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Abbreviations 94

Advertisinji Department 57-96

Alphabetical List of Names 97-810

Apartment Houses 812

Associations. Clubs 'aiiu'^'cieties 815, 829

Bank Department ■■.■■■ 61

Buildings. Blocks and Halls §,13-824

Business and Commercial Associations '815

Business Directory 811-880

Buyers' Guide 57-96

Cemeteries 824

Churches 825-827

City Government — Alameda 102

Berkeley 148

Oakland 574

Classified Business Directorv 811-880

Club. '. 815, 829

Colleges and Pri\ate Schools 830, 871

Count;- Government 102

Directory Library 9

Federal Government Officers 296

Fire Deinrtment — Alameda 102

Berkeley 148

Oakland 574

Fraternal Org-anizations 873-876

Hospitals. Homes and Sanitariums 8-16, 870

Introduction 9

Justice Courts 103

Labor Org-anizations 850

Libraries and Reading- Rooms 852-853

Military : 296

Parks and Plaxgrounds 861

Piers ' " 574, 863

Police Department — Alameda 102

Berkeley 148

Oakland 574

Population 9

Postoffice Deparlment 296

Public Library 852-853

Schools and Colleges 830, 871

Sclools— Public 871

Societies — Secret and Fraternal 873-876

Stite Officers and Boards 710

Street and Avenue Guide 19-40

Superior Courts 103

Tiade and Labor Organizations 850

Uiited States Courts and Officers 296

Wharves 574, 863

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Acme Printing & Rubber Stamp Co 83 and 89

