Santa Claus Rides the Bus

On Facebook, I have been sharing photos of holiday-themed AC Transit Coaches (Bus). In researching the tradition, I learned that Nickolas P. Alevizos played Santa Claus for more than 40 years. A bit of history here.

Oakland – 1918 Flu Pandemic – WWI

The 1918 Flu Pandemic (aka the 'Spanish Flu') infected and killed millions of people globally, including killing more than 1,400 in Oakland, California. (The population at that time was about 216,000.)  There were two major outbreaks in Oakland, one in the fall of 1918, and another in January 1919.  In one particularly grim 24 hour period in November... Continue Reading →

School War Work in 1918

Oakland Tribune October 15, 1918 War work in the Oakland Public Schools during 1918 was considered one of the most essential items in the curriculum by both the school administration and the teachers. They felt the first duty of the schools was to aid the national government in winning the war to the best of... Continue Reading →

The Oakland’s First School House

Oakland Tribune Feb 08, 1970 When Oakland became a city in 1852, there was no free public school. There was a private school at the corner of 2nd and Broadway run by Mrs. Monroe. Old Fandango House Oakland Tribune May 01, 1952 Sketch of Oakland's first school building African American Museum & Library at Oakland... Continue Reading →

Thomas Mahoney House

As I take a little break from my series on the schools in Oakland, I thought I would share this little bit of history with you. Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator. Thomas Mahoney House, 69 Eighth Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>. These photos have popped... Continue Reading →

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