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TREE IN LAKE Lly'siiB Oaklanders See Memorial Burst Into Colored Flame as Mrs. Hillback Presses Electric Button. Feature Program at Boat House Is Broadcast By Radio as Part of Lighting Formalities. The vision of an Oakland boy, now dead, cam Into being last night as Oakland'! ' first f loatlhg Christmas tree burst Jnto light on Lake- Lake- Merrltt in ceremonies in which hundreds of Tule inspired Oaklanders participated. Mrs. George A. Hillback stood In it broadcast studio atop the municipal municipal boathouse and pressed a. button button which Illuminated the thou, sands of lights strung on a giant floating tree a tree which little Bobby Hillback, who was Just 10. when he died last June, had "wished Santa to bring to Oakland." Oakland." As. the beautifully lighted Christmas Christmas symbol flashed over the lake in a hundred colors, crowds began to gather on the shores. On foot ami in Automobiles they cam and lingered or moved slowly by, untV Iho thoroughfares that rimmert the water were Jammed. Thousands ame to watch. The ' procession ntlnued.until a lata bour-.: bour-.: bour-.: The llchtlnitcf the tree was part of the feature program whlcn om-Hallv om-Hallv om-Hallv .started Christmas season In Oakland. It marked the first of a series of pragrAns which will be broadcast via four loudspeakers on the Christmas tree float every night until the night after Christmas. Btartng- Btartng- at 7:30 p.m., and lasting Until 8, programs of sacred music, sentimental ballads, and other appropriate appropriate ltems'wlll be presented by vocal and Instrumental organisations organisations from churches, lodges and school. NPECIAL program FOR' CHRISTMAS PLANNED. On Christmas eve and Christmas night, special programs will be broadcast. On the latter night, the snedaltv will be male choruses, ac cording to Bedford W. Boyles, pro- pro- gram chairman. r Last night's exercises opened with a talk by William P. Ht. Sure, general general chairman of the Lake Merrltt floating Christmas tree committee, In which he sketched the development development of the project and thanked those people whose aid made the project possible. "Oakland should be grateful Indeed Indeed to the private Individuals, the service clubs, and the 'business houses that have made Bobby's Iream tree a reality," he said. "This applies alike to the donors of the expensive equipment and to the Jittle 8-year-old 8-year-old 8-year-old 8-year-old 8-year-old boy who donatea his mite 50 pennies to the labor fund, .and all between those two extremes." " fit. Sure Introduced Mayor John L. Davie, who expressed holiday sentiments -and -and told of the appropriation appropriation of $449 by the city council to assist the work. "Oakland can claim distinction for having one of the most unique Christmas spectacles ever produced, I am assured.- assured.- The eyes ot the World will be drawn to the sight we ee before us tonight. "On behalf of the citizens of Oakland, and the thousands of children children to whom Christmas will be-rome be-rome be-rome a more vital, living thing, I thank all those whose labor, great or small, has brought about this glorious spectacle," Mayor Davie said. He in turn Introduced Mr. and Mrs. Hillback, who perhaps were the most touched by the fantastic fantastic display. BOT'S FATHER THANKS .OAKLAND FOR KINDNESS. Standingbefore the broadcasting Jnlcrophone, Hillback said: "Our little boy was a dreamer, and artistic ooul and one to think of others. Ho thought It would be beautiful Idea to erect a floating Christmas tree, soc-h soc-h soc-h as we see tonight where all children could see the myriads of lights and feel the thrill of real Christ-mas Christ-mas Christ-mas spirit. "Like many .another chlldrs. wish and expression, little was . thought of it until lie was taken from os, and then we pledged onrselves to bring about, if possible, possible, the spectacle you see Oils evening." Hillback closed with thanks and a broadcasted wish for a merry Christmas season to all his listeners. listeners. Mrs. HIHback's part on the pro-pram, pro-pram, pro-pram, the latest and yet the most important, was- was- closing the switch that sent the power throbbing through underwateibles to light . the 400 lights on the tree. Present at the ceremony was Mrs. L. V. Halbrook. sister of Mrs. Hillback and "Auntie Marie" to . a - m pnkhi- pnkhi- irhn tourneyed t.i the way from Los Angeles to witness the ceremony. ' She was present on the night that her nephew voiced his wish for the children of Oakland, and encouraged the writing of the letter letter which appeared in the Forum of The Oakland TRIBUNE. .It was this letter that brought about the erection of the tree. , When the tree was lighted, and Ibefora the Aahmes Chanters began (Continued on PaJ 8.) gpy--ernnveni, I

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 15 Dec 1929, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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