Judy Hill:

Judy Hill, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Blake Hill has enrolled as a junior at Castilleja School for Girls at Palo Alto. She graduated from the Alvarado Grammar School and Washington Union High School.

The Oakland Tribune, October 1, 1943

News Notes:

Adam Lewis of Alvarado is being trained to become an aerial gunner and expects to get his ‘wings’ soon. He is to be transferred for six weeks training in Utah.

Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand Paredes of the Alvarado Hotel can be proud of their three sons. Two are in the service. Fred Paredes was on furlough here this weekend from his Navy duties at Farragut Idaho. Anthony Paredes is with the Air Corps in Florida. The youngest son, Placido, is going to high school in Centerville.

“Bring’em back for sure” Joe Dutra returned last week with a nice buck from Dardanelles. Also on the trip were Anthony Vargas, Iver Paulsen, Nick Lewis, Lloyd Silva and Julius Himlig. They also returned with bucks.

Robert Dutra, of Alvarado, accompanied by his mother, Postmistress Genevieve Dutra and his Uncle Morris Davilla attended the Cole Brothers Circus in Oakland for the 3rd consecutive year. Robert returned home with a live chameleon, which he has been pinned on his lapel and which has also been scaring his girl friends away.

A week ago the Alvarado Fire Department responded to a fire in the vicinity of Valle Vista and made a good showing with eight men. This weekend a grass fire along the S.P. Co. tracks near the Holly Sugar Mill was responded to and the fire quickly put under control. The fire siren sure brought the firemen from their supper.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 1, 1943

Farm Camps:

The terrific need of getting migratory workers to pick the ripening crops in California caused the problem to arise of how to house the more than 50,000 workers who had come lately from parts outside of California. This problem was immediately solved by men in the employ of our great Governor, Earl Warren. They decided to erect some 20 migratory camps right away. So on the July 1st of this year the construction firm of Nelsen and Ewing of Hayward was awarded a contract to supply for the State of California some 20 migratory camps.

When we refer to these migratory camps, we mean dwellings that are comfortable and people can enjoy living in them. The contractors furnished only the buildings, but plumbing, etc., making it ready for occupancy. And where do you think these buildings were built first of all? Well, believe it or not, right here in Hayward at Nelson’s Hayward Mill and Lumber at No.1 Castro Street.

These prefabricated homes were transported by the trucks to the sites. One building can be put together in a few hours, and a whole camp can be assembled in less than a week in this method. You see, the speed was necessary to compete against the ripening crops.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 8, 1943

News Notes:

Headquarters, at European Theater of Operations, United States army: Corporal Joseph D. Peters, son of Mrs. Anna Peters, Alvarado Calif., has been promoted to the grade of Sergeant.

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Pimentel of Smith Street celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sept. 26th with a barbecue. A game of cards followed with prizes to the best players.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 8, 1943

Alvarado School Traffic Patrol:

Thank to Principal James Wasley, we have herewith the names of the boys on the Traffic Patrol who guard the crossing at the main street noontime and after school. This makes for the safety of the pupils. The schoolboys on the Traffic Patrol are:

CAPTAIN: Kenneth Roderick
First: Joseph Lewis
Second: Ronald Silva
Third: Bob Montalbo
Fourth: Edward Peterson
Fifth: Bob Wasley
1: Richard Faria
2:   Clyde Davis
3: Bradley Martinez
4: Granville Hutchinson
5: Carlos Renteria
6:  Prank Picetti
7: Mervin Perry
8: Joseph Silva
9: Eugene Jardin

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 8, 1943

News Notes:

One of our prettiest young women, Mrs. Hilda Allegre, left this last week for Oklahoma to be with her husband who is in the U.S. Marines. She expects to be with him until February.

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dutra and son are now making their home on Granger Avenue. They resided above the saloon formerly known as Mello’s Saloon.

Mr. & Mrs. Graydon Spurlock and daughter Beverly are now home after a two weeks vacation at Colorado. Mr. Spurlock’s brother is now home on a twenty-day leave after being in Sicily, Palermo, and many foreign fighting fronts. His tales and souvenirs are of utmost interest.

Miss Judith Ann Serpa, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Serpa, of Fair Ranch Road, celebrated her first birthday on the 6th of October. Many friends and relatives were present for the occasion and many gifts were given in her honor.

Mrs. Anna Hendricks and Miss Jeanette Goularte are employed by Dave Caeton at the Alvarado Vegetable Growers packing plant at the Hall Station. They are packing and shipping vegetables here for boys in the service.

The former Miss Doris Johnson has been recently married and is making her home at Ashland. She is employed at Friedens factory in San Leandro. Her family resided at the end of V Street a few years ago.

Friends of Robert Rodgers, who is in the Navy, destination unknown, will be glad to hear that his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Antone Rodgers, have received mail from him this past week mentioning that some mail has already reached him.

Miss Jeanette Silveira of Alvarado, who resides on Granger Avenue, is being visited by her fiancée who is in the United States Army. Jeanette and her beau have been engaged for several months now.

Miss Lorraine Alameda, another one of our charming Alvarado girls, who resides with her parents on V Street, has announced her engagement to Anthony Pine this past week. Miss Alameda graduated from Alvarado Grammar School and Washington Union High School. Mr. Pine, who is now in the U.S. Army is here on a furlough, is a graduate of the class of 1940 from Washington Union High.

Mr. & Mrs. Emilio Re of Smith Street had as guests this past week Corporal Frank Re who is stationed in Louisiana and also Miss Josephine Re and her fiancée, who is stationed at Camp Parks in the Navy.

