A Historical View



The Oakland Tribune
A rich history of achievements and cultural contribution to the East Bay Area



The Origin and History of the Oakland Tribune



Welcome to our historical page that features historical facts and stories you may or may not be aware of. We find most of our information on the Internet and we welcome any pictures or stories sent into us by members of this club. We will present the facts and pictures as we find them and are not responsible for any inaccuracies in material we find. 






The  Tower in the beginning

Press room in 1939

Circulation Department 1942

Circulation Accounting Department 1934
( look close you might see John Bellison in the back)









One of many award winning photos of Oakland Tribune photographer Lonnie Wilson
To view more of his work click the link below
click here>> Lonnie Wilson photo gallery



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Dave Hope

A familiar look as Dave Hope sits at his desk


Dave Hope Savvy Political Writer for the Oakland Tribune made many contributions towards the excellence in reporting that contributed to the success of the Oakland Tribune. Dave was so respected by his peers that after he passed away while working at his desk at work on February 14, 1969, the Tribune named a prestigious award after him. The Dave Hope Memorial Award. This award was given to other reporters who exemplified excellence in writing. Past winners included Herald Jerabek who worked in the Concord office, Leonard Blaikie, Mrs. Fran Dauth, Harre Demoro, and Gaile B Russ, to just name a few.


Dave Hope and Governor Ronald Reagan







Dave Hope was a perfectionist in his craft. He refused to compromise with those who were indifferent to what he felt were the minimum demands of a “pro”-The newsman’s constant striving for excellence.
From 1947 to 1954 Dave wrote the Daily “Knave” Column, He was a familiar face at all Oakland City Council meetings and he also covered the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. He gained many accolades and respect for the way he cover all the major state, regional and national political stories. His trade mark by all accounts was his tenacity. He never gave up on a story or cut corners. It is said he could dictate an entire story from a telephone booth.


William F Knowland, President Richard Nixon and Oakland Tribunes Political writer Dave Hope




Lou Grant

Click this link to view some of Lou's work

LOU GRANT WAS ONE OF THE FOREMOST POLITICAL CARTOONISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY. HE WAS SYNDICATED WITH THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND WORKED FOR THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE FOR 40 YEARS.  HE STARTED CARTOONING WHILE IN THE ARMY IN CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE WAS A NATIVE OF LOS ANGELES.  HE WORKED FOR 'DUFFY'S TAVERN' AS A COMEDY WRITER BEFORE RELOCATING TO SAN FRANCISCO TO WORK AS A SPORTS CARTOONIST FOR THE HEARST PAPER THE 'NEWS CALL BULLITIN'.  


Russell Reed
Award winning Photographer won much acclaim while working for the Oakland Tribune. Below are a few of his best work.

Action at the speedway

Life Magazines picture of the year 1952 " The Pile up" at Oakland Speedway

Rick Barry scores

All Davis becomes Head Coach of the Raiders


Civil Unrest at Berkeley
Major fire in Oakland 1953


Angela Pancrazio
Pulitzer Photgrapher - Oakland Tribune
click this link Angela's Photo Gallery


Bill Crouch Pulitzer
Bill Crouch, who won a Pulitzer Prize for photography at The Oakland Tribune for his 1950 picture of a near collision between two aircraft at the 1950 Air show.



A gathering of the most noted reporters at North Hollywood

Oakland Tribunes Alan Ward sports reporter attending the big gala in 1953. We stumbled onto this photo in search of Mr. Wards Obituary that has been most difficult to find as of this posting.



Parking area for Tribune staff



 Then Senator William F. Knowland

 It was on January 14, 1957 that Senator from California William F Knowland graced the cover of Time Magazine. Can you remember where you were at back then.

 
The Oakland Tribune is a daily newspaper published in Oakland, California, by the Bay Area News Group (BANG), a subsidiary of Media News Group. Since 2010, it has been published as an edition of the BANG flagship newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News.

The final edition of the newspaper under the name The Oakland Tribune was scheduled to be published on November 1, 2011, however BANG announced on Oct. 27, 2011 that it would retain the masthead and include the Alameda Times-Star under The Oakland Tribune. Other mastheads to be retained included Hayward Daily Review, Fremont Argus and West County Times which were to be combined under a new East Bay Tribune title.

Source; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Tribune

Origin

The Tribune was founded February 21, 1874, by George Staniford and Benet A. Dewes. The Oakland Daily Tribune was first printed at 468 Ninth St. as a 4-page, 3-column newspaper, 6 by 10 inches. Staniford and Dewes gave out copies free of charge. The paper had news stories and 43 advertisements. To read more click this link > History Oakland_Tribune


A weary view of the tower; source(Wikipedia)

 In 1915, when Joseph Knowland, a former U.S. congressman, acquired the Oakland Tribune, the newspaper was located at Eighth and Franklin streets in the old Golden West Hotel. In 1918, the Breuner Furniture Company vacated its home at Thirteenth and Franklin. Knowland envisioned the vacated showroom and an adjacent warehouse as the site of a first-class newspaper facility. He began to implement this vision with the acquisition of the Breuner's property and the move of the Tribune there.
What became the six-story base of the Tribune Tower had been designed by D. Franklin Oliver and completed in 1907. (The warehouse, which became the Tribune's press room, had been built in the 1890s on the site of the old Pantages Theatre.) The now-familiar clock tower, designed by Edward T. Foulkes, was added in 1923 to complete the Tribune Tower as it appears today. 

For more detail on this fascinating story click the link below this line.



A look in the past




Here on the corner of Broadway and Grand Ave. Oakland California the number 18 car part of the Key System Transit lines has just turned off Broadway and will now head to Lakeshore Ave. This photo was taken around 1947 - 1948 and is courtesy of John Harder. (for educational purpose)


A  Look at William F Knowland
Senator, Publisher


Senator William F. Knowland atop elephant 
at a circus in Orange County, California
during his ill-fated run for California governor 1958.




William F. Knowland (June 26, 1908 – February 23, 1974) was a United States politician, newspaperman, and Republican Party leader. He was a U.S. Senator representing California from 1945 to 1959. He served as Senate Majority Leader from 1953–1955, and as Minority Leader from 1955-1959. He was defeated in his 1958 run for California Governor. He succeeded his father, Joseph R. Knowland, as the editor and publisher of the Oakland Tribune. 

Do you know the Senators middle name? Click link below to find out.



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