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Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 03, 2000 at 05:55:44:

 Does anyone know the various addresses for the Poodle Dog Restaurant in San Francisco?

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Ron Filion on May 03, 2000 at 06:55:56:

 In Reply to: Poodle Dog Restaurant posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 03, 2000 at 05:55:44:

 You didn't specify which years you wanted. But, the
1910 City Directory had the following listing:

Poodle Dog Restaurant and Hotel (European Plan)
A B Blanco propr 111 Mason.

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entertainment

Posted by mary on May 04, 2000 at 08:10:59:

 Can you give any suggestions where to locate
information on what people did for entertainment
during 1900-1930?

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Re: entertainment

Posted by Ron Filion on May 04, 2000 at 08:51:08:

 In Reply to: entertainment posted by mary on May 04, 2000 at 08:10:59:

 Mary,

I have found the best source are the newspapers during the time. Not unlike the papers of today, they covered the local entertainment scene just as well.

I can't recall any specific books on that subject during that era. Someone else might know of some hopefully.

Another interesting site/museum to look is at the San Francisco Performing Arts, http://www.sfpalm.org, which has specific information on music, dance, theater, opera, etc.

If you haven't already looked it, a great site on the web is: http://www.sanfranciscomemories.com. It covers some of the major "entertainment" events during that time.

-Ron

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La Favorita

Posted by Daneal Cantor on May 06, 2000 at 08:37:09:

 I'm researching La Favorita, the women who is a direct descedent of the city's Spanish founders during the City's birthday celebration. Can you point me in the right direction.

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How can I find a record on Theodore Dillon Born Nov20 1902??

Posted by Candice Traylor on May 07, 2000 at 02:14:18:

 I am trying to find any kind of record on or about
Theodore Dillon who was born in San Francisco on Nov 20
1902. Plus he then was Adopted at age Of Three to
Pete Gerald Fearr and Levinia Mae Gould Fearr. His name was changed to Gerold Clayton Fearr. I was told his records burned in the San Francisco Fire. Is their any other way I can find out? Did the records of Adoption burn as well?
Thank you
Candice Traylor

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Genealogy/birth info search

Posted by Ron Filion on May 07, 2000 at 03:14:30:

 In Reply to: How can I find a record on Theodore Dillon Born Nov20 1902?? posted by Candice Traylor on May 07, 2000 at 02:14:18:

 Yes, the 1906 disaster destroyed all the birth certificates. In your case, you might try searching for a birth notice in the local newspapers of the time. But, since he was adopted, there might be surrounding circumstances (unwed mother, etc.) that might have "prevented" a notice being printed.

As for adoption records, I'm not sure what the procedures were at the time. The local court record was probably also destroyed in the disaster. But, records from the adopting agency might still exist. Although this may be a long shot, you may want to check the city directories at the time for any existing adoption agencies and see if they are still around.

Otherwise, for more genealogy research tips and help, you may also want to check out the San Francisco Genealogy website at http://www.sfo.com/~timandpamwolf/sfrancty.htm

-R.

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Cameron House/Presbyterian Church

Posted by Don Coffman on May 08, 2000 at 07:17:28:

 I am trying to find information about Cameron HOuse
started by Donaldina Cameron in the eighteen hundreds for young chinese girls who we sold into prostitution.
I was part of this social club in the forties, but can find no information about the Chinese Presbyterian Church affilated with Cameron House. Can you help me.
I am making a visit to San Francisco after many year absence. I would like to visit Cameron House once more.
Thank you,

Don Coffman University of Washington

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Re: La Favorita

Posted by Ron Filion on May 08, 2000 at 10:16:57:

 In Reply to: La Favorita posted by Daneal Cantor on May 06, 2000 at 08:37:09:

 Daneal,

The only reference I could find is a newspaper article from 1963 (Millie's Column, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 1963, page 17).

The article mentioned that the young lady, La Favorita, was chosen by the Citizen's Committee. Also, according to the article, on June 29 a mass signaling the start of this city was held at Mission Dolores. The festivity celebrating this event was initiated by Laura Bride Powers in 1939. The article also has some information on previous Favorita's and a couple of pictures.

I couldn't find a number in the phone book for a "Citizen's Committee," but I would recommend contacting the San Francisco Mayor's office to see if they can help you. The number for their general reception is 415.554.6141.

-R.