Natividad Saucedo is serving nice sandwiches and beer at her Half Way House in Alvarado. She is giving good service and has a good trade. She is very accommodating and very appreciative of increased patronage. The assistants are very polite and cheerful and we wish them luck.

Miss Irma Borges has been proudly wearing an engagement ring from Sgt. Warren Silva, recently home on a furlough. Both are charming. Miss Borges and Sgt. Silva are both graduated from Alvarado Grammar School and Washington Union High School.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 15, 1943

Frank George’s Dog “Flash:”

The splendidly trained dog “Flash” has arrived somewhere in Europe. This was the word received by Frank George from the U.S. Government regarding his dog.

Frank George is the very well known General Petroleum distributor for Southern Alameda County, with offices in Alvarado. He has a hobby of training the intelligent Doberman dogs and also the German shepherd variety. This hobby of Mr. George’s paid good dividends for the Government. The Army Dogs for Defense Department uses them for sentry duty and for bringing supplies to the wounded, and this is probably what Frank George’s dog will do in helping win the war.

The dogs that Frank trained were super intelligent and even now the U.S. Government has its eye on another trained dog, called Judy, also belonging to Frank.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 15, 1943

Tin Can Drive:

J.V. Goold, principal of the Washington Union High School in Centerville, chairman of the tin can drive, has asked school children to assist in collecting cans, which are to be picked up by Oakland trucks from a central dump site in each town. Town chairmen have been appointed as follows: Alvarado, J.C. Wasley; Warm Springs, Leslie H. Maffey; and Alviso, Mrs. Elsie Madruga.

Cans must be dry and clean, free of wrappers, and flattened after the tops and bottoms have been removed.

The Oakland Tribune, October 17, 1943

Chamber of Commerce:

The boarding up of the sides of the Observation Post in school grounds temporarily (until needed again for active duty: saw action by the Chamber to foot the bill for the lumber.

Frank Machado presided as president of the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce at the meeting on Thursday, October 21st, at the Alvarado schoolhouse. A good turnout was there to hear Postmaster Enos of Niles explain about the need of making the War Chest Drive a success. He said he had appointed Joe Lewis as Alvarado chairman. Endorsement of the War Chest Drive was passed by the Chamber body. Mr. Enos said many towns were raising $2,000 each in the Township. It is expected that a day’s pay will be appreciated for a donation.

John Ralph’s Service Flag is to be hung in the Post Office having the names of every Alvarado boy in the service and it made a big hit. It was intensely patriotic with its American Flag background. The names are written in ink at the bottom of the flag, and the wooden frame has a glass front, which will always keep the flag bright and clean.

There was hope of continued cooperation from the Scout Executive, and so the Boy Scouts will make another try of it. The Chamber of Commerce has quite a live sponsoring committee, and Mike Salido has undertaken the job as Scoutmaster.

Our Station agent (E.J. Wilson) was named chairman of a committee to contact the County Health Officer and ask for cooperation for a united effort with local homeowners to help exterminate the rats, which have increased in all East Bay cities.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 22, 1943

News Notes:

Mr. & Mrs. M.E. Amaral of the Creek Road entertained Sunday for Mrs. Amaral’s father, Mr. John C. Vargas. The occasion was Mr. Vargas’ birthday.

M.E. Amaral received word this week from SSgt. L.A. Roderick that he is in Kingman, Arizona on detached service.

Mr. & Mrs. Whipple (nee Miss Munger) visited her mother father, Mr. & Mrs. M.P. Munger of Alvarado lately.

Principal James Wasley of the Alvarado Grammar School and his corps of assistants and civic-minded housewives issued the No. 4 Ration Books the past week.

Joaquin Vargas, owner of the Vargas Furniture Store in Hayward, was recently married at the All Saints Church in Hayward. Joaquin belongs to the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce and owns property in Alvarado, where he is known especially for his courteous and continual smiling, genial personality.

Joseph Nobrega and Joe C. Alvey have filed a petition with the State Board of Equalization for an on sale beer and wine license for their establishment at the corner of V Street and Marsh Road (Levee Street ?) in downtown Alvarado.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 22, 1943

Local Veggie Report:

The most Cauliflower that is being packed at the Hall Station Warehouse has been from the fields of Manuel Rose, Ed Lebon and Al Caeton says David Caeton, manager of the warehouse. Broccoli and peppers are also raised here and packed at Hall’s.

Sweet Spanish onions are a big crop at Wes Emery’s ranch. He has been selling it at a very satisfactory price.

The largest acreage of potatoes around here was that of Ted Harvey, who had about 100 acres. Lloyd Bailey and the McKeown’s had next in large amounts of potatoes.

The vegetables packed at Hall Station have been sold to the local central California market and not shipped east.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 29, 1943

News Notes:

A war bond will be given away to some lucky winner, the object being a worthy one, to raise funds for St. Anne’s Church in Alvarado. Frank Machado has sold over 600 tickets already. Everybody seems glad to buy them.

James Wasley Jr., Cadet in the United States Navy and now studying dentistry at the Affiliated Colleges in S.F., looked swell in his Navy uniform while in Alvarado on a visit a few days ago. He was given a money belt by President Frank Machado of the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce.

Frank George of Alvarado gave a wild duck dinner on Thursday evening October 28 at the Alvarado Hotel to his Mobil Gas Dealers in Southern Alameda County. The dining room of the Alvarado Hotel was used exclusively for this banquet and F. Paredes head chef, was in rare form. All said they had never tasted more delicious wild duck in their lives. The tables were attractively decorated with flowers.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 29, 1943