My paternal grandfather Frank Jackson died when I was five and my grandmother Gertrude remarried Ollie (O.D.) Hamlin when I was 7. He is the only grandfather I really remember and I always called him the “Judge”, because he was just that. My grandmother’s maiden name was Cole and her grandfather Rector E. Cole was the 4th dentist to practice in Oakland. He was very active with the Board of Education and became its first president. He has a street in East Oakland and had a school in West Oakland (now closed) named after him. My middle name is “Cole”, the “C” of RCJ.
A Jackson Furniture recap:
Jackson Furniture was located in downtown Oakland for 76 years. In 1960 Jackson’s was the largest furniture merchant west of the Rockies. It was established in 1889 by Henry Kennedy Jackson who settled here from Jefferson, Maine. The Federal Building now sits on the footprint of Jackson’s. In 1964 Jackson’s had store locations In Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Hayward, Oakland (2), San Francisco (design showroom), and 2 locations within Takashimaya in Japan. Over the years Jackson’s also had stores in Sacramento, Richmond, Hayward, and Vallejo. In 1965 Jackson’s got into a financial crunch and the bank pulled the plug. My dad held on to Pacifica Designs (the S.F. showroom and Japan locations). Many employees owned Jackson’s stock and my dad bought it all back at face value.
Jackson’s gift to Berkeley fire victims (September 1923, 130 acres burned and 584 structures destroyed)
From Life Magazine
· Eastward Ho (March 1952)