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about the Livermore Heritage Guild and LHG members. ...... 3/4/2001
Lincoln Highway Association Quarterly Meeting
Draws 50 Enthusiastic Spectators to Duarte Garage
- On Saturday, January 8, the Livermore Heritage Guild
hosted the quarterly meeting of the California Chapter of the
Lincoln Highway Association at the Guild's Lincoln Highway (Duarte)
Garage on Portola Avenue. Several visitors arrived in 1920 -
1930s cars and trucks.
The event started at noon with an informal luncheon and socializing
between fifty LHG and LHA members.
Two speakers highlighted the early afternoon meeting agenda.
LHG member and local historian Gary Drummond and LHA member Wes
discussed the history of the Duarte and Altamont Pass Garages,
the history of transportation through Livermore, and the coming
of the Lincoln Highway in 1915. ...... 1/9/2000
LHG 2000 Calendars
Available at History Center
- The Livermore Heritage Guild's 2000 calendar is now
on sale at the History Center in the Carnegie Building.
The titled this year is "Livermore - Past, Present, and
Future." Price is $9.50 at the History Center.
Add $1.75 if you would like the calendar mailed to you......
Also, calendars from past years are available at the History
Center. With their historic photos of Livermore,
- these calendars make good gifts for children born
in those years and are useful for children doing
reports for school......3/20/2000
Life Story of Robert Livermore
Available at History Center
- We recently acquired 60 more copies of Janet Newton's
book Las Positas, The Life Story of Robert Livermore.
If you would like a copy, they are available for $14.95 at the
History Center in the Carnegie Library. Once these copies are
gone, more than likely the book will never be reprinted due to
publishing costs...... 11/14/99
Celebration Honors 200th Anniversary
A recent birthday bash for Robert Livermore's 200th
birthday was a big success. Over 150 people attended the dinner
event which was held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Livermore,
CA on Saturday, October 9, 1999. Over one third of those attending
were Robert Livermore's descendants. Gary Drummond gave a presentation
on the Life and Times of Robert Livermore and each guest received
a brief summation of his life story as well as a special edition
numbered laminated bookmark. This was by far the biggest turnout
we have ever had for an LHG annual general meeting.
of Robert Livermore's Birth
- We would like to thank all the people who helped with the
preparation for the Robert Livermore birthday party, Special
thanks to Bill and Susan Junk, Karen Richardson, Tim Sage, Anna
Siig and Gary Drummond and the other volunteers that helped set
up and tear down tables. We would also like to thank Elizabeth
Dowdle, who was instrumental in contacting so many of the Livermore
Heritage Guild Auction
The Annual LHG Auction was another big hit. A special
thank you to auctioneers Lynn Owens and Randy Taylor for their
time and efforts. Thanks also goes to all the LHG volunteers who
made this auction happen. This years auction brought in over $2500
which will be applied to repainting the Duarte Garage.... 6/30/99
Museum Fund Created
The Livermore Heritage Guild at its December meeting
adapted a resolution creating the Livermore Heritage Guild Museum Fund.
The Fund was established in celebration of the Guilds 25th birthday
and is seen as a means of guaranteeing the existence of the LHG
Museum and its archives for future generations. (For more details
about the LHG Museum Fund and Guild history see the December
1998 and January 1999
LHG Newsletters.) Information about how to contribute to the Museum
Fund may be obtained by calling 449-9927 .... 1/23/98
Livermore Newspaper Indexes Available on CD
The Livermore Public Library recently announced the
completion of the first segment of its project to transfer Barbara
Bunshah's indexes to local newspapers onto digital compact disks
(CDs). The first CD, which can be searched by Macintosh and PC
computers, contains indexes to local newspapers issued between
1899 and 1929. A copy of the CD has been sent to the California
State Library for their archives. The California State Library
provided funding for the project. The indexes to local newspapers
is unique. Moving them to CD preseverves and enhances this valuable
local historical resource for future generations. (See announcement
in December 1998 LHG
Newsletter.) .... 12/15/98
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT
Until 1875 the townspeople in Laddsville enjoyed bull fights
on Sundays. On occasion, a bear was pitted against a bull, or
a dog was set upon a badger that was given refuge in a barrel.
"This was an amusing contest and often lasted for hours".
....... In the early 1880's the Livermore Herald offered
flats of blue gum seedlings to grow as firewood. Up to this time,
firewood had to be hauled 10 to 15 miles from the hills. .......
Probably the first moving picture ever seen in Livermore was on
June 1, 1897 when Thomas Edison's "projectoscope" was
shown at the Farmers' Union theatre. .... 4/21/99 ...... More: I Didn't Know That
If you are interested in the latest hot topic, the
California Gold Rush, you'll want to read "Recollections
of Mary Ann Harlan Smith", a first person account of mining
at Coloma in the summer of 1848. It's available at the Guild's
1898 was the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning
of the Klondike Gold Rush. The Guild published a series of letters
and news items relating the adventures from 1897 to 1906 of the
40-some Livermore people who went to the Far North gold country.
Get your copy of The Klondike News by Gary Drummand and
Anna Siig at the History Center.
...............FROM THE GARAGE
- AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY NOTES..............
The first sanctioned auto race in the United States
was held on the streets of Chicago in 1895. Eighty-nine cars were
entered, despite the fact that there were not 89 working automobiles
in all of America at that time. The race was postponed for three
and one half weeks to give mechanics time to have more cars ready,
but on race day only six cars were entered. The Durea won the
54 mile race which was closely followed by such men as P.E. Studebaker,
Henry Ford, and Ransome E. Olds. Before long there was a major
race every year and then later a race circuit beginning in California
in early spring and following the weather across the country to
the east coast in late summer, Little thought was given to safety
and in 1908 fifty drivers, mechanics and spectators were killed.
A mechanic rode with the driver in those days mainly to man the
fuel pump and do roadside repairs. They carried spare parts and
tires with them. Among his other duties, the mechanic would sometimes
drag a broom on the track to blind a pursuing driver with dust.
They were also known to occasionally toss a hand-full of bolts
and nuts in the path of an oncoming competiton. by Bill Junk ..7/98...Source:
Invention & Technology Magazine
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