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Infant Shelter

Posted by Lucille on May 10, 2000 at 02:54:18:

 Infant Shelter on 19th and Ortega Streets, San Francisco. When established and for what purpose. When disbanded. Thanks.

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Pioneer Woolen Mill/Ghirardelli Square

Posted by Nicollette on May 10, 2000 at 06:51:52:

 I am trying to find out when this building was first built.
Please help!

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Mayors

Posted by Anna on May 10, 2000 at 11:24:09:

 Who was the mayor in 1906, who ordered all crimnials can be killed during the earthquake because of raiding?

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Re: Mayors

Posted by Ron Filion on May 10, 2000 at 16:18:53:

 In Reply to: Mayors posted by Anna on May 10, 2000 at 11:24:09:

 Eugene Schmitz was the mayor during the 1906 disaster. There is a full list of the San Francisco Mayors at: http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgmay.htm
 

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Re: Pioneer Woolen Mill/Ghirardelli Square

Posted by Ron Filion on May 11, 2000 at 09:41:07:

 In Reply to: Pioneer Woolen Mill/Ghirardelli Square posted by Nicollette on May 10, 2000 at 06:51:52:

 Ghirardelli Square is actually composed of a number of different buildings. The major ones include: Woolen Building, 1864 (part of the old San Francisco Pioneer Woolen Factory); Mustard Building, 1899; Cocoa Building, 1900; Chocolate Building, 1911; Clock Tower, 1916; Powerhouse, 1918; and, the Wurster Building 1964 (eastern portion), 1968 (western portion).

-Ron.

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Re: Cameron House/Presbyterian Church

Posted by Ron Filion on May 11, 2000 at 09:42:44:

 In Reply to: Cameron House/Presbyterian Church posted by Don Coffman on May 08, 2000 at 07:17:28:

 The Chinese Mission House (aka Chinese Mission Home, Presbyterian Mission Home) was established by the United Presbyterian Church in 1874. "For nearly 40 years, beginning in 1895, indomitable Donaldina Cameron, known affectionately as Lo Mo, mother of Chinatown, led cloak and dagger exploits to snatch captive girls from the cribs and hideouts of old Chinatown." (Cameron House, San Francisco [magazine], June 1969.) It has been known as the Cameron House since 1942.

-Ron.

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Lyrics to the song " San Francisco" made famus by Jeanette McDonald

Posted by Carol Jensen on May 13, 2000 at 08:18:55:

 Pleae tell me where or what website to find the words to " San Francisco" made famous by Jeanette McDonald in her movie with Clark Gable about the 1906 earth quake. Thank you.

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 13, 2000 at 14:32:00:

 In Reply to: Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant posted by Ron Filion on May 03, 2000 at 06:55:56:

 Thank you Ron - I am looking for the Poodle Dog Restaurant prior to 1900. We understand my husband's Great Grandfather was a chef there
(and he died in 1900). Thank you for any information you may have.

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Russian community in SF

Posted by yuri popov on May 14, 2000 at 05:37:17:

 I am interested in Russian community history in San Francisco
Apreciate any information,links etc
19 - 20 centuries
Y.Popov

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population

Posted by fergus milligan on May 14, 2000 at 21:34:00:

 Hi, would just like to know how many people live in San Francisco before the 89 quake and how many are in your city?
Thankyou Fergus

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Re: population

Posted by Ron Filion on May 15, 2000 at 04:37:23:

 In Reply to: population posted by fergus milligan on May 14, 2000 at 21:34:00:

 According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 723,959 in 1990, so the amount before the earthquake was probably near that.

I would guess that the population has increased by 2000. With the Silicon Valley "rush," more people have moved into the Bay Area. This is partially evident by the increase in rents and property values in San Francisco.

There is a table with the population figures of previous years for San Francisco on this site (http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgpop.htm).

-Ron.
 

