Two major events on PHS
The Pinole Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary
of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition on Friday, November 6,
and conduct its Eighth Annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement
Ceremony on Wednesday, November 11.
Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific
International Exposition, is on the last leg of a year-long tour taling about the
PPIE. She will present “A Whirlwind Tour of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.“
This short lecture will take the audience on an amazing tour of the fair from its original concept
in 1904 through its development and all the way to its gala opening in February 1915.
We’ll peek inside the gorgeous exhibit “Palaces” for a look at just a few of the
wonders therein, and finish with some of the attractions on the Joy Zone, the PPIE’s midway.
Illustrated with dozens of amazing photos, lantern slides, postcards, souvenirs and panoramas,
this program appeals to any audience with an interest in history.
As always, the program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Permanente Medical
Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road. Refreshments will be served.
The one-hour Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony will begin
at 11 a.m. on November 11, in Fernandez Park.
The event will feature Boy Scout Troop 86, West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, St. Joseph School students and choir, the Pinole Valley High School
Marching Band, Pinole Youth Commissioners, and elected officials.
Songs, speeches, remembrances, tributes, and the retirement of worn U.S. flags
by the Boy Scouts will highlight the hour-long ceremony. Please bring your flags
to the ceremony, where they will be retired with proper respect. There is no charge
to retire a flag. The PHS will have new, American-made flags for sale ($25; $20 for PHS members).
For more information, call (510) 724-9507.
‘Pinole Through Time’ on sale
via mail order and at the
Pinole Farmers’ market
The Pinole Historical Society celebrated the publication of it new book,
Pinole Through Time, written by PHS board members Jeff Rubin and George Vincent,
and the 100th anniversary of the Bank of Pinole building, on Friday, October 2,
inside the Bank of Pinole, with a catered party and book-signing.
The event featured short speeches by Edward M. Downer III, grandson of
former mayor of Pinole Edward M. Downer, who built the Bank of Pinole building
in 1915, and George Vincent, who gave an impassioned plea for the establishment
of a museum in Pinole, preferably in the Bank of Pinole building.
The JewelTones, an a cappella chorus from Palo Alto, sang songs from the 1930s and 1940s.
The latest book by the acclaimed new America Through Time series published by Fonthill Media, Pinole Through Time
contains 192 old and new comparative photographs showing how Pinole changed through the 19th and 20th centuries
and into the 21st century. There are detailed and extensive captions packed with historical information
accompanying each photograph.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR BOOK(S)
and we will mail them to you. We now accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover charge cards
Recent PHS programs added
to City of Pinole website
These Pinole Historical Society programs may now be viewed on your computer via the city’s website.
To watch these programs on your computer, go to the
City of Pinole’s website. Scroll down to PINOLE HISTORY. You’ll find these and other programs about Pinole’s history.
• 2012 Veterans Day Memorial/Flag Retirement
• 2013 Veterans Day Memorial/Flag Retirement
• 2014 Veterans Day Memorial/Flag Retirement
• Japanese American Internment (2012)
• Old School bell dedication (2013)
• February 7, 2014, program: ‘Bars, Barbers and Characters of Early Pinole.’
• November 7, 2014, program: ‘Maritime Contra Costa County.’
Pinole featured on KGO radio
KGO radio reporter Jennifer Jones Lee interviewed PHS Vice President Jeff Rubin to discover
the origin of the word “Pinole.” Listen to the segment here.
Wells Fargo Bank history mural
dedicated, open to the public
Wells Fargo Bank unveiled its mural of Pinole’s history on July 25 in a ceremony that featured descendants
of prominent Pinole residents in the mural in a video, talking about their families and their contributions
to the city’s history.
Mike and Michele LeFebvre, son and daughter of Lawrence “Big Red” LeFebvre, manager of the Pinole Merchants
baseball team, and Susan Fernandez, great-granddaughter of Bernardo Fernandez, one of the founders of Pinole,
were featured in the video produced by the bank’s communications department. All three attended the event.
The 12-foot by 4-foot mural was installed on the back wall of the bank at 1374 Fitzgerald Drive.
