The Year of 1934 (I was 7 years old)
What was happening in the World:
- Hitler and Mussolini meet for the first time.
- Churchill tries to warn Britain against the Nazi threat to Europe.
- Japan continues to expand its forces in the Pacific.
- Mao Tse-tung emerges as Communist leader in China.
- Britain launches the Queen Mary as the world's largest ocean liner.
- The Dionne Quintuplets are born.
What was happening in the USA:
- Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger is ambushed and killed by the FBI in Chicago.
- Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers.
- Blacks in Harlem riot over the verdict in the famous Scottsboro rape trial in the South.
- TWA Airlines flies a DC-2 from New York to California in 18 hours.
- Twenty thousand American Nazis hold a rally In Madison Square Garden.
- Huey Long in Louisiana declares martial law and threatens to stage a 2nd Civil War.
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl, it was Columbia 7 - Stanford 0.
- In the World Series, St. Louis beats Detroit 4 games to 3 games.
- In the NFL Title Game, it was NY Giants 30 - Chicago 13.
- Max Baer knocks down Primo Carnera 12 times to win the heavyweight crown.
What was happening at the Movies:
- Best movie was Mutiny on the Bounty (Charles Laughton version).
- Best actor was Victor McLaglen in The Informer.
- Best actress was Bette Davis in Dangerous.
- Other great movies were: Treasure Island (Wallace Beery), Thin Man (William Powell), Little Miss Marker (Shirley Temple), and Last Days of Pompei. (Preston Foster).
Memorable songs were:
- Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking?
- When I Grow Too Old to Dream (one of Ma's favorites).
- On the Good Ship Lollypop Shirley Temple
What was happening in my life:
- I was 7 years old in Mrs. Wiseman's 2nd Grade Class. I was developing a tremendous crush on Betty Jean Randall. Because of a threat to grab her and kiss her after school, Mrs. Wiseman let her go home early that day and kept me in late. Five years later when she was 12 in the 7th Grade, her older brother made her pregnant and she dropped out of school for a year to have her baby. I remember seeing her out on her front porch with her baby when I walked to school. She came back to school one year behind me in Roosevelt.
- We were still living on Foothill Blvd. across from St. Anthony's Park. A special Springtime trip up to Petaluma was one of our memorable family outings. Ma was born and raised there, and she liked to go back and see the place of her childhood. This was before the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge was built, so we would take the ferry. The route to the ferry was through Richmond and on Sunday mornings we would see the black people out going to church in their best "go-to-meeting" dress.
- We used to all guess what the name of the ferryboat would be and Dad would give the winner a nickel. Some of the good choices were Eureka, Lake Tahoe, Russian River, El Paso, or Mendocino. In Petaluma, we would always visit Cypress Hill Cemetery to see the Franklin family plot. Ma's paternal Grandfather and Grandmother were buried there.
- Ma would point out the house on Bassett Street where she was born and raised and she also told us about the McNear family who owned or controlled much of the business in Petaluma. They made their money from a local chicken ranch.
What was happening in 1935 ---->
Memories of Oakland and Hayward in the early 1930s ---->
A family shot with the old red Auburn
Bill took the picture with Dad’s old box camera.
The Franklin Plot in Cypress Hill Cemetery
Ma’s grandfather and grandmother are buried here. The star is on the grave of her Grandfather Daniel Franklin, who was a veteran of the Civil War.
The Ferry Eureka at the San Francisco Maritime Historical Park
It is like the ones we would take before the bridges over San Francisco Bay were built.
329 Bassett Street in Petaluma
Ma was born and raised here. She had an older brother (Ben) and two younger sisters (Ruth and Maxine).
An extraordinary collection of photographs
Fishing Baja 2000
Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
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