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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • Page 137

Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California • Page 137

Oakland Tribunei
Oakland, California
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a i 4 4 4 4 1 Oakland 'Home' Of a President a a fei A 3 8 1 HERE'S a house still standing on Twelfth Street in West Oakland that our fair dty might well recommend for preservation. Its a two-sfory frame3welIing-whereoce lived a man who became president of the United States. The house was once numbered 1077.Twelfth Street, but it now has the dual numbers of 1079-1081 Twelfth Street. In the latter years of the last century when the big house with its high porch and gingerbread decorations was number 1077 Twelfth Street it was the home of Herbert Clark Hoover who became the 31st president of the United States (1929-1933). Herbert Clark Hoover was then but 22 and only a year out of Stanford University.

That was in 1896 when he was just beginning a career that would lead him from his modest rooms in Oakland to the White House. That very same year Herbert Clark Hoover signed his name in the Great Register of Alameda County and cast his first vote in a national election. In the Great Register he appears as Number 8044; Herbert C. Hoover, mining engineer, age 22. Following that identification is the additional information that he is able to read the Constitution, able to write his name, and able to mark his ballot.

After the votes were counted that year The Tribune reported on Nov. 4, 1896: It looks as if Alameda County has again won the banner in the -Contestior tfre best Repubhca County in the State. Complete re-turns show a victory fof William plurality. The county also returns a solid Republican Legislative ticket. 1 uezzzin X.

.4 1ft. 4 Vy This one-time imposing house at 1079-81 12th Street was once 'home' for a President of the United States wasnt a bit surprising that she was rated an East Bay boom and -Served as thfraneestor of todays une. In 1928 Theodore-was dean of the" publicly-owned 11-city bus system. ford. Herbert began his engineering career as office" boy for Louis Jan-nin, with a salary of $35 a month.

His place of work was at the old Jannin home at 17th and Webster Streets in Oakland. The house remained standing until 17th Street was cut through to Harrison from Franklin Streets some years ago, a i to the late William Knowles, architect and pal of Herbert Hoover In collegedays. of Hard Luck, one of the favorite oat burners in Oaklands first horse car company. The photo shows Hard Luck in front of the Oakland Railroad Companys horse car bam at Temescal in company with, left to right, Peter Schulthise, Peter LePrice and Michael Irwin, all members of the horse staff for Oakland Railroad Company. Those early day horses even had turn-in value, Virginia interjected i 1 i 1 other.

pieceof equipment could match TRANSITS history booklet reports it took five years to get Oaklands first horse car moving. Even at that, all was not smooth going, even at the last minute. On Oct. 29, the day before the inaugural, there was a ruckus when workmen tried to prevent the street car crew from laying across theirain tracks- HERBERT Hoover was the first president bom west of the Mississippi River. He was born in West Branch, Iowa, on Aug.

10, 1874. His ancestors had come -to America from Germany and had settled in Pennsylvania, then then Iowa. parents, Jesse Clark Hoover, and Huldah Randall Min- the horse, turned loose at the end of the line to find his own way back to the bam? Hayburners URING a casual chat with ex-newshound Virginia Denni-son the otherday I was re- i onrSeventlrStreet- -tracks -that were soon to hum with the arrival of the Central Pacifics transcontinental train. But onlookers and police stepped in and the street rails were laid. Volunteers who helped got their reward: free horse car rides the first day.

A street car, powered, by horses, had been proposed as early as 1864 byE. B. adsworth who had-erected the Pacific Female College on a 30-acre campus on Academy thorn Hoover, had two sons and a daughter: Theodore, Herbert, and May. The father, Jesse Hoover, was a blacksmith. The parents of the three Hoover children-died Herbert was nine years old.

-He then lived with his uncle, Allan Hoover, near West Branch. His brother and sister lived elsewhere, But here in Oakland the three Hdovers two brothers and sister shared the West Twelfth Street residence. Theodore at one time worked 'Ss printer ibr 'Die Trib-' Most rail fans are probably looking forward to a November-celebration when another Centennial shows up on the calendar. It was on Nov. 8,1869, that the first transcontinental train arrived here.

But AC Transit is devoting its Cen-tennial plaudits to the horse car which, 100 years ago, swept Oak- land off its feet. It was the horse -carthafhMrgu- minded that it was on the eve of Halloween 100 years ago that Oakland rolled out its first horse car, inaugurating a noiseless transpor tation system that was easy to feed, steer and operate. Virginia is now News Bureau Manager- Tor -AC TfdASiT sfo'it Continued on Page 28 i.

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