Shanghai Jim (shanghai_jim) wrote in little_details,
Shanghai Jim

Cherry orchards of San Leandro, CA

When: Great Depression-1930s
Where: San Leandro, CA

My character grew up in San Leandro, California, during the Great Depression. I have a small but recurring dream/memory meant for him, about him running through the cherry orchards of the city, once during the blooming season, one during harvest time.

I've read up on the Cherry Festival and on various websites from San Leandro about the city's cherry industry in the early 20th century, but I haven't been able to find the locations and extent, let alone the names, of the orchards themselves. Despite spending my college years in San Francisco and Castro Valley, San Leandro was mostly a BART station and a marina to me.

It's just a dream sequence based on memory for the now-grown young man (same one I asked about earlier re: dishonorable discharge and Bakersfield), but I would like to be able to name-drop actual orchards, streets, landmarks, or other details. (Especially what cultivar of cherry was being grown at the time. Was it already Bing?)

Also, who harvested cherries in the time period--Mexican migrants, Okies, Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, all of the above?

Searched: City of San Leandro website, San Leandro Cherry Festival, "San Leandro cherry orchards"
Tags: 1930-1939, usa: california, usa: history (misc)

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