Share your story for Hayward museum exhibit

It’s oral and written history time over at the Hayward Area Historical Society, where they want to hear your fondest memories of Hayward, Cherryland, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview or old Russell City. They’re putting together an exhibit for the new museum space, which is under construction in the former Kumbala building at Foothill and Russell in downtown Hayward. The exhibit, scheduled to open in the fall, will feature memories of residents tied to the Hayward area, both of the recorded and written variety.

We were just talking about good ideas for the Hayward mural, here’s another chance to share some of your treasured or poignant moments. Deadline is April 30.

Read some examples, find out how to submit after the jump. Bonus: Historical photos, courtesy HAHS!

Share Your Story With the Hayward Area Historical Society

Personal memories will become the basis for a future exhibit at Hayward Area Historical Society, and they need the community’s help to make it happen!  HAHS is seeking short stories, written or recorded, from anyone who wants to share a personal memory that represents the Hayward area to them.  The Hayward area includes the city of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview, Cherryland, and the former Russell City.

Using these stories, HAHS Curator Diane Curry will be working to put together an engaging exhibition that truly reflects the community.  “We hope that people will see themselves in this exhibition,” Curry says.  The stories will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the HAHS collection, some never before seen.

Children playing, Russell City. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Children playing, Russell City. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Stories can be about a person, place, thing or event, such as this from a Castro Valley resident, “My late husband and I bought a home because we could afford it, then looked nearby as the school was so good, and bought a bigger one right by that very school.  My kids flew kites in the school field, and went ‘mudding’ at least once each winter.  . . I have a yard in which to grow fruit and vegetables and that, long ago, contained swing sets and Tonka Trucks.  I had some landscaping done a couple of years ago and the workmen lined up on the patio the archaeological findings:  a rubber fire truck, a rusted yellow steel pickup, various Hot Wheels, a Barbie and several jacks.”

Pet Parade, B Street, Hayward. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Pet Parade, B Street, Hayward. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

A Hayward resident shared this story, “I have many fond memories of growing up in Hayward but the best and most cherished memory of all is when my brother Dennis and I marched in the Pet Parade.  He was about 3 years old and I was about 5 years old . . .  Dennis and I dressed as cowboy and cowgirl and rode a tricycle pulling a wagon and cage with our dog ‘Lucky’ inside.  . .  I don’t remember if we won a prize or not but it didn’t matter because we had a lot of fun!”

Doggie Diner, corner of C and Mission, Hayward. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Doggie Diner, corner of C and Mission, Hayward. Image courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society.

Another Hayward resident recalled, “We arrived in Hayward in the summer of 1962 . . . at the Greyhound station which was located on Watkins Street.  We were all hungry so we walked to the Doggie Dinner at the corner of Mission and C Street for our first meal in Hayward.  The meal consisted of hot dogs with mustard and ketchup.  We were not familiar with the new tastes and foods of the United States.  Needless to say, we did not like the taste of them and we started missing our more familiar foods like tortillas and beans.    We crossed the street to the Hayward Library to eat our hot dogs on the green grass.  We sat there happy to be all together, yet trying to absorb all the strange sounds of cars and people speaking in a language that we did not understand.”

For additional information on the exhibition or HAHS, please visit www.haywardareahistory.org or contact Diane Curry at (510)581-0223.

Eric Kurhi

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, this is a wonderful story.

  • Eric Kurhi

    To be clear on the credit, everything after the jump is from a press release sent by the historical society — it’s their wonderful story! But I agree, a trio of very enjoyable tales, looking forward to reading more at the exhibit. And, of course, would also like to read similar stories here, if anyone is game to post ’em.

  • When I was a VERY young child growing up in Hayward, my mother worked as the cook for Hunt’s Restaurant on B Street, where the Bijou lounge is now located. The restaurant was owned by Norman and Marie Hunt. As part of my job on Saturdays, I would “baby-sit” their two Boxer dogs. After taking them out for walks, we would climb the stairs to the office for quiet time. The office had a sliding window that looked out over the dining room. Invariably it would get too hot up there and I would open the window and look out. Soon there would be a dog on each side of me giving greetings of a barks to the customers below. Since this was a part of the “ambiance” of Hunt’s nobody every complained and on days I was sick, the regulars would ask “Where’s Kathi and her side kicks?”.

    Times were simpler then, people made connections, children were safe and I sometimes long for those days.

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, your journalistic humility and professionalism is OK by me. I really want to acknowledge you for bringing more topics to HayWord than just the HUSD issues. The more and greater variety that you bring to HayWord, the greater the service to all. Again, thank you.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Spoke with curator Diane Curry about this exhibit, wanted to share what she said regarding these memories. She’s hoping to receive vignettes of life from the ’30s through the present. Often times we think history has to be old, but that’s not the case with this exhibit.

    “I could get (a story) from last week,” Curry said. “We want people to really make a connection. … History is yesterday.”

  • Kathi,
    That is exactly the kind of story we’re looking and, just the right length! It would be great if you would send it in for inclusion in the exhibition. I’ll find the perfect photo of the restaurant to go with it!

  • Sherry Blair

    I love that story Kathi and agree with everyone here today.

    I was born in Oakland and came to live in what we knew as Hayward, actually Ashland, when my dad came home from WWII. Our house was in a new subdivision on Clinton Ave where the westbound onramp to the 238 freeway is now.We were forced to sell by eminent domain. My parents were helped with an FHA loan. My dad and uncle built the garage themselves. I remember my brother jumping off the garage roof with a parachute Dad had brought home. There were five apricot trees in the back yard. My brother and I went to Ashland school. My mother worked as a nurse.

