The society of Oakland Pioneers was an organization active in the 1920s, open to anyone who lived in Oakland for fifty years. "The serious object of the society is stated to be to collect and preserve information relating to early settlers and the history of the city of Oakland." In the early 1920s the Oakland Tribune printed an article called "Ye Olden Oakland Days", with material contributed by the Oakland Pioneers. (Note, contrary to popular usage, "ye" is pronounced "the".) The articles appeared in Sunday editions of the Tribune. A partial list is below.

From "The Knave", Oakland Tribune, 16 Jan 1921, Sun, Page 38

Oakland Pioneers

I have received an interesting communication from Fred L. Button of Oakland. It concerns the society of Oakland Pioneers, of which he is the president. Informing particulars regarding this organization are set forth in a circular. That the general knowledge regarding it is not universal may be due to the fact that it was organized as recently as a year ago. But it evidently has an appeal, for there is given a list of 103 members. I recognize many familiar names in this list -  those of former Governor George C. Pardee, Sheriff Frank Darner, Sigmund Beel, the violinist; Henry Blote of the Chronicle (there are three Blotes); Fred A. Campbell, Ed H. Hamilton, dean of newspaper men; Charles G. Reed, Judge E. C. Robinson, to mention a very few. Anybody who has lived in Oakland fifty years is eligible for membership, the costs of which are not onerous - one dollar admission fee and two dollars annual dues, and that the dues may not become burdensome they are made payable quarterly. The serious object of the society is stated to be to collect and preserve information relating to early settlers and the history of the city of Oakland. Meetings are held in one of the police court rooms in the city hall regularly on the second Friday evening of each month. The annual meeting was held last Friday, the 14th. It can be seen readily where such a society has a great field for usefulness in such a rapidly expanding community as Oakland, not to consider the social possibilities incident to renewing acquaintances and recounting former events and experiences.

THE KNAVE.

 The articles can be hard to find, because modern optical character recognition does not recognize the hand-drawn header.

 

Clippings of the known instances of Ye Olden Oakland Days

If you find any that are missing, please contribute them here. They can be hard to find. They did not always occur in the same section of the paper, and are not present in some Sunday editions.

Date Clipping Subject & URL Transcription Comment
7/4/1920
Fresh water springs, bridge to Goat Island, reunions

Springs, Gibbons Folly, Oakland Pioneers - Ye Olden Oakland Days No. 1 (?) - Oakland Tribune - 04 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 38

 
7/11/1920
Mountain View Cemetery
Oakland Cemeteries in the 1850s, New Members - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 11 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 23  
7/18/1920
flower shows, exposition, pavilion
Agricultural Expositions of 1859 - 1865 - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 18 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 11  
7/25/1920
Remembrances of John S. Gilmore, 1860s, university, brewery, baseball
College of California, Baseball, Beer - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 25 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 8  
8/1/1920
train wreck 1869, wharf broke, ship building
train wreck 1869, wharf broke, ship building - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Sun, Aug 1, 1920 - Oakland Tribune - Page 13  
8/8/1920
Luis Maria Peralta, towns, Moses Chase, Carpentier, Moon, Adams 

Luis Maria Peralta, Moses Chase, Oakland History - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 08 Aug 1920, Sun - Page 10

 
8/22/1920
Ye Olden Days (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers) George Potter, nursery
Ye Olden Oakland Days - 8/22/1920  
8/29/1920
Agricultural Pavilion William "Billy" Blote

Ye Olden Oakland Days - 8/29/1920

 
9/5/1920
Getting water, getting into the circus, by Billy Blote
Ye Olden Oakland Days - 9/5/1920  
9/26/1920
Games and pranks, Billy Blote
Ye Olden Oakland Days - 9/26/1920  
10/3/1920
HENRY PAUL CORDES

Henry Paul Cordes, Harry Linden - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 03 Oct 1920, Sun - Page 43

 
10/10/1920
Native Americans, Spaniards, Americans in Oakland OAKLAND'S BEGINNINGS By Chas. G. Reed
   
10/17/1920
Patten, Chase, Clinton, San Antonio, Lynn, Brooklyn By Charles G. Reed
   
