Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on November 4, 1903 · Page 7
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 7

Oakland, California
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Wednesday, November 4, 1903
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"4 Contra Costa -Alameda Tunnel Edition OAKLAND TRIBUNE Contra Costa-Alameda Tunnel Edition f r v of Tiwia MDrolien succession ol Factories Giving Ercpiopeni to Thousands, ol SMlled Operators. ' Those who have watched -the growth of commerce and shipping: In California are a unit In the belief that, within twenty years, the water frontage of Oakland, beginning at the tidal canal between Fruitvale and Alameda, and extending along the southern front of Oakland and thence along 75 miles of the western frontage clear to Antioch will become as great in activity as are the docks of Brooklyn, Hobokeh and Jersey City. i ' There are many reasons for this be- lief. Not only do the people of Call- fornla believe these reasons, but so do those from all parts of the world who have followed, the course of the trade development in all of the Pacific coast countries. ' . No one for one moment" doubts that the operations in Manchuria will create a demand for manufactured goods and American products In large quantities. , TRADE WITH THE-ORIENT. A few years ago no one would have believed that Japan would ever ' become much of a factor in the commer- J. - GRANGE! WAREHOUSE cial world, and yet Vat country has forged ahead with such strides as to startle the civilized world. The hls-tor- of Japan's evolution. Judging from the signs of the times, will be that of China with her almost half billion of souls. - The ' -Philippines and Hawaiian Islands are now parts of the United States, whpe trade with Australasia is also increasing. To all of this the Bay of San Francisco Is the gateway. Bach year sees the flow of American "products of "the countries mentioned growing larger and, as civilization ad- I vances ln . w V '": ... MAIN BUILUinu T coun i those ' c6untrtiL It can be reckoned s a certainty that the Pa- . "oast states win become greater ft "'ljmpplleni than those of ismuch as they will be supply a much larger ,4:1 be the producer of t:-e i-' ,9 beer -d her cen--rful ..fold facts, history -n it!"iuelt'- white commerce tT ' ' 1 .'yCr -" -'' .'V ,v H "MiOt ,brz JJ is- coiwiitsJ shipping will always seek the most economical and best available locations in which to center and from which to radiate. PROMISE OF FUTURE. A review of the facts will disclose the following conditions. San Francisco's available water frontage is aU ready being utilized. The. facilities there are sometimes taxed to such an extent that vessels are almost daily-obliged to lie in the stream and wait for dockage opportunities. " Thei. again, San Francisco is not at the BALFOUR-GUTHRIE'S GRAIN WAREHOUSES AT land's end, while Alameda and Contra Costa counties are. This, then, gives economy in time. Inasmuch as ship and rail are. together in the two latter counties, a condition of affairs not "found on the other side of the bay. Two continental railroads load and unload directly on and from ships on this side of the bay. Another transcontinental railroad is now being built to these shores, while still an other is seeking admission to them This is -the condition of affairs in our infancy. , What will it be as we , get I out of our swaddling clothes? No one knows,- save that it will be of marvelous magnitude. liiiiiiliiii COMPANY'S WAREHOUSES AND ; WATER FRONTAGE VALUE. i Water frontage lands are to be had now at prices Which, when compared with, those prevailing in Eastern shipping points for lands of a similar character, are insignificant. This is be-; cause of the policy Inaugurated byth3 Oakland .Water Front Company, which, until a few years ago, owned the large portion of Oakland's water ?frontage, but which nas maintained low prices in order to induce Indus- tries to locate there. The consequence has been that this company's holdings fnA rfc. ... .... . - wr rm urrnv.. -TEEL AND WIRE WORKS,! EAST OAKLAND. small as compared w to-ar vun aeo. and the com; still continues its original policy of parting with its holdings at low figures. Other owners have done, ,lUw-wise. The consequence. U tbat, tms nortion of the water frontage has be- 5SS2ttlV -ted with Jgg; . , The music of machinery iaJott'thenly uslc heard there now.1 - . ' ' " " . , HARBOR INDUSTRIES. ; : - ( t P?innlng at the Tidal Canal are lfte i i"frnla Cotton Mills with their ltTr- 1 500 employes, the only factory of Its kind on the Pacific coalsL Then coma two large rottery and tile works, which ship their products to all parts of the world. . ; PACIFIC STEEL AND WIRE M WORKS. IV t . - . I Within a year an Industry sprang up