VETERANS CHRISTMAS

Oakland, CA Circa 1945 - Margaret Clare McDonnell, 4, stands on tiptoe to put her donation in a Veteran Hospitals’ Christmas Committee jar with help from Melson Business Association President Elmo Mazzera. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

San Leandro, CA December 1945 - Pfc. George Crimes of San Francisco wraps presents at San Leandro Naval Hospital. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Oakland, CA December 21, 1947 - Nurses Rita Breit and Esther Kremer help World War II veterans Doug DeCosta (left) and Harold Cholcher decorate a tree at the Oakland Veterans Hospital. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Oakland, CA December 25, 1952 - Santa Claus presents gifts at the Oakland Veterans Hospital. Seated left to right are Virge Monroe and J.O. Bruce. Standing from left at Paul Argo, Joe Malouin and Hughy Smith. (Jim Edelen / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Every year from 1919 to 1987, the children of Oakland’s elementary and junior high schools performed in the Oakland Christmas Pageant as a gift to the people of the city. Louise Jorgensen, of the Parks and Recreation Department, organized, choreographed and taught each program every year. 

 

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The pageant’s organizer Louise Jorgensen, circa 1921. (Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Coming Sunday in the Oakland Tribune and online…
"Trip in Time" Oakland Children’s Christmas Pageant
Oakland, CA December 20, 1919 - Children dressed in snow costumes in the 1919 Christmas pageant at the Oakland Civic Auditorium are flanked by two Santa Clauses: a traditional Father Christmas at left and the modern version at right. (E. A. “Doc” Rogers / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)

Coming Sunday in the Oakland Tribune and online…

"Trip in Time" Oakland Children’s Christmas Pageant

Oakland, CA December 20, 1919 - Children dressed in snow costumes in the 1919 Christmas pageant at the Oakland Civic Auditorium are flanked by two Santa Clauses: a traditional Father Christmas at left and the modern version at right. (E. A. “Doc” Rogers / Oakland Tribune Staff Archives)