Blogs: Local History

  • Looking Back: The Old Corner MarketImage: A circa 1911 photograph of John Trexall's grocery store which was located across the street from Lowell Elementary School. Prior to 1907, Mr. Trexall had a market at 350 San Augustine (now W. St. John Street). Courtesy of The Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History.

    Once a year I create an album for San Jose State University’s Sourisseau Academy.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00 PM | Comments: 6
  • Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowerssquash bee polinating a squash flower

    Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is at the San Jose Public Library Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, an exhibit that portrays the relationship between insects and the flowers they pollinate, is on the 5th floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library  through September 16, 2017.
    Posted by: Erin Herzog on Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 7:24 AM | Comments: 3
  • Looking Back: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 27 Years AgoImage: The day's event get going with a rousing performance by the San Jose Taiko Group.

    In the month of May we observe Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year, the San Jose Public Library has held celebrations at Village Square and Seven Trees Branch libraries. The purpose of this observance is to honor the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to our nation’s culture and progress.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:22 PM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: Fuzzy Shimada, a Local Bowling LegendImage: Fuzzy demonstrates his winning form in this shot from 1965. Photo courtesy of the United States Bowling Congress.

    Last month we explored the phenomenon of the once popular bowling alley disappearing from the San Jose landscape. This month we recognize local bowling legend Rokuro “Fuzzy” Shimada. Fuzzy was the sixth son of a Japanese immigrant, and came from a large sports-loving family. Born in Vacaville on October 26,1921, Fuzzy was given the name Rokuro, with “roku” being Japanese for the number six. In the fall of 1936, the Shimada’s moved to Santa Clara.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM | Comments: 2
  • Santa Clara County's Civil Defense System: Don't Be AlarmedScream Master Air Raid Siren

    Have you ever seen one of these peculiar-looking towers in Santa Clara County? Some of you might know what these are, but others might have no idea what they're looking at. If you'd like to find out more - read on!
    Posted by: Charlie S. Buttar on Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM | Comments: 2