Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on January 8, 1963 · 19
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 19

Oakland, California
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Tuesday, January 8, 1963
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Relics of Doble Steam Auto Donated to Bancroft Library BERKELEY Comedians have helped perpetuate the name of the Stanley Steamer, but who remembers the Doble Steam Car? - About 30 years ago, the Emeryville product was one of the most famous names In the then young automobile industry. The last of its kind to be manufactured, it almost made a comeback in . the 19508. Memories of the unusual car were evoked today with -the gift of a research collection on the fabulous auto to the University of California's Bancroft Library. The items include photographs, drawings, brochures,- technical data, letters and diaries donated by the widow of the Doble of Santa Rosa. Abner Doble built his first Fireboat Spared for 6 Months COUNTRY PARSON "Many thing aren't worth say- ing if somebody would rather you didn't" automobile while still In high school in San Francisco. Later, at the Massachusetts In stitute of Technology, he was a classmate of the Stanley brothers and first approached them with the Idea of building a steairt car. They allegedly scoffed at' this as. impractical, but later developed their own plans and the now famous Stanley Steamer. Doble produced some cars in Detroit and after World War I opened a factory in Emeryville with his two brothers. They hand built a num ber of steam automobiles, but because of the cost, the product was never mass produced. Each auto cost about $15,000. Eventually; as gasoline engines were perfected, the steam auto was discontinued. ' In 1951 a Los Angeles manu facturer tried to revive the idea and Doble was retained as a consultant. A test model was built and operated with great success. But the project was shelved bcause of the enormous problem of marketing such a revolutionary ve hicle. Advantages listed were that it was smog free, silent in operation, Lad few moving parts and no .gear shut or clutch, and had great acceler ation. A six-month stay of execu-tion began today for the fire boat "Port of Oakland." The stay, which will expire at midnight June 30, was or dered by the Oakland port commission at the request of the city council. - A month ago, the commission voted to abandon the ship immediately and offer it to the city council. The port announced that if the city failed to operate the vessel, it would be returned to the Navy. But the commission yesterday changed its tune slightly. The board not only, granted the stay but also agreed to spend $6,700 for repairs and maintenance on the fireboat. Commissioner George Vu--kasin suggested that the commission go along with the request of the council and "try to work out a solution between the port and the city between now and July 1." WINS SUPPORT Ben E. Nutter, executive director of the port, said that the council's request appeared "reasonable" because the port had budgeted funds for the vessel through June 30. -v President Peter M. Tripp, who has branded the boat "an expensive luxur y," voted against the $6,700 expenditure as "a waste of money." He argued that maintenance could wait until after June 30. Nutter agreed that the boat isn't about to sink. "It might be a good idea if it would," cracked Commis sioner Carl H. Hansen. "That's the answer to our problem," agreed Tripp. "We could build a memorial over it." Suggested Vukasin: "We could put it up in the parking lot as a museum piece. In other business, the com- BAY HYDROFOIL TAXIS TO AIRPORT STUDIED Dr. T. J. Clark Dies at Age of 88 Dr. Thomas J. Clark, noted dermatologist in Oakland for many years before - his re tirement in 1950, is dead to day at88. Dr. Clark, a graduate of the University of California Medi cal School Class of 1899. began his practice in Berkeley. Aft er a year of study in Paris, he opened an office in downtown Oakland in 1906. That same year, he bought the showplace estate of the late J. Roth Brown on Pagoda Hill in the Claremont area, where he lived with his wife, the late Bessie Simpson Clark. Before retiring to fhis ranch in Philo (Mendocino County). Dr. Clark was a longtime staff member of Highland Hospital and was in charge of the lepro sy clinic when it was conduct ed at Fairmont HospitaL He had been visiting a daughter, Mrs. Georgia Roe-mer in Oakland, when he suf fered