Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on July 12, 1914 · Page 47
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · Page 47

Oakland, California
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Sunday, July 12, 1914
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r july 12, mil SUNDAY MORNING. OAKLAND TRIBUNE 0A1L AMD'S WE ALTI DOTO jj- mi - i , , i ,. . , ' 1 " 1 I TYPES OF MODERN APARTMENT HOUSES RECENTLY COMPLETED IN DISTRICT BETWEEN HOTEL OAKLAND AND LAKEMERRITT. j ? ! ..kVWMMWBB -M""""""l """I -MWMMMMMMIUMt "'l'.' " "' ' ' t-n mi,r,..... ,., .m...., ., PROPERTY VALUATION TOTALS $156,949,610 No mora lmprewrivo vldenc of tha marvAlous growth of OtJtltnd during the last elffht yean eon bo found than.tho fltrures of Citr A-seasor Georre E. Oross, who reported to the city council last week an in-A crease In the assessed valuation of T Oakland property of from 161,141,104 In 1908 to 1166,941,610 In 1914. Real estate brokers and other Oakland boosters are gratified over this remaj-kable advanoe In the oity'i material wealth. City -Assessor Oross' figures show that the city property valuation has more than doubled In less than a deqade. He reports that "the annex of 1909, assessed for $22,004,900, la responsible for a por-H k tion of this increase, but this figure ""is to some extent offset by the loss of over 16, 000, 000 on the cash and solvent credits of banks exempted from taxation under the act of 1910. Oakland real estate is valued at $84,981,800 and improvements at $47,719.0X9, according to a recapitulation of the city's assessment roll for 1914-15. Although the increase of valuation over the year 1913-14 was only 4,-000,000, building improvements In Oakland for 1918. as shown by the permits, represent a value of 9,-201,967.10. This difference Is accounted for by the assessor's office In the fact that some of the new office buildings Included in the 191i hniMIni Dermit list have not been completed or were not ready for final. assessment. Many or me ouuain-permits were for repairs to replace assessable property that has not increased in value through the change. There has been deterioration in values through buildings growing older, and there have been fires which have destroyed valuable property, such as that at the Leona chemical works. It Is also explained that it has been the practice to assess at 60 or 60 per cent only of the real value. The assessor's report shows that Oakland's growth is natural and is something which cannot be "stopped. - Condemnation proceedings to provide a site on Franklin street as an annex to the Oakland postofflce Is soon to be started in the Federal courts, according to word received by Postmaster Schafer, and will be terminated as soon as possible. Congress has set aside $116,000 for the acquiring of land and erection-of an addition to the Federal building at Seventeenth street and Broadway. Plans and specifications for the structure have been drawn up and work awaits the site condemnation m- proceedings. The new building is to occupv 190 feet on Franklin street and 150 feet on Seventeenth, between the present building and Franklin. It is proposed to carry" put the-general design of - ' the present two-story structure in- the addiUon, providing adequate quarters for the postofflce sntimlv. nn the first floor, and leav ing the UDDer floor for internal ' revenue, land office and other Fed era.1 offices. r Congestion In the present building 7 has become serious ana it nas Deen necessary trfit!lize space on the sec- ond floor rcrr postoince aparuDni which should be on the first. The location of the money order and other branches of the postofflce upstairs has caused the public great inconvenience and discomfort in the absence of an elevator. Women have been largely the sufferers from walking up and down the long stairway. The suggestion of Mayor Mott, that Oakland's waterfront be hanJled by an expert on a business basis, has met with general approval It Is believed that the plan will result in a great Increase of waterfront t activity. The three things , recommended by the mayor, in his message to the olty council, are: The services of a man, familiar with the necessities of a city ot seaport environment, a belt-line railroad connecting all points along the waterfront with the various railroads hav-- ing an Oakland terminal, and the development of the Key Route basin for industrial use. In these recommendations are seen great posslbll- IHosn iBdiporJmlUQ3ybumnpss i,unen of this city, and it is a reason able