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Fudetaro and Seijiro Horio in 1908
In 1895, two brothers immigrated to the United States from Japan and wound up working for the Von Dorsten family on Foxworthy Road in the Willow Glen area of San Jose (now known as Foxworthy Avenue ). After saving for many years, Seijiro and Fudetaro Horio began buying nearby properties until they had a swath of land that ran from Foxworthy Road to Koch Lane on the east side of Cherry Avenue. This was prior to the restrictive California Alien Land Law of 1913 which prohibited "aliens ineligible for citizenship" from owning agricultural land or possessing long-term leases. This law...Read more...
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corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets
Built about the same time as Heinlenville Chinatown, the one-story brick building on the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets was first home to Chinese tenants. By 1901, the first Japanese businesses in the area that would become known as Japantown appeared in the building. In the early 1930s, the building would house some of the earliest Filipino businesses in the community. Facing Sixth Street, the (then) blank brick wall on the Jackson Street side of the building was used as a community bulletin board. At some point after WWII, a door and windows were added to the Jackson...Read more...
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Energy-Saving Toolkit
San José Public Library Marks Earth Day with Free Energy-Saving Toolkits for Library Patrons 23-branch LEED-designed system extends San José Green Vision efficiency and conservation philosophy to library cardholders via partnership with Silicon Valley Energy Watch San José, Calif., April 22, 2014 — To mark Earth Day 2014, the San José Public Library today announced that all branches in the 23-location system have available free Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices. The toolkits include an illustrated user guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and...Read more...
Mt. Umunhum
Living in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1960s and 1970s, a familiar sight was the radar tower with its spinning radar on top of Mount Umunhum . Not only was it a familiar and comforting sight, but it provided a point of reference. I remember that I could see the tower from my parents’ room, and I would occasionally just stand there watching the huge mounted radar screen spinning around and around. One time on the way home from Santa Cruz we passed very close to the station and I was amazed at its size and the huge red...Read more...
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We Love Our Volunteers - Thanks! - National Volunteer Week
Contact: Steven Brewster (415) 577-8851 steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org Volunteers Bring Diverse Talents and Expertise to San José Public Library Patrons From English-as-a-Second-Language, knitting and computer classes to homework helpers, Friends of the Library, and readers to children, volunteers provide a variety of resources to meet community needs San José, Calif., April 8, 2014 — Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library, announced today that 1,900 volunteers donated 60,000 hours over the past year throughout the 23-branch system, which supported library programs and services. Volunteers participated in and drove a wide variety of activities including adult literacy, citizenship, computer and career skills, English-as-a-Second-Languageprograms...Read more...
Save Energy and Money - the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Kit
Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out! This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment. You get to keep: Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors Low-flow showerhead that gently...Read more...
Clyde Arbuckle with man in cemetary
I remember standing outside of La Villa Delicatessen on Lincoln Avenue about 1977 or so, when out walks a mustachioed fellow in a kind of khaki uniform with a broad-brimmed, circular hat like a park ranger would wear. I watched him as he began to survey the scene with a kind of contemplative seriousness. I wondered who on earth this guy was. In 1978, I began working at a used bookstore on the corner of Lincoln and Franquette Avenues, near Curtner. One day this same fellow walks in, still wearing that distinctive outfit. The owner of the bookstore, Myron Wahlstrand,...Read more...
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The Cuckoo's Calling cover
My favorite genre is mystery – I love trying to figure out 'whodunit' and I especially love it if I can figure out the mystery before it is revealed. See if you are a super sleuth by picking up one of these 5forU books! Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick & Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true… What really happened to Nick's beautiful wife? The Cuckoo’s Calling by...Read more...
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Troy Laundry Company
Photo courtesy of Edith C. Smith Collection/Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San Jose State University As a teenager in the 1970s, I remember going with my dad one time to pick up his cleaning. That sounds pretty boring, but when we pulled up to the cleaners, I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was an incredible old building that looked as though it had stood untouched for fifty years, and that was in fact pretty much the situation. The signage, the windows, the doors, the paint; everything appeared to have been untouched since the day the building was...Read more...
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Sci-fi is one of the areas where YA fiction really excels. Here are a few titles that can get you started or can feed your love of the genre. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card : Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; in fact, he is engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Ender Wiggin is six years old when his training begins. He will...Read more...