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347 N. Aurora at Lindsay | Former Gravem Brothers Bakery (Retail Store)

Stockton - Acacia - Bridge Place History & Photos

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Although millions of public and private dollars invested in Downtown Stockton have brought a host of events to downtown's public urban parks and plazas, to entertainment facilities such as the Weber Point Event Center, the Stockton Arena, Banner Island Ballpark, and the newly restored Bob Hope Theatre. Exciting projects have been completed, including the new Marina with full service slips and guest/day docks, designed with an eye to boaters and pedestrians alike. 

Still downtown Stockton, an area of approximately 550 acres, has suffered as the surrounding city has grown. Due to the growth to the north, downtown is no longer the geographic or commercial center of town, but is left with a severely deteriorated retail function specializing in lower end of the market hotels and a poor, minority impacted social structure. Its uses are basically institutional and governmental in nature from 8:00 to 5:00 and is the largest center for elderly housing in the valley. The lack of pedestrian activities and amenities and the cross town aerial freeway connector leaves a negative feeling among the citizens.

It attracts a population of retired elderly, transient workers and vagabonds (males and persons over 65) who make Stockton their semi-permanent residence, taking advantage of the inexpensive living quarters offered in the deteriorating hotels and apartments and the food program of the senior service center. The majority of the housing units and hotel rooms are occupied by weekly or monthly renters. The area has a high crime rate (mainly assault) and is perceived by many as an unsafe place to go either in the day or night time. The edges are largely tattered, and the core area, mostly older 2-3 story structures, house the elderly and single poor.

Downtown Stockton has been designated a Stockton Enterprise Zone and the Redevelopment Area, designations from the state and city respectively, a myriad of incentives are available to business and property owners. These incentives are a   downtown attempt to attract new businesses and a destination for visitors and residents.

The photos on this page are a collection of past and present.

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221 N. A Street - Richmond Chase Plant No 7 - Employees from Richmond-Chase Company, plant no. 7. 1920 Panoramic group photograph of uniformed workers of Richmond-Chase Company canning plant no. 7 in Stockton. During the busy seasons the Richmond-Chase Company employed from 1,500 to 2,000 people in the various departments.

Acacia Street

525 W. Acacia St - Dameron Hospital - - Dr. John Dameron founded Dameron Hospital in Stockton in 1912 with facilities for 20 patients. Ill health prompted him to sell the organization to a group of local doctors, staff and businessmen in 1925, and expansion in 1927 brought bed capacity up to 55. The hospital was incorporated as Dameron Hospital Association in 1943, becoming an independent, not-for-profit medical facility governed by a seven-person board of directors and a 20-member board of membershipleft photo - 1914 - Bottom left photo 1927 Dameron Hospital - 1914 - 525 W. Acacia Street

North American Street

16 N. American St. - Dean's Jewelry

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19 N. American St. - Hotel Terry and 533-543 E. Main - Built in 1912 - Originally called the Hotel Rex Hotel Terry - 19 N. American and 533-543 E. Main

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Hotel Terry - 19 N. American and 533-543 E. Main

20-30 N. American St. Former Montgomery Ward. By 1950, Montgomery Ward & Co. occupied 20-30 North American. The 1950 Sanborn Map shows the owner as Montgomery Ward & Co. Courtesy of Covert V. Martin.
20-30 N. American St. Former Montgomery Ward.

20-30 N. American St. - Today it's a parking lot. -

31 N. American - looking West American Street Parking - Santos Auto Park Inn 1941-1950

33 N. American St. - Alex Floral

48 N.American Former Thrifty Drug - Courtesy of Floyd Perry Jr

48 N. American - Factory 2 U

107 N. American - City Parking Lot / Ted's Boneless Beef (1950)

125 N. American - Stockton Generator Exchange / Ted's Meat Company (1950)

140 North American Street Former Studebaker - Gaia Delucchi Delicatessen & Grocery Store

140 North American Street - Recent Photo
Gaia Delucchi Delicatessen & Grocery Store - Demolished - Sanborn Maps of Stockton show the site as vacant in 1917. The 1950 Sanborn Map recorded the present building. Gaia Delucchi Delicatessen was originally located on Market Street. The business was moved to the N. American Street location in the late 1920s. Stockton City Directories list A. J. Gault Auto as an occupant of 140 N. ∑American by 1935 and through 1945. Gaia Delucchi Co. is listed as the sole occupant by 1950. It was example of an industrial architecture influenced by the Art Deco Style. The Delucchi family was well-known in Stockton, and famous for their Italian foods. A Studebaker dealer occupied the building from 1935 through 1945,  Later Gaia Delluchi was located here. it was a two-story stucco clad building with an Art Deco architectural style.

