Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on March 22, 1959 · 94
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 94

Oakland, California
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Sunday, March 22, 1959
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2-M Oakland Tribune, Sunday. March 22, 1959 ain tSpoo y No More! The old 29th Ave. man $ion which is the subject-matter or today'i cocer and or the following verses, was a "spooky" looking place before a new point job changed it back to its original splendor. Note, as one disappointed small boy put it, Tain't fpooky no more. -I liked It a lot, but tain't spooky no more," Said a freckle-faced critic ten. 'Get! What did you want of to put paint on it for? ItH never be spooky agaia I would whistle real low when I walked past this place At nifht I vu scared, you can bet 1 u fraid that a white (host would" run me a race, And the thought of it curdle me yet! But I don't whittle now when I walk past the door Tain't ipooky no more. "Since you dolled it all up with fresh coat of paint It'i not the tame house that's for sure. Oakland police have solved the question of the drunk drivers who aren't drunk. But, what they have learned is even more alarming than mere intoxication. One out of 10, motorists arrested for drunk driving here are high in spirits and low on reaction time through a combination of alcohol and tranquilizing potions and, it doesn't take much of either when taken together to produce a bonafide case of the staggers. ' CPJSn 01$ 3. TIES 17 L FEEEMT 7 OS MM zz Auto Toll Keeps Rising clinically sober drunks also used tranquilizers. Dr. Frederick Meyer, U.C. Medical Center professor of pharmacology, who had been doing research on the same problem, said tranquilizing drugs magnified the effects of liquor and warned that the nation faces the problem of the man who becomes a reckless driver because he is so tranquil he doesn't worry about danger. In the past six months alco-tranquo drivers have beerc responsible for one traffic death here, plus three major injuries and $l5,000lii property'ajigiB. '""'''"'IW , : rr Acting Alameda County Coroner Harry W. Skiles reported on Friday the 13th the county traffic death rate for the first 10 weeks of the year was 29 fatalities, a 24 "per cent increase over the year before, an appalling trend, if continued ... It has been proposed $315,000,000 be spent for seven new state colleges. Oh, welL Its just money. Taxpayers' money ... It costs taxpayers approximately $1,-000,000 an hour to keep schools in session, according to a research specialist who warned that because of the state's ever-increasing population this figure is only the beginning. They had a real hot time in Herbert's Sherbet Shop, a San Francisco ice-cream plant. Fire did $85,000 damage to the Marina cooling spot . . . The late Walter Mosley, 55, a Eureka motel and restaurant manof few words and considerable money, used only seven words leaving his $175,000 estate to his sister. His will said: "I will to Ann Mosley the works". Metropolitan. Oakland International Airport officials charge airlines are moving services from Oakland to San Francisco to consolidate their own operation without regard to public convenience. Don Martin, Oakland airport man-i In. the Sunday beat auit you folks gave it, it ain't What my dad calls the real. Simon-pure, Solid, regular article. It was the most, Says my uncle, and Ma says, I vow It looks Just Jim-dandy to me, but no ghost Worth the name would come haunting it now!' , , . It looks better now, but as I said before, Tain't spooky no more." OLD HOME DAT IN AN OLD-TIME MANSION While it is true that the old house which spaiked , the above verses looked "spooky" before it became urbanly and urbanely renewed on the out-aide, it was never spooky on the inside, for It has been loved and lived-in for three quarters of a century. This historic old mansion was brought to the attention of Your Townsman by Albert E. Norman, local historian, whose research work has brought to light many forgotten or neglected aspects of regional history. The house that "ain't spooky f f ly RAY William Davis pursued their investigations ' after being puzzled by the fact many persons booked for drunk driving had only a .05 per cent blood alcoholic content, as compared to the .15 necessary for a conviction. Thpv loan. - discovered the : " no more" was recently the focal point for a double anniversary reunion, described as followt by Miss Emelita Cohen, who still resides in the old mansion: "On Sunday afternoon, March 1, a total of 150 guests, many of them friends and neighbors from the early days, gathered at the old Alfred Henry Cohen home at 1440 29th Ave, to celebrate two unusual anniversaries in the family. The first was the centennial of the W. A. Bray family's "move to "Oak Tree Farm in Fruit Vale (as it was formerly spelled) in January 1859 and the second the 75th anniversary of the Cohen family on the same land at '1440.' "Watson Augustus Bray with his brother John Grandin Bray, came to California via covered wagon in 1850 and in 1 855 became grain merchants in San Francisco where their business was carried on by W. A. Bray's twin sons, Edward M, and Robert A, until they retired in the 1940's. "Beginning in 1858. W. A. Bray acquired over 200 acres of the Peraha Grant and built bis borne on what would now YOUR LETTER FROM HOME HAYWOOD ager, testifying before a Civil Aeronautics Board hearing in Long Beach, said reductions in Oakland service were "patently inconsistent with the general rise in air