Early Photos of Montclair

Some old photos of the Montclair District of Oakland - all are from the Oakland Public Library History Room. When I can, I will show you the area now. I will start off with one of the earliest photos of Montclair that I have seen. This is circa 1886. I hope that there are more... Continue Reading →

Audrey Lucinda Robinson

Audrey Lucinda Robinson - 1915-2008 Audrey Robinson was the first African American teacher at Thornhill Elementary School in Oakland, Ca. Thornhill School 1966-1967 Early Years Audrey Lucinda Robinson was the daughter of Charles Nelson and Maude Gibson.  She was born in 1915 in Oakland. She attended Peralta School and graduated from Claremont in 1930 and... Continue Reading →

The Rabbit Hole

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. My childhood home in Montclair I lived in Montclair until I was a young adult, and since then, I have lived by Lake Merritt, in the Fruitvale... Continue Reading →

Montclair Highlands – Top of the World

Montclair Highlands was one of the earlier subdivisions in Montclair.  Located in the hills back of Piedmont and just above Montclair's Business district or the "Townsite" as locals called it in 1925. "Montclair Business Center, as the name indicates, is the tract opened as a community trading district."   Oakland Tribune May 17, 1925 "Montclair Highlands is... Continue Reading →

Honeymoon Haven

Honeymoon Haven - 13049 Broadway Terrace - opened Jun 1935 "A five-room residence planned to harmonize perfectly with it's charming among pines."  Oakland Tribune June 16, 1935 The home sits on 1/4 acre lots among the pines. "1000 People attended the opening of Honeymoon Haven" - Oakland Tribune June 23, 1935 Merriewood Tract Spanish -Colonial... Continue Reading →

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