Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on May 5, 1932 · Page 15
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 15

Oakland, California
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Thursday, May 5, 1932
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THURSDAT EVENING MAT 5, 1932 B PIONEER RECALLS DAYS OF VOLUNTEER FIREMEN rvunif nrinTPn M h AH tU BUCKETS IN 10 DAYS BY CITY'S 'FIST 'It Might Have Been Different If We Had Had Skyscrapers,' Says Lloyd OAKLAND'S PRIDE There was a time when Oakland luciucn ui uui intra Willi VUCKVIH and did a good job' of It, too. according to George A. Lloyd, president-elect 'of the Veteran Firemen's association, , This week, because of Oakland's eightieth "birthday celebration, Lloyd and his associates of: the association rounded up old photographs and records of the time wnen me Ducnet origaae was u up land's finest. "I don't know just how we would have handled a ten or fif-'teen story building with buckets." sajd Lloyd todsfy. "But that wasn't a" problem to worry about In that teen-Ktory bulldirlgs. ' The first '.'fire department,'' after much effort, won an appropriation of $800 from. the city council to compete and' furnish an engine house with a hand-drawn, man-powered pump and one reeled hose cart. .- ' At the town grew, Lloyd said, more modern equipment followed, with new volunteer fire companies and a horse-drawn steam punjper. There -were only three sources of water for the department in those days cisterns on Broadway at Second, Third and Fourth streets'. A bell In the city hall firehouse called, the volunteers. "This, a few years later, gave plae to the steam whistle at the OaklanJ";Ga' company's plant, which continued in use until 1911. Horses replaced the volunteers who "ran" the first fire reels to . the blaze, and were In turn dusted by motor-driven apparatus. That was. .known a"s the "break- hofaiiuA thft mntnr-rfrlvAli. nnnnm- tus as often as not balked, either at starting or on the way o' Ihe fire. . . "It was freely predicted that the fire department would never func-. tlon without horses," he said. But complete motorization cunie" ' in 1917. Jlembers of the Veteran Kire-jiien's association are: J Frank C. Merrltt (chairman), I.loyd. George Planer, W. E. Bullock, S. M. Short, George A, JanB-aeii, F. J. Sandy, D. A. O'Brien, F. t:. Gurlner, Elliott Whitehead, C. Schwartinsr,- K. P. Cook, Bert J.; Hone, l'j, F. Baker, Caesar Sotfrero, II'. J. Mullen, J. F. Dacha, Al Fink, ?Jiiines B MfFeeley, Willium Kloof.,' William R, Ktulz, A. Biambronl; L. ! Iloffninn and J. J. Jtulgrew. , I i I Xmi Jsfe4: f I I P i I mU ill : WQH3; Hi I flll U;k m Biill i! M Wi HERE IN 1902 Thirty years ago the district, now known as Lawton and Broadway, was much in the country'. The Rockrldge district as a- residential community " was unthought of, when in J902 Antbna Campomenosi founded the Red Gate Fariji Jjatr'y, Starting in a small way with a herd of of fine 'Jersey.,, the fine milk and cream brought increased business, which caused a continual growth la size of herds and facilities for serving the district, ac-rnirdinif tn CnmnnmptioRi .' ' Need for newer and. better quar ters-was felt, and a new dairy was erected at 452 Clifton street. The new " establishment was named jFernwood Ranch Dairy, by which name it is Known xoaay. Fernwood Ranch Dairy features Grade A Raw Milk, as distributors for Stornetta and Sonsr At the Pacific Slope Dairy Show, 1931, they took gold medals fop milk, Dotn oerore ana arter pasteurizing. Historic Old SurryhneHome Has Vanished Oakland's eightieth birthday started a train' of reminiscences among members "of the Veteran Firemen's association, many of whom recall the days of 187Q when this firehouse at Fifth and Washington was the pride of the cityl and the department. The photo is one of a number gathered into a department gallery, showing how the volunteers used to "gallop" to a fire. ':" ' SWIMMING STUNT WINS JOB AUBURN, N. Yi It was just 'a stunt when'-Fxank Beacham, elec tric company, meter render, swam across each of the Finger . lakes In succession. But it turned but to be practical when he received an appointment a3--prjnanent .. life