More buried treasure!

Posted by in Alameda, History, The House

As promised, here’s the second installment of the treasures. There will be a third, perhaps more. Lots of nooks and crannies yet to be dug through! Can’t wait.

These are by far the most historically intriguing finds. Like I’ve told you before, the house was built in 1908. The city was formed in the late 1800’s, before that, it was ranchland, and three little towns. Our house would have been located in the town on Encinal, had it been built earlier. \

I was surprised, looks to me, that most of the streets on our end of the island (left from Park vertically, above Santa Clara) were already in place on this 1908 map. Our street is there. Didn’t know the railroad used to be quite so close, just two blocks away!

Our lot is there on the map.

“THENCE WESTERLY, ALONG SAID LINE OF BUENA VISTA AVENUE, 33 FEET, 4 INCHES; THENCE AT RIGHT ANGLES

SOUTHERLY, 100 FEET; THENCE AT RIGHT ANGLES EASTERLY 33 FEET, 4 INCHES; THENCE AT RIGHT ANGLES NORTHERLY

100 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.”

 

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As part of my investigation on trying to prove the house was indeed a lived-in duplex, I went to the county assessors office in Oakland. They dug up information on the prior owners (something that deserves a post of it’s own, actually). But their records only went as far as the 60’s. So I was excited to bits, when during the demolition of the fireplace, these items were found:

 

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Old photographs! A wedding photo with the type of fashion that would have been right at the turn of the century. And a mystery man with a basket of flowers. Also found: a book of matches (fairly recent), a plastic baseball player toy figurine, and a small Chinese lion, that feels like ivory to me, but could be anything, don’t really know. Less exciting finds were a few faded receipts, a pen, and a few coins. I also found an old simple hair pin underneath the carpet.

I am very excited to find out more about the former owners of this house.

I’ve heard that there’s a possibility to find old photographs of the house, and I’ve already snooped around in Ancestry.com to see who lived in this address – fascinating stuff, that I need to delve more deeply into.

Maybe I’ll find out who these people are in the photos? It’s very likely these might be the original owners, judging by the age of the photographs.

I’ll keep you posted!

 

Lisää aarrejahtia

Alamedan kaupunki perustettiin 1800-luvun lopulla, kun kolme pientä kylää entisellä karjalaitumella yhdistyi kaupungiksi. Meidän talo on vuodelta 1908. Tuossa kartassa (joka on samaiselta vuodelta) näkyykin meidän tontti, Park Streetistä vasemmalle ja Santa Claralta ylöspäin. Kun takkaa purettiin, sieltä löytyi tähänastisesti jännittävimmät aarteet. Kaksi vanhaa valokuvaa, kiinalainen leijonafiguuri, joka on ehkä norsunluuta, tikkuaski, vanhanaikainen suora hiuspinni ja urheilija-muovilelu. Kuvien tyylistä voisi päätellä, että nämä on mahdollisesti talon ensimmäiset omistajat. Aion selvittää, ketä täällä on asunut. Netistä voi Ancestry.com-nimiseltä saitilta etsiskellä osoitteen perusteella ihmisiä, ja kirjastossa on kuulemma vanhoja valokuvia taloistakin ja muista historiallisia matskuja. Ehkä näillä löytyy alkuperäinen omistajapari, ja nimet noille kasvoille?

Ainakin on mielenkiintoista saada lista entisistä asukkaista, ihan sinne alkuun saakka.

Palaan asiaan kun tutkinta etenee!