assumption that many new in dustrles will be attracted and settle here. In fact, tie many inquiries duxla tb past few xaooXh indicate the trend of Interests awaiting this harbor activity. , The waterfront development and Improvement Is doubtlessly the vital Issue before the city government today, and if the plan of the mayor Is carried out an immense increase in water-borne traffic can be looked for. Twenty-six millions have been spent on the Oakland harbor work by the National Government, railroads and other Interests, and, with the improvements contemplated and under construction, there Is every reason to believe that with systematic cooperation Oakland can be made a port of the most far-reaching commercial possibilities. Three large manufacturing concerns are seeking a suitable location for factories in Oakland, and this city may shortly ,havo Important additions to her growing Industries, which will employ hundreds of men and women. The nature of the new Industries and the names of the firms Will not be given out by the commercial organizations, which are endeavoring to bring them to Oakland, until the negotiations are clinched. One of the firms, it is learend, will employ considerably over 100 men to start with and the other two concerns will give work to almost the same number. The firms have requested Informa tion in regard to sites and other questions relative to the establishing of factories here, and the matter has been taken up by the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland Commercial Club, and was the subject of discussion at a meeting recently of the manufacturers' committee. It is expected that a definite agreement will be arrived at within a few days. ' SELLS HIS BLOOD II "Easy Money," He Says, of New Profession Helping Doctors. NKW YORK, July 11. Although Joseph Wiley, 22 years old, has given up five quarts of his blood within the past four months to persons who were ill, he does not consider himself a hero. Usually those who give blood te relatives or friends are reRsraed as self-sacrlfiolng. but this la not true of Wiley. This big, healthy boy has commercialised the transfusion of blood. On five occasions a quart of his -blood has been forced into the veins of another and each time he received $30 for the operation. Wiley calls himself the "transfusion expert." He recently allowed a quart of his life-giving liquid to be transfused to the WHSf Mrs. Bessie Tlnlt, whe was In a. local hosDltal in a weakened condl- tion. Two hours later he was off to a uicawr m i'iu ........ $30 he received for bis "work." The young man had Just given up a position four, months ago when he saw an advertisement for a transfusion "hero.'! He applied for the "Job," and learned that blood was needed te save the life of a 16-year-eld boy. Wiley submitted to the operation, and within the next two weeks was required te give three more quarts of his blood to the young sufferer. For this he reoetVed $120 $30 a quart. "It's easy money, and, except for a little weakness that comes the 'next day, and the hurt whan the doctor Jabs the needle into my arm, I don't mind It at all "I'm glad to help these poor sick people and might do It for nothing but doing something for nothing isn't much of a business. Then, too, I need the money to help mem out "Mom," who, of course, is his mother, Mrs. Nora Wiley, listened attentively te her son's description of his exploits with a mingling of pride and anxiety in her eyfis. ISO HUT SWaliuuliuX-I gerous thing," she said. "But he's that wild why, the next thing I know some one will be advertising tot a bw bead iarxi oeH u - V TW it Tfll 1 "' . I I- fti ' l l i-U.isf Li,,,,,',...,.' I i1? . V I ?i ' . A II : -1 mo mi i l: : ? r j I , i f ft Vi (TTJ - II . iTii. Jin RICHMOND GROWTH NINETIETH RAISES PROBLEMS City Officials Endeavoring to Speedily Work Out Traffic Expansion. RICHMOND, July U-As the city advances with the remarkable growth that eharaeterlKew ltj development, the city . officials . are meeting with problems for trafflo expansion that must be worked out speedily and on permanent lines. Widening of subways and streets, cutting of new suhways under railroad grades and extending thoroughfares to serve new territory that Is building up are some of the propositions the offlcals have in hand. No one clearly foresaw the actual growth of Richmond. It has got them beyond present facilities In many Instances. Richmond is growing in every direction. There la no part of the city from the harbor to the hills that is not developing. In all sections