Pinole Historical Society President Marcia Kalapus and Vice President Jeff Rubin, along with Councilman
Roy Swearingen, Chamber of Commerce President Dina Rosales, and Wells Fargo Bank Regional President
Micky Randhawa, made brief remarks before the nearly six-minute video was shown to attendees.
Click here to view the Pinole Mural video on your computer.
The video is also being shown on Pinole Community TV, channel 28.
The mural includes images of a map of the El Rancho Pinole land grant, the Martinez Adobe, downtown Pinole
in the 1920s, Lawrence “Big Red” LeFebvre, who managed the Pinole Merchants baseball team,
the Pinole-Hercules School (the Old School), the Pinole Fire Department (and Chief Wallace “Pepper” Martin)
in the early 1950s, the 1904 class of the Plaza School (featuring teacher Frances Ellerhorst), the original
Santa Fe depot, Hercules Powder Works employees, Bernardo Fernandez, and the seal of the city of Pinole.
Wells Fargo Bank welcomes visitors to its Pinole branch to view the mural, which is accompanied by a legend
that explains the history of each image.
This mural is one of many in Wells Fargo’s Community Mural Program, which provides a unique
visual enhancement to the customer experience in the bank's branches. Designed to be a snapshot of
Turn-of-the[Last]-Century America, historic images are chosen that convey a sense of history,
tradition, stability, longevity, optimism, and progress.
A typical mural design combines Wells Fargo images and local images that reflect the history and
diversity of the community. An accompanying legend describes each historical image used
in the mural, and credits the source. The Pinole Historical Society provided Wells Fargo with
all of the local photos and images.
In return, Wells Fargo donated $500 to the Pinole Historical Society, for which we are very grateful.
Historical videos on
The city of Pinole’s website is featuring several historical videos
of interest to Pinole residents, courtesy of Pinole Community TV.
These videos may be enjoyed on your computer from the
City of Pinole’s website:
• PCTV Historic Walking Tour series
• Interview with Jack Meehan and Tom Cutino
• George Vincent’s 2010 walking tour of Historic Downtown Pinole
• George Vincent’s 2011 walking tour of Historic Downtown Pinole
• Interview with Ed LeFebvre
• Interview with Charlotte Shea
• Interview with Alex Clark
• Pinole Historical Society Book Signing Ceremony
• 2011 Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony
• 2010 Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony
• 2009 Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony
• 2008 Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony
• Growing up Pinole
Clyde Maskal made a 13-minute slideshow of the 2012 Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement
Ceremony from many of the photos he took at the event.
Click here to view Clyde’s slide show.
The PHS thanks supporter Tom Parsons, who was kind enough to make
Google Map of the Pinole Historic Walking Tour.
Check out Tom’s handiwork here.
at monthly PHS
The PHS Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the
Pinole Senior Center. At these meetings the board discusses policies and procedures, receives reports, and plans events
The public is welcome at these meetings and may speak on any item on the agenda. There is also a public-comment time
at the beginning of each meeting for people to speak on items not on the agenda.
Through the generosity of the Pinole Library, the Pinole Historical society has two exhibits at the library,
each giving visitors different information on the history of our city.
Our exhibits include:
• Pinole . . . Then and Now features photos from the society’s archives of buildings
that existed at the turn of the 20th century, and recent photos of buildings on those sites today.
• The National Preservation Month exhibit features artifacts, photos, and memorabilia
from Pinole’s history.
Library hours are Monday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Wednesday (2 to 8 p.m.), Friday (noon to 5 p.m.),
and Saturday (noon to 5 p.m.).
is on the
See the new Pinole Police History page on the city’s website.
You will learn about Wild-West shootouts, cattle drives downtown, 1920s gangsters, World War II sabotage,
Fiesta Del Pinole riots, and other historical events you had no idea had occurred!
Learn about Pinole’s first lawmen, like saloon-owning Constable John Collins and rough-and-tumble Arthur McDonald,
who was killed during a shootout in 1929. See how the Pinole Police Department grew from one famous, ticket-writing
motorcycle cop to a professional, modern police force. Read about the three officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice
for this community when they took on violent criminals.
The new Pinole Police History page is full of
great, colorful stories and fun pictures! You will feel like you’re walking through time!