guard at Fair Haven Beach. F. and M. Savings Bank Finance Bulwark 40 Years Operating for 40 years under the same charter, the, Farmers and Merchants Savings bank, Thlr;, tftfeiftfi' and Franklin Htreets, has Increased its prestige, manifold, according to tieorge S. Meredith, vice-president. Mklfl The flibt : uificers and directors of the pioneer bank in April, '1892 were as follows: Kdson F. Adams, president; Charles E. palmer.'vice,-presldent; James C. McKee, secretary and cashier, and Kdson F. Adams, It., S. Farrelly, John Charles Adams, II. H, Pitcher, Samuel Bell McKee, VV. II. Taylor, H. F. Gordon, F. 13, Osgood JLIharles . K ISilnier, A. w lichaf cr,rand V. II. Bailey, directors. Jjeorge S. Meredith was elected assistant cashier und assistant secretary in December, 190!, in which capacity he served until January 13, 1903, when he was elected cashier and secretary of the bank, succeeding James C. McKee, who had" died in tetober, 190?. The preseti't officers and directors are as follows: Edson F. Ad ami, president; George S. Mere dith, vice-president: F. C. Mar tens, vice-president and cashier; U. C.Read, assistant cashier; John Campe, assistant cashier; and Ed-son F. Adams, Charles D. Bates, W. C. Jurgens, R. A. Leet, F. C. Martens, George S. Meredith and A. G. Ta8heira, directoin. In June, 1910, the bank moved from its original office ut. 1103 Broadway to Its new bankluilding on the southeast corner of Frank lin and Tnirteentn streets, it U a sayings bank, conservative . at a times and one that requires 'all of the business of the bank to be un dr the direct supervision and' con trol of Its officers. Growth of Big Oakland Furniture House Traced " George J. Surryhne; 9222 C street, Oakland pioneer, should be happy today but he-isnt. He's 69 years old on this, Oakland's eightieth birthday, and he ought to be, rejoicing. ' But this morning; bright and'. early, he decided he'd go along and get a photograph of the -ojd home at Cedar and Short streets, where he was born, and where three of his brothers and a sisoer were also born. , t The old home was brought around the Horn by a windjammer in '49, carried "knocked down" on the vessel's deck. It was built in Michigan, of rustic lumber, and Surryhne's father, Edward Surryhne. and .Ills mother, were mighty proud of that house when they had it all built. For seven or eight years, Sur ryhne hadn't been past the old house, as he has been living in an other-part of the city. , -He drove his auto to the curb, grabbed his camera and Jumped out, all ready to click the shutter.' The old home had vanished. .' And all Surryhne knows is that some unknown persons pulloU the historic place down some time or other anyway, it Isn't here.' any more.- Which explains why Surryhne's sixty-ninth birthday,' today. is tingea wun saaness. HID EH M.JIMU UAdolph Spreckels, A. R. Glahninl, Hiram w. Johnson, Mark L. Re- qua, Paul Klelber, Mortimer Fleishacker, Herbert Flelshacker, J. H. King, Fred D. Parr, R. Stan ley Dollar, Viola Smith, E. T. Earl. Marion Hiatt, Alice ,JIplmes Pu- llilllly I hara and Louise Shestek. V ' The preference , that, business leaders are showing for ' Healfl trained assistants is indeed a tribute to the thoroughness with which students rs trained at this 69- year-old institution. By T. B. BRIDGES Manager, Ilcalcl College To think that any one business education Institution here in California has been responsible for the business training of approximately 3 0 0.000 men and women seems almost 1 n -c r e d 1 b le. However, in s u m m i ng iin the enroll mehts at Heald College since its founding in 1863, the total comes w i th i n a very few of the 300,000 mark. Hardly a day goes by but what some alumnus drops In or writes to tell of his or her business success, Records of Heald graduates show that many have achieved positions of outstanding importance, in virtually, every type of business. Most prominent among the alumni are. I - - - - - - - M T. BRIDGES. from firm of SwanNon-l'hl Co. H. C. Swanion to conttnn but stock muit be reduced IIS.OOO.OO to facilitate the transfer House Paint, Reg. $3.00. Gallon $1.95 White Enamel, hlgh-grado. Gallon $2.50 Floor Enamel, Gal... $2.25 Flat White. Gallon. . .