Friday, September 13, 2013

North Willow Glen History Part 7 of 15: The 1930s

The Township of Willow Glen includes part of present-day North Willow Glen: Fisk Street, Brooks, Snyder, Warren and Shepherd Avenues are all within the boundary, as is the southern tip of Delmas. These streets become part of San Jose when, nine years after incorporation, the Town of Willow Glen narrowly votes in favor of annexation by the City of San Jose.
The demand for homes in this area continues to be high. Willow Glen's population was 4,145 in 1930; by 1936, it had risen to over 7,000!
The streetcar tracks on Delmas are pulled up, part of a successful nationwide effort by GM to persuade townships to replace streetcars with buses.
1930: Willow Glen is the fourth-largest city in Santa Clara County.
1936: The railroad threat ended, Willow Glen is subsumed into the City of San Jose.

Leading up to the September 21st Willow Glen Founders Day Parade on Lincoln Avenue, NWGNA is providing readers with history about the evolution of our neighborhood, largely excerpted from Ken Ecklund's North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association Page.

We view this as our history and encourage you to share. Stories and photos of North Willow Glen are very welcome and with your permission and credit we would like to archive this information to improve our understanding of life in our neighborhood throughout the years. Please post here or reach us via e-mail at

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