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history and donors - Lake Merritt's 'Light Necklace' To Make...
Lake Merritt's 'Light Necklace' To Make Peacetime Comeback ; A casual suggestion, which jfe-j removed, but a similar one win be veloped .Into a spontaneous city-(installed under -plans now under wide project, brought to Oakland preparation by the Oakland Park one of the features for which it j Department gained Nation-wide renown-Lake! PROMINENT BOLE Merritt's "Necklace of Lights." And: this year almost a quarter Almost a war casualty were the poles donated by the citizens of the of a century after the late "William community, but a concerted cam Baccus, commissioner of revenue Paign was carried out which saved and finance, made his original pro- them from the scrap heap. Once be- posal m 1922, the Park Department ieved useless by- one section of is pressing plans to restore and i thought in thecity. they are destined modernize this lighting system- It was during the Shrine convention of 1922 that the first lights appeared around the tidal lake In the to play a promient part in the new developments on the lake. The present plans call for special lighting effects on the north, ast heart of the city, providing one of iand west sides of Lake Merritt, and a sound system to carry to all parts of the playground and picnic areas proceedings of programs of all types A cross-section of the history of uakiand could be developed in dis cussing the backgrounds of the peo pie who expended their money to bring to this city the lighting system on the lake. DONORS LISTED The poles they donated may be lo cated by starting at No. 1, situated just north of the boathouse, and counting clockwise about the lake the feature artistic attractions of that famous gathering. CENTRAL FOUNTAIN This program, a huge undertaking for that day, included a fountain in the center of the lake illuminated by a huge searchlight mounted on the roof of the auditorium. The light was so powerful, pub-licify concerning it declared that it could change night into day in the t inland valleys if installed at the crest of the Oakland hills. The beauty which reflected from each wave of Lake Merritt was first viewed the night of June 11, 1922, and so enthralled Baccus and other lMHintr DalrlanH ritiron. V,r ! ? ' nuiips, o (Jiuuj , Arxnur ti as you walk along the shore. Thei donors were: j Dr. hi. M. Enos. Irvine C. Lewis. John ! Mrs. J. A. Sullivan. : were immediately promulgated forjan(l Laura Bancroft, Charles J. 'Heese-: a permenant installation. 5i?Pi.?rS-.Dv ?.anilin' srJe7. . . t lilt, v . J,AjJfct 1UC t t-Jti Busiress Club, Everett J. Brown. Dr. ! M- M- Enos, Dwipht Hutchinson, Maury: I. Diggs and George C. Jamieson; Heafev.i Moore and McNair; Fred . Heed. Samuel i TESTS CONDUCTED Typical of the suggestions which pourea into riaCCUS was One from .w. BurtchaeU. Mrs. Joseph Loran Pease idgar Xvl. banDorn, then VlCe-presi- Merritt ; Hospital Sta for Dr. Samuel dpnt ftf th TJoard f Park nirprtnrc (iIerntl; "alter H. Leunert Jr.. Theodore aeni .oi me ooaru oi i-arK Directors. G,cr Daniel F, o'Connell. Mri Peter N. In it he Said his group was disCUSS-jRenullard, Mahde! Goldwater. W. T. ing ,uch improvements and 'that a j 1 & at pe series of experiments were to conducted to determine the best. "One of these will be a scherie for indirect lighting in which the. foliage masses along the borders of the lake will be rxfade to take on alluring tints of fantastic light from concealed projectors, an effect which, combined with, the enhancement of reflection in the depths lof the waters of the lake, promises jto "produce all "the illusion of fairyland," Sanborn wrote. j' Taking up the suggestions of Baccus, numerous women's groups went to work on the fund raising campaign and soon had enough money subscribed to provide more than 100 of the originally suggested 560 poles. HIDDEN STANDARDS But the experiments mentioned by Kohen and Rpatrir Mariafl vtrh an Joseph T. Hinch: Mr. and Mrs. J. P. W. Sohst Dr. William H. Strietmann and Dr. L, P. Adams, Mary Jane Veitch. George Clement and Ruth Parker Perkins. Kenneth Norman Milucaa, James P. Taylor, Whltthorne aJ"l Swann, Jackson Furniture Company, C. Capwell Company, Moneyback ?Ath- Caleb Otla and Margaret Arthurs Williams,- Ancient Order of Foresters, Court Advocate No. 1378; Edward H. Kuhnle, Co. 8, 18th Irtfantry, First Division: J.Iargaret A. Cahill, Owners of. Delger Buildiro!, The Exchange Club, S. JacKson, Mrs. George: L. Nusbaumer, Isaac Hyde (2 polesj. John NichoU, Ruth Ann Boyd, Charles A. Beardsley, Hattie H. Dornin, Robert M. Fitzgerald, Henrica Illiohan-Tannock, E. Mandana Abbott Rand and David Harriman Rand, Judge Mortimer Smith by Mrs. Mortimer Smith, Jeannie Gregory. Pricilla M. Dunn, Emily C. Woolley,, Louise R. Fifield, A. K. Gibbs: Samuel Thomas. Martha Cooke and Mary Jane Alexander. Timothv Leonard and Mary Simpson Barker and Henrietta Clay Simpson, Hiram Tilford Bradley. John A. Britton by P. G. and E. Service Employees. John and Emilv R. FiUmauriee, Joseph V. Rodgers Sr., Daniel and Marparet Gilligan. August F. ana Mary F. Dellit, William Edward and SsnDOtn btoukui xui lu iuc xiiidi i wiUiam Clark Bernard fir.rff rri.