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April 16, 2008 > One Silver Day

One Silver Day

Submitted By Lila Bringhurst

Two Rotary projects connected to local pioneer farmers will be dedicated on Friday, April 18: the Leal Tank House and Ardenwood Water Museum in the morning at 11:30 a.m. and the Horner pioneer plaque and Mission Creekwalk site in the afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Leal Tank House and Ardenwood Water Museum

In 1996, local Rotarians moved a water tank from the Leal family farm, near the corner of Mission Boulevard and Driscoll Road in Fremont to Ardenwood Historic Farm. The project has been underway for several years and now the tank house is finally reconstructed with a new water museum in the lower room.

George Patterson, a '49er and founder of the Ardenwood Ranch, served on the first board of directors of the Alameda County Water District, which helped fund the water museum. The East Bay Regional Park District and the Union Sanitary District also contributed to the project.

Mission Creekwalk

John Horner arrived at Mission San Jose in 1847. He and his wife built an adobe home along Mission Creek, near the present-day Chadbourne School playground. The Rotary Club of Mission San Jose decided to create a site to honor this prominent pioneer family and others who farmed in the area. Other Rotary clubs and many volunteers have contributed time and money to the project.

In addition, Rotarians will provide six interpretive signs for the Mission Creekwalk between Palm Avenue and Driscoll Road. The Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, which maintains the creek, will install the signs. Created by the Math Science Nucleus, the signs explain the elements of the creek corridor and will provide an educational opportunity for classes and joggers who use the popular pedway.

"Our club turns twenty-five on April 18," observed Dave Garges, president of the Rotary Club of Mission San Jose, "So we decided to celebrate by dedicating our two community projects and having a fund-raiser that evening."

Mayor Bob Wasserman, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Mission San Jose, will share some memories during an evening celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. at Palmdale Estates.

For more information, call (510) 656-5056

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