10/24/1920
House-movers in Oakland, Marshall Curtiss Billy Blote

Ye Olden Oakland Days - 10/24/1920

 
10/31/1920
OAKLAND'S BEGINNINGS (No. 3) BY CHARLES G. REED

Oakland Incorporation, Waterfront, Purchase, Subdivision - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 31 Oct 1920, Sun - Page 45

 
11/7/1920
OAKLAND'S BEGINNINGS (NO. 4) BY CHAS. G. REED

Oakland Ferries in the 1850s - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 07 Nov 1920, Sun - Page 9

 
11/14/1920
OAKLAND'S FIRST RAILROAD (NO. 1) By M. T. DUSINBURY

OAKLAND'S FIRST RAILROAD (NO. 1) - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 14 Nov 1920, Sun - Page 43

 
11/21/1920
OAKLAND'S FIRST RAILROAD (No. 2) By M. T. Dusinbury

OAKLAND'S FIRST RAILROAD (No. 2) - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 21 Nov 1920, Sun - Page 7

 
11/28/1920
OAKLAND EARLY DAYS (NO. 5) BY CHAS. G. REED

OAKLAND IN EARLY DAYS (No. 5) - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 28 Nov 1920, Sun - Page 12

 
12/5/1920
Election fraud in 1854 Mayor race, Alameda Express, fire & school departments OAKLAND IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 6) BY CHAS. G. REED (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers)
   
12/12/1920
Old Man Hogan, Henry Vrooman, Hutchinson's Nursery - Billy Blote
Ye Olden Oakland Days - 12/12/1920  
12/19/1920
Oakland in Early Days
   
12/26/1920
Billy Fireball and seasons
   
1/2/1921
OAKLAND IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 8) BY CHAS G. REED Broadway Wharf and the First Public School 
   
1/9/1921
OAKLAND'S FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL
   
1/16/1921
WILD GAME IN EARLY DAYS
   
1/23/1921
OAKLAND'S FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL
   
1/30/1921
OAKLAND BUSINESS HOUSES IN 1854
   
2/6/1921
Oakland in Early Days (No. 11) By Chas. G. Reed WATERFRONT MATTERS (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 28)
   
2/13/1921
POSTMASTERS AND POSTOFFICES (Conributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 29)
   
2/20/1921
EARLY DAY NOTES
   
2/27/1921
WATERFRONT MATTERS
   
3/6/1921
EARLY DAY DRYGOODS STORES by J. S. Gilmore (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 32) 
   
3/13/1921
EARLY DAY DRYGOODS STORES (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 33) By J. S. GILMORE (Continued)
   
3/20/1921
EARLY DAY DRYGOODS STORES By J. S Gilmore No. 34
   
3/27/1921
EARLY DAY DRYGOODS STORES By J. S. Gilmore (Concluded) (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 35) 
   
4/3/1921
HOW MOTHER PAID FOR THE HOUSE (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 36) By Robt. T. Donovan
   
4/10/1921
UNCLE FRED AND HIS BIG GAME - Billie Blote (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 37)
Ye Olden Oakland Days - 4/10/1921  
4/17/1921
WATERFRONT AND FERRY CONTROVERSY No. 38
   
5/1/1921
WATER FRONT MATTERS Oakland in Early Days (No. 14) by Chas. G. Reed No. 39
   
5/22/1921
AROUND TOWN WITH THE BOYS IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 4) (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 40.)
   
5/29/1921
SOME REMINISCENCES OF EARLY DAYS (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 41) By Robt. T. Donovan
   
6/5/1921
MELONS, SALLY HART AND THE FAKIRS (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 42)
   
6/12/1921
OAKLAND'S FIRST SCHOOL HOUSE By Chas. G. Reed (No. 15) (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 43)
   
