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The Emeryville Historical Society A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history of Emeryville, CA.

Sadly, we’ve come across very few photos of Joseph Emery, his family or his razed estate. Ryan D. Wood, a descendant of ...
30/11/2023

Sadly, we’ve come across very few photos of Joseph Emery, his family or his razed estate. Ryan D. Wood, a descendant of Joseph Emery’s second wife Amelia Kent Marsellus, recently came across these news clippings of her. Amelia was a widow of pioneer Edwin P. “Ned” Marsellus and remarried Joseph S. in the 1880’s. Following Emery’s 1909 death, Amelia continued to live at the Emery Estate on 43rd & San Pablo with two of her daughters until her passing in 1923 at the age of 77.

A rare photo of Joseph S. Emery and his brother Matthew G. Emery who was two years his senior.  Both grew up in Pembroke...
29/11/2023

A rare photo of Joseph S. Emery and his brother Matthew G. Emery who was two years his senior. Both grew up in Pembroke, NH and became expert stonecutters.

Matthew may have trumped his younger brothers accomplishments with a building resume that included work on the U.S. Treasury building; the Navy Department; the U.S. Patent Office; repair work for the White House; and, most prestigiously, the cornerstone of the Washington Monument.

He was also briefly the 21st mayor of the city of Washington DC.

Talk about overachievers! 😂

 : Our efforts to preserve the life’s work of EHS co-founders Don Hausler & Nancy Smith saw significant progress this ye...
28/11/2023

: Our efforts to preserve the life’s work of EHS co-founders Don Hausler & Nancy Smith saw significant progress this year.

Your support will help us continue our objective of preserving ’s unique history.

👉🏼 emeryvillehistorical.org/subscribe

The Emeryville Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the first of its kind self-guided historic walkin...
24/11/2023

The Emeryville Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the first of its kind self-guided historic walking tour around the city’s historic Park Avenue District. The 1.7-mile, less than two hour, flat walk will take you around the historic core of the city including 30 points of interest. The tour is the culmination of 100's of hours of research, writing and photo curation.

The Emeryville Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the first of its kind self-guided historic walking tour around the city’s historic Park Avenue District. The tour is the culmination of 100’s of hours of research, writing and photo curation. The nearly 35-year-old...

Off they go! Our org is in possession of likely the only complete collection of the Emeryville/Golden Gate Herald in exi...
18/11/2023

Off they go! Our org is in possession of likely the only complete collection of the Emeryville/Golden Gate Herald in existence and we’re sending them off to Newspapers.com to be scanned, OCR’d & added to their online collection for research. We can’t wait to uncover some stories!

Every photo we capture is a bit of a mystery. You have to look through the clues, determine if anything in it still exis...
07/11/2023

Every photo we capture is a bit of a mystery. You have to look through the clues, determine if anything in it still exists. This was a fun one. Any guesses where this is at? We’ll share the answer at 10 p.m. if nobody guesses correctly. 🤨

The Public Market (and   for that matter) has come a looong way since the 1980s. Would you agree?
06/11/2023

The Public Market (and for that matter) has come a looong way since the 1980s. Would you agree?

Reppin’ the Rottenest City today at the City of Emeryville Harvest Festival. We’re on Hubbard next to the Bay Street boo...
28/10/2023

Reppin’ the Rottenest City today at the City of Emeryville Harvest Festival. We’re on Hubbard next to the Bay Street booth. Turn out E’villains and chat with us about local history!

We’ll be here till 2pm.
4311 Hubbard St (former Sherwin-Williams Factory now “The Emery”).

Thank you  for honoring our organization tonight and for recognizing our co-founder Don Hausler’s 35 years of work prese...
28/10/2023

Thank you for honoring our organization tonight and for recognizing our co-founder Don Hausler’s 35 years of work preserving Emeryville and Oakland History with a “lifetime achievement” award. 🏅

Congrats to the other Emeryville orgs and folks as well including , , and many others!

Come see us at Saturday's Harvest Festival!The City of   will cut the ribbon on its latest public park on Saturday, Octo...
27/10/2023

Come see us at Saturday's Harvest Festival!

The City of will cut the ribbon on its latest public park on Saturday, October 28th in tandem with their annual Harvest Festival. There will be games, food, live music, a dunking tank, a dog pageant and more!

We'll be among 50 vendors exhibiting and will have free issues of our quarterly journal, vintage photos, walking tour maps and free gifts for new members.

Drop by, say hello and chat with us about Emeryville’s fascinating history!

Details:
Location: 4311 Hubbard St.
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

More Info:
https://www.ci.emeryville.ca.us/155/Special-Events

Who is going to be our hero and dress as Charles A. Klinkner for Halloween? Embrace your quirky history   &  , it’s awes...
26/10/2023

Who is going to be our hero and dress as Charles A. Klinkner for Halloween? Embrace your quirky history & , it’s awesome!

Available today at  ’s own ! Emery Beer is a Pre-Prohibition Style Lager brewed in a “rough around the edges” style just...
25/10/2023

Available today at ’s own !

Emery Beer is a Pre-Prohibition Style Lager brewed in a “rough around the edges” style just like the city. Unfiltered & made with adjunct grains & hopped w/Simcoe.

A percentage of proceeds will go to supporting our mission of preserving the city’s unique history. 🍻

The Ranch House Table at  preserves one of the menus at the fabled establishment with 1965 prices that seem unfathomable...
24/10/2023

The Ranch House Table at preserves one of the menus at the fabled establishment with 1965 prices that seem unfathomable (complete with a view of the last remaining single-family home in the Park Avenue District where the Yee Family resided).

We’re very pleased to have Rudy’s support for our forthcoming walking tour and it will be the PERFECT place to pause for a bite or beverage.

