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Obituary: Jesse James Flores, Owner of Iconic Typewriter Shop

Flores founded and ran US Office Machines, a Highland Park fixture.

Jesse James Flores--known to many Highland Park residents as the owner of --died on Thursday, Nov. 8. He was 89 years old.

Flores established US Office Machines in 1962 at the corner of North Figueroa Street and South Avenue 58, where it continued to prosper well after typewriters fell out of common usage.

In addition to running the shop, Flores was also known to many Highland Park residents for his role as Santa Claus during numerous Christmas parades in the 1970s.

In his later life, Flores enjoyed dancing at The Highlands dance club, located at 104 N. Ave. 56.

Though his son, Ruben Flores, had taken over much of the responsibility of running US Office Machines, the elder Flores was still a fixture at the shop.

A memorial service will be held for Flores on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Continental Funeral Home on 5353 Beverly Blvd. A burial service will follow at Calvary Cemetery on 4201 Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles.

Alberto November 16, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Oh wow. When I returned to L.A. in 2005 I brought my neglected, old portable Olympia metal typewriter to him for cleaning/oil. He was still plenty sharp and I only talked with him about the particulars of the machine. It was the first time I'd ever stepped foot inside a place I'd passed thousands of times my whole life - I must have seen him and said hello hundreds. I've often wondered how the little place stayed open - how much business could there be? Always seemed like a good guy; an old piece of Highland Park I just always took for granted. Oh, and the typewriter came back as good as ever - smooth action continues today. R.I.P., Mr. Flores.
maryam hosseinzadeh November 16, 2011 at 06:38 PM
feeling kind of awful right now that i never brought him the cookies i intended to bake to thank him for his hospitality during the folk art everywhere walking tour. i kept thinking of it and then never did it. he was a great spirit: delighted to share his stories and memories of highland park and help with projects, keeping watch over Figueroa while sitting outside his store in his coat. he will be missed.
David Fonseca (Editor) November 16, 2011 at 07:23 PM
We hope to provide a fuller account of Mr. Flores' life and contribution to HLP on Patch. If anyone else has any stories to share about him, please share them in the comments.

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