1. Here we see representatives of the San Jose City Council, as well as individuals involved in the planning of the San Jose Municipal Airport (Later SJC) preparing to fly to Southern California to observe and study other airports' designs. We are unsure of the identity of certain individuals in the film - can you help us out? Feel free to comment on the video or email us with any answers, guesses, or speculations you may have!

    Do you have a story about San Jose history to tell? Contact the Pioneers at SCCPioneers@Gmail.com

    Thank you

    ©2011 William Foley

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  2. A morning fishing trip from San Francisco filmed by my grandfather in 1970. I added music and titles.

    Shot on Kodachrome Super8 Film with a Bolex 155 Macrozoom.

    Music is:
    "Let Me Tell You About My Boat" - Mark Mothersbaugh
    "Blue Again" - Gaucho
    "Open Sea Theme" - Sven Libaek
    "Blues en Minuer" - Gaucho
    "Si Tu Savais" - Gaucho
    All are available via iTunes.com or gauchojazz.com

    Telecined in cooperation with The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County californiapioneers.com

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  3. The 1953 Bing Crosby $10,000 Invitational National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, California, held January 9-11, 1953. Not a bad day for golf! Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and a few other recognizable faces appear on the greens. Lloyd Mangrum won the tournament.
    The Music is Bing's own "Straight Down The Middle."
    Filmed by my grandfather, William Foley, on Cine-Kodak Super-X 8mm film, and telecined in cooperation with The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County's Pioneer Film Archive. CaliforniaPioneers.com

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  4. In 1937, floods covered San Jose. Al Mattos was there to capture it with his camera, and over 70 years later it remains an amazing sight. This film begins in one of San Jose's many orchards, and quickly takes us to Alviso, at the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. Here we see that the Liberty St. Bridge is "Dangerous but Passable," and the schoolhouse is surrounded by flood waters. One ingenious student knows how to get around, though - with the frequency of floods in Alviso in those days, I think he's used those stilts before! Leaving Alviso, the car's wheels make wakes in the river of North First Street. Coyote Creek rages, carrying tree limbs and debris to the bay. Several bridges over the Guadalupe and Coyote Creek are shown - anyone able to identify which bridges they are?
    At one location, men toss ropes from the bridge, snagging passing lumber. The San Jose Cash & Carry is shown, as the Santa Clara Streetcar passes, up to its axles in water in its final year of operation.
    this film was donated by Edith Walters, sister of the photographer. The original 16mm is lost to time, but this VHS transfer remains in the Pioneers Film Archive.
    To see many more historic films from this collection, visit youtube.com/sccpioneers
    Digitized by Bill Foley
    ©2010 California Pioneers of Santa Clara County

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  5. This edited segment from the 1951 documentary, "a Fortune in Two Trunks" tells the story of Louis Pellier, the Frenchman who, along with his brother Pierre, brought the Petite Prune d'Agen to California and began an agricultural legacy that made the Santa Clara valley the dominant fruit-producing region in the world. Fifty years since this film's creation, and nearly 150 since Pellier's agricultural influence was felt on the world, his final resting place is dedicated at Calvary Cemetery in San Jose, California. With this film, and an upcoming documentary on Pellier's life and the story of his misplaced grave and gravestone, the In Grave Danger Gang, the Pioneers Film Archive, and Calvary Cemetery celebrate the "Prune King" of California.

    Find the full version of this film in the Pioneers Film Archive at youtube.com/sccpioneers and look for more information and films about Pellier in the coming months.

    Visit CaliforniaPioneers.com for more information about the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and their efforts to preserve and promote local history.

    ©2011 William Foley

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