Blogs: Local History

  • The Genealogy Sojourner: A Marine, A Priest, And A Porthole Book Cover For Pearl Harbor : From Infamy To Greatness

    Posted by: John Muller on Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: The Keystone Company of San JoseImage: The Keystone Company's Model T truck logo.

    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 Conrad Renzel in 1885.  Conrad's son Ernest Renzel Sr. took over operations in 1898, incorporating as Keystone Company in 1905.  In 1915, Keystone absorbed a coffee and spice company that had been founded as Barrett, Caswell, & Hunt in 1867 (later known as Eagle Coffee & Spice Mills).
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 1
  • Uncovering the California Room - Spooky FindsA spoopy version of the California Room bear logo

    The California Room is a Special Collection archive located on the 5th floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library It is the repository for various books, maps, scrapbooks, periodicals, and other materials related to California history. Below are highlights of some spooky-themed finds you can locate in the room which are focused around local urban legends and true crime.
    Posted by: Marisol Roman on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:27 AM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: Presidential Visits to San Jose, CaliforniaClose-up of Mckinley's statue in St. James Park. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce 

    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 cousin who saw John F. Kennedy speak outside the Civic Auditorium a few days before his election. About the closest I've come to seeing a president was when a motorcade of limousines and motorcycle cops drove past me in the 1980s.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 2
  • Looking Back: Fill 'er Up! Our Remaining Pre-war Service StationsImage:  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 Park. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce.

    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 3