Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Bit of History at 401 San Benito Street

The past few evenings I have been enjoying Hollister by Joseph M. McMahon and Peter Sonné, which is part the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing. Have you read it yet? It's a wonderful introduction to the history of our area.

One of the things I learned is that the building on the southeast corner of San Benito and 4th Streets originally was a  business called the Hollister Rochdale Company. Then I pulled out The Historic Downtown Walking Tour booklet by Sharlene Van Rooy to find out that Rochdale was a grocery store and it collapsed during the 1906 Earthquake. The following year, a new building was constructed. Yup. That 106 year-old building is now the home of New Life Fellowship.

Note: So that FCC won't get on my case, the above link leads you to And, if you happen to purchase Hollister via that link (or this link), I get a bit of change for my effort of referring you to the page. 

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