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El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce Honors ESHS!
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce officially selected the El Sobrante Historical Society as its "Business Of The Year" for 2012. This was quite a happy surprise, as we have only been around for two years. Apparently, however, the Chamber folks had determined that our efforts have had a positive effect, not only on the awareness of the history of our community, but on the general business climate as well. We couldn't be more proud.We are looking forward to a great year in 2013!
In addition to the award from the Chamber, the Society was also honored with a "Big Picture Award" from the West County Waste Water District, for our "Outstanding Service to the Community." Lastly, we were presented with a "Certificate of Recognition"from John Gioia, Contra Costa County District 1 Supervisor.
District 1 Supervisor, John Gioia,
El Sobrante Stroll, September 16, 2012
This was the second Stroll for our young historical society. We had new exhibits and photos to display. All four of our founding members were on hand for at least part of the day. Shown here, from left are: Steve James, Donald Bastin, and Maury Abraham. Maury brought an ancient garden tiller that his father had used on his little farm along Santa Rita Road in the 1940s and 1950s. He also created a wonderful hand-out, a self-guided walking tour of downtown El Sobrante. We also had El Sobrante and Richmond history books for sale, as well as a 2013 calendar, based on a calendar put out by the Skow Dairy in 1951. All in all, it was a busy day. It seems that the El Sobrante Stroll gets more popular every year.
Ya gotta love the El Sobrante Stroll!
There's nothing quite like it. The parade, which starts at 11 am, consists of a wide collection of school and community groups, local dignitaries, horses and their riders, and people with all kinds of animals, like the girl at right, holding a large boa constrictor. Everyone wanted to touch the snake. At right is Mike Frith, manager of the Mechanics Bank, which is just visible in the background.
One group that was missing this year was the Sikhs. We missed their color and music. Hope to see them next year!
El Sobrante Stroll, September 18, 2011. Sandwiched between the SPAWNERS booth and the El Sobrante Library booth, the newly-created ESHS was well situated to offer information about our group and to tell the story of the evolution of our community.
Three of the four founding members were present. From left:
Donald Bastin, Steve James, Lyle Miller.
The fourth member, Maurice Abraham, was vacationing in Europe and unable to attend, but made up for his absence by allowing us to use his most excellent canopy.
History Expo, Hercules Library, October 22, 2011.
The ESHS joined with other local historical societies to share information with each other and with interested members of the public. Other groups included: Pinole Historical Society, Hercules Historical Society, El Cerrito Historical Society, San Pablo Historical Society, Rodeo Historical Society, and the Contra Costa County Historical Society. In the photo at right are (from left) sisters Margaret Prather and Deanna Brownlee, of the Faria family of Pinole. Behind the ESHS table is
Exhibit: A Place For All Reasons, November, 2011
Our very first exhibit was featured in the display case in the entrance-way of the El Sobrante Library, and, appropriately, covered the rich and interesting history of the library itself. If you missed it, don't despair, as we are planning to put this exhibit on (more or less) permanent display in the library's Periodical Room.
Event: Small Town, Big Changes-A brief history of El Sobrante and San Pablo Creek, February 1, 2012.
At a meeting of SPAWNERS (San Pablo Watershed Neighbors Education and Restoration Society), Author Donald Bastin gave a powerpoint presentation and afterwards sold (and signed) copies of the newly-published history of El Sobrante. This event was attended by many El Sobrante Old-Timers who had an opportunity to share memories.
Standing room only!
(Photo courtesy of Lyle Miller)
Exhibit: Pieces of the Past. At the El Sobrante Library, January 15 through February, 2012. A unique collection of Native American artifacts recovered in 1950 from a mound along San Pablo Creek, in El Sobrante. On loan from Dorothy Phillippi, on whose property the items were uncovered by famed anthropologist, Robert Heizer, who estimated their age at between 2000 and 3000 years. If you missed this exhibit, that's a shame, as they may not be shown again.
El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce Mixer, Mechanics Bank, March 14, 2012.
These mixers are held monthly and are sponsored by various community groups or businesses. The March mixer was hosted by ESHS, and was attended by about 40 guests. In this photo, we see, from left: Jennifer Arrouzet (Chamber President), Michael Frith (Bank Mgr), Barbara Pendergrass (Chair, El Sobrante MAC), Jean and Maurice Abraham.
Reunion at De Anza High School and Kennedy Grove, August 18, 2012.
On Saturday, August 18, graduates of De Anza High School shared memories of the old school, meeting on the newly-renovated baseball field. Originally, the plan was to tour the new school, which is nearing completion. However, lawyers got involved, and it was apparently determined that liability issues would preclude any such tour. Bummer. On the bright side, the old school was kept open, and alumni wandered freely down the halls, through the cafeteria, the library, and even the bathrooms. To this ex-student (class of '61), the inside of the school looked surprisingly well-maintained and, well, ready for another class. Turns out that the old building will be in use for some time yet, as the new building is not expected to be completely ready for use for perhaps up to another year.
From Left: Bill Patterson, Class of '62; Don Cook, Class of '60.
Looking east down the De Anza main hallway.
Reunion at Kennedy Grove.
From left: Scott Harriman and Walter Wheat, both from the class of '68. Scott is the son of De Anza coach Neal Harriman. Walter is the son of Wilbert and Vesper Wheat, pioneer African American family in El Sobrante.