Blogs: Local History

The Genealogy Sojourner: A Pioneer Of Good Food Found Here

It's The Holiday Season, People Are Traveling, So Where Are Some Good Places To Eat? With the holiday season in full swing chances are you're going to find yourself traveling in the coming weeks.…

John Muller
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: A Marine, A Priest, And A Porthole

The U.S.S Oklahoma - A Tale Of Sacrifice And Survival Today is the seventy-seventh anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As time passes and the number of survivors continue to dwindle its…

John Muller
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Looking Back: The Keystone Company of San Jose

The Keystone Company traces its origins back to 1867, though it's a trail filled with acquisitions, divisions, name and ownership changes. The company began as a wholesale grocery firm founded by…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Presidential Visits to San Jose, California

I have never seen a president in person, though I have heard stories about President McKinley's speech in St. James Park, President Teddy Roosevelt planting a redwood tree in Campbell, and I have a…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Fill 'er Up! Our Remaining Pre-war Service Stations

Image:  This 1927 Associated Gasoline station stood on the corner of Market and Julian Streets . After being slated for demolition in 1978, History San Jose arranged for its relocation to History…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: High School Yearbooks

Images, clockwise from top left: Cover of San Jose High School's 1949 Yearbook, titled The Bell. Activities page of the 1949 yearbook with shots of the Girls' League and Boys' League, including…

John Muller
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Looking Back: A Bookstore on Lincoln Avenue

Image: Myron and Sue Wahlstrand in the early 1980s. Myron's love of collecting poetry lured him into the used book business. Coincidentally, Myron's sister was married to the brother of Recycled…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Scandal, Intrigue, and Distant Family Ties

When You're Not The Only Investigator In The Family Chances are you've never heard of John Draper Erwin. As a newspaper correspondent in Washington, D.C., he played a pivotal role in helping to…

John Muller
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: When Family History Leads To Another Mystery

When There's More To The Story If there's one constant in researching one's family genealogy it is to expect the unexpected. This is especially true when it comes to connections with distant…

John Muller
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Looking Back: Say, Didn't That Used to Be A&W Root Beer?

Businesses come and go. But buildings…well, they come and go too.  But more often than not, they are re-purposed for new businesses many times during their existence.  Particularly interesting is…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Say, What Ever Happened To ...

Family Reunions & Family Mysteries With the official start of summer just around the corner, this is the time of year when we celebrate sun, fun, and family reunions. While catching up and…

John Muller
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:36 AM

Looking Back: The Day I Met Robert F. Kennedy

Image: Senator Robert F. Kennedy in San Jose's St. James Park on Saturday March 23, 1968. Photo ©Edward Souza. On Saturday March 24 of this year, I participated in a 50th anniversary celebration…

Ralph Pearce
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 10:00 AM