Blogs: Local History

Looking Back: On the Trail of the Stone Avenue House

Image:  This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce. In the 1960s and 1970s, my dad would…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:30 PM

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Economy of the Vegetable Kingdom

Serpentine California California contains an amazing range of climate and landscape, and within that, a diversity of plants. Rare plants are more likely to be found in a unique environment and…

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Looking Back: A Golf Course in Willow Glen

Image: Advertisement for the Ironwood Swim and Gold Club.  Courtesy of Carol McDill Theuriet. In the middle of San Jose, we have an outcropping of hills historically known as the San Juan Bautista…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 6:05 PM

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How Insect Allies Add to Peace, Comfort, Wealth and Health

Pollination Week, June 20 - 26 This June take a moment to celebrate the work of a vast array of pollinators. Most of the species of flowering plants in the world rely on pollinators - insects (…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:56 AM

Looking Back: The Mystery of the Missing Tombstone

Image: The entrance to Oak Hill Memorial Park on Curtner Avenue in San Jose. Jack Graham was a popular columnist with the San Jose Mercury Herald at the time of his death in 1934. His column…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Looking Back: A Japanese American Soldier Returns Home

Image: Sgt. Moffet Ishikawa at his camp site in the South Pacific during WWII. Photo courtesy of Moffet Ishikawa. In October of 2007, I interviewed 88-year-old Moffet Ishikawa, the younger brother…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Looking Back: Las Palmas Taco Bar on The Alameda

Photo: Las Palmas Restaurant was open for business for 60 years. My earliest memories begin when I was two and three year’s old living on Singletary Avenue between The Alameda and Park Avenue. I…

Ralph Pearce
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:45 PM

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Scenes of Spring Blossoms in Santa Clara Valley

Agricultural Blooms The Santa Clara Valley, previously know as the Valley of Hearts Delight, was a destination point for Spring blooms starting with the Saratoga Blossom Festival in March. People…

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:21 AM

Looking Back: San Jose's Valley View District

Valley View School was built in the mid-1890s for grades k-8. Photo from "Santa Clara County and Its Resources" page 251. In the 1950s and 1960s, the City of San Jose experienced rapid growth as it…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Looking Back: The Case of the Reappearing Barn

Photo: The old Colombet barn on the Lester property about 1957. Photo by Lee Lester. In 1965, my family moved from downtown Willow Glen, to a southeast pocket of the district now known as Canoas…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Looking Back: Bay Area Kids Shows in the 1960s and 1970s

Photo: Collage of Bay Area kids shows in the 1960s and 1970s. Marshal J photo by John Shurtleff Stevens, courtesy of Anne Stevens. By the 1960s, television technology and programing had come quite…

Ralph Pearce
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Looking Back: Sayonara to Japantown's Historic Print Shop? (Part 2)

Photo: Takaichi's print shop was previously located on Jackson Street. Peter (Minanosuke) Takaichi also served as a minister at the nearby Konko Church. Photo courtesy of JAMsj Since a demolition…

Ralph Pearce
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 3:30 PM