San Jose Ephemera

Confiscated stills being dismantled in front of the San Jose Courthouse, around 1925

These tables were taken from the 1892 biennial report of the trustees of Agnews Insane Asylum. 

Fredericksburg Brewery was established in 1867 on the corner of the Alameda and Cinnabar Street (eventually reconfigured to become West Julian Street). In 1918 San Jose voted to become “dry”, two years prior to Prohibition, and the brewery ceased operation. After the repeal it reopened in 1933 as Pacific Brewing and Malting Co. and ultimately became Falstaff Brewing Corp. It closed in 1973 and was demolished in 1980 to become the Avalon on the Alameda apartments.

Philip Roberts and William Horwarth were prominent Stationers and Publishers in San Jose. They had a shop at 22 W San Fernando Street in 1911 and 72 South First Street in 1914. By 1918 they merged with Melvin Printing Company and ran the operation out of a building at 166 South First Street. The upper floor was the printing department, where they employed a linotype operator as well as engravers.

The second photo shows the section of 1st Street where this building was located, although I don’t know if any of these were the original structure. All of these buildings on both 1st and 2nd streets, up to the Twohy building, were torn down in 1987 to make way for what would be one of the Redevelopment Agency’s most corrupt and nefarious failures, the Pavilion Mall. San Jose tax payers spent $10 million on this deal. The city’s short-sided promises were never realized and the mall ultimately failed. It was sold in 1998 for $28 million, and again in 2004 for $36 million.


San Jose Electric Light Tower construction 1881, July 4th c.1900, & after collapse 1915