1925, he lived on the riverside. There, for the next few years he worked as a farm worker, truck driver, and other jobs.
In 1940, Jack chose to enter the restaurant and nightclub business. On June 29th of that year, he opened the Rusty Lantern Cocktail Lounge in 9471 Magnolia, Arlington, near where he lived. For some reason, this establishment did not last long at the location of Magnolia Avenue. In May 1941, Rusty Lanterns were listed on 3750 Ace Street (now University Avenue), where they lasted only about a couple of months.
By the summer of 1941, Rusty Lantern was “across the river” 252 Mission Blvd, as advertised. I moved to. Within next year or so, we will begin to see what could have been the impetus to keep our business running.
In November 1942, DB Jack applied for permission to dance on the Rusty Lantern. Since the location of the Rusty Lantern was on the West Riverside, it was placed under the jurisdiction of Riverside County, which had stricter legislation regarding dance facilities. At that time, sheriff Karl Leyburn refused permission, and Jax hired a lawyer and appealed to the supervisory board.
At the hearing, Sheriff Rayburn said, “It has been a problem for a long time and it is getting worse.” Sheriffs went on to say that there were more calls for turmoil in the rusty lanterns than “combining all the other parts of the county.”
Jax blamed the problem of military personnel who became warlike after being denied a sufficient amount of drink. In their defense, one of Jax’s waitresses said, “They aren’t necking on a parked car” when patrons are dancing.
The rusty lantern was tentatively approved weekly. But the deal didn’t last long. Only a few months later, on January 31, 1943, Jack died, when the business was clearly closed. Sheriff Rayburn must have been relieved.
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