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July 30, 2008 > A Scrapbook of History

A Scrapbook of History

By Brittney Hansen

A resident of Union City since 1966, Miles J. Price shows his love for the area in a compilation of the city's fifty year history on January 13, 2009. His book, "Union City, The First Fifty Years: A Scrapbook," is filled with historical photos and newspaper clippings of the people and events that helped shape the city.

Miles opens the book with photos of the Decoto and Alvarado districts that were to become Union City. The following pages reveal a collection of early photographs as well as entertaining and interesting comments that illuminate the tenor of the times. Pictures and newspaper clippings are used throughout to bring Union City's early years to life.

Price was heavily involved in many of the city's changes and events. He has held the position of treasurer for the Union City Historical Museum, and helped with the creation of the Ruggieri Senior Center - the large hall in the Center is named Miles J. Price Hall in honor of his dedication and hard work.

The idea to write a scrapbook of Union City's history is the result of seeing a similar book on Fremont's first thirty years. After a year and a half of research, and several months of editing and rewriting, his scrapbook filled with local history was created. Although it was difficult at times to find records of historical events in Union City, Price was persistent. His best source of information was the University of South Bay Library. "They have the most complete files going as far back as 1850," he said.

Miles Price's scrapbook was published by Folger Graphics, and can be purchased for $25 at the Union City Historical Museum, which is open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "I hope [this scrapbook] will get some people thinking of Union City History," said Price. "The more I learn about our past, the more I want to know."

For more information about "Union City, The First Fifty Years: A Scrapbook," call the author at (510) 471-4309, or visit the Union City Historical Museum.

Union City Historical Museum
3841 Smith Street, Union City
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(510) 324-3298

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