1949 Oak Street in Oakland

Cean, Evelyn, and Mike
Mike and Bob at Oak Street Excavation

I found another photo of the Potash Steam Shovel (attached). The file name says 1949, so it was the year of my birth. It appears to be summer time, so before I was born.

Do you recall when you moved into the new home on Oak Street?

As I recall we moved into the Oak St. house just before you were born. The house was unfinished. I remember Nancy and I did the dishes in a turkey roaster set up on saw horses in the living room. There was a great hurry to get moved into the house before you were born. To Nancy, Robert, Michael and to me it seemed like camping out. Then Nancy got very sick. Dr. Davies made a house call. Nancy had serious bronchitis. Dad was horrified. He kept telling Mom that Nancy could die like her mother had. There was a lot of drama for weeks. Somehow you were born. Nancy recovered. A decision was made to paint the Entire downstairs green. I don’t remember why.

If I think of anything else I’ll let you know.

Thanks for the details. There is so much of the family history I don’t know or have forgotten. I recall one of the babies slept in a dresser drawer. Mike and Leslie used a suitcase as a bed for baby Mike. I recall seeing it in their tiny apartment in Honolulu.

I can imagine Dad panicking over Nancy’s illness. He could get very emotional. Yes, why dark green walls?

One memory I recently recalled was Dad bringing Petit Fours home from a trip to Montreal. They looked like little wrapped presents. Later, I wondered why Dad would have a business trip to Montreal. Perhaps it was just him getting away.

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