Tag Archives: 1950s

Locals remember north area Tower Records

Editor’s note: This is the sixth part of a series regarding the history of the “four corners” of Watt and El Camino avenues. For nearly 45 years, Tower Records drew music lovers to the northeast corner of Watt and El

Another Bold Adventure

When I lived on Janey Way in the 1950s and 60s, I experienced many exciting adventures. One blustery fall day, while Jim Costamagna and I camped out in the pit, the abandoned sand and gravel site behind my house, we

McClatchy High’s 1951–1952 baseball team the greatest in Sacramento history

In the late 1940’s and early 50’s high school baseball in Sacramento was at its zenith. McClatchy, Sacramento, and Christian Brothers all had outstanding teams and talent. Roger Osenbaugh and Jim Westlake of CKM signed pro contracts after the 1948

Terry takes ping pong to a new level

In August of the summer of 1960, Dad noticed we were looking bored and restless, so he decided to do something about it. He drove off early one Saturday morning, and came home with a big box in the back

More memories of Janey Way Christmases past and present

I drove down Janey Way last weekend. I saw neighbors putting up their Christmas lights. It brought back wonderful memories of past Janey Way Christmases. One memory in particular flickered in my mind. It dates back to the end of

Terry nearly burns down Janey Way

One day in August in the early 1960s, my brother Terry sat on our front porch, thinking. Summer was coming to an end. The State Fair opened in just a few weeks. After that, school started. He needed money for

Walking to the old California State Fair

  Back when I grew up, the Cal Expo only existed as a blue print on somebody’s drawing board. Instead, we had the California State Fairgrounds. It stood proudly at the intersection of Stockton Boulevard and Broadway in south Sacramento.

Going to Edmonds Field with my father

Before the Kings came to Sacramento, before the Sacramento River cats began playing at Raley Field, Sacramento had another venerable sports franchise: the Sacramento Solons triple A baseball team. In the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s, the Solons played ball

Marty becomes an altar boy

During my first week of school in sixth grade at St. Mary’s School, the pastor of the church came to speak to the boys in our class. He told us that the church desperately needed new altar boys to assist

How ‘the Pit’ changed as I grew up

I moved to Janey Way in 1952 just after celebrating my fifth birthday. The day after I arrived, my next door neighbor, Butch, took me down to play in the “Pit,” a vacated sand and gravel site which abutted the