at the foot, of Twenty-second avenue. East Oakland, which gives promise to become one of great importance, vix., that of . the Pacific Steel and Wire Works. This compaqy was formed and. brought into being by Frank L. Brown; one of the most'prominent men in the wire trade of !! America. Mr. Brown Interested sonfse of the most wealthy and progress! b men of California and - started ' this enormous plant with Its army of employes. A large acreage was secured and two enormous buildings were erecteu, where wire fencing, cable and in fact wire articles of all kinds are being manufactured. The ultimate object of this plant is to utilize the raw mt-teiial from the California iron mine and convert it i Into steel products. The factory, when completed, will have a dozen or more buildings. The first structure erected required a half million of brick and nearly a million feet of lumber.. The company has its own wharf and a railroad station at the works, so that it is amply provided with shipping facilities.' 1 1 VARIED INDUSTRIES. i From the wire works to the arm of PORT COSTA. the estuary follow, in rapid succession, tanneries, planing mills, sash and door factories, steel pipe works, match fAtories and numerous other industries. On crossing the estuary to Adams' wharvea the lumber district of Oakland is reached. On Adam's wharves a large amount of shipping is taken care of. These wharves have 23 feet of water at low tide, and this depth continues through a channel 500 feet In width. In the near future this channel will be deepened, It is expected, to 27 feet. 3 PUBLIC WHARVES. :Then come the public wharves be- I DOCKS, NEAR CROCKETT. longing to the City of Oakland, and in rapid successfjpn follow lumber yaras, sash and door factories, fruit canning establishments, iron worksi flax mills, window shade factories, box factories and then comes Boole's ship' yards, with hundreds of employes. This is an industry which has turned out some of the largest - wooden ships afloat, and wnicn is growing in importance. The company is about to extend its works by the : addition of a plant for the building of iron ships. 1 .,. ;!.... . GRAIN WAR EH0 USES. tty. These . Warehouses are the most tnpdern IB the State. - -4 ; k This company, besides being the larfirest handlers of grain in this par f ,he State, recently were lnstrumert-ii jn" t -rgnising the Western Fuel Com-Par v the largest shippers of coal on -Nr-ine Coast The 1 J a . DUU.ol f thl. n " """".use coal all ot.tbe ffi "PPlK nearly lUB 'Jobbing coal i -"-1 uoeu m Alameda whicrHtohn li. Howard Company, of erect, sruan warenouSfcS in tills locaT: County and the large valleys of Call- fornla. having taken over the coal busi- I ness of the John I Howard Co. . The ! warehouses and bunkers are situated at the foot of Market street, Oakland. S. P.. CAR SHOPS. Then come the car 'shops of the Southern Pacific Railway with their 2,500 employes and enormous plants, occupying oveif 500 acres of land, from which on the western water front extends Long Wharf, where deep water vessels from all parts of the world load and unload cargoes. WESTERN WATER FRONT. I j ..... ' The western5 water , front, which, as before stated, extends from Antioch In Contra Costa jcounty, which by shore line measurement would reach nearly 100 miles, includes all of that land In Contra Costa i county spoken of elsewhere in this edition of the TRIBUNE. In thia article we shall only speak of the territory In Alameda county extending to the Contra Costa line. Here the manufactories, like all th; water frontage, has both ship and rail facilities with the cheap power frequently mentioned in this edition. J ! INCREASE IN MANUFACTURES. ; Since the discovery of fuel oil In this State, and with the advent of the Bay Counties Power Company with its electrical forces, the manufacturing establishments have constantly increased. If one absents himself from a locality for a few months, he would scarcely recognize it as the same place he had visited, so rapidly do manufactories spring into being. This, of course, is bringing more mechanics Into the home life, . .and consequently increases the! business of the merchants of Oakland. WOOD The first factory of its kind is that of the California Door Company, the largest plant of its kind in the West, giving employment to about 600 people. Then there are also the largest Q&atm. i A ; ; ! : ' I, I. W.- ' mm pm zzk s fr , n I " : I , j (Z&ZHivX r. --X - . - -I - V'-' !" . MAY DAY AT SHE LL MOUND PARK. " ' . . j . . v? rr ' Wt Thriving Town Whose Mills Run AH the Year Around. 