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Ron Filion on May 16, 2000 at 07:08:52:

 In Reply to: Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 13, 2000 at 14:32:00:

 Here is information taken from the City Directories. It appears that it was located at one place until 1899, although it went through a succession of proprietors (some of which are listed here):

1875 Poodle Dog Restaurant, Stork & Peguilhan, Proprietors, 445 Bush
1880 Poodle Dog Rotisserie, Jacob Stork & Co., Proprietor, 445 Bush
1885 Poodle Dog Restaurant, Leopold Ligon, Proprietor, 445 Bush
1890 Poodle Dog Rotisserie, Andre Potentini, Proprietor, SE corner Grant & Bush
1891 Poodle Dog Restaurant, G. Mariscotti & Co., Proprietor, SE corner Grant & Bush
1895 Poodle Dog Restaurant, Allarme & Blanco, Proprietors, SE corner Grant & Bush
1899 Poodle Dog Restaurant, Blanco & Brun, Proprietors, NE corner Mason & Eddy

-Ron

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Lyrics to "San Francisco" and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

Posted by Ron Filion on May 16, 2000 at 07:10:56:

 In Reply to: Lyrics to the song " San Francisco" made famus by Jeanette McDonald posted by Carol Jensen on May 13, 2000 at 08:18:55:

 San Francisco (sang in 1936 movie of same name)
Lyric by Gus Kahn, melody by Bronislaw Kaper and Water Jurman

It only takes a tiny corner of
This great big world to make a place you love
My home up on the hill
I find I love you still
Ive been away, but now Im back to tell you:

Chorus: San Francisco, open your golden gate
You let no stranger wait outside your door
San Francisco, here is your wandering one
Saying Ill wander no more

Other places only make me love you best
Tell me youre the heart of all the golden west
San Francisco, welcome me home again
Im coming home to go roaming no more.

copyright, 1936-1964 CBS Catalogue Partnership
 

I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Lyric by Douglass Cross, melody by George Cory

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay.
The glory that was Rome is of another day.
Ive been terribly alone
And forgotten in Manhattan.
Im going home
to my city by the bay. . .

Chorus: I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me.

To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars!
The morning fog may chill the air
I dont care!
My love waits there
In San Francisco.
Above the blue and windy sea.
When I come home to you, San Francisco,
Your golden sun will shine for me!

copyright, 1954- General Music Publishing Co., Inc.
 
 

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 16, 2000 at 07:59:50:

 In Reply to: Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant posted by Ron Filion on May 16, 2000 at 07:08:52:

 Thank you so much Ron that information was very helpful, and if I could ask one more question - is the "Old Poodle Dog" owned by Bergez-Franks a different restaurant (after the earthquake perhaps)?

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Ron Filion on May 16, 2000 at 09:06:34:

 In Reply to: Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant posted by Jennifer Crismon on May 16, 2000 at 07:59:50:

 According to the 1910 City Directory, there was a separate restaurant. It looks like "Old Poodle" was using the "old" location or nearby:

Old Poodle Dog Co, hotel and resturant, 415-431 Bush.

-Ron
 

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Wave Organ

Posted by Wanetta Doty on May 18, 2000 at 04:39:18:

 Wave Organ is only listed as a San Francisco Park, however I cannot find any materials on this park anywhere. I need to know the following historical facts for a research paper: when it was built? For what purpose? How do the tides affect the sounds from the pipes? When is it best to hear the organ pipes? Will it ever be repaired? When did it fall into disrepair, etc.?

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Re: Wave Organ

Posted by Ron Filion on May 18, 2000 at 16:30:16:

 In Reply to: Wave Organ posted by Wanetta Doty on May 18, 2000 at 04:39:18:

 There are two website that have most of the info you want:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/programs/wave_organ.html
http://roadtripamerica.com/places/waveorg.htm that answers some of your questions.

The sites indicate that the Organ was a piece of environmental art created by Peter Richards and George Gonzales in 1986. According to Peter Richards, "The whole thing is constructed from Rush-era cemetery north of the city," and PVC pipes. Also, the best time to listen to it is at high tide.

The way it works is that there are organ pipes, made of PVC and concrete, located at different elevations, and sound is created from "the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes."

-Ron

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Don Jose Dario Arguello

Posted by Fortune Velasquez on May 19, 2000 at 08:52:50:

 The name of his wife, please. And the daughter who was enamored of Count Nikolai Rezanof. Also, please, the correct spelling of the name 'Arguello'. Thank you!

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Re: Don Jos Daro Argello

Posted by Ron Filion on May 20, 2000 at 03:57:48:

 In Reply to: Don Jose Dario Arguello posted by Fortune Velasquez on May 19, 2000 at 08:52:50:

 Jos Daro Argello was married to Ignacia Moraga. His daughter was Concepcion, and her full name was Maria de la Concepcion Marcela. As you stated, Concepcion was famous for her romance with Nikolai Petrovich Reznof, in 1806.