7/17/1921
A boy's memories of Oakland
   
7/31/1921
AMONG THE BOYS IN THE EARLY DAYS (NO. 3) By Robert T. Donovan No. 45
   
8/7/1921
statistics as to present membership No. 46
   
8/21/1921
OLD COLLEGE BOYS AND ST. PATRICK'S DAY By HENRY MALOON No. 47
   
8/28/1921
How the Oakland Pioneers Started. By R. J. Cavasso No. 49
  There should be a #48, but I have been unable to find it. This is in fact the 49th, if you count up to this occurrence.
9/4/1921
THE CREEK ROUTE IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 1) By Henry Maloon
   
9/11/1921
THE CREEK ROUTE IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 2) By Henry Maloon (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 51)
   
9/18/1921
LOWER BROADWAY IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 1) By Henry Maloon (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 52)
   
9/25/1921
LOWER BROADWAY IN EARLY DAYS (NO. 2) By Henry Maloon (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 53)
   
10/2/1921
FOURTEENTH AND BROADWAY IN EARLY DAYS No. 54 By Henry Maloon
   
10/9/1921
THREE OF THE OLD TIMERS No. 55 By Miss Nolan
   
10/16/1921
THE BLAKE SEMINARY PARTY By Chas. G. Reed (No. 14) No. 56
   
10/23/1921
CHINATOWN IN EARLY DAYS By William E. ("Billie") Blote (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers, No. 57)
   
10/30/1921
THE CREEK FERRIES OF EARLY DAYS By Henry Maloon, No. 1 (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 58)
   
11/6/1921
THE CREEK FERRIES OF EARLY DAYS (No. 2) By Henry Maloon
   
11/13/1921
THE CREEK FERRIES OF EARLY DAYS (No. 3) By Henry Maloon No. 60 (Continued from last Sunday)
   
11/20/1921
HARDY'S WOODS AND THE OLD SWIMMING HOLES By William E. Blote (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 61)
   
11/27/1921
Crofutt's Transcontinental Tourist's Guide 1872 No. 62
   
      There should be a #63, but I have been unable to find it. Perhaps it's because of this: OAKLAND PIONEER RAIL MAN DIES Myron T. Dusinbury Oakland Pioneers
12/11/1921
How Oakland Looked in 1872 No. 64 No. 2 - Continued from Nov. 27th. 
   
12/18/1921
OAKLAND'S FIRST RAILROAD No. 65
   
12/25/1921
AMUSEMENT GARDENS IN EARLY DAYS No. 66 (By Wm. E. "Billie" Blote)
   
1/1/1922
AMUSEMENT GARDENS IN EARLY DAYS (No. 2) (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 67) Billie Blote 
   
1/15/1922
No. 69 statistics present membership
  There should have been a 1/8/1922 entry numbered No. 68, but notice that we have two No. 71's after this.
1/29/1922
BADGER'S PARK No. 71 By William E. Blote
   
2/5/1922
Poems No. 71
   
2/12/1922
OLD BUILDINGS - SOME CORRECTIONS By Chas. G. Reed No. 73
   
2/19/1922
Early Day Business Houses No. 74
   
2/26/1922
A TRAVELER SEES OAKLAND IN 1876 No. 76
   
3/12/1922
Tragic End of Oakland's First Policeman By Henry Maloon No. 77
   
3/19/1922
HOW OAKLAND LOOKED FIFTY YEARS AGO No. 78
   
3/26/1922
AN OLD GUARDS' EXCURSION (NO. 1) By Henry Maloon No. 79
   
4/2/1922
AN OLD GUARD'S EXCURSION (NO. 2) (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 80) By Henry Maloon
   
4/9/1922
THE EARLY-DAY RAT PIT. By William E. Blote No. 81
   
4/16/1922
FIRST SETTLEMENT IN OAKLAND Contributed by Oakland Pioneers (No. 82)
   
4/23/1922
AN EARLY DAY TRIP TO MT. DIABLO No. 83
   
5/7/1922
THE TURN-TABLE SCRAP By William E. Blote No. 84
   
5/28/1922
HORSES AND EARLY STREET CARS By Miss Camille Nolan (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 85)
   
6/4/1922
A FEW EARLY DAY NOTES By Miss Camille Nolan No. 86
   
6/11/1922
THE BLAKE SEMINARY BLOCK By Henry Maloon No. 87
   
6/18/1922
HOW COL. FITCH NEARLY BOUGHT OAKLAND
   
7/16/1922
HISTORY OF THE OLD SQUATTER GUN By Henry Maloon No. 89 (Continued from last Sunday)
   
