Blogs: Local History

Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner Entrances

We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or…

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

The Genealogy Sojourner: Reconnecting The Missing Pieces Or Not

It All Started With A Story Growing up my grandfather enjoyed telling us stories about his and our families past. As I grew older and other people entered my life their family stories became just…

John Muller
Monday, December 17, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture

Photo Credit: Suzanne Lopez (in blog image) and Maria Herrera (blog icon image) "Story and King: San José's Lowrider Culture" Exhibit December 15, 2018 — March 31, 2019King Library: 5th Floor…

Estella Inda
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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

What's in a Name ~ California

California Name Myths: How did California get its name? Throughout history, there have been many stories about how California got its name. Some believe that the name is rooted from kar-i-farn, a…

Estella Inda
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 5:00 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