-Ron

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Re: Infant Shelter

Posted by Ron Filion on May 20, 2000 at 08:59:24:

 In Reply to: Infant Shelter posted by Lucille on May 10, 2000 at 02:54:18:

 The building at 19th and Ortega was opened on November 20, 1929. The infants were moved from their old location at 1025 Shotwell street the next day. Although a couple references indicate that the Infant Shelter, an agency of the Community Chest, was founded in 1871, the cornerstone indicated 1874 (picture of corner at the dedication appears in the San Francisco Chronicle, 21 November 1929, page 14.). In 1950, the Infant Shelter was located at 1201 Ortega (same building as 19th & Ortega?), and vacated from that location in 1953 or 1954. In 1955/56, it was located at 1922-20th Ave. In 1957, there was only an Infant Shelter, Inc., and that was listed at 244 Kearny.

As for it's purpose, it "is set up to give 24-hour care to healthy, normal children between 3 months and 4 years of age." (San Francisco Chronicle, 7 August 1950, page 11).

-Ron

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Re: Russian community in SF

Posted by Ron Filion on May 20, 2000 at 09:01:08:

 In Reply to: Russian community in SF posted by yuri popov on May 14, 2000 at 05:37:17:

 Here are some references you may want to examine. They are available at the San Francisco Main Library, except as noted:

Magazine and Newspaper Articles:
"The Russians Among Us," San Francisco Examiner, 10 July 1972, page 23; 11 July 1972, page 23; 12 July 1972, page 21; and 13 July 1972, page 22.
"The Russians of the Bay Area," San Francisco Examiner, 15 September 1981, page E1; 16 September 1981, page E9; and 17 September 1981, page E4.
"The Large Russian Colony in America, and how it grew," San Francisco Magazine, January 1972, page 25.
"San Francisco's Foreign Colonies. No. 7-The Russians," San Francisco Examiner, 30 December 1923, page K5.
"Little Russia," San Francisco Chronicle, 6 March 1932.
"S.F. Russians -- The Silent Majority," San Francisco Chronicle, 14 February 1966, page 5.

Thesis Papers:
"Bay Area Russian American Community: Search for Identity," Alexandra Glazunova, Dominican College, 1972. Available only at Dominican College Library.
"Russian Routes: The Origins and Development of an Ethnic Community in San Francisco," Michael Tripp, San Francisco State University. Also available at San Francisco State University Library.

Books:
"The Russians In California," California Historical Society, Special Publication No. 7., 1933. This is a collection of the articles that appeared in the Society's Quarterly Reviews. Besides having an overview, maps and illustrations of Fort Ross, it has an excellent bibliography.

-Ron
 

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Mission theater

Posted by Brian Labrie on May 21, 2000 at 08:29:56:

 I'm looking for any History or Pictures of the Mission Theater on Mission st, San Francisco, CA. It is now Furniture store But the inside is still absolutely amazing. It's a shame to see it decaying to nothing.

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What was life like in the 1850's?

Posted by Cary on May 22, 2000 at 05:42:47:

 Do you know what life was like in San Francisco in the 1850's?

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Re: What was life like in the 1850's?

Posted by Ron Filion on May 22, 2000 at 16:07:12:

 In Reply to: What was life like in the 1850's? posted by Cary on May 22, 2000 at 05:42:47:

 You may want to read the books that are online, specifically "Annals of San Francisco" and "Seventy-five Years in California." They both will give you some idea of the conditions in the city during that time. If those don't answer any specific questions you have, don't hesitate to post another question.

-Ron

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Re: New Mission theater

Posted by Ron Filion on May 23, 2000 at 10:42:12:

 In Reply to: Mission theater posted by Brian Labrie on May 21, 2000 at 08:29:56:

 Here is an article from 1916 (San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 1916, page 4):

"MISSION THEATER FORMALLY OPENED. Mayor Rolph, the Mission Merchant's Association, Anita King, the "movie" actress, and several thousand residents of the Mission, joined last night in the celebration attendant upon the opening of the New Mission Theater, on Mission street, between Twenty-first and Twenty-second street [2550 Mission].

"The new photoplay theater, completed at a cost of $250,000 by its owners, Leon L. Kahn and Louis R. Greenfield, is one of the handsomest in the city. A pipe organ and splendid furnishings make the interior attractive.