7/30/1922
SAN FRANCISCO BAY IN 1835. From Dana's "Two Years Before the Mast" (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 90)
   
8/13/1922
AMONG THE OAKLAND REDWOODS IN EARLY DAYS (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers, No. 91)

Ye Olden Oakland Days AMONG THE OAKLAND REDWOODS IN EARLY DAYS - Oakland Tribune - 13 Aug 1922, Sun - Page 55

 
8/20/1922
The following reference to our city is from the "Tourists' Illustrated Guide," by Major Ben C. Truman, published in 1884 No. 93
  Looks like we skipped No. 92.
8/27/1922
SOME ANECDOTES OF EARLY-DAY LAWYERS No. 94 Jos. B. de las Casas
   
9/3/1922
UP BROADWAY IN 1863 No. 95
   
9/24/1922
MANUFACTURING IN OAKLAND 42 YEARS AGO No. 96
   
10/15/1922
DOWN BROADWAY IN 1863 By Wm. E. Blote No. 97
   
10/22/1922
DOWN BROADWAY IN 1863 - NO. 3 By Wm. E. Blote Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 98
   
11/5/1922
OAKLAND BUSINESS HOUSES IN 1866. No. 99
   
11/19/1922
OAKLAND BUSINESS HOUSES IN 1866 (Continued) No. 100
   
12/3/1922
IMPRESSIONS OF OAKLAND IN 1868 No. 101
   
12/17/1922
OAKLAND GUARD TARGET SHOOTS. By Wm. E. Blote No. 102
   
12/31/1922
COXEY AND KELLY'S ARMY IN OAKLAND By Wm. E. Blote (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 103)
   
1/28/1923
statistics membership No. 104
   
2/4/1923
THE MAYORS OF OAKLAND 1852 TO 1923 (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers. No. 105)
   
3/4/1923
THOSE LIVELY PICNICS AT BADGER'S PARK By Wm. E. Blote Contributed by Oakland Pioneers, No. 106.
   
3/11/1923
SOME OF OAKLAND'S EARLY DAY TWINS By Chas. G. Reed No. 107
   
3/18/1923
A HOT SUNDAY AT BADGER'S PARK By John S. Gilmore Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 108
   
4/8/1923
THE OLD COLLEGE SCHOOL No. 109
   
8/26/1923
Peralta, Galindo, Castro, Alvarado, Moraga, Estudillo, Alviso, Pacheco, Livermore Ye Olden Oakland Days TO BLOG
   
9/2/1923
OAKLAND'S FIRST SCHOOL HOUSE (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 111)
   
9/9/1923
AN EARLY DAY SABBATH IN OAKLAND By REV. SAMUEL B. BELL No. 112
   
9/16/1923
ANOTHER EARLY SABBATH IN OAKLAND By REV. SAML. B. BELL. (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers, No. 113)
   
9/23/1923
CHRISTENING THE NEW CITY. By REV. SAML. B. BELL. (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 114)
   
9/30/1923
EARLY DAY NOTES ON LINCOLN AVENUE. By REV. FRANKLIN RHODA (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 115)

EARLY DAY NOTES ON LINCOLN AVENUE. - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 30 Sep 1923, Sun - Page 4

 
12/16/1923
AS FREMONT SAW OAKLAND IN 1846 No. 115
  Oops, two No. 115's.
12/23/1923
OAKLAND AS HITTELL SAW IT IN 1874. Contributed by Oakland Pioneers No. 116.
   
3/9/1924
A SOUVENIR OF AN EARLY FOURTH OF JULY No. 117
   
7/12/1925
OAKLAND SIXTY YEARS AGO No. 119
   
3/21/1926
THE COMANCHE - A CIVIL WAR RELIC By Chas G. Reed (Contributed by Oakland Pioneers - No. 121)
   
4/5/1926
THE PASSING OF A PIONEER BUILDING By Charles G. Reed