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52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

52 Ancestors, Week 39: My Dad, Ace Paperboy

Wow!  I really drew a blank on this one.  You’d think with the decades that I’ve researched my ancestors I’d easily have found an unusual record.  Part of the problem is that my ancestors jump the pond so recently, so most of my records are foreign baptismal, marriage, and death records. I thought this was kind of unusual.  This was something that my dad saves.  I got a kick out of the fact that he held onto it for so…

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Women Working in the Factories

Women Working in the Factories

Here’s another entry for my Labor Day photo series.  I found this photograph in the Oakland Tribune [Oakland, Alameda Co., CA], 15 May 1942, Front Page.  The article was titled “Women Now in War Plant in Emeryville.”  The article documented local women who were moving into manufacturing jobs as men headed off to war. This photograph was titled “War Planes Get That Feminine Touch.”  The text reads “In uniforms to serve Uncle Sam as defense industry workers are girls and…

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That’s Old News: Caught In Shanghai

That’s Old News: Caught In Shanghai

The 26th of March 1926 Oakland Tribune headline blared… Then it was followed by the story of a young couple separated by continents.  The young woman, Norine “Dorothy” Segalas, was at home in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her boyfriend, Everett Bargones, was working for the Dollar Steamship company in Shanghai, China.  A letter home from Everett stated that he got caught up in the conflagration and was fighting with the American Volunteer Army. Here is her story from the…

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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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That’s Old News: Youth Clubs

That’s Old News: Youth Clubs

While going through the Oakland Tribune Newspaper [Oakland, CA] dated 17 Sep 1933, I found this little article about the John Swett Leader’s Club.  John Swett was born in 1830 and died in 1913.  He was the California State Superintendent of Schools from 1863 to 1867.  He is considered to be the founder of California public schools.  The John Swett Leader’s Club was named in his honor. The names in this club were of interest to me as three of…

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