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.
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.
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|
|7/11/1920||Oakland Cemeteries in the 1850s, New Members - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 11 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 23|
|7/18/1920||Agricultural Expositions of 1859 - 1865 - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Oakland Tribune - 18 Jul 1920, Sun - Page 11|
|7/25/1920||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 - Ye Olden Oakland Days - Sun, Aug 1, 1920 - Oakland Tribune - Page 13|
|8/22/1920||Ye Olden Oakland Days - 8/22/1920|
|9/5/1920||Ye Olden Oakland Days - 9/5/1920|
|9/26/1920||Ye Olden Oakland Days - 9/26/1920|
|12/12/1920||Ye Olden Oakland Days - 12/12/1920|
|4/10/1921||Ye Olden Oakland Days - 4/10/1921|
|8/28/1921||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.|
|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|
|1/15/1922||There should have been a 1/8/1922 entry numbered No. 68, but notice that we have two No. 71's after this.|
|8/20/1922||Looks like we skipped No. 92.|
|12/16/1923||Oops, two No. 115's.|