"Mission residents and others who attended the opening, expressed their admiration of the new entertainment place in no uncertain terms.

"Mayor Rolph congratulated the owners on their enterprise and the people of the section on having such a splendid photoplay theater. The foyer of the theater was banked with flowers from friends of the proprietor."

There was another article in the San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 1993, page A1. It discusses the old-time movie houses in the Mission district, including the New Mission Theater. In the article it mentioned that this theater had closed in March 1993.

-Ron

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Question

Posted by chad herman on May 23, 2000 at 11:45:41:

 I would like to know
-WHO FOUNDED THE CITY
-ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
-FUTURE PLANNING OF THE CITY
-CHANGES IN POPULATION DENSITY,ETHNIC COMPOSITION,DISTRIBUTION
 

THANK YOU
CHAD HERMAN
 

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Re: Question

Posted by Ron Filion on May 24, 2000 at 16:36:56:

 In Reply to: Question posted by chad herman on May 23, 2000 at 11:45:41:

 >Who founded the city?
I don't think San Francisco has just one founding father. Juan Bautista de Anza was the first to officially survey the area and select the sites for a Presidio and a Mission. Jos Joaquin Moraga was in charge of building them. This was under the Spanish administration. One could argue that William Richardson was the founding father. He had the first dwelling in Yerba Buena.

>Environmental Problems, Future Planning of the City
These topics are pretty big to be tackled here. I would recommend contacting the City's Department of the Environment and Department of Planning for answers.

>Change in population density, Ethnic Compositon, Distribution
I've seen this done for some years. But, the U.S. Census Bureau would be able to give you much of this information.

-Ron Filion

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Henri Young and James Stamphill

Posted by Nicole Simpson on May 27, 2000 at 02:49:06:

 Did James Stamphill actually reprsent Henri Young against the people of the United States?
I understand that the movie "Murder in the First" was only based upon what actually happened, I studied books to learn some of the truth, but the questions I have I could not learn in those books. Can you help me fill in the blanks?

 Sincerely,

 Nicole Simpson

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G.W. Beckh

Posted by Jerry Keck on May 27, 2000 at 03:35:13:

 I am looking for information on Mr.G.W.Beckh. He was a lawyer in the 1850's and city assesssor in 1862. I found his name on an 1853 San Francisco City directory, but nothing else. Any information would be appreciated.

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Ship's Logs

Posted by Georgia Gratke on May 28, 2000 at 03:32:32:

 Is there a place where Ship's passsenger logs are kept
that can be searched for arrivals and departures. The
time period would be around 1874 and later. Any
assistance would be appreciated.

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Ship Arrivals & Departures

Posted by Ron Filion on May 28, 2000 at 06:42:47:

 In Reply to: Ship's Logs posted by Georgia Gratke on May 28, 2000 at 03:32:32:

 First, I always like to direct rearchers to a great maritime library: J. Porter Shaw Library, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (http://www.nps.gov/safr/local/lib/libtop.html). They have a lot of interesting information on specific ships.

As for arrival/departure lists, Louis J. Rasmussen has published a set of books called "San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists" that cover earlier years, I believe from 1850 to 1865. There are also a couple of websites that are publishing lists. But, I don't think any of these cover the years you are searching. The only other suggestion I can make is to search the local San Francisco newspapers which normally printed these lists; but, unfortunately, I don't know of any specific indexes for ship passenger lists.

-Ron

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looking for Lydiatt.

Posted by pam skilleter on May 28, 2000 at 20:16:54:

 Hi

My cousin and I are trying to put together a family
tree.We are trying to trace a family member who died in the
earthquake. We know nothing about him, not even his christian name
all we know is his surname was LYDIATT and he was born
in Liverpool, England.
I have been in to the San Francisco history site and
looked at alist of people who died in the quake, the
list was done by a ms. Hansen, but I did not see any
Lydiatts among them.
Can you please advise us is there anywhere else we can
look for help.

Regards
Pam . from a cold wet Auckland NZ.

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1906 Disaster Victims

Posted by Ron Filion on May 29, 2000 at 03:08:54:

 In Reply to: looking for Lydiatt. posted by pam skilleter on May 28, 2000 at 20:16:54:

 Glady's Hansen put together a great list of victims from every known source. But, there will probably never be a complete list. Unfortunately, that causes a problem for genealogists. To compound the issue, a lot of people moved out of the city permanently afterwards.