of the city this Increased growth Is producing -trafflo-expansion,- necessities -of more or less Importance that will be, worked out this year so that nothing may hinder the great growth expected from the opening of the Panama Canal, the construction of the Inner Harbor and the Influence of the Exposition, which, it is believed, will leave the marks of new development on every community around the bay. , TRAFFIC PROBLEM MET. Widening of the Macdonald avenue subway is one of the traffic problems that baa been taken up. Through an amicable arrangement between the city and the railroad company this will be done. Petitions have been presented to the Council for the opening of Blssell avenue aoross the Southern Pacific traoks. Several streets are to be opened tinder the Santa Fe tracks, Including First and Third, Sixteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-second. Twenty-third street is to be widened to 80 feet and extended further into the San Pablo section of Richmond, which Is growing fast. San Pablo avenue, through Richmond, will soon be the State Highway and will carry a great amount of trafflo especially automobiles. The trolley system on this avenue will so en be double-tracked. To meet Increasing trafflo needs the San Franclsoo - Oakland Terminal Railways Company has Just double-tracked its Macdonald avenue system. It Is Intended to have 1 on great boulevard extending aoreas Richmond tram the hills at Baa Pablo twettoa.t til jUiisAni I (WumI W ,r .!!. ...J...S -. tl Ofei- Mi ,te.j;mt- i . , , ..4- il n ' -i.1! !ni "IBS E TO BE BOULEVARD Widening and Paving Begun; Will Extend to Toler Heights. Wtartt began Tuesday morning on the widening and pavln of Ninetieth avenue from East Fourteenth stree to the entrance ef Toler heights, on the Foothill boulevard. When the paving Is done, shade trees and flowers will be planted on both sides of the avenue, along Its entire length. When completed, this new boulevard will be 100 feet wide and connect with Grand , avenue, the wide thoroughfare which extends through Toler heights. The ear line on Ninetieth avenue, at the present time, stops at "the entranoe to Toler heights, on the Foothill boulevard, but in the near future may be ex. tended along Grand avenue, throuwh Toler heights to the Sequoyah Country Clubi for the benefit of the hundreds of club members who belong to this popular clu. The Sequoyah Country Club Is now building a magnificent $350,000 clubhouse on . its 175-acre wooded grounds, lust back of Toler heights, and when completed will be the" oenter of entertainment on the east side of the bay. B. N. Ttpscott, the owner of Toler heights, is having O. B. Ilollenbeck. th well-known bungalow builder, construct Several unique and attractive bungalows In Teler heights, near the car line, to sell en little monthly payments, a number of thtm are already spoken for. being oompleted, and connecting with the municipal wharf and the San Francisco and Exposition Ferry that Is to be established. This will be Richmond boulevard, which now runs from the Santa Fe tracks to Ban Pablo avenue. To Twenty-third street it is known as Bsrrett avenue. From Twenty-third street to San able avenue it Is Richmond boulevard. Its extension from the Santa Fs line to the tunnel Is Ashland avenue. It Is really one continuous highway frem the munlclapl wharf to San Pablo avenue, and in the future it will be Richmond boulevard from end to end. Seventh street Is to be extended under the Santa Fe tracks northward In to the factory seotlon, where the Western Pipe and Steel Works bathtub plant and other factories are located. Into this district also will run a macadamized highway that Is to be built from the Standard Oil Refinery over Castro street. It will make a connection with the State Highway. Xenth4'lnth.-and...fiUth,Btreetj.aro all to be widened to 80 feet. These various extensions, subways and widen legs will give Richmond gjrssr rosm tax its futur jcrwtbw 1 ' 1 i I'll t kfT " Iii nJ i I 1?i - AW.. ytl BUSINESS LOTS Sales In Nicholl-Macdonald Tract During Week Have Significance. RICHMOND. July 11. During the past few weeks, sales in the Nlcholl-Macdon-aid Ave. Business Center Tract have bon very brisk, according to a report from the Burg Brothers office. Many people are Just beginning to realize that the supply of possible business property in Richmond, at prtoes that prevail today, will soon be exhausted, and that it will then be necessary to pay the big buyers a . big profit ln order to Induce them to part with their holdings. The rnported sale of the Nloholl property, lying Just across Macdonald avenue from the Burg Tract to New England capitalists, assures the rapid develop ment of this property. USE HOT WATER BOTTLE TO FINISH HEN'S JOB HAT.WV. Ore.. Julv 11 Mrs. W. H. Cross of this city proved that necessity Is not only the mother of Invention, but that It may be the mother of chickens. She had a setting of eggs from a fine variety of chickens. 