The Rabbit Hole

I started this blog because I have collected so much information on the history of Oakland that I couldn't wait to share.  Posting in Facebook groups really isn't the best outlet for me.  I love sharing what I know and reading what others share.  But things get lost on Facebook. So with the help of my … Continue reading The Rabbit Hole

Montclair is…

The birth of Montclair The 1920s were economic boom years in the United States as a whole, and in California in particular.  Economic growth was fueled by the general post–World War I recovery, as well as oil discoveries in Los Angeles and, most notably, the widespread introduction of the automobile. Oakland expanded during the 1920s, … Continue reading Montclair is…

The Ward-Way – Homes by Montgomery Wards

In the 1940's Montgomery Wards through it's building services department sold pre-fab homes to be built by local contractors.  They would supply everything necessary to build your home. "The Ward Way method of building and furnishing is a simplified system of obtaining built to order home,"  states Ralph Jarvis  Ward-Way representative - Oakland Tribune Oct 27, 1940 … Continue reading The Ward-Way – Homes by Montgomery Wards