Saturday, August 14, 2010

SNGF: Place List

This week's SNGF, courtesy of Randy, is:

"1) Do a Place Line. We're all familiar with Timelines - date, location, event, etc. I want you to create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents - your choice! In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events. Consider topics like residence, schools, churches, employment, etc.


2) Tell us about it in a blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook."

I decided to go with my great-grandfather, Gideon Gottlieb Berger, because I have quite a bit of documentation for the different stages of his life.

Residence:
Wabash Co., Indiana - 11 Oct 1885 - circa 1888.  Lived there from birth to about age three.
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California - 1888 - circa 1890.  Lived there from about age three to age five.
821 Magnolia, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1890 - 1891.  Lived there until death his father in Dec. 1891.
1260 E. 10th Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1891 - circa 1906.
1128 Eden Park, Fruitvale, Alameda, CA - circa 1906 - circa 1908.
1212 E. 22nd, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1908 - circa 1910.  
388 20th Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1910 - circa 1912.
San Jose, Santa Clara, CA - circa 1912. 
Boston, Suffolk, MA - circa 1912- circa 1914. 
536 E. 21st Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - prob. 1914 - 1918
Quincy, Plumas, CA - circa 1919
Sisson, Siskiyou, CA - 1919 - Oct 1920
620 North Street, Woodland, Yolo, CA - Oct 1920 - 1926
411 A Street, Petaluma, Sonoma, CA - 1926 - 1935
329 Salem Street, Chico, Butte, CA - 1935 - circa 1942
516 Virginia, Vallejo, Solano, CA - circa 1942 - 1948
1045 W. Vine, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA - 1948 - circa 1952
[address withheld to protect privacy of relatives], Lodi, San Joaquin, CA - circa 1952 - 1965.

Employer/Church:
Wabash Co., Indiana.  His father's church until 1888
620 S. Olive, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - 1888 - circa 1890.  His father's church, German Evangelical Association and Church
1013 Clay, Oakland, Alameda, CA - 1890 - aft. 1891.  His father's church, German Evangelical Association

Gideon's first job was as a paper boy in Oakland in the mid-1890s with his brother, Jesse.  After school, he went into insurance (I believe he sold it) but abandoned it after only about a year to become a minister like his father had been.  Unlike his father who preached in German and belonged to a fringe group of the Methodist church, Gideon preached in English and was an ordained chaplain in the Methodist church and "circuit rider."

After Gideon became a minister around 1913, he and his family lived at or near the churches he was rector of in its parsonages (see residences above).  His last parish was at Grace Church in Stockton and I believe he continued to go there after his retirement around 1952.  He oversaw the building or expansion of every church he was in charge of, including Methodist churches in Mt. Shasta, Gazelle, Edgewood, Woodland, Petaluma, Chico, Vallejo and Stockton.

School:
Garfield Grammar School, Oakland, Alameda, CA.  1896 - 1897 (prob. more years as well)
University of California (Berkeley), circa 1906 - 1910.
College of the Pacific, graduated in 1912.
Boston University School of Theology, bet. 1914 - 1918.

I have pictures of some of the residences, churches and parsonages where the family lived and GoogleMaps has helped fill in the rest.

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