History of Alameda

A collection of articles on Alameda History by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos

 

Alameda Chamber of Commerce postcard of Neptune Beach
Alameda Musuem - Robert R. Thompson

Lincoln Park Denizen Made His Fortune in Oregon

Jul 03,2014

Captain Robert R. Thompson once lived in a stately mansion in today’s Lincoln Park. Before coming to Alameda he made his fortune as a principal shareholder of the Oregon Steam Navigation Company. Thompson came overland to Oregon in 1846 on an emigrant wagon train.  

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Courtesy Arthur A. Shilt - This sketch of “Rosebush” shows James D. Farrell’s home “Homebush” after the O’Hara Taaffe family moved in.

Vigilante, Rope Maker Once Made His Home on Site of Lincoln Park

Jun 12,2014

Ship captain James D. Farwell arrived in San Francisco in the spring of 1850. He had safely captained the steamboat Tehama from Panama. Farwell, who hailed from Maine, opened a chandlery on Clay Street in San Francisco. As a chandler he supplied the ships in port with their wares.

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Photo by Dennis Evanosky. Edward Childs built this home in 1880 for Adolph Schnabel. The design combines elements of the Stick style with the Second-Empire style’s mansard roof.

The Second Empire Style and its Signature Roof

Jun 05,2014

In 1880 Adolph H. Schnabel hired Edward Childs to build a home for him at 2233 Santa Clara Ave. The federal census, taken in June of that year, shows Adolph and his brother Augustus living in Otto Beck’s hotel on Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

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