80 happy was she ln their possession tnat she all but counted the chicks before (hey were hatched. She was equally Jownoast, naturally when the hen, after 13 days of careful "setting" deserted the nest Mrs. Cress found the eggs before they became chilled and breathlessly placed them In a box behind the stove ln her living room. Then she pondered, for she was determined not to lose the chickens, and the problem was solved. A hot-water bottle was requisitioned as a substitute for the recreant hen. . It was filled and placed over the eggs. Then Mrs. Cross conferred with her family physician. Dr. J. O. Van Winkle, regarding the temperature at whloh the water should be kept Bhe followed Instructions to the letter, with the result that six chickens were hatched from the original setting of thirteen. BROTHERS OWN TROUT FARM; RENT FISHING WBTMORB, Mich July novelty In upper Michigan is a breok trout farm. It Is a practical, money-making Industry. The ' farm la at Wetmore, Alger county, and Is owned by William and Victor Cox, merchants. Cox Brothers permit fishing On their y.-r"1.'.'.""..'-:" ''- " " ..... . i ., I .. r i ........ . ail iroui caulll. mm I. a Tcaaj mm - ket for brook trout at from 75 cents to $1 a pound. Marketable trout weigh from one-duarter ef a pound Ut BRISK DEMAND BUILD HUNDREDS OF BUNGALOWS ON TRACT ' On of the most important real estate transactions that has taken place during the mid-summer months was the effecting of the sale, as evidenced by the deeds which will be reoorded today frem Edith M. Durst administratrix of the estate of Murray H. Durst; Jonathan H. Durst and Ralph H. Durst to the Oakland Homes Corporation, being 116 forty-foot lots fronting on Redwood road or Thirty-fifth avenue and East Nineteenth street in the central Frultvale residential district. This traet will be placed upon the market at $230,000 appraised value of the land and the lfcnd will be sold only after being improved with high class, .moderate five and six-room bungalows, selling at from $2600 to $8500 on easy terms to meet the growing demand for homes of this valuation, The Oakland Homes Corporation is a new oompany reoently organised In Oakland, consisting of local and foreign capital. J. M. Ermtrtns, managing director of the company, has for twenty years been In the home building business In Detroit and Los Angeles, and more recently of Montreal, Canada and he looks upon J. A. Engstrom Buys Property on Richmond Waterfront for $25,000. RICHMOND, July 11. While tha number of small lot sales and the nurchase of homes has shown a decided increase during the past week, the market so far as large deals are concerned has been very quiet There have boon eighteen new homes contracted for during the past week, averaging from $400 to $1(00, and these will g up In the district north of Macdonald avenue and between Sixth street and Twenty-third streets. The largest deal was made to J. A. Engstrom of Oakland, who purchased land at the foot of Tenth street and along the waterfront, for $25,000. It Is believed that be made the purchase for other parties and that a Jam factory will be located on the ten lota The last stretch of the highway which will line the west side with the proposed municipal wharves was blown away today, with a (00-pound charge of dynamite. John NloholL who owns the prop erty which fronts on this boulevard, as serts that he will donate eight acres for a publlo park and will then threw . the remainder of the land on the market for subdivision purpesea Nlcholl has also arranged with the San Frannsco-Oakland Terminal Railways for the construction of 2500 feet of track or sliling to the Los Angeles Brick Company, and work of surveying this has been going on for the past week. This plant, which has been shut dowr i for several months, will resume operations, securing the clay from Jackson, Amador county. TO BUILD THEATER. Turner ft Dahnken, who purchased three lots at the corner of Tenth street and Macdonald avenue, about six months ago, have been negotiating with the various banks and It Is believed that within a very tew weeks they will commence the