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The Chung Mei Home for Boys

The drums began pounding at 2 p.m. A crowd of more than 1,500 people was gathered in front of El Cerrito’s city hall to mark a grand day in the city’s history.

It was opening day for the Chung Mei Home for Chinese Boys, said to be the only such orphanage in the United States.The year was 1935, and the 68 “Chung Mei boys” who were moving into the home, dressed in khaki uniforms ...story continues on The Patch

Dorothy & Sundar Shadi History Room

sundarshadiThe El Cerrito Historical Society offers "open hours" at the Dorothy & Sundar Shadi Historical Room (located in City Hall on the 2nd floor) on the third Thursday of every month. You can also contact the Historical Society to arrange an appointment.

You can also call Tom Panas at (510) 526-7507 for more information. (Click here to see the Shadi Room Reference Policy (the rules and policies for the Shadi Room.)


Historical Narrative Featured Story
FAIRMOUNT AVENUE by Mervin Belfils

Traveling up Fairmount Avenue on the north side of the street, in the middle of the first block above San Pablo, was a large building that was later moved to the southwest corner of Central and Kearney Street which belonged to the J. W. Shoute family. The family members were old time residents of this county and did a lot to improve the city. This building still stands at the corner of the intersection.

Then came the home of Forest H. Wright who came to El Cerrito and purchased a couple of lots in the Tapscott Tract, where he built his home. The family liked this area and Mr. Wright started selling property for Mr. Tapscott around 1911. He located many families here and was named tract manger for the company. He saw this city grow.

In about 1924 Mr. Wright was appointed city marshal and tax collector and was a very efficient officer who took a great interest in the welfare of this community. He was also superintendent of streets, which kept him fully occupied.

The Forest Wright family consisted of seven children, Vaughn, Otto, Pearl, Apperson, Harriet, Margaret, and James. "Pop", as everyone called him, worked for the city as treasurer until he retired. He has since passed away. His home on Fairmount Avenue at Lexington Street has been torn down to make room for a service station. (story continues)


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