$1.50 Utility House Paint. Gullon $1.34 Interior Varnish. Gallon .t $1.00 Sandpaper. 3 sheets 5 ' Gold Paint. 120 gallon. 156 Household Enamel. 132 gallon ...156 Sllklline Gloss Enamel. Gallon .$2.15 Nu Car Auto Black. 1720 (tallon ....15 Floor Varnish. Per qt. 606 Kalsomine (white). , Pound Qt ' Wallpaper Cleaner. Per can .'156 Wallpaper Paste. Per pound 96 Floor Wax. Regular 75c. Now ........356 Imported Wallpaper. Roll 156 to 506 30-Inch Patterns. 56 to 256 Tapestries ..56 to "06 Bedroom .46 to 156 Living Room.... 56 to 206 Kitchen ........ 36 to 106 Ceilings......... 86 to 86 Varnlsh-TUcs. . .156 to 256 SWANSON-UHL CO. riONKEIt WALLFAPKR AND PAINT DEALERS . 375 12th Street, Oakland Phone LAkeside 8230 FREE DELIVERY Wild Steeds In Oakland Wild horses roamed the," f lnts And the hills around Oakland, half, a million years ago. , Somewhere around fhat time, one such prehistoric horse ,lay down and -died on what . today Is upper Grand avenue. i The fossilized jawbone of thlw horse,'., duly authenticated by ex. prrtK. 'may Be ' 'seen during Oakland's eightieth birthday-, week, at th Oakland museum. Tula specimen "was discovered burled'' 40, .feet . beloW the surface of 'the earth,-in the upper Grand avenue section. . . City s Birthday Observed by Club '. Oakland's eightieth" birthday was observed last night by "the North Oakland.- Developments asso'clatiorH with a .program' at which Henry Maloon, ' pioneer resident, and Lloyd TJownsend, were the principal speakers. Pupils of the Emerson, school appeared .' in, ; .".song and dance. .fiklt. . Open forum was held, A tribute was paid to the memory of- the former president.' of -' the organization, ; the late. Edmund L. Vander Kalllen. . . By ALLEN in the year 188!) a small firm which has since grown Into one of ths largest retu'll institutions In California. '-This concern was known as lhA Phir-fifTA f'lnrlr pnmnanv and was f ju tided and conducted by H. tv. jacKsun, i ueumig -jureiy in small home furnishings. The eterl- " ' 1 ft . . . ... v , . v- . . n .... ... quickly recognized by 1 the public ana me new concern proeperea. ii outgrew .one store after another until about 1894' It located on the north side of Fourteenth Btreet, between Broadway and Franlilln streets, In what was for those days rather spuclo.ua, quarters, .. ; lowevoit, , in the . course- of two years, vheri that .location proved Inadeaunte. the firm "-'-again was compelled to move, this time to Twelfth' street, between Clay ana Washington. At the same time the name of the firm was changed and was1 thereafter known as the Jackson Furniture company. -. Again th firm was compelled to' enlarge its quarters and wax fortunate enough to secure the store in tha rear, fronting on tMevenm street,- and -was-mofthe first large retail establishments running from one sweet 10 anoiner., . , Gradually more departments were added. Carpets,, rugs, draperies, bedding.' in fact everything desirable in a complete home furnishing-establishment. Along with the growth of the establishment, there naturally followed, an Increase in personnel, "hlle lit the - begin- X 1 !"' 13 i f rl In I i t . .ii(3i;.i';j : Polytechnic College of Engineering aiid Polytechnic Bu$ine$ t College ; . "' 13th and, Madison Sts., Oakland ;?Gtirig$r Old-Time Friends 'i'im''lfiirtfc'80tl'-Aiuirrrry of Our City - The Pg)yVehrne College rejolees in th faet that after 34' years It -calnlook back on the years that have gone and say we have - '"lought. al'geed -fight, : vrt have kept. the faith. ' ., ; . y?V Ire Oakland an- to be congratulated. We are living in a great " city,. at a .great time, -We- have seen-Oakland grow and prosper. - Our .onward, march can, be. interrupted but tempbrarfly and our ' vtrue .destjny lies ahead In the abundance of life, health, happiness -and prosperity. -Come on, ye timid and faltering ones have cour- age, faith i.nd hope... , , , - i , ' , .. '"What, would we do in this, world of ours ;1 ' W'erf it not for the dreamt ahead?" pur,dfeamss.re already coming true, vy'e once dreamed of having in Oakland's great Harbor a new- City Halla great Municipal -AudltortOTn;-ParSs;aT)d Playgrounds a Municipal Water Supply