But, there are other resources you can search. I would highly recommend Pam Storm's S.F. Genealogy website.

-Ron

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Re: G.W. Beckh

Posted by Ron Filion on May 29, 2000 at 09:03:23:

 In Reply to: G.W. Beckh posted by Jerry Keck on May 27, 2000 at 03:35:13:

 I found the following blurb which may be of interest: "Walter Beckh, M.D., whose paternal grandfather, Gustavus W. Beckh, came around the Horn in 1850 and thereafter held several offices in the municipal government. Dr. Beckh is on the faculty of Stanford School of Medicine and for several years has been engaged in the practice of internal medicine in this city." (California Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, Number 2, San Francisco, June 1944, page 189.)

-Ron

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Re: Henri Young and James Stamphill

Posted by Ron Filion on May 29, 2000 at 09:04:10:

 In Reply to: Henri Young and James Stamphill posted by Nicole Simpson on May 27, 2000 at 02:49:06:

 Henri Young's attorneys were Sol A. Abrams and James MacInnis. The character of James Stamphill was apparently a fictional composite. You might also have noticed that there was a Dale Stamphill that was involved with the escape attempt with Young and McCain (who Young killed). Alvin D. Hyman covered the trial for the San Francisco Examiner and published a series of articles from April 16 through May 1, 1941. The first of the articles is posted elsewhere on this site.

-Ron

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Historical Catholic Churches

Posted by Ruth Grady Skewis on May 30, 2000 at 04:12:57:

 Is there a list(s) of Catholic Churches that were in San Francisco by year?

I saw Bill Roddy's post of 5/29/2000 AM which listed the Catholic Churches in SF in 1875 -
SUBJECT: Re: Historical Catholic Churches -
but I'm wondering is there is some way of finding out which churches existed in the other early years (say 1850 - 1925) or any part of that period. Thanks Ruth

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Re: Historical Catholic Churches

Posted by Ron Filion on May 30, 2000 at 14:05:47:

 In Reply to: Historical Catholic Churches posted by Ruth Grady Skewis on May 30, 2000 at 04:12:57:

 There were city directories published from 1860 through 1925, and some in the 1850s (including the one online here). These normally listed all the churches in the city.

-Ron

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Roman Catholic Church Archives Contact Info

Posted by Ron Filion on May 31, 2000 at 10:39:16:

 In Reply to: Historical Catholic Churches posted by Ruth Grady Skewis on May 30, 2000 at 04:12:57:

 Roman Catholic Church Archives
320 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94063
(650) 328-6502
Hours: Mon through Fri 10-3:30

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Frank Turk

Posted by David Block on June 02, 2000 at 10:19:01:

 I'm looking for biographical information on Frank Turk, the individual for whom Turk St. is named. Every source I've found seems to repeat the same limited info: that he was a native of New York, that he was a prominent landowner (owning much of Nob Hill) in the Gold Rush days, that he was elected second alcalde and held some other municipal posts, and that he eventually moved to Washington D.C. I'm trying to find more specifics, such as family information, dates of arrival and departure from SF, and any additional detail about him. Any help is appreciated.

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Greatgrandfather was Doctor in 1906

Posted by Vincent Childs on June 03, 2000 at 16:26:15:

 My Greatgrandfather was a MD at the time of the 06' quake. He had an office in the city that was destroyed. How might I find info on him? Are there any records of medical schools or lists of MD's. His last name was Childs, first name Wheaton or Benjamin or ?. After the quake, he and his wife lived in many places in California, often taking goods in payment in lieu of money as was the custom of the time. I am trying to trace his travels. Thanks, Vincent D. Childs

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Re: Frank Turk

Posted by Ron Filion on June 04, 2000 at 09:22:07:

 In Reply to: Frank Turk posted by David Block on June 02, 2000 at 10:19:01:

 Here is a sketch of Frank Turk's life derived from his obits:

Frank Turk, a California pioneer, died in San Francisco on the morning of July 15, 1887 at the age of 69. Turk Street was named after him. He was born in Stamford, Conneticut. Early in his life, his family moved to New York City. He studied law there and subsequently was employed in the New York Post Office (one account states it was the New York Custom home) under John Lorimer Graham. He resigned in 1849 to come to San Francisco. He came by way of Mexico, and sailed from Mazatlan in the United States Revenue cutter Rush, landing here in May 1849. He was subsequently employed at the San Francisco Post Office under John W. Geary. On August 1, 1849, Turk was elected to the office of Second Alcalde. Having been admitted to the bar in New York, he soon began to practice law here, having for partners at different times Hall McAllister, M. Lippett, J. K. Rose and others. Ten years or more before his death he had formed a partnership with Zach Chandler in Washington. He returned to San Francisco from Washington seven years before his death. His health began to decline and sank gradually. At one time Mr. Turk owned nearly all of what is now known as Nob Hill, and also a large part of the Las Pulgas Ranch in San Mateo County. He was never married, and left behind him only a sister, who was living in New York.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 1887, page 3; San Francisco Examiner, 16 July 1887, page 8; and, San Francisco Morning Call, 16 July 1887, page 3.

-Ron

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AMA & CMA

Posted by Ron Filion on June 04, 2000 at 10:20:30:

 In Reply to: Greatgrandfather was Doctor in 1906 posted by Vincent Childs on June 03, 2000 at 16:26:15:

 I would think that the following organizations might be able to help:

American Medical Association: http://www.ama-assn.org
California Medical Association: http://www.cmanet.org

If you had an idea of the places he went, you could always check to see if he was listed in the local city directories.

-Ron

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S.S. PACIFIC PASSENGER LIST

Posted by Fran Albee on June 05, 2000 at 01:37:07:

 Pacific ran between San Francisco abd Victoria. She collided with the Orpheus and went aground off Cape Flattery in Nov. of 1875. Trying to verify ancestor [Malcome Douglas Hurlburt] being on board. Any help? Thanks Fran

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Re: S.S. Pacific Passenger List

Posted by Ron Filion on June 07, 2000 at 10:50:00:

 In Reply to: S.S. PACIFIC PASSENGER LIST posted by Fran Albee on June 05, 2000 at 01:37:07:

 On November 9, 1875, the San Francisco newspapers reported on the disaster of the Steamship Pacific enroute from Victoria B.C. to San Francisco. According to a survivor, Henry F. Jelley, a cabin passenger, the Pacific left Victoria at 9 in the morning. Around 9 in the evening, the ship while riding the rough sea near Cape Flattery, struck something. Passengers and crew abandoned the ship on rowboats and attempted to get to nearby shores through the rough weather as the ship sank. It was feared that up to 275 people may have perished. An initial list of cabin passengers and crew were published; among them were the "Hurlburt and Rockwell Troupe."

The next day, the 10th, a report from Seattle stated, "The Rockwell and Hurlburt troupe consisted of A.H. Rockwell and wife, M. D. Hurlburt, J. D. Cowles, W. Tully and William. [Probably William Tully.] It is not certain they took passage by the Pacific. On the day the vessel sailed, Mr. Rockwell told an officer of the Salvador that they were booked on the Pacific, but would not be able to get away on her, and that they would go on the Salvador." (San Francisco Examiner, 10 November 1875.) On the 11th, more names had been added to the list of potential victims. On the 12th, a list of the steerage passengers were published, among them were "Rockwell Hurlburt and wife." Also, another survivor, Neil O'Healy, the Quartermaster of the Pacific, was brought to Port Townsend. The news also reported that the "something" that the Pacific had run into was the ship Orpheus. The Orpheus managed to run ashore at Cape Beale with twenty-four crew and passengers alive.

On the 16th, a written list of passengers from the agent in Victoria was delivered to the owners: Goodhall, Nelson & Perkins. There were 67 passengers in the cabin and 57 in the steerage. None of the members of the Rockwell and Hurlburt Troupe were listed. By this time, another survivor had been found. With a crew of 53, and at least three survivors, the total number of victims was approximately 174.

On the 15th, the Salvador arrived in San Francisco. The list of passengers, excluding the steerage and Chinese, did not include any of the Rockwell and Hurlburt Troupe. Also, no one by the name of Hurlburt was listed in the Hotel Arrivals published lists (though there was a D P Hurlburt of N.Y. that arrived on the 18th). On the 17th, the Examiner published corrections to the list, which among them included, "Mrs. Hurlburt, whose name is omitted from the list, was an American lady."

Sources: San Francisco Alta, Bulletin, Chronicle, and Examiner newspapers from 9 November through 18 November 1875.

