My Saved Oakland History

EXTRA! After posting the following I called to cancel my flight and they want $250 dollars. So, I am going!

The owner of ‘Oakland History’ did not get all my history expunged. I saved some of it. I will make sure he, or, she – lives in infamy! Below is the part where I talk about my ex-friend Paul Drake who played Mick in the movie ‘Sudden Impact’. After I caught him in bed with my lover, whom I was living with, I ended up in the Golden West Bar. Ten Oakland Cops showed up after I told Paul to come outside and get a ass-whoopen. It was a showdown.

Above is Buffalo Bill with Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux. I was good friends with his kindred here in Eugene. I have seen photographs that no one has seen. I begged Joy to allow me to help her scan them.

I am not going to Oakland, because I realized I was toying with too much death, playing with bad and good ghosts. I have gone there anyway, in spirit, and by using My Vision. The chance I might die – is high! I want to finish the Gideon Computer, that became real when I read the report of Hollowhornbear’s involvement in the gruesome murder of Herbert Pierruci, the bartender at the Gold West Bar on September 3, 1984. Twenty-three days later, my daughter was born. Heather came into my life sixteen years later. I did not know I had a daughter. She and her mother were Paul’s neighbor on Broadway.

I talked to Chris last night about the Golden West murder, and the western murals that appeared in my Science Fiction book, the Gideon Computer. My hero, Berkley Bill Bolagard, would hold court in a booth in this downtown Oakland Bar. When he was younger, Bill owned a white Thunderbird like the one Barry Zorthian owned. When he went to visit his old friend Dexter Lewis in Los Angeles, he put him in front of a camera selling Ford trucks because he was dressed like Buffalo Bill. He was instructed to let out a yell!

“Yeeehaw!” Ride em cowboy!”

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017


I just found this old photograph! It’s coming back to me. The Golden West Bar was patronized by employees of the Oakland Tribune. I talked to several of them. The Tribune was located in…………..THE GOLDEN WEST HOTEL……..that may have been located nearby. I am trying to locate it. Were the murals inside the Golden West Bar connected to Wild Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, and the hotel! This is astounding! The Tribune is no more! The ghosts of the men and women who printed a daily newspaper are calling me. I may show up October 1st for the anniversary of one of Bill’s last shows – which I am now going to organize! Too many ghosts for one man to handle, and remain in his body! Maybe I am the embodiment of Buffalo Bill?

In 1915, when Joseph Knowland, a former U.S. congressman, acquired the Oakland Tribune, the newspaper was located at Eighth and Franklin streets in the old Golden West Hotel. In 1918, the Breuner Furniture Company vacated its home at Thirteenth and Franklin. Knowland envisioned the vacated showroom and an adjacent warehouse as the site of a first-class newspaper facility. He began to implement this vision with the acquisition of the Breuner’s property and the move of the Tribune there.

Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake [tˣaˈtˣə̃ka ˈi.jɔtakɛ] in Standard Lakota Orthography,[2] also nicknamed Húŋkešni [ˈhʊ̃kɛʃni] or “Slow”;[3] c. 1831 – December 15, 1890) was a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies. He was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him, at a time when authorities feared that he would join the Ghost Dance movement.[4]

Before the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull had a vision in which he saw many soldiers, “as thick as grasshoppers,” falling upside down into the Lakota camp, which his people took as a foreshadowing of a major victory in which a large number of soldiers would be killed.[5] About three weeks later, the confederated Lakota tribes with the Northern Cheyenne defeated the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer on June 25, 1876, annihilating Custer’s battalion and seeming to bear out Sitting Bull’s prophetic vision. Sitting Bull’s leadership inspired his people to a major victory. Months after their victory at the battle, Sitting Bull and his group left the United States for Wood Mountain, North-West Territories (now Saskatchewan), where he remained until 1881, at which time he and most of his band returned to US territory and surrendered to U.S. forces. A small remnant of his band under Waŋblí Ǧi decided to stay at Wood Mountain.

After working as a performer with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, Sitting Bull returned to the Standing Rock Agency in South Dakota. Because of fears that he would use his influence to support the Ghost Dance movement, Indian Service agent James McLaughlin at Fort Yates ordered his arrest. During an ensuing struggle between Sitting Bull’s followers and the agency police, Sitting Bull was shot in the side and head by Standing Rock policemen Lieutenant Bull Head (Tatankapah, Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Pȟá) and Red Tomahawk (Marcelus Chankpidutah, Lakota: Čhaŋȟpí Dúta) after the police were fired upon by Sitting Bull’s supporters. His body was taken to nearby Fort Yates for burial. In 1953, his Lakota family exhumed what were believed to be his remains, reburying them near Mobridge, South Dakota, near his birthplace.