1 J Crockett is the town which gave life ' to the sugar beet Industry about the Bay of San Francisco. Thousands of acres of lands which were formerly used for pasture purposes In Solano, Napa, Yolo land .Contra Costa counties have become very profitable by the introduction of this industry. The American and Hawaiian Sugai Company has erected a plant at this place, one of the most modern in the world, and which gives employment to several hundred men during tiie beet season. ' The, sugar is extracted from the beets grown" in the counties above mentioned, and it may be stated that '"the beets of 4Coritra Costa county yield ! as largely in saccharine matter as any beets, raised in California, the prise, paid for beets being according to the percentage of saccharine. With the factory almost at the doors of the farmer.' beet culture In Contra Costa county is .very profitable. , After the beet season has closed' thj factory at Crockett is used to grind sugar cane from the Hawaiian Islands so as to keep its operatives employed throughout the year. Recent changes in the management, however, disclose the fact that the SHELL MOUND PARK. grinding of caiie may be - discon tinued and steps be taken to have the acreage of beets increased so that the entire run hereafter will be on beets. GRAIN SHIPMENT. In addition !to the beet Industry, M. GRUNAUER - General v - ' - ' ' ' . - " . . jf . f - j , 1 (Byron Cal. structural Iron works in the West, jrivlns? emplorment to" 1200. people. These are the Judson Iron Works, Then there Is the Paraffi no Paint XJompany-s works, the largest of the bin tn the world. making asphaltlc ion a tifttrnionm roo finer, and materials and paints which are shipped to nearly all parts of the globe. There, toor are the largest soap works and furniture factory in the West, and In rapid array, follow oil works of various kinds, ink works, fruit and vegetable canneries, the Emeryville siock yards, where thousands of head if cattle and sheep and hogs are slaughtered daily; wool-pulling, fertilizing glue works, powder works, cement works, distilleries, furniture and door factories. WEST BERKELEY. Many of these are at West Berkeley, which town seems to be increasing In manufacturing at. a grater rate than any other locality in this western water frontage of Alameda county. Land at West Berkeley Is being for manufacturing purposes almost dally. This Is because of the low prices which prevail there with the excellent accommodations. Within the past few weeks, a new ferry system was inaugurated between Emeryville and San Francisco, which makes connections with the Oakland Transit Company's street car system extending throughout Alameda county. Here, too, the Santa Fe railroad wlli soon have its passenger terminat. In its entirety, this frontage is a remarkable one, forming, as. it does, the safest land-locked harbor in the world on the southern water frontage, the most extended in the world on its western frontage, while from Martinez to Antioch in Contra Costa county the fresh water which comes from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers enables vessels to save the expense of dry-docking, because of the fact that barnacles refuse to live in it. Time will develop all of this into the util ization of it, and that time is not far off. mm mf grain shipments farm an important factor in the life of this town of nearly 2,000. inhabitants, which is well supplied with water from the works which supply the towns of Martine. Port Costa and contiguous localities with pure mountain water clear as crystal. The supply ' is . adequate to j. support a large population throughout this locality, George P- McNear, the grain king) of California, one of California's mul- ested in docks and warehouses on the bay shore and lands in the hills and valleys, is the practical owner of this supply. ELECTRIC LIGHT. Electric light is another modern convenience of the town, the light be-ng supplied by one of the agencies of the Bay Counties Power Company, which concern enters the county above Crockett across the Carquinez Straits, where its lines divert toward Antioch and alon the bay front into Oakland, supplying light and power to the large industries along the lines. This power Is obliged to compete with fuel oil. sq its cost is very low, and in 4" itself is a great attraction to manufacturing. ' In the vicinity ? Crockett large quantities of c: are raised and shipped to market. With its manifold interests Crockett Is destined to become an important tQwn. W. H. Johnston STEQE YARD LUMBER, COAL AND ALL BUILDING MATERIALS, STEQE, CAL.. MBEK GREAT PLEASURE RESORT. Pioneer Place ol Recreation Which lias Royally Entertained People tor Twenty-Five Years. Emeryville, a auhu enjoys the distinct,, the most attractive .v picnic and shootinp of Oikland, if -HJF-e'Ssing .ointed k n t ;aj ivT w; allin:,' . enurt l-'ra id-' :ie' Pads as lin L , con-greai ;nment o and ;clflc coast, known Shell Mound Park. Twenty-four years Siebe, a veteran of t celved the idea of pleasure ground for of the people of s. Oakland. SECURES GROUND. choicest land on San Francisco bay for that purpose and, simi- that time, Captain Siebe's name has been connected with th larger percentage of the pleasurable out-door events which ; have taken place in this locality. 