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Tree Planned - Hills, Killing Doe Plans Yule Tree The dream of...
Hills, Killing Doe Plans Yule Tree The dream of ROBERT GREER ? HILLBACK. 10. now dead, for a municipal Christmas tree in Lake Merritt, may come true through the efforts efforts of park officials and interested interested citizens. pH PLANNED HERE Mmmm HO COTTON PICKED. NEED Faced with the tnsk of recruiting 6000 more cotton pickers to help hurvest the Han Joaquin valley crop, F. J. Pnlomnres, manager of the agricultural labor bureau of the Snn Joaquin valley will be at the state employment bureau Tenth and Franklin streets, all day tomorrow and Wednesday, it was announced today. Several hundred workers already have been sent to the cotton fields from the Easthny, the local bureau said, but B00O more pickers Hre needed. Palomnres will be at the local office from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. on both days for the purpose of giving local applicants first hand Information regarding the harvest. The cotton harvest will last until March nnd In some cases free transportation Is being ofered from Oakland to the fields. All camps are provided with good facilities, I'aloniHres said, schools are pro vided for children and families of workers nre especially desired. Divorce Granted To Lady Ossulston LONDON. .Oct. 28. OP) A divorce divorce decree has been granted to Lady Ossulston on the ground of misconduct by her husband. Lord Ossulston, heir to the Earl of Tan kervllle. Lord Ossulston was mar ried to Konerta Mitcneii or Jon- Jon- don. His mother is an American the former Leonora Sophie Van Marter of New York. Farmer Cited on Driver's License LODI, Oct. 28. Fred Weichert. farmer, has been cited to appear in Justice H. J. Solkmore'e court answer to a charge of operating motor vehicle without tall lights and with using a cancelled driver's license. deer this year despite the fact that agents worked for nine month to catch him. Dressed in old overalls and carrying a rifle said to be nearly Bo year old, the old man stalks his prey far back in the hills where lose HUGE YULE TREE ON LAKE Dream of Boy, Now Dead, Soon May Come True as Civic Leaders, City Officials j Begin to Study Project The dream of a 10-year-old 10-year-old 10-year-old 10-year-old 10-year-old boy, now dead, who advanced the Idea that n big Christmas tree, erected in the center of Lake Merritt, might bring happiness to thousands of East hay children, may soon be-"com- be-"com- be-"com- be-"com- a reality. Robert Greer Hlllback. son of George A. lllllbuck. ilUO Best avenue, avenue, Sun I.CMitdro. died last June, but before Ills death he conceived conceived his unusual Idea and left It i.n a legacy to all children of I lie Eusthay. In memory of Robert's wish, and In hopes that his son's legacy might be fulfilled, Hlllback wrote n the Forum conducted by The TRIBUNE, outlining the plan, and the letter was published September September IS. GAINS WIDE SUPPORT. Since then many ctvlc-mlnded ctvlc-mlnded ctvlc-mlnded persons, attracted not only by the hanpy sentiment of this boy' wish and the father's thoughtfulness In advancing it, but ulao by the chance It offers to further beautify Oakland's most dlKtlnctlve natural ftatui-e, ftatui-e, ftatui-e, have written to The TRIBUNE TRIBUNE expressing their approval of the plan and offering their support. This gradually growing ex pression of opinion In favor of the Lake Merritt Chrlstmus tree plan lias now won the Interest of officials of the park board. The whole matter is to be threshed out tomorrow night at a meeting of the board of park directors. directors. All who have advanced the project In The TRIBUNE'S Forum are invited to be present to discuss the matter and to offer suggestions. If the plan is approved, even tentatively, the aid of various civic nnd service clubs may be asked in financing the projoct, authorities declare. WIXD TO BE PROBLEM. "We are ready for suggestions." declares ,Lee Kerfoot, superintendent superintendent of the park department. "While the project is still In the formative stage, it is worthy of serious consideration. I Imagine the blir uuestlon will be ways and means. There Is no question but that a big Christmas tree of this sort would be of remarkable Leautv." It. W, Robertson, superintendent of the recreation department, be lieves the main problem will be that of resistance to the wind. "A tree can be placed on a boat or burgo with enough out-riggers out-riggers out-riggers to keep It steady, and current can bo brought on floats for the lights, but the tree will have, to Iks thoroughly wired and reinforced so that Uio powerful gules of winter will not tear off Hie limbs and decorations," he observed. "We have rongli time, even with trees In the auditorium auditorium niches, because of the, ' wind, and doubtless a tree exposed exposed In the lake will be much more subject to such difficulties. Such a tree, however, would be f striking, ar 1 such an advertisement advertisement for Oakland, that 1 believe believe all these obstacle can bo overcome."' Kerfoot suggested that the small nlle-drlver nlle-drlver nlle-drlver on the lake codld be used to anchor the tree to piling PLANTING UNLIKELY. The Hlllback boy's original Idea was to have the tree planted on Duck Island. - This, official point out. Is Im possible for three rea sons. Hatching duck would be disturbed, as well as the whole duck roost, which has been carefully carefully guarded against human trespass trespass for many years. The Island is low and the roots of any large tree would reach Into salt water soil a foot and a half from the top. The tree would soon be killed. Besides, the island is off the beaten trail and the tree would not be visible from all part of th lake. "If residents really want this tree, and get behind the project, Oakland's lake will present a scene of beauty at the holiday season which cannot be equaled In any other city In the world," officials declare. ' , he up for-

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  1. Oakland Tribune,
  2. 28 Oct 1929, Mon,
  3. Page 19

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