a fall shortly before Christmas and died Sunday in a local hospital. In addition to Mrs. Roemer, he is survived by his daugh- ters, Mrs. Dorothy Lamb of Orinda and Mrs. Helen Ehman of Seattle; two sons, Earl of Philo and Dr. Gilbert Clark of Napa; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral ' services will - be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Grant D. Miller Mortuary, 2850 Telegraph Ave. Imagine 85-mile-per-h o u r hydrofoil taxicabs speeding people from various points on San Francisco Bay to the Metropolitan Oakland Internation al Airport. President Peter M. Tripp of the Oakland port commission thinks there might be a hydrofoil in the Eastbay's future, find he's asked port engineers to study the ' economic and technical feasibility of running the novel taxicabs on the Bay. In the Mediterranean, in a Peninsula called Greece, they BAY AREA TO HOOK UP; 2 MILLIONTH PHONE Coming up next month the Bay Area's two millionth tele phone. The news was released to day by George M. Dean, vice president and general man ager for Pacific Telephone in this area. . n ; He said that some resident Of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara or San Francisco Coun ty will order service next month and wind up with the two millionth instrument installed since the first one was hooked up in San Francisco on Feb 17, 1878. 0akhnb2jrlbune Tues.Jan.8,1963 19 merce office, 858 E. 14th St., with Andrew J. Perry council chairman, presiding. Service Group to Support Raiders SAN LEANDRO - Representatives of the service groups, composing the San Leandro Service Council will meet Thursday to discuss plans for participating in the 1963 ticket sales campaign for the Oakland .Raiders football team. The session will be held at 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Com- AN ADDING A MACHINE V DE MELLCTS 23rd I Broadway -aHI 4-0949c C3 PER DAY a n a WINTER RATES E)E) vD Winter it room time -Invert In charm and comfort Rein it no problem and will not bother construction. irk1rk1rk1rkirk1rk-trk-k-k SPECIAL tAAa.J J a 4X ana AUtkiPR aiAimi m 4B. 4. 4 ! D QUESTIONS I ANSWERED IJ BY $1,675 INCLUDES: Sliding data Door, 'Aluminum Window and Screens. . Piiunt -----------i-------- - -- J---- TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT T TTTTTT TTTTfTTTTTTTTTTT T T T T T T TtTf TTf TTtf f TT ROOM and BATH $2,575 JUST LEAVE WE FURNISH THE PLANS And Arrange NO DOWN Financing! NUMBER L J ! BEFORE YOU DECIDE - LET US PRICE YOUR JOB Wi Cover All of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Any Day or Night CALL ALAMEDA COUNTY EL 1-2919 - LA 3-8595 CONTRA COSTA MU 6-2423 HAROLD HOLMES CONTRACTORS 21 YEARS EXPERIENCE aauiii r?r unut" nrunnri iua j.iiu ..... ... .jjiai... ...it..... l.al. ..j lii.l.. 1 1 ewi w r a r nuaic nritiuurLmn . . lamiii rnDmi . rnnm u u 1 1 1 u n m ... annua n rcat ... nam inn iiirnain wmwwt nnniinv .1 774 Pacific Ave., . Alameda use hydrofoils or air-cushion vehicles for trips to the islands," he reported. Tripp is of Greek descent. Hydrofoils ride slightly above the surface of the water ona thin layer of air. Tripp said that the vessels could bring airline passengers from downtown San Francisco to the Oakland airport in 10 or 12 minutes. "This is something new, something radical," he admitted. "But it would be tremendous." mission instructed Nutter to provide the council with a report on the controversial Jack London Hall lease award. Following a long discussion, the board also authorized Nutter to provide Mayor John C. Houlihan with a transcript of commission discussions on the London Hall lease. The commission last month awarded a lease for the hall to Ralph Goodman in the face of a higher bid from Murray Lehr, managing director of the Hotel Claremont. The council then asked for a report on the matter at the suggestion of Councilman Robert V. McKeen. Electronics Courses Will Be Offered SAN LEANDRO Courses in electronics ranging from basic electricity to theory and use of transistors and television servicing techniques are being started this week at San Leandro Adult School, 2200 Bancroft Ave. A class in welding offers instruction in the use of gas, arc and the heli-arc. S.F. Civic Leader Peter Haas Named Big Brother of Year Peter Haas has been chosen by the Big Brothers of San Francisco to receive the Emil Judell Memorial Award as "Big Brother of the Year." Haas is a San Francisco civic leader, an executive vice president and director of Levi Strauss and