NEWARK — NewPark Mall is surrounded by a parking lot, Interstate 880 and auto dealers, but Emiline Rose’s vision of the area is quite different.
What Rose, a 100-year-old Fremont resident, sees there is an avalanche of memories, going as far back as 1918. She was 5 then, and starting her lessons at Mowry’s Landing School, which stood next to the mall’s future location.
Nearly a century later, Rose is upset that Newark officials say prohibitive restoration costs might force them to demolish the one-room schoolhouse, despite its historical significance.
“It’s our history, and there’s no appreciation for it; that’s what drives you crazy,” Rose said, tears glistening behind her eyeglasses. “Why doesn’t Newark keep it, for at least a while?”
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