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Do you remember Sunnyvale Mountain Park?

Recently we posted this photo of the entrance to Sunnyvale’s Mountain Park, online on our Facebook page, asking people to tell us their memories.

The 250-acre city-owned park, located on Skyline Boulevard, 4.5 miles south of Highway 9, was purchased in 1958 for $50,000 and existed until 1977 when it was sold to Santa Clara County for $366,000. The money from the sale went toward the purchase of open space within the city that was then dedicated as park property. This includes the Sunnyvale Community Center off of E. Remington where Heritage Park and the museum are located.

Thanks to everyone for your responses.

Donations – Audio oscillator

At the Heritage Park Museum we are grateful for all of the donations we have received over the years. One such donation is this audio oscillator. The 200A model was the first product by Hewlett Packard and was manufactured in David Packard’s garage in Palo Alto in 1939.

An audio oscillator is an instrument that generates one pure tone or frequency at a time. Through the years, HP oscillators were used to design, produce and maintain telephones, stereos, radios and other audio equipment.

The 200A was the first commercial oscillator to use a simple light bulb as the temperature-dependent resistor in its feedback network.

Walt Disney bought eight of these oscillators for use in the production of Fantasia. (source: Wikipedia)

100 years ago

100 years ago, Sunnyvale had been an official town for five years and according to the US census, the population was less than 1,600. The local newspaper, the Sunnyvale Standard, was owned and operated by W.K. Roberts, and was published once a week on Fridays.

Reading several issues of the Sunnyvale Standard from March and April 1917, it’s possible to conceptualize some of the concerns and events shaping people’s lives. In national news, the country was gearing up for war. The US entered WWI on April 6, 1917. In his editorial called Produce Food and be Patriotic, Mr. Roberts says, “[W]e can justly feel that our individual efforts in the production of foodstuffs, even though they be eaten by ourselves, is as patriotic as the production of bullets or flags to be sent to the front.”

Locally, the worry was about the slow growth of the town. Though many workers came in the summers to work in the orchards and canneries, there was concern that businesses were not growing quickly enough, due to a combination of factors including “streets being in bad condition” causing local merchants to lose trade, and cheap transportation to San José, which encouraged people to shop in the neighboring town’s large stores.

The Sunnyvale library has copies of the Sunnyvale Standard available to anyone interested. Also, issues can be found online at the Sunnyvale history section at the library’s website: http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/SunnyvalePublicLibrary.aspx

Meanwhile, here are a few clippings and an ad taken from editions in the months of March and April 1917.