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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 Narratives
Melvin Melfits

El Cerrito Kennel Club

When the work was started on the construction of the dog-racing course in September of 1932 by Wembley Amusement Corporation, it was the hope of the corporation to be completed and ready for service by the 15th of October. John J. Jerome, who was in charge of the construction of the track, had the men work in two shifts starting out at six in the morning and continuing until six in the evening. An unemployment list was compiled by the city of El Cerrito and placed in the hands of the corporation as 200 men were employed during the construction of the track and all local help was being used for the construction of this course.

This track was situated south of Fairmount Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and the Santa Fe Railroad tracks and had a seating capacity of over 3,000 people. [Editor's Note: BART now runs where the Santa Fe tracks were located.] The El Cerrito Kennel Club was run by "Blackjack Jerome" and the reason he picked up this name of "Blackjack" was because he was a streetcar strike breaker in Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland...(story continues)



The El Cerrito Historical Society presents:

Celebrating 80 Years of the East Bay Regional Park District and its connection with the Civilian Conservation Corps and WPA

A presentation by David Zuckermann, supervising naturalist with the East Bay Regional Park District

In the late 1920s thousands of acres of pristine watershed land suddenly became available for development. But civic leaders wanted to preserve the land as wilderness and for public enjoyment. In 1934, during the depths of the Depression, the public voted to create the first regional park agency in the nation. By 1936, the new district had purchased enough land to create its first three regional parks—and federal New Deal programs supplied much of the labor and capital to build them.

Date, Time & /Location:
Wednesday, August 27, 2014. 7 p.m. Free.
El Cerrito Community Center,
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.
Wheelchair accessible Light refreshments.

Dave Weinstein, 510-524-1737
Email: davidsweinstein@yahoo.com


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