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Oakland Bad Boy – Paul Drake. O.K. I am trying not to hog the show, but, I think We got a project here! I detect history detectives among us. We got a real worthy mystery. What happened to the murals that were on the walls of the Golden West Bar that I believe was located on 12th street. I used to frequent this bar, when I was a drinking man. This bar was closed due to damage in the 92 earthquake. The Oakland Museum took these murals off the wall before they tore the building… down. They ended up at the Roy Roger’s Museum that was closed. These murals need to come home – to Oakland. What do these murals have to do with my ex-best friend, Paul Drake, who played Mick in the movie ‘Sudden Impact’. Well, I caught Paul with my woman on news years eve, and ended up in downtown I a hue rain storm when I heard a voice in a doorway.

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Greg Presco Paul too up acting at the encouragement of my ex Mary Ann Tharaldsen. She had just show him her paintings and he was lit. “I want to be a artist of some kind.” Mary Ann suggested acting because he looked like Stacey Keech, He enrolled in a method actinSee More

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Candice Miller Blackman Paul Drake, far as I could get was a fictional character in Perry Mason scenarios. Was your Paul Drake alive and well and living in Oakland, when

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Greg Presco Not that Paul Drake.

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Greg Presco These mural were western scenes. They may have been rendered by a famous cowboy artist. Paul and I lived next to Momma’s Café on Broadway. Clint went to HS up the street. If we can bring that mural, Paul, and Clint – together – that we got a publicity stunt. We need them up on a wall in Jack London Square, or the Oakland Museum.

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Greg Presco Back to new years eve. The voice said; “Aren’t you wet enough. Come over here and get out of the rain!” Her name was Little Mae. She was mostly Modoc Indian. She told me her bar was going to open at 6:00 A.M. and I get warm I there. We were not seated long when in come Bolagard. He would become the protagonist of my Sci-Fi novel ‘The Gideon Computer’ which I never finished.

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This is my brother and I taken by Melba. We just finished out two months of hard labor. Vic never made our job easy. He went out of his way to make it nearly impossible. When we sat out in truck while Vic had his happy hour in Oscars, we dare not slouch in our seats. He caught us once, slumping against the doors. He did his crazed Grizzly Bear on us. At nine, Royal Rosamonds mother died out and he… See More

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When I come to Oakland I will look like this. Behind me is the last portrait of the Habsburgs that was smuggled out of Nazi Germany in a carpet. Hitler put a price on Empress Zita’s head. The last thing any American needs, is a fascist in power. I have contacted the Austria embassy to get this history returned to her people. It is owned by the University of Oregon, who have no right to it. I have sent e-mails to Interpol.

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Jessie Benton-Fremont save our bacon. She had scout that went into Mexico to spy on the Habsburgs who were going to let Napoleons army cross into California and make Oakland part of the French-Hapsburg Empire. Senator Benton brought the Scot-Irish into the Oregon Territory to keep the Brits at bay. Fremont’s Bear Flag Rebellion was conducted by the Forty-eighters in disguise. Fremont emancipated t… See More

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Hunger and poverty is the root of modern Oakland politics. Here is the grave marker of the grandson of Patriot Samuel Rosamond, made by his son who was too poor to buy a headstone. My kin lived in the mountains of Arkansas. The officers of the Continental army applied for pensions. My great grandfather just wanted his ham back that he gave to the revolutionaries fight in the swamp. Most of the fig… See More

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Sweet Home Alabama

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In no time Dottie got homesick. You can take a woman out of the South, but, you cant take the South of a Southerner. She wanted a coon hound. We bought Benjamin who was born on the 4th. of July. Dottie is kin to Reese. There are black athletes with the name Witherspoon and Rosamond.

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So, we get to Oakland, and a friend has a basement apartment for us. While flipping the channels on the portable T.V. I see these dude playing baseball with big mustaches, sideburns, and long hair! “What the?” I had no interest in baseball, until now. The Series was dubbed “The Hairs vs. the Squares.” Day three Dottie asked me if I was going to go look for a job, because we were running out f food. “Not now! This is important – to the cause!”

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Here I am with my girlfriend, Dottie Witherspoon. She might be one of the most historic personages that ever step foot in Oakland. Her ancestor is Signer, John Witherspoon, who along with his kin, John Knox, co-founded the Protestant religion and Presbyterian Church. Her South Carolinian family beat the British. Both our families are real Patriots. I save her from a Warlock and Wiccans after I won… See More

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This is my kindred, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor in the movie ‘The Sandpiper’. Her genealogist put her page amongst us Rosamond Hillbillies. One. look around, and they was out of there. My grandmother kicked Royal out of the house because no one wanted to pay good money for his Ozark stories. When ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ came on T.V. my mother was bowled over. In one of Royal’s books he claims WE d… See More

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As I stood thirty feet behind the father and son on the dock, the shimmering water was full of ancient time and truths. I could barely hear them speaking but I got it. “These are your fish.” he points out. “They are your history.” the father declares, And, I waited for him to raise his arm and point to Alcatraz, and say ‘And that is your land!” If WE are practicing Tribalism, then let us hope the good people come forth and define the better aspects of our collective condition.