Alameda County Title Insurance Co top end

Alcosta Credit Adjustment Co right side lines and 68

American Trust Co 61

Anderson's Carpet House 68

Antiseptic Laundry Co 79

Raker-Hansen Mfg C<^ . . Jront CT.'tl'and 85

Bank of America backbone and 62

Bennetsen A M Mrs classified tab insert

Breuner John Co 74

Broadway Laundry Co 79

California Crematorium and Columbarium 69

California School of Arts and Crafts 89

Capwell H C Co right top lines and 70

Capwell, Sullivan & Furth 70

Central National Bank front cover and 63

Central National Bank (bond department) 66

Clark J B & Son left top lines and 76

Clinnick Electric Co right top lines and 86

Coins Mme French Laundry 79

Cooper Clarence N classified tab insert

Cowell Henry Lime & Cenicnt Co 66

Darnell & Co 81

East Bay Municipal Utility District 93

East Bay Title Ins Co classified tab insert

Fageol Truck & Coach Co 60

Fairbanks, Morse & Co left top lines and 81

Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank

left top lines and 64

Freeman & Cox-Roach & Kenney Co T 72

French J E Co 60

Fuller W P & Co 83

Gaines-Walrath Co 4

General Detective Bureau left top lines and 72

Golden State Co 81

Gring's Iricide Co left side lines and 75

Heald's Business College .backbone, left top lines and 67

Hink J F & Son 72

Howard Automobile Co front cover and 59

Hutchinson Co 69

Inter-City Express 82

Inter-City Printing Co 84

Italian-Americar Realty Co 77

Jungck D L Co • jjf

Kerr & McCandish ... 77

Kling-Da^^Ys i^tationery Co 91

ilanter F W Inc right top lines and 82

Lawrence Harry M 60

Maiden F Bruce & Co left top lines and 88

Marion Madsen School for Business Training

right top lines and 90

Market Laundry Co left side lines and 80

Maxwell Hardware Co right side lines and 75

McCormick Chas R Lumber Co 91

Mitchell & .Austin 88

Monteverde & Parodi Inc 82

Montgomery Ward & Co 71

Oakland California Towel Co .. .right top lines, 2 and 91

Oliphant David D jr 80

Pacific College of Chiropractic and Drugless Thera-
peutics 90

Pacific Mutual Life Ins Co left top lines and 76

Pacific Nash Motor Co left side lines and 60

Parker-Goddard Secretarial Schoa .left top lines and 90

Piedmont Memorial Co right side lines and 75

Polytechnic College of Engineering 90, 95 and 96

Porter F F Co front edge and 87

Read's Bonded Adjustment Bureau . .left top lines and 68

Retailers Credit Association ot Alameda County 69

San Francisco Institute of Accountancy

back cover and 89

Schroeter & White 78

Shern an Clay & Co 83

Silveritein & Silverstein 80

Simonds Machinery Co right side lines

Simpson John right top lines and 77

State Ridio Service right top lines and 86

Sunset Uausoleum .leftside lines and classified tab insert

Swanson-Uhl Wall Paper & Paint Co .■ , 92

Truman Co front cover, 3 and 73

White Star Laundry bottom edge and 79

Whitthorne & Swan right top lines and 71

Witter Dean & Co 66


R. L. Polk & Co. (publishers of more than 700 other city, county, state and national directories)
presents to its subscribers and to the general public this 1933 edition of the Oakland Directory (which
also includes Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville and Piedmont).

Confidence in the growth of Oakland and its wealth, industry and population, as well as in the
advancement of its municipal and social activities, will be created as sections of this directory are con-
sulted, for truly the directory is a mirror reflecting Oakland to the world.

The enviable place occupied by Polk's directories in offices, stores, libraries and homes throughout
our country causes the publishers to forecast the belief that the Oakland directory will fulfill its mis-
sion as a source of authentic information of any and every kind pertaining to our city. With an unrivaled
organization having the courteous and hearty cooperation of the business and professional residents,
the publishers feel that the result of their labor will meet with the approval of every resident of the city.


The estimated population of the East Bay is 520,000, based on the number of individual names
in the alphabetical section of the Directory, with due allowance for women and children, whose names
are not included. Territorj^ immediately adjacent, which is part of the city, as far as business and
social life are concerned, is included in the Directory.


The several essential departments are arranged in the following order:

The Buyers' Guide, pages 57 to 96, printed on tinted paper, contains the advertisements of the
leading manufacturing, business and professional interests of Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley. These
pages will be found particularly interesting and instructive to the substantial elements of the city. The
advertisements have been carefully grouped by departments and are indexed under headings descrip-
tive of the business represented. This is reference advertising at its best, and as such, merits a survey
by all buyers keen to prime themselves on sources of supply. The city's activities, in many interesting
phases, are interestingly pictured to reveal what it has in its show window. In an ambitious and progres-
sive community like Oakland the need of this kind of information readily at hand is very great and
frequently pressing. General appreciation of this fact is evidenced by the liberal patronage the City
Directory enjoys in the many fields which it serves.

The Alphabetical List of Names of residents, business firms and corporations is included in pages
97 to 810.

The Street and Avenue Guide of Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley covers pages 23 to 56. In this sec-
tion the names of the streets and avenues are arranged in alphabetical order.

The Classified Business Directory is included in pages 811 to 880. This department lists the vari-
ous manufacturing, mercantile and professional interests in alphabetical order under appropriate head-
ings. This feature constitutes an invaluable and indispensable epitome of the business interests of the
community. "The Directory is the common intermediary between Buyer and Seller." As such it plays
no small part in the daily doings of the business world. "More goods are bought and sold through the
Classified Business Directory Section than through any other medium."


The Directory reflects the achievements and ambitions of the city, depicting in truthful terms what
it has to ofifer as a place of residence, as a business location, as an industrial site, and as an educational
center. To give emphasis to their desire to broadcast this information over the country, the publish-
ers have placed copies of this issue of the Directory in Directory Libraries, which are maintained in all
the larger cities of the country, where they are readily available for free public reference and serve
as perpetual advertisements of Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley, for business men the country over
realize that the City Directory represents the community as it really is.


There are over 400 of these Directory Libraries in the chain. One of them is maintained at the Oak-
land Chamber of Commerce. The publishers invite use of it by the public whenever in the need of
information on other cities.

