San Leandro Dahlia Society members Pete Harter, Charles Garrity, Dave Webb, Stanley O’Conner, Dick Trotter, Carl Lundvall, Loren Dowell, Eleanor Bolesworth, and Robert Ammerman admire blooms at the Lakeside Park Trial Garden in Oakland, 1953. (Photo by Harold Winder of the San Leandro Times, from the San Leandro Dahlia Society website: www.sanleandrodahliasociety.org). The San Leandro Dahlia Society was organized by Dr. Luther Michael in 1925. Dahlias were named the official San Leandro flower in 1927. The San Leandro Dahlia Society is still active.
These before and after photos of the Alameda County Courthouse in San Leandro are a dramatic reminder of the destructive force of the 1868 Hayward Fault earthquake. San Leandro was the Alameda County seat from 1856 until 1873. The courthouse was at the corner of Clarke and Davis Streets. Don't miss Richard Schwartz's presentation on the 1868 earthquake -- a free event at the Little Brown Church on September 19. See the Events and Meetings page for details.