The Star Brick and Tile Company manufactured wire-cut common and ruffle brick, according to their advertisement. These bricks
were shipped locally in the Torrance area starting in 1930 and ending by 1958. Production of bricks during that period
was intermittent and controlled by local demand for bricks. The company's reports to the State Mineralogist and directories
indicate that the yard was in operation from 1930 to 1935, 1939 to 1943, and 1956 to 1958. The bricks were used in facing homes,
chimneys, porches, and walkways in Torrance and nearby cities.
Walenty Graniczny was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1875. In 1899, he married Victoria Raj at Staszuw, Poland. They had three children, John, who was born in Poland in 1903; Marion, who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1908, and Helen, who was born in St. Louis in 1910. In 1903, they emigrated to New York and went to St. Louis, Missouri, where Walenty found employment as a tool maker with the Measuregraph Company. In August 1920, they moved to Los Angeles, California. Their surname was changed to Granicy. After the brickyard closed, Walenty moved to Whittier, where he died in 1961. His sons, John and Marion, moved to Lancaster in 1943 to establish a cattle ranch, but they reopened the brickyard for a couple of years in the late 1950s. According to Robin Granicy-Sergent, the yard was closed by Edison due to strict health codes.
Common brick is red and may be mottled with lighter and darker shades. The form is good, with nearly sharp edges and dull
corners. The brick spalls easily and contains chipped edges and surfaces. The surface is smooth and displays small cracks.
The sides display transverse grooves or striations and a few spots of conveyor imprints. The short edges are rounded when not
broken. The faces display a strong velour texture at a slight angle in the transverse direction. White specks of shale
and rounded iron spots are visible on the surface of the faces. Interior contains 5 to 8 percent rounded white shale and
red brick fragments, both ranging up to 1/4 inch in diameter, in a compact, sandy red clay body. This brick was made using the stiff-mud
process, extruded and wire-cut. Length 8 1/8, width 3 7/8, height 2 3/8 inches.
No Ruffle Brick is available for description.
Torrance Herald, April 22, 1937.
California Mineral Commodities For 1956, California Journal of Mines and Geology, v. 54, no. 1, 1958.
Certificate of Business Fictitious Firm Name, Torrance Herald, January 2, 1958.
Contractors Who Built Home Listed, Torrance Herald, March 4, 1937.
Declaration of Intention, 1918, Ancestry.com, 2015.
Draft Registration Card, 1918, Ancestry.com, 2015.
Federal Census Records, 1930.
Granicy-Sergent, Robin, written communications, 2006.
Notice of Sale of Stock In Bulk, Torrance Herald, August 26, 1941.
Petition for Naturalization, 1923, Ancestry.com, 2015.
Schneider/Bender Family Tree, Ancestry.com, 2015.
Star Brick and Tile Gets Charter, Brick and Clay Record, v. 76, no. 11, 1930, p. 718.
Symons, Henry H., California Mineral Production and Directory of Mineral Producers For 1933, California State Mining Bureau Bulletin 110, 1934.
Symons, Henry H., California Mineral Production and Directory of Mineral Producers For 1935, California State Mining Bureau Bulletin 112, 1937.
Symons, Henry H., California Mineral Production and Directory of Mineral Producers For 1939, California State Mining Bureau Bulletin 119, 1940.
Symons, Henry H., California Mineral Production and Directory of Producers For 1943, California State Mining Bureau Bulletin 128, 1944.
Torrance City Directory, 1956.
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