14 Keller Street - Then and Now

Submitted by krinehart on February 2, 2013 - 5:05pm
14 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA. Photo taken by Katherine J. Rinehart on February 2, 2013

Mentor Me Petaluma has a new home. They are now located at 14 Keller Street in the Grace Building Annex.

Recently I came across a photo in the Sonoma County Library's collection. The cataloging for the image says 14 Keller Street. Pretty cute little house that obviously occupied the site before the Grace Building Annex.

14 Keller Street, Petaluma, CA circa 1900. SCL Photo No. 13943

I did a little research and found out that the house was rented by Arthur L. Wells in 1910. Others occupying the house were Arthur's wife Marie; their daughter Marie and four boarders: Edward Dole (lawyer), Chester Pressy (electrician), Earl C. Preston (egg candler) and Ronald Bill (egg candler).

Arthur was the manager of the Hill Opera House. Today we know this building as the Phoenix Theatre (subject for another great then and now!).

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Hi Ms. Rinehart
I am a teacher a Casa Grande High School. I am currently working on creating curriculum as part of the Petaluma Water Shed project and was wondering if you could help me in locating historical information on the waterfront, turning basin, etc for Petaluma at the turn of the century. I want to create a research assignment for my juniors that requires they do research on the history of Petaluma and its relationship of the river. I would love to talk with you or get any ideas you have to share.
Thank you for your time
Paula Biancalana

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