The publishers appreciatively acknowledge the patronage of those progressive business and profes-
sional men who have expressed their confidence in the City Directory as an advertising medium with
assurance that it will bring a commensurate return.



A city bent upon making the most of its resources and potentialities . . . that is
Oakland, California.

With its rapidly growing business and industry, its beautiful homes, substantial pop-
ulation, churches, schools, scenic attractions and sterling citizenr}'. Oakland builds for
the future upon a firm foundation.

Its residents know sparkling Lake Merritt, lying like a jewel in the heart of the
city, winding and scenic Skyline Boulevard, the imposing estuar}' tube, picturesque
waterfront, canyons of commerce in the city's business section, the world's largest
municipal air field, Chabot Observatory, Mills College, Sequoia Park, the Municipal
Auditorium, and scores of other attractions.

They eagerly show them to all visitors . . . they are proud of their city, and loyal to it.

Civic enterprise and strategic location tell the story of Oakland's growth . . . with all
of its advantages, it will continue to grow, for it is the ideal place to live, to work
and to play !

For Further Information About


Communicate with the Oakland

Chamber of Commerce


"Industrial Capital of the West"


Council'M.anager Form of Qovernment

Area — 60.25 square miles.
Altitude— Zero to 1800 feet.

Assessed valuation— $255,608,253 with 205 mill tax.

Parks — 'i6, with acreage of 628.

White population — 267,473.

Colored population — 7,503.

Males— 142,434.

Females— 141,629.

Native-born population — 79.3 per cent.

Predominating nationalities — German, Italian, English, Portuguese, Canadians, Irish and

City's bonded debt is $12,042,840.

Financial : 58 banks, 7 trust companies, with total deposits of $158,219,295, December 31, 1932;
debits of $2,020,820,000 annually.

Churches— 190.

Building and construction : Value of building permits, $2,388,773, with 2,528 permits.

Real estate transfers total 17,173, valued at $61,223,752. About 42 per cent of homes owned.
Dwellings — total number 72,963.

Industry: Metropolitan Oakland — Number of establishments — 1,227 manufacturers employ-
ing 43,635, paying wages of $63,129,371 annually and having products valued at $638,-
528,600 annually.

Trade: Territory (retail) serves 1,420,000 people within the trading area covering a radius
of 20 miles. Jobbing territory serves 1,730,000 people within a radius of 40 miles.

Hotels: There are 43 hotels, with 15 rooms or more.

City is the physical terminus of three transcontinental railroads.

Amusements : Largest auditorium seats 10,000 people. There are 41 theaters, with a total
seating capacity of 46,700 people.

Hospitals number 25, with 2,100 beds.

Education : 3 colleges, 73 schools, including 10 high schools.

Number of pupils in public schools, 62,114. Total of teachers, 2,400.

There are 172,000 volumes in the libraries of the city.

City Statistics : Total street mileage, 709, with 509 miles paved ; 660 miles of sewers. Capacity
of water works (public) 125,000.000 gallons daily, with 1,500 miles of mains and value of
plant estimated at $55,000,000.

Miscellaneous: Oakland is one of a group of nine contiguous cities which had a combined
population of 487,839 on January 1, 1930. During the year 1931, Oakland enjoyed 235 full
days of sunshine. The United States Census Bureau states that 94.1 per cent of Oakland's
population is white and 76.7 per cent of it native white. There are over 8 miles of berthing
space in Oakland Harbor, 121 national industries have chosen Metropolitan Oakland for
the base of their Pacific Coast operations. California's two greatest poultry producing
centers are located within 20 miles of Oakland.


Oakland, situated on the continental side of San Francisco Bay, is the third largest city in Cali-
fornia, the fifth largest on the Pacific Coast, and the fastest growing industrial city in the West.

Though it has grown with tremendous rapidity, both from the standpoint of population and the
standpoint of industry, Oakland is a city of homes. Stretching away from the bay there is ample room
for a city of several million population before reaching the sloping hills which have become the
exclusive residential section of each of the several cities along the eastern shore of the bay.

