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Martinez was the place to be …

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By RAY ROBBINS Special to the Tribune During the 1930s till the early 1960s, everyone in the county knew that downtown Martinez was the place to go for shopping and entertainment. Martinez was sort of a hub; it had the ferry, train station, Greyhound bus station and privately owned taxi ...

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Days gone by …

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By RAY ROBBINS Special to the Tribune I miss tagging along with my older brother and his friends, riding the ferry boat to Benicia and back. You could ride all day for 10 cents, if you knew where to hide. I miss being shooed away from Pasco’s Bar on the ...

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This Week in History: Feb. 19-25

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By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune Pacheco Tobacco Company opens Pacheco, 1874: The Pacheco Tobacco Company was incorporated, with a capital stock of $10,000, for the purpose of leasing or purchasing land, as well as curing and manufacturing tobacco. (CCCHS) Ferry Street Canteen closes Ferry Street in 1946: Next to the ...

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Longing for summer

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By RAY ROBBINS Special to the Tribune When I was growing up in Martinez in the late 1940s, there wasn’t much air conditioning around, so in the dog days of summer we were always looking around for places to stay cool. We would make excuses to visit the Union Ice ...

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Bottled up memories discovered

In the early 1950s (at left) and more recently at their 40-year reunion (at right), are (clockwise from lower left): Cat Russo, Bob Haisley, Nat Russo, Al Marazzani, Ray Robbins and Toni Cellini. (COURTESY / On File)

By RAY ROBBINS Special to the Tribune When I was attending Alhambra High School in the 1950s, we had curriculum and activities offered to us that would be the envy of every school district in the state of California. We didn’t have vice principals or counselors, our teachers and coaches ...

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This Week in History: Feb. 5-11

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune Dead body found in barn Alhambra Valley 1865: An 8-10 day old dead body was found in a barn. The body was first seen by a boy driving cows who casually looked into the barn and thought a man was sleeping. Out of curiosity, he ...

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This Week in History: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune ‘Slippery’ nudist takes morning jog through downtown Martinez 1973: Forty-three years ago this week in Martinez, police were led on a wild chase through the downtown streets as a young man in his 20s was completely nude and “expressing” himself to the public. The one-man ...

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Oh my God, Joe DiMaggio!

From left: Nana Maria Carone, Mary Carone Nicholson and Nana Grace Billecci, during Mary’s 2nd Grade Holy Communion. The picture was taken outside the Billecci home at 425 Talbert St., Martinez, circa 1954-1955. (MARY CARONE NICHOLSON / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune Vince Ferrante of Pittsburg writes: “In 1978 when I was 13 … Dad took me to Amato’s bar to visit his cousin Vince who was working. … Vince Amato asked me if I liked baseball … he then asked me if I would ...

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You say Amato’s, I say Amato’s!

Pete Amato at Amato’s restaurant, 407 Ferry St., Martinez, circa 1940. (MARY GOODWIN COLLECTION / Courtesy)

By KRISTIN HENDERSON Special to the Tribune EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of Mary Goodman’s (b. 1949) remembrance of her Sicilian Family. See last week’s edition of the Martinez Tribune for Part One. Everyone still remembers Amato’s Restaurant. Even I, Kristin, do – especially the tongues hanging out of ...

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