  • Sherry Blair

    Diane, This is so much fun. I think you could create a Historical Society blog like this one that people could come to and share their stories with other people. It is so much more rewarding in a group than sending letters up the hierarchy to an impersonal organization. (No insult intended.) Or maybe you already did. I haven’t checked.

  • Diane,
    Please don’t encourage me too much. I have many stories of “old” Hayward, before the freeway cut it in half. My husband was born and raised in Hayward, maybe I can convince him to relate some of his stories. In fact, I believe his parents donated an old portrait camera that they used in their studio..Les Booth Photography on B Street. This is really fun. Hayward “newbies” really don’t know what they missed before “modernization” moved is way into our little sleepy town.

  • Sherry Blair

    We need to bring back the elders to tell the stories that help guide the tribe into the future. At least the ones who aren’t already totally engaged in grandparenting and serving the community in other ways.

  • Getting together fond memories of Hayward. Am 78 years young and still, live within 10 miles of my birth place. Wernt to old Markham, Bret Harte and the class of 1950 Hayward High. Will tell all my old friends about hayword. Thanks for what you are doing.

  • It was called Hayward Hospital located on A Street this is where I was born in the 1950’s. I believe it is now called The Baker Building.
    You could see the building from the Wiener Schnitzel which was across the street where the Lucky’s now stands.
    As a child my fondest memories where the walks to town with my mother.
    With my allowance in hand the first stop would be the toy store on Foothill to buy Barbie and Skipper clothes. Or maybe the 88 Cent store to buy a nick-knack for my room.
    Grants was a favorite of mine to buy summer clothes. There you could buy shorts, tops and flip-flops for less than $5.00 and still have money left for barrettes or a head band.
    I remember the lunch counter they had where they served the best hot dogs.
    But none could compare with the Doggie Dinner on C and Mission. You could smell the hamburgers, hot dogs and the mustard from blocks away. They would hand you a burger nicely wrapped in white paper, I can still smell it.
    As I got older,one of my favorite hang outs was Pro Lanes Bowling Alley on Mission. I would used my baby-sitting money on the pin ball machines or take in a movie at the Hayward or Ritz Theatres.
    I still live in Hayward, this is where I grew up, this will always be my home.

  • Judy Battles

    I was born in the Hayward Hospital in 1948. My dad was born in Russell City in 1928. I spent my entire childhood thru high school in Hayward. I have such fond memories growing up. Hillcrest Elem. Bret Harte Jr, Tennyson HS. Would get dressed up and walk to town and meet my friends where we would get a 10cent coke at Woolworths….take our pics in a booth..all the old stores, Capwells, Lerners, Hartfields, Anitas. My mom took us to put our school clothes on layaway every year at Penneys. You could buy a new pair of Keds in all these beautiful colors for $3.11. Casper’s Hot Dogs on C St, the Ritz Theatre. I grew up on a dead end street which was later pushed thru to go to the college. The drive-in on Tennyson Rd, the A&W on Harder Rd…driving down Mission Blvd, waving to my friends working at the Christmas tree lots. Having a sundae at Prings at one end of Hayward..cruising the strip to the other end. Going to the club mtgs at the Library with Miss Conklin who would teach you how to preserve “bugs.” I loved growing up in Hayward…I wish it was still “that” Hayward. So many great memories…and a great childhood!

  • Michael Archuletta

    wow! This is the coolest thing I have read in a very long time. I love Hayward. Honestly I got kind of emotional reading this. Hi there my name is Michael Archuletta or ( TATTOO MIKE ). I’m 33 yrs. old. Born and raised right here in Hayward. Kaiser hospital on Tennyson Rd. to be exact. I grew up on the other side of town in a sub division called Schafer Park. My neighborhood is still there but definately not the same, :). I attended St. Bede’s school. Now i know 33 isnt the oldest age but boy do i have Hayward memories. As a little guy I remember going for walks with my mom to good ol’ Alphabeta. It was an old grocery store on Tennyson. I think it was where that DD’s clothing store is now. I remember how from, my house on Westwood St., right around dinner time the smell of REAL CHICKEN , from the Kentucky Fried Chicken, would fill the air. Mmm so good. . . . you dont smell anything now. Anyways I remember walking with my aunts or sometimes my grandfather to VENTURE MARKET. Venture’s, located on Gading Rd. and is now Yayo’s, was owned by Steve and Dennis. These guys also lived in the neighborhood so it was a very personable store. I remember when you were driving east on Harder Rd. you would drive over the train tracks not under. Sometimes if you were lucky, you would be able to look up at Cal State on the hill and see the letter “H” glowing from the building. They used to turn on certain lights in Cal State to make an “H”. I wish they still did that. I remember when Southland Mall was all dark brown tile under where the food coury is with an ice skating ring. I could go on an on hahaha. But now Im a Perfesional Tattoo Artist. Im currently in the process of opening my own shop here in Hayward. Maybe someone can get back to me on this, but I have drawn a Hayward California Mural and had it framed. It has things like Cal State with the “H” lit up, BART, Big Mike, Holiday Bowl, The Boulevard bridge, etc.. I would like to put it up in the museum if possibly. It’d be my picture donation.. . .Hayward was an awesome place to grow up. I miss old Hayward but definately excited about the new one

  • i was born in oakland ca. move to russell city with my family when i was very young, grew up there mostly poor family, moved to d st, across the st from which is now the public library, watch it being built. went to winton school, and just loved