It is only in comparatively recent years that industries, recognizing the advantages offered by Oak-
land, began to claim the excellent factory sites along the bay shore. Today there are more than 1227
plants, making a total of more than 2300 different products in this great east bay district.


Oakland has 27 miles of deep water frontage on the greatest land-locked harbor in the world.
Improved freight docking facilities have been installed by municipal and private interests, and repair
facilities, superior to any on the Pacific Coast, are available here for the fleets of the world. Oakland
lays claim to the largest floating dry docks in the world and the largest marine railroad. It has numerous
other dry docks and marine railroads of lesser size.

A majority of the leading steamship lines, carrying either coastwise or trans-Pacific freight, have
made Oakland a regular port of call, and the volume handled on Oakland docks is growing with
great rapidity.

United States Government engineers recently recommended the expenditure of more than a million
and one-half dollars on the Oakland harbor.


The year 1933 marks the actual opening of a major construction program that will result in the
expenditure of $133,000,000 within a radius of 20 miles of Oakland. Oakland and San Francisco are to
be connected by a $75,000,000 bridge, and a $5,000,000 tunnel will provide fast transportation between
Oakland and the rich central valleys. Near San Rafael, 15 miles from Oakland, the Government is
building a bombing base, at a cost of $4,000,000, which will be used by the air service. The United
States Army Air Base, now under construction across Oakland's inner harbor in Alameda, will cost
$2,500,000, and on Government Island in the estuary separating the two cities headquarters for the
Coast Guard Service, U. S. Bureau of Public Roads, and U. S. Forest Service are being built at a cost
of $3,000,000.

Added to these projects is the Sunnyvale Dirigible Base, 20 miles from Oakland, where the Navy
Department is spending $5,000,000 constructing a mammoth base to house dirigibles assigned to the
Pacific Coast. The Golden Gate is to be spanned by a bridge costing $35,000,000 that will take three
A'ears to complete.

This vast expenditure is certain to reflect itself in industrial conditions and add to Oakland's strategic
location in the geographic industrial center of the Pacific Coast states, its immediate access to sea lanes
leading to the Orient, its unusual transportation facilities, and the availability of raw materials, power,
water and fuel.


Oakland's climate is extremely equable. The average temperature for the twelve months is 57.1
degrees. The days are never too hot for comfort and the nights are always cool. Seldom, even in the

so-called winter months, does the mercury drop to 32 degrees F. It is due to this ideal working climate
that Oakland shipyards — and incidentally Oakland is one of the largest shipbuilding centers in the
world — -were the ones to set one building record after another during the World War.


In point of health, Oakland has consistently ranked among the first cities of the nation for a long
period of years, and statistics show that it has become an increasingly more healthful place for resi-
dents during the last fifteen years.

The death rate in Oakland in 1932 was 10.5 per thousand residents. During the past thirteen years
Oakland has made a phenomenal improvement in its infant mortality rate. In 1920, seventy-one babies
died out of every 1000 born, while in 1932, the rate of infant mortality was reduced to only 39 deaths
in 1000 births.


The population of Oakland in 1910 was 150,174, in 1920, 216,261, a gain of approximately 44 per cent
in a ten-year period. In 1930, 284,063.

The cities of Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont, San Leandro, Albany, Richmond and El
Cerrito have now grown together into one compact whole. It is these nine cities which are referred
to as the East Bay community.


Few cities in the United States can boast of a more perfect school system than Oakland, or more
attractive school buildings. Noted educators from every section of the world have praised Oakland's
educational facilities. The present school enrollment is in excess of 60,000. In Berkeley, which adjoins
Oakland on the north, is the great University of California, the largest in the United States in point of
enrollment and incidentally one of the richest in the matter of endowment.

Oakland has 50 primary and grammar schools, 13 junior high schools and 10 high schools.


