Louis Wartenberg: 1870’s Jewish Marshall of Anaheim

Louis Wartenberg

According to an article in The Orange County Register:

“In honor of the city’s 150th anniversary… officers can purchase a badge in the shape of a six-point star to wear for the rest of the year.

“They’re fashioned after the one worn by Marshal Louis Wartenberg, who was Anaheim’s top officer in the late 1870s.”


Louis Wartenberg was a coal miner who emigrated from Prussia.



Wartenberg 150th Anniversary Badge. Courtesy/Orange County Register

Wartenberg 150th Anniversary Badge.
Courtesy/Orange County Register

Louis Wartenberg became the first Jewish Town Marshal in Anaheim when he was elected in March of 1877.

His many duties included tax collection, dog catching, stopping local boys from skinny dipping in the irrigation ditches, dealing with the occasional murder, and caring for and feeding his prisoners.

Wartenberg supplemented his income by operating a stage coach line between Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Louis Wartenberg served as Marshal until April, 1879.


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More information can be found in the following issue of Western States Jewish History:

  • Anaheim’s First Jewish Law Enforcement Officer, Vol. 44, No. 3/4

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