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March 4, 2011 > Share your story with the historical society

Share your story with the historical society

Submitted by Heather Mellon
Images courtesy of the Hayward Area Historical Society

Personal memories will be the basis for a future exhibit at the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) which needs the community's help to make it happen. HAHS seeks short stories, written or recorded, from anyone who wants to share a personal memory that represents the Hayward area to them. The Hayward area includes the City of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden, Ashland, Fairview, Cherryland and the former Russell City.

"We hope that people will see themselves in this exhibition," says HAHS Diane Curry who will organize an engaging exhibit that truly reflects the community, using the stories which will be supplemented with artifacts and photos from the HAHS collection, some never before seen. "Stories can be about a person, place, thing or event."

"My late husband and I bought a home because we could afford it, then looked nearby as the school was so good, and bought a bigger one right by that very school. My kids flew kites in the school field and went 'mudding' at least once each winter... I have a yard in which to grow fruit and vegetables and that, long ago, contained swing sets and Tonka Trucks. I had some landscaping done a couple of years ago and the workmen lined up the archaeological findings on the patio: a rubber fire truck, a rusted yellow steel pickup, various Hot Wheels, a Barbie and several jacks." - Castro Valley resident.

"I've many fond memories of growing up in Hayward but the best and most cherished of all is when my brother Dennis and I marched in the Pet Parade. He was about three-years old and I was about five-years old... Dennis and I dressed as cowboy and cowgirl and rode a tricycle pulling a wagon and cage with our dog 'Lucky' inside. I don't remember if we won a prize or not but it didn't matter because we had a lot of fun!" - Hayward resident.

"We arrived in Hayward in the summer of 1962... at the Greyhound station which was located on Watkins Street. We were all hungry, so we walked to the Doggie Diner at the corner of Mission and C Street for our first meal in Hayward. The meal consisted of hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. We were not familiar with the new tastes and foods of the United States. Needless to say, we didn't like the taste of them and started missing our more familiar foods like tortillas and beans. We crossed the street to the Hayward Library to eat our hot dogs on the green grass. We sat there happy to be all together, yet trying to absorb all the strange sounds of cars and people speaking in a language that we did not understand." - Hayward resident.

For additional information about the exhibition or HAHS, visit or contact Diane Curry at (510) 581-0223.

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