Every once in a while, Bernalwood receives a note from someone who used to live in Bernal Heights, but moved away. It seems that some of these ex-neighbors now read this blog to stay in touch with the old neighborhood. They’re the Bernal Heights Alumni Network, and they carry our history with them.
Last week, I received a lovely note from one such Bernal alum. Patricia Kuta now lives in Santa Rosa, Calif., and she writes:
I spent my first 20 years on Bernal Heights… 1st on Gladys St. then Nevada St. My mom was born on Crescent Ave., and lived on Nevada St. for 70 years. It is so heartwarming to get your posts and tidbits from the ‘hood!! I don’t get into the City as much as I want, but you bring me “home” daily! Bless you all….
First of all, that made my day. Secondly, it made me realize how much of our history now lies in places far, far away from here.
So when I replied to Patricia, I asked her to send a photo of her mother when she lived in Bernal Heights. The fantastic photo you see above is what I received.
This is a picture of my mom, Erma Crociani Kuta (the youngest in the middle) with her siblings and cousins… I think on Crescent St. They moved to 176 Nevada St. in 1929.
Many thanks to the Kuta family, on behalf of everyone here, now, in glamorous Bernalwood.
PHOTO: Erma Kuta, courtesy of Gregory Fearon