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The Sallie Rutherford Thaler Memorial Fountain is a (currently non-working) fountain in Lakeside Park near the Gardens at Lake Merritt. It was designed by Irwin Luckman, and dedicated March 5, 1961, in memory of Sallie Rutherford Thaler.

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There is a plaque on the side of the fountain reading:

Presented to the City of Oakland
by Aloha Parlor No. 106
Native Daughters of the Golden West
In memory of our past president
Sallie Rutherford Thaler
May 19, 1888 - March 8, 1958
A lifelong resident of Oakland
Grand Secretary, NDGW for 31 years
     Dedicated March 5, 1961

Thaler died March 8, 1958. Friends said she loved nature, and particularly loved the location near the lake, which was about a mile from their home. At the dedication ceremony, mayor Clifford Rishell accepted the fountain on behalf of the city. Also in attendance were parks superintendent William Penn Mott and Andre T. Fontes, chairman of the parks commission.

Program and clippings courtesy Jaynie Thaler Moore.

Oakland Tribune March, 1961 Oakland Tribune March 1, 1961