erection of a $40,000 theater. The Loyal Order ot Moose has purchased three lota on Sixth street near Macdonald avenue, but will not build then for some time, as they have taken lease en the eld Sequoia Commercial OAKLAND MAN IS LAI PURCHASER headquarter and this will not expire construction ot an addition o Pytblsu for at least a year, Arrangements are Castle te cost about $600. Work eon, being made for a brick addition to the menced Thursday. building to cost ln the neighborhood of I John Nlcholl emphatically denies that (3000 and this will, be used as a banquet any deal has been made fur the sale of room. I the remainder of his rrPrty at Twenty- C Overaa has finished the construction j third stroet and Macdonald avenue, ot the $26,000 apartment house ' In the "There have been some Eastern peo-Burg addition and the furnishings are to 'pie looking over my -property, but they ge In this week. IL Johnson of San , have not given me the slightest hint that Franclaoo has leased the place for ten they desired to buy it" stated Nlcholl. years. When told that It had been published Dr. Warren R. Brown, whose building on Macdonald avenue, near Sixth street. was destroyed by fire recently, announces that he has closed negotiations for the leaning of the entire building, which is to be finished ln three months. It will be !.!.. mnrii,. nf hrU.U. and will cost KMUO. PYTHIAN CASTLE ADDITION. Xb Knight ec rrtklaa naw let Oakland and the San Fraaetoe bay i nountty as one of the best local real estate development fields. The Oakland Homes Corporation wlQ start the coming week en their first hun dred bungalows and will immediately pro-ceed to build up the entire til lots with modtrn and popular priced homes. Brmerlns is thoroughly oonvinoed his plas) of absolutely marketing lota only by Improving them with a building will start la Oakland and Baa Franolso vicinity, thai Les Angeles Idea of building bungalows la large numbers at the same time reducing the coat of construction by II to 44) per sent and the purchaser or Installment heme owner thereby reostving thej benefit f William J. Layman oe, after several months' negotiation, congratulates Oakland in landing tills big building project for this community as It is another evl. dence of the strength and solidity of the real estate and Investment business whloh Is based entirely upon the present and splendid prospective future growth of Oakland and the east bay communities and la confident that the faU market will start earlier this year than usual TRACT. APPEALS Out-of-Town Buyers Flock In Over Fourth to Inspect ' and Purchase. There was a time When (he etdy is erty sola throughout California Richmond lots, but In the past at months a great change has taken plae In the country and Interior cities, Oakland Is today the beat received and th best selling property . threuvhout . tb itata Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and I. bo tng double holiday, a great maay mm and women from various parts of the) state came to Oakland, to look andbuy In the Electric Loop tract ', ' Seldom does an Investor e a noma builder have an opportunity offered then of purchasing fully Improved lota In th center ef a built-up residenea section a little monthly payments. The publlo sales being held an ths) Eleotrto Loop tract are bringing many people to Oakland to make their permanent hemes here, where the climate is so pleasant, school faculties unequal ed and social life the most attractive of any dry; on the coast SIX "PEGLEGS" ARE WITNESSES IN SUIT SraiNQFTELD. Ma.ss.r July 11.- ' Six men with wooden legs were sworn j case of ColUn vs. The Holyok, Street Rallwtty complllly, piiatit 12-year-old boy. asks $40,009 for th loss of a leg in an accident The street railway company admits Its liability, but maintains that excessive damage are asked and that aside from participating ln athletic sports there has keen no Interference with the boy's activities. .The array of wooden-legged witnesses produced by the street railway 1 company included salesmen and others who testified concerning their earning capacity before and after th loss of a limb. ' contract to Councilman Fernauld for th , that he had sold bis acreage for $800,00 Nlcholl . laughed. : "I am going to hold on to my property," he said. After spending several days looking over various sites here, an air and sUam engine company, through Its president. CutUaJn TSTF." M!U,r, anotrt that this city offers the most suitable; leeadssi fs a factor. t

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