141 N. American - Honor Parking / Dana Motors Auto Repair (1958)

200 N. American - Foto Art Engraving / TW Cain Shoe Repair (1950)

208 N. American St - Athletic Art Silk Screen / Quality Radiator Shop (1958) / Gilgert Radiator Repair (1950)

210 N. American St - Madrid's Auto Repair / Federal Mogol Service Bearings / Curtiss Brown Machine Shop (1950)

216 N. American St - Stanley Steemer

220 N. American - Former Independent Parking Lot

221 N. American - Pacific Telephone & Telegraph / Ralph's Restaurant Supplies

224 N. American - Kustom Work

225 N. American - LaTeer & Spiro Motor Car Repairs / JJ Schmelz Auto Body Repairs (1950)

245 N. American - Thomas Ambulance Service

315 N. American - Tatton Tire / HS Lux auto Repair (1950)

321 N. American - Martin Sign Company

335 N. American - Four Square Church (1957) / 349 N. American (1942)

600 Block of N. American St. - Former El Dorado Brewery -

710 N. American St. - Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Safety Office - Right photo by Ron Chapman

821 N. American St - Original Temple Israel - Built in 1855 A simple clapboard siding building, it's one of Stocktonís oldest buildings and also the oldest surviving synagogue structure in California. Originally constructed near Miner Avenue and El Dorado Street it seated 200 and served surrounding counties. The building was moved to this site in 1905 and converted to apartments. Located in the Magnolia Historic Preservation District. The oldest building on the city register, the building was added to the city register by resolution number 39,264 on July 26, 1982 - Center photo, 2008, right photo 2013

South American Street

S. American & 600 E. Main St - Photo by Kevin Shawver

11 S. American - Esquire Theatre Building

20 S. American - Zunstein Apartments

22 S. American - Elite Shoe Service
24 S. American - Kay's Salon of Beauty
24 1/2 S. American - Roy's Auto Park
26 S. American - A1 Lock & Key

28 S. American St.- Merrill Hotel - Built in 1925 - Stockton City Directories show no listing for this address until 1930. Between 1930 and 1945, Turner Hardware occupied this building.  A neon sign mounted on the facade and a painted sign on the side of this building announced it as the Hotel Merrill. By 1940 and through 1950.

30-48 S. American St

Over the years there have been many businesses in this building
30 S. American - The Lucca Restaurant - (1930)
32 S. American - Norma's Wig Affair
34 S. American - Friendly Jewelry Co / Farmer Bros Coffee (1950)
36 S. American - Valley Shade Shop / Delbert Fisher Window Shades (1950)
38 S. American - Stockton Credit Plate / Tony Chin Laundry (1950)
40 S. American - Golden State Store / Brown's Costume Shop (1959) / Cecil's Safe, Lock & Key (1950)
48 S. American - Cirilo's Bar / Gene's Restaurant (1959) / Tony's Liquors (1950)

S American St - Market St. Intersects

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110 S. American - Felix & Betty's Cafe / Vera & Art's Restaurant (1959) - Demolished to expand the Stockton Record building

112 S. American - ADT Security / Warnkee Printing - Demolished to expand the Stockton Record building

114 S. American - Redmen's Hall - Demolished to expand the Stockton Record building

130 S. American - San Joaquin Local Health District - Demolished to expand the Stockton Record building

130 S. American - San Joaquin Local Health District - Demolished to expand the Stockton Record building

302 S. American - M&M Market - Demolished - Now a vacant lot

323 S. American St.
323 S. American St. - Deadass Junction / Former American Body Shop

323 S. American St.
- Deadass Junction / Former American Body Shop

945 S. American St. Former Billy Hebert residence. Billy Hebert, learned to play baseball in the city recreation department's boys' league and played with the Junior Legion for Karl Ross Post. Hebert was a scrappy second baseman in the minor leagues before, at 22, he was killed in the Solomon Islands in 1942 during World War II. He was the nation's first professional ballplayer killed in action.

