A TORCH IN THE HEART OF ALBANY:
HISTORY OF ALBANY’S
SHRINE OF FREEDOM
A brief presentation by Albany Mayor Rochelle Nason
Sunday March 10, 2019
Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave. Albany
Have you ever passed
the statue of a torch in the middle of the Key Route median at Solano, and wondered “what is that thing anyway?”
You may have answered yourself, “it must be some kind of
In fact it is not a war memorial,
although it was created during the Korean War and it stands in front of Albany’s World War II memorial.
Curious? Come hear
about the forgotten history of this prominent Albany landmark.
All are welcome to attend the Historical Society’s annual
meeting before the talk at 1:30 p.m.
The Annual Meeting of the Albany Historical
Society was on Sunday, January 31 from 1:00 - 3:00 in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library.
After a brief business meeting and election
of the board of directors there was a recognition and thank you
to local Veterans.
We had a successful walking tour to the location of AHS’s Albany Garbage Wars
plaque. A special shout out to Robin Mariona for her help in facilitating the tour and to Karen Sorensen for her deft leadership
and knowledge of the Albany Garbage Wars. Their efforts made for an informative and enjoyable morning outing.
|Adele Bachman shared memories of Albany Hospital
Several dozen people gathered in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to celebrate
and remember Albany Hospital. Many of the participants reminisced about their children or their siblings
being born at the hospital. Children were not allowed into the maternity ward so newborn infants were often held up in the
window so siblings could see their new brother or sister.
Charles Haller, the nephew of Nurse Mary Ann Le Match, spoke of the early days of the hospital.
Nurse LeMatch purchased the hospital in the early 1930’s and changed the name from Humboldt Hospital to Albany
Hospital. During the War, Albany Hospital expanded the maternity ward to meet the increased demand.
Cassie Borgnino Dusterdick spoke of the work of her late father, Dr. Borgnino.
He along other local doctors purchased and ran the Hospital providing outstanding medical care to their patients. They
built a reputation of excellence at Albany Hospital.
One participant proudly announced she was born at Albany Hospital exactly 71 years ago today and shared with
the audience her baby book.
Gonzalves reminded the gathering the AFD held Civil Defense Drills at the hospital and taught nurses how to use fire extinguishers.
The Albany Hospital plaque, which was donated to
the City of Albany on May 21, will be installed in front of the Community Center in the coming weeks. We are grateful
to everyone who participated in our dedication event.
|Charles Haller shared memories of the early days of Albany Hospital
|Mayor Javandel accepts the Albany Hospital plaque from AHS President Joan Larson
| Kim giving the City the Garbage Wars plaque
The newest generation of Little Leaguers enjoyed the March 2012 Storytelling
Day which focused on Albany Little League.
|Gene Hellwig was an umpire for many years.
On Sunday, March 18, the Edith Stone Room at the Albany Community
Center was filled with laughter as memories of the Albany Little
League were shared by former coaches, League officials and even
|Board Member Marsha Skinner with Bill Lewis, former Little League Coach