Posted in East Oakland, Fruitvale, Montclair

1933 – Oakland Hills Fire

The fire started in the Redwood Road area and raced through to Sequoia Park (Joaquin Miller Park) and down Dimond Canyon and also spread some into Shepard Canyon. 

Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933

The fire which began around 7 am on November 13, 1933, swept through the East Oakland Hills, burning a man to death, injuring two others and destroying at least a dozen homes.  It was under control by 2 pm.

The municipal zoo in Sequoia Park (now Joaquin Miller Park) was surrounded by a ring of flames as the fire approached the animal cages. The zookeeper’s we preparing to shoot the animals, the fire stopped just 100 yards from the cages.

‘The Abbey’ is Spared

The flames spread through the homestead of the late Joaquin Miller and destroyed the home of Miller’s late mother, which was occupied his widow who was 83.  Many of her treasures were lost, but she escaped. The historic Abbey was saved!

Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933

Shift in Wind

AT 9:20 am the fire was fast approaching the Sequoia Riding Club at 2923 Mountain Blvd. The stable grooms led the frightened horses through the smoke to safely. A shift in wind saves the stables.

Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933

Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933
  • Mrs. Abbie L. Miller widow of Joaquin Miller with her niece
  • Carmela Ward and a couple of the 60 horses she rescued.
  • Juanita Miller helping fight the fire
Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933
  • Removing the body of Wm J. La Marr who burned to death
  • All the was left of one hillside home
  • School boys who left class to fight the flames along Mountain Blvd

List of Homes

Oakland Tribune Nov 13, 1933

More on the Fire

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Posted in Fruitvale, History, People, Streets

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

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