Oakland's new park and playground development — a noteworthy feature of which was the acquisi-
tion last year of extensive municipal golf links — undoubtedly will be conducive to a still higher level
of health and well-being among residents of this favored city. Among the Oakland parks which have
attracted the attention of tourists from all parts of the world is beautiful Lake Merritt and Lakeside
Park. Lake Merritt, situated in the center of the city, comprises 160 acres, and is surrounded by won-
derful lawns and beyond these by beautiful, modern homes and apartments. On one side of the lake
is situated Oakland's new million-dollar auditorium.

The waters of Lake Merritt are dotted the year round with canoes and launches and during the
so-called winter months many thousands of wild ducks make Lake Merritt their home. Spring finds
these traditional wild birds almost as tame as barnyard fowls. They walk on the lawns and among
the sightseers, apparently recognizing that their safety is assured.

The annual visit of these ducks that have adopted this spot in sunny California as their home has
been made the occasion for pageants on the part of the people, and each January the now nationally
known Wild Duck Pageant is held on the lake shore.

Possessed as it is of all those things considered essential for a great metropolis, with three trans-
continental railways, its position on one of the world's greatest land-locked harbors and with ample
room in which to make a tremendous expansion, Oakland's future is assured.


Name of city — Berkeley.

Form of government — council-manager.
Area — 17 square miles, 9 land and 8 water.
Altitude— to 1300 feet.

Population— Federal census, 1930, 82,109; (govt. est.. 1932) 87,539.
White population— 77,508.
Other races — 4,601.

Assessed valuation— $85,423,915. City tax rate— $1.48 (1932-33).
Bonded debt— $1,173,787 (June 30, 1932).
Parks — 20, with 76 acres, including playgrounds.

Financial — 2 banks (12 branches), 3 building and loan, 2 savings and loan associations.
Post Office receipts— $484,997.32 (1932).
Church buildings — 51.
Telephones in service — 28,244 (November 30, 1932).

Building and construction — value of building permits, $940,129, with 936 permits issued


Industry — 312 manufacturers, employing 3379, with an annual payroll of $5,514,028, and hav-
ing products valued at $38,455,193.

Trade — Territor}' (retail) serves 150,CX)0 people within the trading area covering of ten miles.

Hotels — There are 17 hotels with 25 rooms or more, with a combined total of rooms of 1,473.
The newest hotel was built in 1928.

City is served by two transcontinental railroads.

Amusements — Largest theater or auditorium seats 1,800 people. There are 8 theaters, with
a total seating capacity of 12,022.

Hospitals — 3.

Education — Public schools, 20, including 4 junior high, 1 senior high ; 2 parochial ; 13 private ;
5 commercial; 4 divinity; 1 blind; 1 deaf. Universitj' of California.

No. of pupils in public schools — 14,765. Total number of teachers, 566 (1931-32).

There are 117,000 volumes in the city library.

City Statistics — Total street mileage, 198, with 191 paved ; 228 miles of sewers.

Miscellaneous — Total fire loss for 1931 was $30,840, a per capita loss of 35 cents, one of the
lowest in the nation for Berkeley's size class; infant mortality rate of 22.6 per 1000 live
births in 1931 lowest in history of city. The Police Department employs 57, with total
expenditure of $179,967; per capita cost, $2.07. Berkeley has put in operation the largest
and most complete radio police communication network on the Pacific Coast. Attendance
at Berkeley recreation centers for 1931-32 was 1.206,428. a gain of 200,000 over previous


Situated on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay directly opposite the famous Golden Gate,
Berkeley has been praised by world travelers as one of the most beautifully located cities in America.
Many of its most attractive home districts are to be found on the gently sloping hills which rise to a
height of fifteen hundred feet, commanding a magnificent panorama of San Francisco Bay.


Berkeley is known internationally as the home of the University of California, one of the great
institutions of learning of the world. More than 12,000 students are registered each year at the reg-
ular fall and winter sessions, with approximately 5000 additional students enrolled at the inter-session

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