"Representatives of three great religious faiths -- Catholic, Protestant and Jewish -- united in a common plea for religious tolerance and the preservation of American ideals at a University meeting this morning in the Gymnasium for Men" the Berkeley Daily Gazette reported 75 years ago, Oct. 20, 1937.

Four speakers, including Dr. Everett R. Clinchy, the president of the National Conference of Jews and Christians, spoke, three of them "making a goodwill tour of the West." They were at UC to attend the third biennial Seminar in Human Relations being held at International House.

Introducing the speakers, UC President Robert Gordon Sproul said, "I believe in religion -- the kind of religion for which these men stand and speak. I believe in amity, justice, understanding and cooperation among the religions of America."

"We need not worship together, but can work together as American citizens," Clinchy said.

Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron of Baltimore said, "We are living in a time which challenges both young and old. Inside the country and without, there is increasing tension caused by the friction between capital and labor, between classes, races and religions. We have among us men who drape the flag about them, crying for God and country and yet with selfish aims in their hearts."

Murder plea

Capt. Donald William Page appeared in court Oct. 19, 1937 and pleaded "not guilty" to the charge of murdering his 18-year-old son. A November trial date was assigned. The younger Page was shot by his father on Aug. 20, 1937. Page, a former military officer, contended he was simply showing his son a gun, and it went off.


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But the fatally wounded son had allegedly told police at the hospital that his father shot him after an argument and his paternal grandmother supported the dead son's story.

Hills blast

"For the past four days a real estate company has been doing considerable blasting in clearing a new subdivision site just at the rear of Mrs. (Rose) Willey's home in Contra Costa County", the Gazette reported Oct. 19.

She was sitting in her dining room in the afternoon when "a particularly heavy blast" shook her house and "caused a large diffusing glass in the electric light fixture to crash and shatter on the dining room table."

Several windows were also cracked in the house at 1161 Grizzly Peak Blvd.

Her neighbor, Oliver Dinwiddle Packard of 1152 Grizzly Peak, reported his foundation was cracked and house shifted by one of the explosions, causing $2,000 in damage. The Imries, at 1181 Grizzly Peak, "complained that their property was being showered with rocks from the blasts."

Foot care

"Dr. Scholl's traveling caravan" was coming to Berkeley on Oct. 22 and 23, the Gazette reported Oct. 19.

"More than 1,000 pairs of scientific shoes designed by the noted foot specialist" would be displayed at Huston's Shoe Store at 2216 Shattuck Ave. "The unique display includes 622 combination fittings, extra narrow and extra wide, very small and very large, shoes for fat, short, thick feet and shoes for long, thin feet, for bunions and large joints ... a group of shoe experts from Dr. Scholl's factory will explain the latest in shoe fitting equipment."

New exhibit opens this Sunday

All are invited to the opening of the new Berkeley Historical Society exhibit, "Vanished: Berkeley's Lost Businesses and Institutions" curated by Phil and Phyllis Gale. The opening reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St. The free program will feature a talk by local author Susan Austin about her new children's book "The Bamboo Garden," set in 1923 Berkeley.