After almost 10
years of working on the Bruce Roeding
Collection, we finally have the room to ask
for more help from the public on archiving,
cleaning trophies, sorting photos and much more.
This material archived will be used for rotating
exhibits in the Office Museum. So if you
like history and like to share your skills, we
would love for you to learn how to help.
presentation and tour will just show you what
needs to be done. You will not be
committed to volunteer, but this is one of the
largest finds of artifacts from when Vallejo
owned the Adobe as part of the Rancho Arroyo de
la Alameda to the 1970's when the California
Nursery closed its doors.
collection is material on the Roedings in Fresno
and San Francisco. Also is material on the
Baldwins, an early missionary family in Hawaii.
There are about 2000 square feet of material to
Niles district in Fremont was known for its
agricultural contributions to the newly formed
State of California. It was home to many
orchards and nurseries but one of the most
successful in North America was the California
Nursery Company which started in San Jose in
1865 and moved to Niles in 1884. The California
Nursery Company story in Fremont starts with
John Rock, a German immigrant who served in the
Civil War. He developed new methods of plant
propagation which was an evolving science in the
late 1800's. He worked with the renowned plant
breeder, Luther Burbank.
overview will follow the growth of the nursery
and horticultural business in Niles from Rock to
three generations of the famous Roeding Family
from Fresno. The exotic Bulb Festivals
with local "tulip girls" brought hundreds of
thousands of people to take a tour of the
nursery's 500 acres. Trees from this nursery
were used to landscape the 1915 Panama
International Exposition in San Francisco as
well as the 1939-40 Golden Gate Internation
Exposition on Treasure Island.
presentation will also discuss the historic
buildings at the 20 acre California
Nursery Historical Park which is owned by the
City of Fremont Buildings include the Vallejo
Adobe (early 1830's), the Packing Shed (1890's),
California Office (1907) and Presidentís Cottage
Learn how you can help.