Six Chinese men picked up in a gambling raid on an Alvarado establishment were fined $300 each and given probation as this was their first offense. Their request that dice, dominoes, and other gambling devices confiscated be returned to them was denied.

The Oakland Tribune, October 2, 1949

Card Party:

A card party will be held at the Alvarado Elementary School will be held October 13th at 2 p.m. The purpose is to raise funds to provide a Halloween Party for the children at the school, according to publicity chairman of the Mother’s Club, Mrs. Esther Gardetto.

The Oakland Tribune, October 7, 1949


Paul Rivers Post, VFW, will hold a public dance at the S.D.E.S. Hall, October 22nd. Norman Silveira is chairman. Proceeds will be used for the post’s building fund.

The Oakland Tribune, October 7, 1949

Historical Society:

A movement is afoot in Centerville to start an Historical Society based on Washington Township. Persons who are interested in participating are urged to attend a meeting at the County Club of Washington Township on Parish Avenue at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Two prominent Alvarado landmarks mentioned is the United States first commercially successful sugar manufacturing plant (Holly Sugar) in Alvarado, and the Civil War Armory and IOOF Hall (now the Eagle’s Hall) on Smith Street.

The Oakland Tribune, October 8, 1949

Alvarado Hundred:

(From an Oakland Tribune Feature Article)

“Alameda County was the first and only California County that sent any considerable quantity of troops to the Civil War, and they are said to be the only body from the Golden State that kept their individuality and fought as an individual body in that war. They were known as the ‘Alvarado Hundred,’ they were made up of men from all over the county.” So writes Leslie J. Freeman.

“Today there rests over in Alvarado, the first county seat of Alameda County, the torn battle flag that this brave company of pioneers carried through 54 major battles, in response to President Lincoln’s first call. The honored flag today reposes in the IOOF Hall, which served the Alvarado Hundred as an armory. This flag was made by the Alameda County women and was presented to the company before they marched away to battle; few indeed of them were to return. Charles S. Eigenbrodt was their Captain.”

The Oakland Tribune, October 9, 1949

Touch Football:

Working out of a T formation the Bret Harte Indians leveled the team from Alvarado 55-15 in a touch football game. This was Bret Harte’s third victory in as many games.

The Daily Review, October 12, 1949

New Arrival:

In Hayward, October 6th, born to Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Phillip Goularte of Alvarado, a daughter Elaine Marie, 7 pounds 13 ounces.

The Daily Review, October 12, 1949

Touch Football:

Looks like there is no stopping the David E. Martin touch football team this season, the boys keep piling up touchdowns against all comers and emerging victorious. The played Alvarado Friday, scoring a 26 to 0 victory against the Washington Township team.

The Daily Review, October 18, 1949

Commercial Ad:

Visit our booth…

Farm – Home – Industry Show

The Holly Sugar Company is glad to participate in another Southern Alameda County Civic Enterprise, and you will see us at the Farm, Home and Industrial Show.

Established in Alvarado in 1870, the Holly Sugar Company gives employment to 325 people.

We along with other industrial firms pay our share of support of Southern Alameda County tax supported institutions and projects.

We take the output of sugar beets from farms of the area increasing our agricultural payroll and income.

You will find our Holly Sugar on the shelves of retailers in the area and ask after seeing our exhibit that you buy our products for your future sugar needs.

Alvarado, California

The Daily Review, October 19, 1949

Alvarado Polling Places:

Listed below are the three Alvarado precincts for the upcoming special election to be held on November 8th:

Alvarado Precinct No. 1:
Polling Place, Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, Vallejo Street.
Inspector: Anthony J. Vargas
Judge: Isabel Menezes
Clerks: Annie L. Baird and Helen Anderson

Alvarado Precinct No. 2:
Polling Place, Alvarado Firehouse, Smith Street
Inspector: Mabel M. Rogers
Judge: Mary R. Borges
Clerks: Esther R. Gardetto and Helen Roderick

Alvarado Precinct No. 3:
Polling Place, Alviso Elementary School, Alvarado-Centerville Road, Alvarado
Inspector: Mayme Roderick
Judge: Pauline Faria
Clerks: Mary F. Luiz and Lydia Orsetti

The Oakland Tribune, October 20, 1949

Isabel Loyola’s Alvarado News:

Valentina S. Sacramento looked so cheerful on her fifth birthday; she had a nice cake and dinner party. Gathered around her cake were her grandfather, Mr. Manuel Benites, Mr. & Mrs. Tony Benites of Hayward, Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Benites Jr. and daughter, Walter & Dianna Diangson, Miss Victoria Benites an aunt, Miss Dora Regalado, Mr. Ray Regalado, and Valentine’s sisters, Donna and Jayne. Mike Euvas and his orchestra provided the music for dancing and everybody enjoyed dinner, dancing, and soft drinks, and especially the birthday cake. Little Valentina says thanks very much to all and everyone for the nice gifts.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 21, 1949

Alvarado & Alviso News Notes:

The Alviso School has a new bus driver, Mrs. Mary Bettencourt. She is the mother of two children,  Patty Bettencourt who attends Alviso School and Jimmy who attended Washington Union High School. 