1602 S. American - Hazel Kirby Grocery (1940)

North Aurora Street

19 N. Aurora - Mark-Ease

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24 N. Aurora - Former Rolla-Torium / General Electric Supply Corp. Also a 910 E. Weber Address

34-36 N. Aurora St.

147 N. Aurora - Former Gravem-Inglis Bakery

147 N. Aurora - George Wolfe Grocer - 1903 - Left photo, 2014

147 N. Aurora - Former Gravem-Inglis Bakery

347 N. Aurora at Lindsay. / 112 S. Center - In 1902 they were Gravem Brothers Bakery (Retail Store). By 1920 they had become Gravem-Inglis Bakery. By 1955 they were Gravem-Inglis Sunbeam Baking Co.  - 1900-1915 - left photo - Ken Piper

446 N. Aurora St. - Aurora Body Works

540 N. Aurora St / former Carnation Company / Gloria Ice Cream Company - Demolished

2 left photos by Cathy Wetzel, 3rd from left Dan Cort. Far Right Floyd Perry Jr

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

Sears Roebuck Building - 620 N. Aurora

620 N. Aurora St - 940 E. Park Street. Sears Roebuck Building - Originally used by the Sunset Door and Sash Co., this vernacular style structure is the oldest massive brick industrial complex still standing in Stockton. Remodeled in 1916, it became the Sears, Roebuck and Companyís only mail order distribution center in California until 1927. Searsí extensive stock ranged from baby carriages to windmills to feeding molasses. The building was added to the city register by resolution number 86-0274 on May 12, 1986. Top left two photos by Kathy Wetzel

621 N. Aurora

621 N. Aurora St

702 N. Aurora Street - Valley Mountain Regional Center

South Aurora Street

14 S. Aurora St - Former Automatic Coin Equipment Co.
24 S. Aurora St - Former General Electric Supply Company
30 S. Aurora St  - Former Market Wholesale Grocery

Aurora between Main & Market - F. Watrous Feed-Sales - 1890s - Imperial Hotel showing at the left of the photo - A different building appears on the 1917.Sanbom map. Based on the Sanborn maps an addition was constructed to the rear of the structure between 1917 and 1950. This building was constructed in the early 1900s and Is similar to other structures on the block. Railroad tracks come to the rear of the building. The Remington Imperial Garage is listed in 1925.and through 1930. There is no listing in 1935, but by 1940, Baldwin and Remington Auto Repair occupied the building. By 1945, Pierce Harless Service Station Equipment is listed in the Directory

30 S. Aurora - Constructed in 1918, the building appears only on the 1950 Sanborn map. Stockton City Directories show no listing at this address until1930, when it was occupied by lnternational Trucks. By 1935, B. L Remington Garage (who also occupied the building next door at 20 S. Aurora) is listed. By 1940, Devine & Willard Auto Trucks were at this address. The building changed hands by 1945, when the Kraft Cheese Company had a facility here, and again by 1950, when the Republic Supply Company of California occupied the building.

34 S. Aurora St. - New York Apartments / Former New York Hotel Also 901 East Market St The 1917 Sanborn maps notes the building as the Hate/New York, with a bar, restaurant, and storage on the first floor. Though a plaque on the building gives a 1910 construction date, the first listing in Stockton City Directories was In 1915. The New York Hotel was listed here through at feast 1950. Its proximity to the rail lines meant that this area was able to support a large number of hotels and temporary housing. - Today it's the New York Apartments.