Great; Manufacturing ; Concerns Fine- Schools, Churches and Homes.. We now have all' these and . many 'more good things, and othts are coming- We are sitting on top of the earth, if only we could appreciate it. - .... ... . j - - - ., ... The - Polytechnic College - will' maintain eourtes til.' Summer in ell -theiourie in- Engineering, as well as ipecial courtet in Commerce. -Sinography' and Bitiineis Administration. '" : . vi.W.Eu GIBSON President - a V W. I. WOODS; Itcgistrar' KULBKRG nlng ail the work was performed by H. K. Jackson or under Ws per sonal supervision. As the firm grew, additional help was needed and his brother came out from the easttq assist him. Department managers and buyers -for the various- departments came later, the first of them F. L. Voir.-M-sr. who Ik still with the company.! A. j. Nathan was next engaged to take charge of the rugs, drapes and bedding department, which occupied a corner of the mezannlne floor about as large as the entrance area of the present store. It may be Interesting to note at this time that this same department still under Nathan's managernent, occupies an entire floor of 25,300 square feet about twenty times the area of Mr. Jack son's first store. The great 4ire that destroyed San Francisco in 1906 materially af fected the growth of this young firm. The morning after the fire, Jackson personally visited bedding, mattress and spring manu facturers in astbay cities and secured their entire output to relieve the distress of the many refugees frorn -SarFrancisoo who came to the .east side of, the bay seeking shelter selling at regular prices to those who could pay giving to those who could not pay. This humane act of Jackson's wife, really the foundation stone for the tremendous growth the concern has.' since., n Joyed. In.- .fact, two years later they -had. again entire-lyj outgrown their quarter CJack-son then entered Into an agreement with Cas. Heesman, then one of the leading clothing merchants in Oakland, to erect for the Jackson Furniture company a modern, com-m-idious, up-to-date building at Clay, Thirteenth tnd Fourteenth streets. . It Is Interesting to note that at the opening of this new six-story building, with a frontage of 115 feet, that there was only, two other business houses-on Clay street. One was the- Taft nd Pennoyer, who had i moved the year before from Fourteenth arra Broadway.' to the corner of Fourteenth and Clay streets. The 'other was the Pacific Gas & Electric Co., whose , office building occupied the corner- at Thirteenth and Clay streets. This building was later'torn down and a -new one erected In Its place, housipg the i Jackson n Furniture company and covering" over i acres of floor-space, making it one of the largest and most attractive home furnishing stores on the entire Paciflo coast, whiih enviable position, it still occupies. Since! 895 SALO.MONSON : "Piontet Bicycle Man" . Has faithfully served, the bicycle needsof Oakland and the East Bay. V This it Bicycle Stason and ve . offer', a number, of Special Bargains. Come in today. All standard make's. i. ,- t -' - C. F. Salomonson : " Phone HI ghgate 855t 172 Twelfth Street" V OaiclanjJ, Calif. i- ?i have been the in' -fttW ' i. ol"" u. t amp" ...A.bH mm serving ... , r . . . ".. - r ; . Furniture Needs . . ' j. ' . . - "- ' '-. -' ' ' :' ';.. f r-'r of the East Bay Since 1875 aZ .00 51 fs STYLES CHANGE! Just as the reproduction of a Jackson advertise-' ment of 1906 displayed the newest styles of that day, so do the Jackson advertisements of today. Read them. Built on a policy of the best and - , newest in household equipment, at consistently lower prices, this company is proud of the position it holds in the Eastbay. ,S OAKLAND HAS GROWN, SO HAS JACKSON FUR NITURE COMPANY! In many homes, both yesterday and today, Jackson furniture or other articles of home furnishings fibm. Jackson's are to be found, closely interwoven in the life of Oakland. We have been serving the people of the Eastbay over a period of 56 years. We are proud to be a part of Oakland, for the growth of this city has been our growth as well. Clay, 13th and 14th Sts., Ocldnnd 7"

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