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Homes near Fruitvale…

Some time ago, I found this picture on the Oakland History Room online site.

Homes near Fruitvale Avenue and Hopkins Street (later MacArthur Boulevard) in the Dimond district of Oakland, California. A large vegetable garden dominates the foreground, and Higgins Church on Hopkins Street is in view towards the back. DATE: [circa 1905] Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Room.

I love to try and figure out the who, what and where. I would instead try to figure it out all by myself before asking for help. That is the fun part for me. Sometimes it is effortless. Other times it is not.

The biggest clue to this photo was the Higgins Church on Hopkins, which is now MacArthur Blvd. I started there.

I started looking into the Higgins Church. The church in 1898 was located near Fruitvale Ave and Hopkins in the old Fruitvale School building. It had some connection to the Fred Finch Orphanage.

Oakland Tribune Mar 1896

Oakland Tribune Mar 1896

In 1907 they laid the cornerstone for a new church at the corner of School St and Boston. The church was renamed Fruitvale ME Church. Joaquin Miller read a poem at the groundbreaking. The church building was dedicated in 1908.

The church building is still there with a few additions or modifications and is located at 3111 Boston. It now called the First Samoan Congregation Christian Church

Oakland Tribune May 1907

Oakland Tribune 1907
San Francisco Call July 1908

A couple days ago, I found a Knave article “Memories linger for Dimond District Pioneers” in the Oakland Tribune in November 1970. The 2nd page of the article included this same picture with some new clues.

Oakland Tribune Nov 1970

I now have clues for the house and a different church. So off I went to find out more.

The house is located at 3231 Boston Ave at Harold Street.
From Google maps – 3231 Boston Ave today from Goggle maps -2460 Palmetto – today
The church is located at 2464 Palmetto St. While it is no longer a church, I believe this is the same building. See below
The Church today

I think the location has been solved. I thought the house was moved or demolished due to building the freeway, and it almost was. I am so glad it is still there.

From Google maps – The area today– Thanks, Morgan!

The End


I grew up in the Montclair District of Oakland, CA. I attended Thornhill Elementary School, Montera Junior High, Skyline High School, and spent some time at Merritt College.

One thought on “Homes near Fruitvale…

  1. I grew up in the Dimond District and Crocker Hghlands on Greenwood Avenue in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Went to St. Jarlath’s . My dad was Gordon Taylor, an optometrist. His office was on 2118 MacArthur Blvd in the Dimond District from the mid 1940’s through 1957. (My early childhood was spent in the Laurel District next to the Fred Finch Orphanage (which is how I bumped into your blog). Would love to hear from you.


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