35 S. Aurora - Althouse Eagal Ford - 35 S. Auroa St. - Althouse - Eagal Co. In 1919 John Eagal and a partner named Althouse opened a Fordson Dealership. A Fordson is shown here loaded aboard a 1919 Federal Truck - Photo posted by Stewart Barber

37 S. Aurora St. - Oxford Hotel

37 S. Aurora St. - Oxford Hotel / Built in 1918 - The Oxford Hotel occupies the upstairs of the main building. It consists of 32 rooms occupied by hotel residents (including a 2 bedroom quarter where the resident manager resides)

39 S. Aurora St. at Market St - Aurora Welding Works - 1920s

132 S. Aurora - Mark-Ease

145-165 S. Aurora - Mark-Ease

Aurora & Washington

Aurora & Church - Holt Manufacturing - 1915 - Charles, Benjamin and Frank incorporated the Holt Bros. Company on January 7, 1892, to deal in lumber and iron. Four days later, they also filed incorporation papers for "Holt Manufacturing Company" with Charles H. Holt, Benjamin Holt, Frank A. Holt, G. H. Cowie and G. L. Dickenson as directors. The Holt Bros. Company formed a subsidiary, the "The Stockton Wheel Company", to build the wheels. Stockton was an ideal location, as it could be reached by sea-going ship via the San Joaquin River, 72 miles (116 km) east of San Francisco, and was hot enough to season woods in a way that would prepare them for use in the arid valleys of California and the deserts of the West. The factory cost US$65,000 (or about $1,815,840 ) to build and used a 40-horsepower Corliss steam engine that had been manufactured in Providence, Rhode Island, and shipped around Cape Horn. All of the plant's machines were driven by belts connected to the Corliss engine

On April 22, 1918, British General Ernest Dunlop Swinton (right) traveled to Stockton, California, to publicly honor Benjamin Holt (left) and the company for their contribution to the war and to relay England's gratitude to the inventor for helping to win World War I. Benjamin Holt was recognized by the General at a public meeting held in Stockton.

Former Engine House Number 6

Former Engine House Number 6

Former Engine House Number 6

527 S. Aurora & Hazelton - Former Engine House Number 6

Holt Manufacturing Company was building caterpillar type tanks for the British Army Tank Corps in the first World War when they arranged a contract with the City of Stockton to build, house, and partial staff a fire company. The contract, initiated on July 27, 1917, specified Holt constructing the house, buying an American La France Auto Pumper, and leasing the items to the city. Left photo by Ron Chapman

635 S. Aurora - Former Hickham Botham Brothers

635 S. Aurora - Former Hickham Botham Brothers

635 S. Aurora - Former Hickham Botham Brothers

946 S. Aurora - JL Kelley Horses & Mules - Photo by Kevin

1000 Block Aurora & Jefferson - Samson iron Works

1000 Block Aurora & Jefferson - Samson iron Works

1000 Block Aurora & Jefferson - Samson iron Works - Left photos courtesy of  Dennis Doughtery

2208 S. B Street - Nena's Mexican Restaurant

Bridge Street

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

25 Bridge Place - B&M Building

125 Bridge Place - B&M Building / Sherwood Hotel / Mason Hotel / Briedenbach Hotel / Philadelphia House  - Constructed sometime during the 1860s and 1870s. City Directory listings for 123-129 Bridge Street indicate that it was the Philadelphia House, Charles Spengemann Proprietor during the 1880s, then by 1895 it was still called the Philadelphia House but Flechlin & Back were the proprietors. In 1900-01 it was identified as the Philadelphia House. In 1912 it was called the Briedenbach Hotel with Agnes McAleer as the proprietor. Then from 1915 to 1925 it was known as the Bridge and Mason Hotel. Other commercial uses that faced Bridge Street included the B&M Liquors. In the 1940s it was known as the Sherwood Hotel. Study of plat records indicate that Joseph Briedenback owned this land and the building for a considerable period of time from the 1880s through at least the 1920s.

The City Directory information for 128-132 E. Channel Street indicates that in 1935, 130 Channel was occupied by Sweet Morris Bags, 132 was vacant, 136 was occupied by A.R. Stonn, a painter.∑ During portions of the 1940s this side of the building was vacant and then in 1950 132 Channel was occupied by Valley Wholesale Drug Co.

121 Bridge Place - Philadelphia House - Built by Joseph Bridenback in 1871

125 Bridge Pl. - B&M Cafe Tavern

129 Bridge Pl. - Sherwood Hotel in 1976 / Mason Hotel (1928)

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