“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fountain Valley in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Slaughter House

Slaughter House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick Bui
1. Slaughter House Marker
Inscription. Talbert Meat Co. established in 1899 by August L. Martel. Later operated by Joe Betschart in the mid-thirties.
Erected 1976 by Fountain Valley Historical Society. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 33° 42.214′ N, 117° 57.738′ W. Marker is in Fountain Valley, California, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Bushard Street 0.1 miles north of Talbert Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17816 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley CA 92708, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wardlow Home / Red Car (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); School Bell (about 600 feet away); Talbert Drainage District (about 600 feet away); First City Hall / First School (about 700 feet away); Original Circus Site / First Post Office / Country Stores (about 700 feet away); Blacksmith Shops (approx. 0.2 miles away); Section Houses (approx. 0.2 miles away); "All Saints Anglican Church" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fountain Valley.
More about this marker. On South Wall of the 100 Building of the High School. Near the top of the wall on the southwest corner.
Regarding Slaughter House.
Slaughter House image. Click for full size.
By Patrick Bui
2. Slaughter House
A native of France, August L. Martel visited this area in 1899 and purchased 10 acres of land from Bruce Wardlow. He returned to Bakersfield where he worked as a hotel chef and later a restaurant owner. He moved to Los Angeles and worked as a chef in a large hotel. About 1907 he moved to Fountain Valley and started the Talbert Meat Company. Beside his home, he built barns, stock pens and a fruit orchard. He built a store where he sold meat and fresh groceries. He employed three men to help him to butcher and dress cattle, hogs, sheep, calves and lamb. (The giant oak tree near the sign was originally planted by Martel.)
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Patrick Bui of Irvine, California. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 10, 2015, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Patrick Bui of Irvine, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Wide area view of the marker and its surroundings. • Historic photo of the Slaughter House. • Photo of the Oak Tree planted by August Martel. • Can you help?
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