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That’s Old News: What the heck was Mother’s Friend?

That’s Old News: What the heck was Mother’s Friend?

We often look back a hundred or two hundred years ago and think of it as the “simple life”.   Hard work and none of the problems of modern life.  But, was it really that way or did they just have different problems? I found this ad in a January 1906 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle.  It starts out “Woman’s Nature is to love children, and no home can be completely happy without them, yet the order through which the…

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That’s Old News: Fire at McBryde

That’s Old News: Fire at McBryde

On April 28th, 1911, someone set fire to the cane fields at McBryde Sugar Plantation.  The fire had been spotted early and was quickly put out. This had been the third fire on the plantation in only a couple of days.  The first may have been set by sparks from a locomotive.   Then, a second fire was spotted the same day.  This one was larger and burned forty to fifty acres of sugar cane.  After the third fire, the incidences…

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That’s Old News: Political Support

That’s Old News: Political Support

I found this brief article in the 30 Jun 1912 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle: A recall was being issued in San Francisco of three politicians.  The East Oakland Progressive League was throwing it’s support behind the politicians and against the recall. Listed as one of the members of the East Oakland Progressive League was Mrs. Elizabeth Segalas (name cut off).  Elizabeth was also known as Elisa Anna (Lascurettes) Segalas, the wife of Albert Segalas, my Grandpa Lassalle’s cousin. …

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That’s Old News: Extreme Sports 1890’s Style

That’s Old News: Extreme Sports 1890’s Style

Doing some research the other day, I came across this drawing in the San Francisco Chronicle, 10 January 1897: It appears Push Ball was the next big thing…maybe the first extreme sport!  The shere was 6 feet in diameter.  The two teams push the ball around, against each other.  It is unclear if they are heading for a goal or just pushed it around.  Perhaps it was like tug o’ war only with a ball.  Whoevers team mate get rolled…

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That’s Old News: Clifford Gonsalves Commended

That’s Old News: Clifford Gonsalves Commended

I found this news item about Clifford Gonsalves (aka Clifford Algrava), son of Maria J. (Costa) Algrava, through her first marriage.  Clifford enlisted in the army in 1943.   He was 27 and married. This item was in the Oakland Tribune, 1 Jul 1945, under “Awards”. “Cpl. Clifford Gonsalves, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Algrava, and husband of Mrs. Isabel Gonsalves, Oakland; at the Air Transport Command Base, Egypt; commended for participating in moving vital cargo to the China-Burma-India…

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