Sidewalk maker: Simon Aiassa


Simon Aiassa worked and lived on Apgar Street, in North Oakland, with his wife Clorinda and their daughter Caroline. I don’t have access to the 1929 directory, but they were listed in the 1930 directory. He was still there in the 1944 directory. This is the house at 963 Apgar Street today, thanks to Google Maps.


Aiassa is a rather rare Italian name, and Simon was the only one in the Oakland phone book. The 1940 Census says that Simon was born in Italy in about 1879, and Clorinda was born in Italy around 1887. The 1920 and 1930 censuses also list a daughter, Caroline, born about 1915. If there is uncertainty about her birth date, it may be because she was born in Italy, but the whole family used Americanized spelling for their names. Caroline went to Tech High and got a gold pin for high grades in 1932. Another handful of Aiassas came to California about the same time in Santa Clara County.

S. Aiassa marks are scattered throughout North Oakland, with a few more in Allendale. Few of them are dated, and the dates are always drawn by hand. I have marks from 1928-30, 1932, 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1943.

In other news, I collected another new sidewalk stamp, in two versions.

2015 – Rosas Brothers


Lee Street at Monticello Avenue

2015 – Rosas Brothers


307 Jayne Avenue

I’m not sure how this happens.

2 Responses to “Sidewalk maker: Simon Aiassa”

  1. Mike Fitz Says:

    Love the history- nice work sleuthing. Those old single family homes are disappearing fast, nice to see one still in good shape and in use.

  2. Andrew Says:

    A helpful person on Facebook (in the Oakland History group) pulled up Simon’s World War I draft card. On it he gave his name as Simone Aiassa and a birthdate of 13 October 1878. His birthplace apparently was the Moriondo district of Torino, in northern Italy.

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