travel," and had forced substantial numbers of passengers to use SJ. Airport when Oakland was more convenient. Lloyd Brown, Los Angeles traffic manager for Safeway Stores, testified inadequacy of Oakland schedules represents an obvious loss of executive time from offices and homes as well as additional amounts of money for bridge crossings and auto mileage. William F. Knowland, Tribune assistant publisher, pointed out the Oakland-Alameda County population now exceeds that of San Francisco, so Oakland Air-poxt was entitled to adequate air transportation. Eugene L. Burdick, co-author of best-selling "The Ugly American," a tome referred to in the State Department as "That Book," told a University of California meeting, "Short of catastrophic accident we will not have a thermonuclear war." The cold war will be fought on a psychological and economic battleground of tiny tactics depending on understanding and intelligence rather than preach-" ing ideologies . Statewide enrollment for the University of California's seven campuses is up 2.6 per cent with a total of 40,973 students. The Berkeley campus, with 18,145 students, shows a 0.7 increase, while UCLA, with a 15,829 enrollment, is up 3.2 per cent . . . San Francisco police received a surprising answer when they used their new $700,000 police radio transmitter to send. a car to Third and Market to "investigate a drunk." A voice speaking English with"V Spanish accent came in on the receiver. "Please," it said. "Get off our channel You are jamming our signal." The plea came from the. Havana Police Department. People all over the ' world are receiving S.F.'s powerful signal. Bobby Scanlon, eighth-ranked lightweight contender with 27 victories in 30 bouts, has signed to box Oakland's Johnny Gonsalves, the ninth-ranked contender, April 9 in Oakland Auditorium. Gonsalves has a 50-15-3 mark. The bout matches two of the most skillful boxers in the sport-. . . Willie Mays, Giant center fielder, is ready to resume spring training in Arizona after a 10-day rest because of a 35-stitch spike slash received in an exhibition game with the Boston Red Sox . . . Vaughan Hitchcock, 25, one of Hay-ward High's finest athletes, returns to the old school as head football coach. Hitchcock was an all-Coast guard at -Washington State and played in the East-West game. And that does it for another week. See you next Sunday. As ever . .Olarchma.! be the property boundea Dy East 14th St., East 16th St, 28th Ave., and Sausal Creek. In 1882 Emma, the eldest daughter, announced her engagement to Alfred Henry Cohen of Ftmside, Alameda. At this time Bray ordered the construction of the house now at 1440 on what was then land used as his vegetable garden. It was completed in time to be given as a wedding present to his daughter on her wedding day. February 28, 1881 As a matching present, A. A. Cohen, Alfred's father, the attorney for the Central Pacific Railroad, had the house completely furnished. "Guests were received on Sunday by the Cohen and Bray children and grandchildren. A daughter, Miss Emelita Cohen, still resides at the home as well as a grandson, Kenneth G. Gilliland, his wife Helen Howen Gilliland and their son Christopher who represents the sixth generation to live on - Oak Tree Farm' land. Other children of the Alfred Cohens who received guests were Alfreds Cohen Vickers of Sausalito, Marion Cohen Gilliland, who lives next door, a . i. By Your Townsmen Jack BurrougHs (text) Frank KetlleweU (art) and Douglas Bray Cohen of Stockton. "Howard W. Bray, the only surviving one of the W. A. Bray children, w as guest of honor along with a lifelong friend and neighbor, in the early Fruitvale days. Miss Emma Grimwood of Piedmont "Other members of the family on the Bray side who were among the guests were W. A. Bray's grandchildren, Mrs. Cornelia Winkler of Los Gatos, Mrs. Lloyd Johnson of Wood-side, Watson A Bray (his namesake) of San Rafael and Mrs. Arthur Burkhead of Santa Rosa. Nieces of Alfred Cohen who Attended the celebration were Mrs. Augustin Keane and Mrs. Milton Christian of Alameda and Mrs. Richard Lyman of Oakland. Grandchildren of the Alfred Cohens who were here - were - William D. Gilliland, Nancy Gilliland Reidenback, Barbara Cohen. Donald and Kenneth G. Gilliland who initiated the party and served as the main host "The front dining room of the old home was used to exhibit Old portraits, pictures, records, maps, and the family Bible all covering over 100 years of family history. In one of the living rooms, historical accounts of the early days of the family and the Bray . genealogy were shown as well as letters, telegrams and flowers from friends and relatives far and near. "Guests toasted in champagne the unusual event in California of a family with a record of 100 years on the same land and 75 vears in the same house." ' One of Miss Cohen's favorite stories of the old bouse has to do with a youngster's curiosity, inspired by the haunted appearance of the structure's exterior before it was repainted. One day, when Miss Cohen opened the door ' in response to the bell, she found a small boy standing at the entrance, "la this place haunted?" he asked . . . "Yes, she said, "and I'm the one that haunts it" . . . The small off the premises and out of sight in record time. THECOVER (n -f v; htiKt It tef t This old mansion at 1440 29th Ave-., "ain't spooky n0 more" tine it received a new "garment" of paint Its Interior, due to constant loving care, has always maintained the lhred-m look It had when the

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