Transferred from the Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library

Black jack, with a twined leather strap with handle at one end and heavy suede-covered ball at other end. Tag is attached with a black-and-white photograph on one side and the following typed on the other side: "Constable Tom Carroll's blackjack. Picture taken in Parsonage grounds of Fruitvale Congregational Church. Dogs Laddie and Dan. Presented by Mrs. Ruth Radcliffe, 663 11th St., Oakland, Dec. 19, 1924." ( 5/2002, G. Weininger, from Oakland Heritage Alliance News, Fall-Winter 1997-98, p.24, William Sturm): The Fruitvale Congregational Church was one of the first religious edifices in the Fruitvale district and played a vital role in relief efforts after the 1906 earthquake. By 1911, it had been outgrown and was moved forward while a new one was under construction on the same site; the original one was demolished once the new one was completed.

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