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Toler Heights

Toler Ranch

William Pinkney Toler (1829-1899) and his wife Maria Antonia (1836-1926) owned 330 (349) acres of land in the foothills of Elmhurst. Maria was the daughter of  Hermenegildo “Ignacio” Peralta. William and Maria were married in 1853.

The Ranch was on the foothills road between Elmhurst and San Leandro, later known as Foothill Blvd, and is now MacArthur Blvd. The ranch was close to both the Talbot Farm and the Dunsmuir Home.

Oakland Tribune Oct 08, 1888

Toler Ranch Sold

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Toler sold the ranch to the Realty Syndicate for $110,000-$120,000. The land was then subdivided and placed on the market.

 

Oakland Tribune Mar 26, 1906

 

SF Call July 30, 1906

 

Oakland Tribune Jan 1906

Map of Toler Heights – 1907

Map of Toler Heights : Brooklyn Township, Alameda County, Califo
Shows block and lot numbers, measurements, land ownership, etc. Covers area bounded generally by Stanley Rd. [i.e. Ave.], Wise [i.e. 99th] Ave., Foothill [i.e. MacArthur] Blvd., and Hillcrest Ave. [i.e. Seneca St.]. Panel title: Map of Toler Heights, Elmhurst, Oakland. Oriented with north toward left. Cadastral map. t

Opening Day 1907

Toler Heights went on sale in 1907. A group of Investors owned the property, and the Southwest Securities Company was handling the sales for them.

 

SF Examine 1907

 

SF Examiner Oct 27, 1907

 

S F Examiner Oct 18, 1907

Change of Ownership

In 1910 the Henderson & Tapscotts Company purchased Toler Heights. The made a lot of improvements to the tract. Opening day in was held on May 22, 1910

 

Looking towards Thermal Street and 90th Avenue
Cheney Photo Advertising Company c1910
Previously sold on eBay

The photo above might be showing the Silva Ranch on Foothill Blvd

Oakland Tribune Oct 31, 1920

Opening day was one of the most auspicious days in the residential property sold. Oakland Tribune May 24, 1910

 

Oakland Tribune May 24, 1910

 

Oakland Tribune May 22, 1910

The Piedmont of East Oakland

SF Examiner

SF Examiner

 

SF Examiner Aug 30, 1914

 

The corner of MacArthur and 90th Avenue
Cheney Photo Advertising Company c1912
Previously sold on eBay

 

SF Examiner Aug 30, 1914

 

Oakland Tribune Mar 19, 1916

Another change in ownership

In 1922, the property was for sale via an auction. “Sales way down.” Oakland Tribune May 28, 1922

 

Oakland Tribune May 28, 1922

 

Along Foothill Blvd
Oakland Tribune June 04, 1922

 

Oakland Tribune June 08, 1922

 

Oakland Tribune 1923

New School – May 1928 – Now Barack Obama Academy

 

Oakland Tribune May 23, 1929

 

Oakland Tribune May 23, 1929

 

Toler Heights School – Now Barack Obama Academy
9736 Lawlor Street

Location

 

Toler Heights Google Maps

More Information on Toler Heights


More to come – Toler Heights Homes

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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.

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