- plan to circle the lake With a series ignis- Martha Long. Mrs. Thomas P. of goose-necked standards, some of ! crSJvta liTti them hidden among the natural Shallue, Angela Jorgensen, Donald Wat--j.prtpt4.i f ajj rpore aesthetic ?Sn . 0akIand Konpers, Aaron Nathan vegetation to aaa more aestneuc , wachs, Annie Nottie Wachs, Pioneer qualities to the decorations. 'Women of Oakland, J. H. Warner, Charles . After much discussion, it was fi-ita.mithahhFS5?kftl,Faul" , . , , ;ine u. tsmitn, I;ilah Fleming Osborne, Bally settled that there WOUld be Capt. John R. Fleming. Barclav and Mar- 126 poles, each spaced 125 feet apart rjaAAf and connected in two series, SO that land PoVt Nql 5 of the American Legion all Or half Of them COUld be lighted eie - Kjfeft Nette Kraft. Piedmont t- , i Parlpr No. 87 of Native Daughters of the at one time. ! Golden West: -Work was started On the project ,. J"us Setilberger, John E. MUler. Wit-; in 1925, with Ro'maine Meyers, ap-: pointed by the City council as themg Battauon. Signal Corps: Mrs. Louise electrical engineer in charge of the: wafhSn ru rSnch designing' ana construction oi tne Aiameda countj-. lie'ht. iivunsner, Mrs. Abraham Jpne, Mem- NAMES INSCRIBED tv i 4. it,. ; 4. t at $7t Ofin nf whirh thp'ritv ra' ?t!2?rine J'Jn(l for Peter and Masdalena set at i.uuu, oi wraen tne city paA:W Koch. james and iahfiia cnhfiidirfc oo,oou. ine Daiance was suDScnoea naries jj. aates Sr., Kahn's Employees'; Mam J. Baccus by Staff of Denartme 1 1 of Streets. W. Herbert Mann. 5th Train. rr T I. s. Slater for Donald D. Slatpir r,onraAf. County. Charles AlexsnderlFj Ders of the Ladies' Relfef Society, uiumciwuuu or American i eoman. Mother Club-Soroptimist Club of Ala- meaa t-ounry. V, O. Lawrence. Mrs. by local residents, concerns and in- KS7" i suiuuuiu, muuc; uaum vvcic iii-,anafr orome, wirs. upriir Ore Scnroetler I scribed on the pole for which they I !?r oLuci,ntii? .jw Bisatw and William i - - v. . - -1 . . 1 viU'J JL W CI - " - iarta r ire jjepartment. lieorge .Miller. WU-; iiam dureens. uaxiana MasAnie Bodix paid $125, It was a glorious night on August 27, 1925. when the individual lights were lighted for the first time. The occasion was a gigantic and colorful water parade staged by the Dons of Peralta, composed of members of pioneer families in this area. AESTHETIC JEFFECT L. S. Kerfoot formerly superintendent of parks, writing in 1928, said the "desired effect from the "Necklace of Lights around the lake was an aesthetic one rather than a direetlluminating system." "For this reason," he continued, the light standards were placed along the shore line instead'of along for John A. Hill, Mrs. B. J. Leaw and' Mrs. Annie Savoi. - William Thomas Bradley. Oakland Women's Rowing Club and - Oakland Fire Department Keliei Fund Association. High Waves Lash Hawaiian Islands HONOLULU, Jan. 4. CJ.R) His waves; believed whipped up siorm a -mousana miles nor Oahu, lashed the Hawaiian aunng ine mgni causing some beach residents to move to higher ground. )rth7 of the driveways, and were hidden as eighf-oot waves that battered the far as possible behind trees andnorthern coast of Maui Island and green water poured7 over the Hilo breakwater, which is still damaged from last April's tidal wave. Residents of fashionable Lanikai Beach on Oahu said , the tide was the highest there since last Am-il shrubbery patches." Amber colored lanterns were used In the lights "in orderto give a softer and more, pleasing effect" The standards are iron pipe sprayed with bronze lacquer, the fittings f the standards and lanterns of bronze alloy. FESTIVE OCCASIONS Ih addition to. this permanent in stallation, plans also called for a temporary string of lights to be wung from the poles on . festive occasions. Set five feet apart, there , were 3200 lights in the circlet about It was the latter set of lights, later made a more permanent fixture, which brought to the city its Nationwide renown for the beauty of its centralized recreation area. During-the war, this necklace was when tidal waves from an earth quake in the Aleutian Deep caused thousands of dollars damage. EXPERIENCED , ( ft- SHOE S At PCI 30 to 40 years, for Oakland. Post-war expaision program,

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 05 Jan 1947, Sun,
  3. Page 11

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