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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • Page 101

Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • Page 101

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Oakland, California
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Oakland Tribune, Sunday, Feb. 19J961 M-7 Naming Our City Streets By ALBERT? E. NORMAN kyji) i 'J it If I Saroni Drive z- Saroni Drive, from Colton Blvd. to Park Blvd. in the Forest Park' was named after Louis Saroni who par-; ticipated in the development Forest-land with Wickham Havens Mr, Saroni was born in 1856 in Boston Mass.

At 16 he came to California and settled in the Bay Area. Later he became the largest candy manufacturer on" the Pacific Coast, Before the turn of the century hV became an important factor in the wholesale sugar business. About 1910 he also became a builder and developer of real estate principally in County. At the time of his death in 1936, he was engaged solely in real estate in-1 vestments. His real estate firm of Louis is still in existence 'and is managed by.

his grandsons Sanford" J. Kraemer and James' S. Kraemer. The sugar business is also still going strong and is owned and managed by his son, Alfred B. Saroni, and his grandson, Alfred B.

Saroni Jr. LOUIS SARONI his business was candy. CHARLES BURCKHAITER his business was astronomy Burckhalter Avenue tor aii -f tT Chabot Road CHABOT ROAD, from Clare-; mont to Lake Temescal; CHA-. BOT CREST, from Chabot Road to Patten; and CHABOT COURT, off. Chabot Road, were named for Anthony Chabot.

This gentleman was born in St. Hyacinth, Canada, a descendant of the founder of Canada, and the son of a farmer. At 16 years of age he I left home and engaged in various businesses until 1849 when he found himself in Cal-i ifornia. He mined in Nevada City for about 10 years with much success. At the same time he built ditches to supply the mines with water.

In 1854 he owned two sawmills in Sierra, County, In 1856, Mr, Chabot decided to abandon" mining and de BURCKH ALTER AVENUE from Mountain Boulevanr to Sunkist Drive, one block north of Hillmount is named for Charles Burckhalter, astronomer. He was born in Taylorsville, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1849. His early life was spent on a farm in Iowa and he graduated from the Ottumwa High School in 1866. Soon after his graduation, Mr.

Burckhalter came to Truckee, Calif, to work with his brother, Fred, owner of the general store. At this time he started his study of astronomy and, with -Cm F. attorney, also of Truckee, spent many evenings observing Jupiter, Mars and other planets through five-inch telescope. Together in 1875 they sounded Lake Tahoe with a champagne bottle and discovered that its greatest depth was 1,645 feet, the exact figure; given years by the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Oa Sept.

23, 1878, Burckhalter was married to Mary Catherine Nash and the following year moved to Oakland. He became the adjustor for an insurance company of San Francisco and all his spare time was spent on his study of astronomy. Mr. -Burckhalter was the first amateur in Oakland to have his own telescope a four-and-a-half -inch instrument, He constructed a substantial brick pier on which to mount his telescope and made a light revolving dome of wood and canvas to complete his ob- servatory which was built in his own home yard at 962 Chester, St. Later he bought a 10V4-inch telescope and-was: able to have the instrument set up and adjusted in time for him to observe the partial eclipse of the sun which occurred on Oct.

30, 1883. In the year 1885 Burckhalter became the director of Chabot Observatory which was built in Lafayette Square in Oakland. After many the lights of the city graved detrimental to observing and i new location 'and uilding were obtained in Leona Heights. Mr. Burckhalter" wasdirector of the observatory for 38 years until" his death on Sept, 20,: 1923.

He was a member of the eclipse expedition from Lick Observatory to Japan in. 1896, represented Chabot Ob- servatory in India in 1898, and in Georgia in 1900. He was a member of the State Earthquake Investigation Commission in 1906, also a member of the Fellow Royal Astronomical Society and British Astronomical Association: The Board of Education dedicated the telescope at the Chabot Observatory to the memory of Charles Burckhalter; The bronze plaque there is inscribed as follows: He devoted his life to the youth of Oakland that they might know eternal truth as it is written in the stars. 'The Heavens declare the Glory of God--the Firmament sfcoweth Hk ft ANTHONY his business was water vote his time to some other enterprise.VHe came to San Francisco and immediately looked into the possibility of supplying the community with Finding that it was feasible, he joined with John Bensley and A. W.

Van Schmidt to bring water from Lobos Creek io the city and in 1858 the supply of water commenced. It was about this time that his marriage in New York City took place. In 1866 Mr. Chabot began to build a water works to supply the City of Oakland; hence the dam on Temescal Creek. In 1875 the dam was built to create Lake Chabot, taking its water from San Leandro Creek.

-r. UntU 1875 Mr." Chabot was the sole owner of the water supply gifts was the Sheltering Home that stood on the south line of Seventh St. beween Oakland and Fallon. His Oakland home was at the northeast corner of Second Ave. and E.

15th St On Jan. 6, 1888, Mr. Chabot'; passed away, a great loss for our city. Keeping his memory' fresh today, among other. Institutions, is the Anthony; Chabot School at Patton aoj Chabot Road.

that year he disposed of por- tion of his stock. Mr. Chabot took a prom- inent part in founding the, Ladies Relief Society Home in Oakland. This was and is the activity of the Ladies -Relief' i on 42nd St. near Broadway, now called Autumn Home.

A gift-to the city, in 1883 was the Chabot Observatory then located in Jefferson Square at 11th and Jefferson. outstanding.

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