So cool to ride a working Key System Car that once serviced Emeryville and the surrounding area decades ago at the Weste...
23/10/2023

So cool to ride a working Key System Car that once serviced Emeryville and the surrounding area decades ago at the Western Railway Museum today. Even the ads on the trains are accurate to the era they operated.

Most of us know Emeryville was named after Joseph Emery who bought 185 acres of land in 1859 & that the city was incorpo...
19/10/2023

Most of us know Emeryville was named after Joseph Emery who bought 185 acres of land in 1859 & that the city was incorporated in 1896 after a resident vote. But the 1st reference to “Emeryville” was in 1884 after a post office was established on the NW corner of Park & Halleck (marked “P.O.” In this 1889 Sanborn map).

The Emeryville Shellmound was the largest of over 400 Shellmounds in the Bay Area and estimated to be 60 feet high with ...
10/10/2023

The Emeryville Shellmound was the largest of over 400 Shellmounds in the Bay Area and estimated to be 60 feet high with a circumference of 350 feet at its base.

It was located west of the Southern Pacific railroad tracks and north of Temescal creek (now Bay Street’s north-eastern parcel and parking lot).

It was first mutilated for a dance Pavilion at Shellmound park and eventually excavated and leveled for the C.K. Williams Company pigment plant (NOT Sherwin-Williams as some have incorrectly reported).

There’s been attempts to atone for the destruction of the Emeryville Shellmound including this representation and memorial walk and a recent park naming.

Descendants of the Muwekma Ohlone are still fighting for federal recognition with the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs).

Read our Centennial essay “The Native Legacy of Emeryville” by historian Sandra Sher for a more comprehensive overview of its history:

https://emeryvillehistorical.org/centennial-essays/early-history/the-native-legacy-of-emeryville/

Some entrepreneur needs to open a bar or brewery in   called the Eureka Park Saloon. Also, peep the “Oakland Brewery” si...
04/10/2023

Some entrepreneur needs to open a bar or brewery in called the Eureka Park Saloon. Also, peep the “Oakland Brewery” sign when you zoom in. 😳

1886 Photo at San Pablo & 59th St. (Then Folsom St.).


“Early to bed, early to rise, don’t get drunk, but advertise.” Another gem in the Klinkner collection that we’re in the ...
23/09/2023

“Early to bed, early to rise, don’t get drunk, but advertise.” Another gem in the Klinkner collection that we’re in the process of archiving.

For Supporters of Emeryville History:- Quarterly journal & access to our archives for ALL levels of membership ($25/yr.)...
20/09/2023

For Supporters of Emeryville History:

- Quarterly journal & access to our archives for ALL levels of membership ($25/yr.)
- Free Rottenest City tee OR Arcadia published Emeryville history book for Sustaining members ($50/yr).
- Free Tee AND Arcadia book for Patron members ($100/yr.)

👉🏼 https://emeryvillehistorical.org/subscribe/

Would you buy property from a man who wore a jacket with 50 pockets & walked around with a dog with a monkey on its back...
16/09/2023

Would you buy property from a man who wore a jacket with 50 pockets & walked around with a dog with a monkey on its back? Apparently folks did in the late 1800s. The eccentric Charles A. Klinkner helped establish “Klinknerville” in what is now referred to as North Oakland’s Golden Gate neighborhood.

We’re actively archiving our collection of   Mudflat Driftwood Sculpture Photos and there are some great ones. This one ...
14/09/2023

We’re actively archiving our collection of Mudflat Driftwood Sculpture Photos and there are some great ones. This one provided by artist/mudflat historian shows the construction of the Watergate Apartments in the background which dates it at around 1973/1974.

If you haven’t read his seminal piece on the creation of the Emeryville Peninsula on , we highly recommend it.

Oh so close to completing our self-guided historic walking tour of Emeryville’s Park Avenue District on the PocketSights...
08/09/2023

Oh so close to completing our self-guided historic walking tour of Emeryville’s Park Avenue District on the PocketSights App. There will be thirty stops with signage, a printed map, audio tour and lotsa cool photos.

This section of I-80  (FKA the Eastshore freeway) in   has always been a coveted piece of real estate for advertisers!Th...
05/09/2023

This section of I-80 (FKA the Eastshore freeway) in has always been a coveted piece of real estate for advertisers!
Then: 64 Chevy and the C.K. Williams Co (acquired by Pfizer in 1962)
Now: an electronic billboard and Bay Street Shopping Center.

Photos: Rondal Partridge + Apple Maps.

The City of   is looking to name its new park and we wanted to submit a idea that honors its history.The park is in a su...
02/09/2023

The City of is looking to name its new park and we wanted to submit a idea that honors its history.

The park is in a subdivision originally owned by Connecticut native Edward Wiard and was home to both Shellmound Park and Oakland Trotting Park.

Trotting Park was completed in 1871. In 1873 it hosted the first California Derby. It also hosted President Ulysses S. Grant and saw a record-breaking run by the horse “St. Julien.” It became the California Jockey Club in 1896 until its closure in 1911.

Probably one of the tracks’ more famous and colorful jockeys was Jess “Long Shot” Conley who had a storied career and placed third in the 1899 Kentucky Derby. Conley earned a reputation of riding long shot horses to victory.

In 1915, the track was demolished and the property subdivided into a business park. Sherwin-Williams built their West Coast Plant at the site of where the park is now at the cost of one million dollars.

One of the Bay Area’s most iconic landmarks was their “cover the earth” neon sign that they built to increase their exposure for the 1936 Golden Gate International Exposition.

It stood until 1977 when it was demolished.

So based on this brief history, should we recommend:

A). Trotting Park
B). Sherwin Park
C). Jess Conley Park
D). Wiard Park
E). Other _______

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