1 The grounds were leased from E. I Wiard, another veteran, and then one of the largest land owners of Emeryville UNEXCELLED RECORD. From time to time, f-xtensive improvements have been made, with the result that the park to-flay rtnnda the peer of anything of its kind on the Pacific coast. It is in this' park t third national shootint at the great festival of the j I Bund was ; highest tar- j II was made J iiu. made 384 : -im'tp. It was the marks- ! :ii that festi- ! ri I is there United States Schuez!.; held two years ago. T:v get record of the there by A. Strecker, points in two hundr ! the unanimous opin: men who particip; val that nowhere in thf a park where the dim: is so well I ii'Is are so j ( adapted and where th j little t t interfere w : snooting as ; at she11 Mound Park The Turnfest of th fic iic coast ' this year, Contended exuerienced Union for they' found I was held at Shell M and the Turners In lea', thatdhey had never bef such excellent acconr their gymnastic events in Shelf Mound Park. Phone Black 243 Notary Public ATTORNEY-AT-LAW , ' REAL ESTATE, LOANS AND INSURANCE. 145 Washington Ave J Point Richmond, Oil. i ' i . - V j . PAVILHON AT SHELL MOUND PARK. 1 " " - . i 4 SAMPLE OF OLD OAKS AT STTELL MOUND I ARK. " l - - -y. ODt r. The ' Scotch organizations, partid -larly the Caledonian Club, would t pt think of having any other place ltr their annual games. The Caledorfia Club first went to Shell Mound for its, May-day celebration and annual games in 1884, and has celebrated that event every year at the pa'tK Biuuc i The Thistle Club has held the park for its Fourth of July celebration for tne last aecaae. y i Nearly all of the influential societies ! and orders hold their annual, picnics and reunions there. ORDER RULES. Frequently there are . upwards of 20,000 people in the park, pleasure CAPTAIN LUDWIG SIEBE. Proprietor Shell Mound Park. bent. It would seem that such crowds would, at times, be disorderly, but Captain Siebe has been able througn - tilden & EAKLE AND ALL BUILDING MATERIAL. Yard and Office near Santa Fe Shops. Mill in connection with yard. POINT RICHMOND, CAL Telephone Black SSL 7 out all this time to hold the respect of his- patrons, and consequently there is seldom a case of disorder reported In this respect the cap'tain has proved to be1 a remarkable man. His records show that, in no nark in the United States devoted to pleasure and picnics, has there been so little trouble and violence as at Shell Mound. The regular target exercises of tne principal- shooting organizations of San Francisco and Oakland are 'held at stated times at the park,- which -contains two of the - largest dancing " pavilions on the Pacific: coast, a lace track for games with covered seats to accommodate uj)00 people; turning apparatus, swings, flying horses, bawling alley, a shooting range containing four 50-yard targets, tweniy-oue 200-yard targets. lour 300-yard tar- Eeta Rnrl fmir .im v--j r-,l t .jro-tot a fi-iiit - J JV O v 1 "J f A.U.I I .. .IS . . J . . ite.aeam scarnjs, picture gaiiery, shooting gallery, and a dining room where meals are served to the satisfaction of the public. The dining room Is under the personal management of the captain's wife and daughters. The park is reached from San Francisco via Oakland ferry, Rerkeley train, ' in 30 minutes, every half hour. i nam, in ov iiiiiiuies, every nan noyr, i and from Oakland every few minutes j by San Pab:o electric street cars." j Durfbg the late Schuetzenfest an . addition was made to the shooting gallery to accommodate the public in general with seating- capacity so that it could watch the shooting and be put of harm's way. VISITING THOUSANDS.' Over 2"0.000 people have been carried to the park each year' on the trains of the S. P. R. R., making the total .annual visitors to the park, inclusive of those who come on the stree' cars, in carriages and on fool, over X.-.0.000. "( P. H. BLAKE Notary Public and Real Estate East Fourteenth St., Near Fruitvale Ave. Fruitvale, Cal. BANK OF RICHMOND POINT RICHMOND, CAL. ' Letters-of Credit Issued to an parta of th World. "-:-m- Authorized Capital.. Capital paid In.... - $30,000 . 15,000 Officers Wm. MIntser. President; Wra. . F. Beldlng. Vice President; W. Stalrley, Cashier. , - Directors, Wm. Mfntier, San Francisco; Wm. Beldlng. San Pablo; John H, Kicoli. Oakland; Harry Ells, Stege; W. Stalrley. Point Richmond; John Jos. Peres, Rich mond; E. M. Tilden. Point Richmond. 3. 1 I 1 p

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