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Pascal Surocco and Dec. 24, 1849 Fire


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Posted by Paula Lichtenberg on Friday, September 08, 2006 at 15:40:04 :

I'm trying to find information on one Pascal Surocco. He was one of the plaintiffs who sued for damages, because his property was blown up -- to stop the fire from spreading -- in the first of the Great Fires that swept through San Francisco between 1849 and 1851. The lawsuit established an important legal point about the right of the government to destroy personal property, without the governmental entity being held responsible for paying damages, if it was done for the good of the public. This, obviously, would come in handy during the events of 1906.

I'm trying to find information on Surocco, like where exactly he lived, what he did. Who were the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit? I've contacted the State Archives, but they don't have that information in the Supreme Court records that they do have on the case (Surocco v. Geary, 1856). I haven't been to the library to check print resources, but I can't find any mention of him in online city directories any other the search engines I've tried.

Any leads would be appreciated.



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