Co., and chairman of the board of the company's subsidiary, Great Western Garment Co. of Edmonton, Canada. He was selected for his "initiative, courage, dedication and untiring effort in carrying out his many civic, obligations." The award will be present ed at the Big Brother Week noon luncheon tomorrow at the Fairmont Hotel in San rancisco. Speaker will be state Attorney General Stan- ey Mosk. , . , mm mm ANY 9x12 RUG Cleaned Beautifully All Other Rugs 25 Discount Tke abeve arte h Jar twitemen wna n ana prai p ir rv at the main plant, flckue ana etiivery aira. MAIN PLANT TELEGRAPH AT 55th All la klaaitii, nil Ctrtral WITH THE SPEED i OF UGffl; With on local phone call you can reserve a room immediately in any Hilton hotel. STAYHILT0N In Oakland ASK OPERATOR FOR ENTERPRISE , 1-1968 FOR INSTANT RESERVATIONS or information on Sales and Group Meetings in all HILTON-STATLER HOTELS HILTON INNS HILTON HOTELS ABROAD - AND OTHER LEADING HOTELS RESERVATION SERVICE Your Ctrl Blanch CraoVf Cr Wlcomnf OPEN TONIGHT! Don't FIDDLE 1 figuring your own There's only one way to handle your rax problem ...GET IT DONE NOW! Bert way to get H done it to TAKE IT TO BLOCK! We'll give you fart, aeeu-rate, guaranteed service at a coet to low it's fooliih to past up. See ui today! Ill BOTH JjjV I FEDERAL llT AND I STATE . rJ J f" , 1 1 . .:a ; GUARANTEE We aueranlie accurate araaaroliaa el ever ratara. If we wake any errors that cost yee any penalty or latere we will pay tlio pwalty or Wwiil.' r Netion't Lorgett Ti Service 346 Officei Acrosi the United States OAKLAND 11)0 Frurrvele Ave. ' 7112 MacArthur Blvd. 414 Ttfeartpa BER.KEUY SAN LIANORO 1414 Snattuck We 1240 Foothill Btv4. CELEBRATION DAYS: January 23, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and Saturday the 5th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. LYTTON IS HEBE,so EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES FOB YOU At Lytton Savings' Free "Bare Root Rose Festival and Open House Party" Our celebration is new to the East Bay, because Lytton Savings is new to Oakland. But what a delightful way to get acquainted! Three years ago we started these January Rose Festivals in Palo Alto. The first year 3927 friends attended. The next year 8653 Peninsula folk came by. And by last year, we were the talk of the town! Our friends told their friends, and all in all, we played host to 12,873 guests ! And here in Oakland, we know youH find our celebration every bit as rewarding as your neighbors down Palo Alto . way. FREE GIFTS Plan to stop by at your convenience. You'll be greeted by roses, roses everywhere ... vivid reds, orange splashes, delicate pinks, blossoms of every size and hue. Then, stacked high around 7 c THE LYTTON SAVINGS PLAN MEANS EXTRA INTEREST FOR YOU! An even more profitable occupation than planting bare root roses this January, is planting your savings in a Lytton Savings Account. You earn the highest rate of interest in the Bay Area... paid quarterly ...and receive the extra-interest benefits of The Lytton Savings Plan: interest from the date of deposit on funds held through a quarter. and interest to the exact date of withdrawal "on funds remaining with us for six months. iff ' f I JT aT ff C . . w the lobby ... the central attraction . . . thousands of bare root roses in lovely ' boxes from Jackson and Perkins, the world famous rose growers in Pleasanton. For extra pleasure, youll receive a free booklet on rose care and culture for those of you who want help in planting your bare root roses. And, for help In figuring your income tax, a free income tax guide! DELICIOUS REFRESHMENTS, TOO! So do 'come. Help us make this, our first Open House in Oakland, a huge success. Remember, there is no obliga tion. A friendly smile and a warm hello is the most yon need to share our hospitality, with coffee and cakes and of course, memorable free gifts! 3 tiBAM n33ULIAIrUPrri6i'urkiu iwwJI'ORNIA Home Office: 220 University Avenue, Palo Alto, Telephone: DAvenport 6-0602 Regional Office: 5050 Broadway, Oakland, Telephone: 652-8401 . LYTTON SAVINGS shares the name that has broken all national records for growth the Savings and Loam Industry. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SAVINGS ACCOUNTS INSURED SAFE tUMBUi FEDERAL HOMI LOAN IANK SYSTEM u li - Weekday! t a.m. ta 9 a.m. Sat. aad Ban. te B IWO APPOINTMENT NECESSARTa 1 0 iMU-UJS-i' - i Vi 41 Xlli-t' t a M a tax- tar -V t. i Vtiw .i

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