Alviso School has six new students, they are: Herman Rocha, Juanita Rocha, Evelyn Garcia, Yvonne Sundburg, Gary Sundburg and Maxine Smith.

Bradley Martinez of Alvarado is engaged to a lovely young lady from Tallahassee, Florida.

Norma Bettencourt, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Bettencourt, announced her engagement to Everett de Salles. Both are students at San Jose State.

The first meeting of the Alviso Student Body was held on October 11th. Officers elected were:

  • President:  Leon Mings
  • Vice-President:  William Emery
  • Secretary:  Rina Ciarlo
  • Treasurer:  R. Hailey
  • Sgt-At-Arms:  Darwin Hall and George George

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 21, 1949

Commercial Ad:


          Masquerade Dance
     Sunday, October 30, 1949
              Alvarado Hall
      6 P.M. to 12:00 Midnight
                 Music By:
      Mike Cuevas of Oakland
      Prizes for Best Costume
Admission $1.25          Ladies Free

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 21, 1949

Historic Sites to Be Named:

All persons interested in the proposal to organize a historical society in Washington Township are invited to attend a public meeting at the Country Club of Washington Township on Parrish Avenue at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The township boasts two historical landmarks already recognized officially by the State of California, the Mission San Jose de Guadelupe, which was established 150-years ago, and the Vallejo Mill site, established about 1853. The grave of Robert Livermore for whom the town of Livermore was named, was also marked by the Native Daughters at the Mission cemetery.

Numerous other historic spots are to be found in the township, local historians claim. Among these are the Presbyterian Church in Centerville, nearing its 100th birthday and its adjacent graveyard where stones dated 1847 can be seen; the Holly Sugar plant at Alvarado; the first commercially successful sugar beet processor and refinery in the United States, the old Civil War Armory at Alvarado, formerly operated as a lodge hall for the Odd Fellows and now owned by the Eagles; the old Vallejo adobe at the California Nursery and other adobes, said to number 50 in the neighboring communities.

The Oakland Tribune, October 23, 1949

News Notes:

Richard Rigmaiden, of Alvarado, will marry a Miss Olla Lartigue of Lake Charles, LA. They will make their home in Alvarado. Richard is the son of Mrs. Estelle Rigmaiden.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 28, 1949

Beverly Spurlock’s Alvarado News:

Mrs. Nora Vargas and Mrs. Angie Avilla are confined to their beds this week. We wish them a speedy recovery.

Mr. & Mrs. Norman Silveira who have been living in Newark have moved into one of the Naharro apartments between V & W Streets. Mr. Silveira operates a shoe repair shop in Alvarado.

The home of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Richmond on Smith St. was broken into last week and a radio was taken.

Mrs. Harry Harbin, the former Cecilia Martinez, spent last weekend in Alvarado visiting her parents Mr. & Mrs. Ed Martinez and friends.

The Alvarado Pioneer, October 28, 1949

John Logan Dies:

John G. Logan, 79, well-known farmer and resident of the community for 49 years, died yesterday in Alvarado. A native of Ireland, he leaves his wife Annie J. Logan and several children.

The Daily Review, October 29, 1949

New Homes:

Homebuilders and real estate professionals are looking to the future of home building around Hayward and its environs. With the coming of the East Shore Freeway there will be an appetite for affordable housing in the south county region. The fear is that the cost of land is quite expensive in the south county for homebuilding.

Presently there is a plan to build 6,000 homes to the east and west of Hesperian Boulevard south of Jackson Street and north of Tennyson Road. Builders have learned that $8,000 to $9,000 homes will sell, but the margin for profit is slim. The high price of raw land in Washington Township will force growth somewhere else. They say that future growth will then go to Contra Costa County where land prices are more reasonable.

The Daily Review, October 29, 1949

Christmas Seal Campaign:

The annual Christmas Seal sale for the benefit of the Alameda County Health and Tuberculosis Association will begin in Washington Township on November 21st, under the general chairmanship of Mrs. James. R. Whipple Niles.

Heading the drive in Alvarado will be Miss Mildred Nauert, Miss Alice Mentz, Mrs. August May and Mrs. Genevieve Dutra.

The Oakland Tribune, October 30, 1949