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George L. Lynde – Lynde Street

In 1990 my Ex-husband and I bought a home on Lynde Street in the Fruitvale District. I immediately wanted to know why it named Lynde Street? Who was Lynde?

Lynde Street was declared a public road in 1886.

Oakland Tribune Dec 06, 1886

Geo L. Lynde owned the land in 1878

Map of Oakland and vicinity map number nine.
Published by Thompson & West, Oakland, Cala., 1878

Rumsey Collection
Location of George L. Lynde’s land in 1878

George L. Lynde was born in about 1838 in the state of Vermont. I don’t know when he bought the land. He lived in the area in 1866. In 1877 he lived on Fruitvale Ave near 27th Street which is close to Lynde Street. He lived on 10th Street in 1880. He was a teacher and the superintendent of the Industrial School. He owned Tin Shop (plumbing, hardware and gas fixtures) Lynde & Howard on East 12th, possibly with partner. The shop suffered a major fire in 1878. He was a Trustee for the Fruit Vale Water Company. Member of the Brooklyn Good Templars. He was married at least twice maybe three times and had around four children. He spent the last part of of life in San Francisco. George Lynde died in 1915.

California Voters Registration 1866
1870 Federal Census for the Brooklyn Township in Oakland
1880 Federal Census for District No 12 in Oakland

His young son was accidentally shot by a playmate while they were playing “robbers” out by the barn. Not sure if the name of his son is correct.

Stockton Daily Evening Herald Jun 30, 1870
Oakland Tribune Sep 12, 1879
Oakland Tribune Mar 4, 1880

Articles of Incorporation – Fruit Vale Water Company

San Francisco Examiner Sep 03, 1868
Oakland Tribune Aug 27, 1875

Owned a Tin Shop

Oakland City Directory 1871
1876 Oakland Directory
1877 Oakland City Directory
Oakland Tribune Aug 1874
Oakland Tribune May 24, 1878

Member of the Brooklyn Good Templars

San Francisco Examiner Nov 09,1874

Misc Articles

Oakland Tribune Mar 17, 1877

The End

Author:

I have been an Oakland history buff since going on an Oakland Heritage Alliance Tour of the Fernwood Neighborhood in the Montclair District of Oakland, in the mid-80's. On that tour, I learned that there use to be a train (Sacramento Northern) that ran through Montclair, in the early 1900's and that people lived the area as early as 1860's. I have been hooked ever since. Since then I have spent a lot of time looking into the history of Montclair and I have learned a lot. I feel this will be the best way to get it out of my head and onto paper.

4 thoughts on “George L. Lynde – Lynde Street

  1. I enjoyed this. I would like to get information about the Dog Town area in West Oakland. I’d like to know how that area goet its name and its origins.

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