History

With sideburns like those, you’ve got to believe Dr. A. W. K. Newton’s claims on 19th-century miracle cures.

Side Effects May Include Universal Satisfaction

Mar 18,2021

Lately I’ve come across social media postings from people who are surprised at just how many pharmaceutical advertisements Americans are subjected to on a daily basis, and how Americans can rattle off the names of such fabulous products as Skyrizi, Ozempic and Trempfya.

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File photo Members of Alameda Fire Department Station No. 1 on Webb Avenue stand in front of their hook and ladder truck and the station in 1910. The first wooden firehouse on Webb Avenue rose up in 1877 to house the Citizens Hook and Ladder Company. The building in this photograph went up in 1908. A hook and ladder apparatus required two drivers, one to steer and control the horses, the other to steer the rear wheels; both are in position in the photograph. Firefighters use ladders to gain access to fires

Ordinance 175 Created Alameda Fire Department

Feb 25,2021

Pull up the Alameda Daily Evening Encinal edition of Sept. 29, 1891, and printed inside is a copy of the original text that created Alameda Fire Department (AFD). Ordinance 175 delinated how AFD would operate. Prior to this, Alameda had several unaffiliated fire companies.

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Two airports served Alameda and one the Army Air Force before the United States Navy arrived in 1940. (From left to right): Alameda Airport opened in 1929 on a strip of land along the Oakland Estuary. Benton Field opened in 1927. This Army Air Force field was bounded roughly by today’s Pan Am Way, West Red Line Avenue, Monarch Street and West Tower Avenue. In 1930, planes began landing at the San Francisco Airdrome, which stood on the site of today’s College of Alameda. The light blue on the map defines the

Alameda: The Airport City

Feb 17,2021

Dennis Evanosky

The Alameda Naval Air Station opened on November 1, 1940. However, the Navy arrived in a city with an aviation history that stretched back more than 30 years to 1909 and Sunset Aviation Field.

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Courtesy media.defense.gov U.S. Marine Harold Gonsalves was born in Alameda in 1926

Meet Alameda’s Medal of Honor Recipient

Jan 28,2021

Eric J. Kos

A life celebrated in glory for the United States, that of Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves, began in Alameda, and ended far too early in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. Gonsalves started life in the bustling little city of Alameda in January 1926.

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Courtesy Chuck Millar When Alfred A. Cohen built the Alameda Park Hotel, he had no idea that the enterprise would fail, became an insane asylum and then burn to the ground in 1879.

Alameda Park Hotel Morphed into Insane Asylum

Jan 20,2021

When British-born Alfred A. Cohen built his railroad through Alameda, he turned to his friend and fellow countryman George Bird to build a hotel to house the men who built the line. Cohen and partner James D. Farwell built a second hotel across town to accommodate a wealthier clientele.

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Revered poet and Bohemian George Sterling so impressed Chauncey and Josephine Pond that they named the street in their East End development for him.

What’s in a Name: Sterling Avenue

Jan 07,2021

Dennis Evanosky
In 1916 Dr. Chauncey Penwell Pond and his wife, Josephine Kibby Pond, filed a plat map with Alameda County. They had purchased the Hawley tract on the east side of High Street south of Central Avenue.

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