Then // Matthew E. Helme, a member of the first Board of Trustees in Huntington Beach, also served as its fourth mayor. Helme was very influential, becoming the town's fourth mayor in 1916 and 1917 and spearheading the implementation of HB's first gas lighting and water systems. He owned the first furniture store (on Walnut), and the original building still stands (and is owned and operated by family members today). This photo is circa 1907.
Now // Thankfully, the building looks much as it did 100 years ago. Today, a car sits where the horse once stood, and a more modern version of the old bike sits in the window. And when visiting, if you look down at the sidewalk in front of the building, you'll notice that the hitching rings, used back in the horse and buggy days, are still embedded in the ground.
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