Hays School District

In March of 1886, the Board of Supervisors created a new school district. That took from portions of the Piedmont, Peralta, and Fruitvale districts and representing about 44 children.

A Hermit’s Companion

Because of his friendship with an old hermit, George W. Brusseau, who was the only close companion of Charles Kruse for more than a decade, Kruse gave Brusseau his property worth more than $50,000.

Montclair Realty – Pioneers of the Hills

In 1924 brothers Paul and Herman Pause formed Montclair Realty Co. Before that, Paul worked for the Realty Syndicate. Paul and Herman Pause The business district of Montclair looked like this when Montclair Realty was formed. Cos. Williams, a builder, was the only other business at that time. Sales offices of real estate broker and... Continue Reading →

The Highest Home in Oakland – 1928

"1928 Model View Home " The 1928 Model View Home - Oakland Tribune 1928 The 1928 Model View Home is situated at the "Top of the World" in reality the topmost peak in Montclair Highlands, overlooking several counties as well as affording a magnificent sweep of the entire bay and part of the Pacific Ocean... Continue Reading →

More Early Photos of Montclair

Moraga Avenue and La Salle c 1940 Photo from A C Transit The above is the corner of Moraga and LaSalle circa 1940 . Showing Montclair Pharmacy. L60-95-Public Works Photos, Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey, Oakland City Planning Department c 1954 Above is Moraga and La Salle- showing  the Siena Deli, Montclair Donuts, Simons Cleaning Center... Continue Reading →

$20,000 Log Cabin – Fernwood

Fernwood was the beautiful country estate of Col. Jack C. Hays and his wife Susan in 1852. Residence of Col. John C. Hays, Oakland, Alameda County, California.” (Published by Thompson & West, Oakland, Cal., 1878) from Oakland History Room After Hays’ death in 1883, the estate was sold to William J. Dingee. Dingee built an opulent 19-room Queen-Anne... Continue Reading →

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