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I’ve been finding and buying my grandfather’s books he self-published. He wrote about his Redneck people of the Ozarks. We four Presco children never met Royal Rosamond. We grew up in Oakland feeling in beneath our peers because we had no history. We did, but, it couldn’t be told. We were too bad-ass. ‘No Country For Old Men’ is fiction. I HATE white folks in suburbia thinking they are Rednecks – … See More

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Francis Coakley is dead. You can’t take YOUR STORY with you. This is why I am considering moving back to Oakland. I am seventy, and will not live forever, but OUR HISTORY will. My daughter found no worth in our history. Like so many of our young, they are bitter there is no free gold to pick up off the street. They don’t get it. Knowing who you are, is the dominion of all you will ever be. Thanks … See More

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One of the most powerful memories I own of the bay area, was the sight of a Native American on a wood pier, pointing out the fish to his son. There was a Winchester rifle lying on the weathered wood. Across the water, was Alcatraz that was being occupied. My kindred, Senator Thomas Benton wrote ‘Manifest Destiny’ that has been rekindled with a flood of DIVISENESS. Day after day, year after year, when I awoke in Oakland, there was someone, some group trying to overcome a destiny that mean no man any good!

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Trying to lock up 800 white folks, takes us all back to the Roman slave masters who took the Gauls and Picts as slaves. Here is the Oakland police stopping a war protest, with the help of the Hell’s Angels who were allowd to beat on people practicing freedom of speech and assembly. Note what looks like professors in the lower right. The goal is to stop demonizing each other, because, WE are the best friends we got!

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The Oakland Cops were recruited in the South where my Rosamond ancestors owned plantations. Here is a pic of my enemy, Denne Sweeny who took over the SCV from my kindred, and turned it into a radical political movement. That’s Rick Perry. There are millions of white folks in the Red States that do not support racism in any shape or form. Do not draw absolute lines in the sand. INCLUSIVENESS is the Oakland Brand.…/uncivil-war-sons-confederate-ve…

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Here is my kin Bennett Rosamond. He was a grandmaster of the Orange Lodge. We fled Ireland after we got in a gun battle with the Catholics, and killed one of them in a religious war lasting 500 hundred years – and counting. This is why I am ruling out racism as the root cause of our social ills. It is a factor. But, when you read Coakley’s Irish history in Oakland, you got to take into account the truth that white folk killing white folk, because they are of a different faith – accounts for most of western history.

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One of the reasons I am coming to Oakland is to cover this aspect of the story that big time newspapers are not covering. There is a price to pay for free speech that is often oppressed by law enforcement. The term Tribalism is being used to describe recent politics. My Godfather was a Sergeant on the Oakland Police force. He led fifty cops against the Hell’s Angels, and ended up in the hospital. They put their guns in the trunk and put on gloves. There were gangs in Oakland. We had the Cavaliers and the Spartans in our HS. They had their dress. Some carried umbrellas. Broderick Crawford is kin. The Wild West is alive and well. “Coulter is coming in on the High Noon train.”

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I was blessed to have two old Crones living up the street. One of them was Kay Coakley. She was disabled. When she went shopping, she would call up her father who would send a squad car. To see a Oakland Cop carrying her groceries was impressive. This history is up to bat again, Her father prosecuted Mario Savio and his gang of 800, as well as Huey Newton. There is history of the Irish on this sit… See More

Greg Presco liked Larry Michael Parker’s comment.
Love the “Cuffs”

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thats great. i lived in the same apt complex as billy martin in the 70s when he was an as manager. i remember he had a limo to go to work. we used to go to jackie jensens restaurant all the time in our cabin cruiser. they had their own dock for the boating trade.

Greg Presco liked Diana Mellen Barnsdale-Hyslop’s comment.
I, too, was an Oakland Oaks fan back in the day,,,As a crossing guard at our school we received passes to Sat games and Thurs nites were free for ladies, so my Mom and I would go….Sure wish I had all thosr autographs now 🙂

Greg Presco liked Brenda Boykin’s comment.
Fantastic photo. Oakland or Brooklyn?Love the cuffed jeans.

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You know Oakland.

Greg Presco liked Dorothy Londagin’s comment.
The Stein home was long gone when she came back to visit and that is what she meant by “there is no there there”. Meaning what she remembered, as home, as Oakland, was no longer.

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There was a Berlin Street by 98th. It was changes during WWI due to dislike of everything German. I quess they missed this one.

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Apr 28, 2017 1:06am

Sounds like the dog

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  1. Reblogged this on Rosamond Press and commented:

    After visting Nancy at the Creamery, she suggested I author the history of the hippies because I could recall so much. This is 1986. Months later I begin The Gideon Computer based upon a character I drank with at the Golden West Bar. I have him dressed as Wild Bill who goes to Boston with his wife to visit her father who is a famous Doctor on Beacon Hill. I used Christine Wandel’s house and father as a model. I have Bill roaming about the house. He comes into the library and finds an amazing collection of books that he will inherit. Here is my connection to Poe.

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