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sf chron history

Posted by Patricia Wakida on June 09, 2000 at 12:23:56:

 I'm interested in resources on the history of the SF Chronicle- with an emphasis on the WWII era that was intensely anti-Japanese American.

Any recommendations- online ones would be cake.

I have already been in touch with the NJAHS (National Japanese American Historical Society); am looking for the newspaper history in specifics.

thanks....

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Re: sf chron history

Posted by Ron Filion on June 11, 2000 at 09:30:27:

 In Reply to: sf chron history posted by Patricia Wakida on June 09, 2000 at 12:23:56:

 I couldn't find anything specific for you. Herb Caen, a Chronicle columnist, has written some books, but I don't know of anything particular to the history of the Chronicle.

There are also books that refer to Chronicle (and other newspapers) articles that have influenced the anti-Japanese sentiment through San Francisco's history. One in particular you should read is "Prejudice, War and the Constitution," written by Jacobus TenBroek, Edward N. Barnhart, and Floyd W. Matson, and published in 1954. Another book that has references is "Strangers From A Different Shore," by Ronald Takaki, published in 1989.

-Ron
 

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san quentin prison

Posted by ame reynolds on June 13, 2000 at 06:40:09:

 can you please help me? i was told that my great great great uncle was a deputy warden at san quentin prison. his name was henry clay mcclure. can you tell me if you know this to be true or give me suggestions on how to find this information? thank you for your time. ame

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Re: san quentin prison

Posted by Ron Filion on June 13, 2000 at 09:43:55:

 In Reply to: san quentin prison posted by ame reynolds on June 13, 2000 at 06:40:09:

 The California State Archives has old prison records. I am guessing this museum may also have information:

San Quentin Museum, Bldg 106, Dolores Way, San Quentin, CA 94964, Phone: 415-454-8808.

California State Archives, (http://www.ss.ca.gov), Sacramento, CA 916-653-3476.

-Ron

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Larry Pries

Posted by Fred Pries on June 14, 2000 at 00:49:12:

 I am trying to obtain information about my grandparents, Larry and Lola Pries (Barker). They were in the theater (vaudeville) from about 1910 until about 1935 in the bay area. My grandfather, Larry Pries was a band leader, (Orpheum Circuit) in San Francisco. Would appreciate any information - Thank You

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Looking for a College -- San Francisco College for Women

Posted by Gabriel Kaplan on June 15, 2000 at 07:25:11:

 Does anyone know what became of the San Francisco College for Women? I have a record of it from 1970 but nothing after. Thanks

Please contact me at the above email

Gabriel Kaplan

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Re: san quentin prison

Posted by ame reynolds on June 15, 2000 at 07:57:01:

 In Reply to: Re: san quentin prison posted by Ron Filion on June 13, 2000 at 09:43:55:

 ron,
thanks for the reply. it was very helpful.
ame

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Re: Looking for a College -- San Francisco College for Women

Posted by Ron Filion on June 19, 2000 at 10:55:12:

 In Reply to: Looking for a College -- San Francisco College for Women posted by Gabriel Kaplan on June 15, 2000 at 07:25:11:

 According to a Chronicle newspaper article, "The college was founded in 1898 in Menlo Park by sisters of the Religious of the Sacred heart. The campus was moved in 1930 to the site on Lone Mountain...For most of its history it was known as the San Francisco College for Women." The name was changed to Lone Mountain College, probably because it started to admit men.

The newspaper article states that it was financially in trouble and that the number of students were decreasing. They were scheduled to close the college in Spring of 1978. At the time, the University of San Francisco had an option to buy the campus, which they probably did.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 2 February 1978, page 1.

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Re: Larry Pries

Posted by Ron Filion on June 19, 2000 at 10:57:25:

 In Reply to: Larry Pries posted by Fred Pries on June 14, 2000 at 00:49:12:

 I checked with the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, and they had no information on Larry Pries. There is a picture of Lola Barker in the S.F. Chronicle, 30 September 1921, page 9, but no biographical info. Otherwise, they were listed in the city directories during the late 20s and early 30s.

-Ron

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Dolphin Swim Club

Posted by Margaret on June 22, 2000 at 08:25:10:

 Anyone know their website/contact info? Thanks!

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Re: Dolphin Swim Club

Posted by Ron Filion on June 22, 2000 at 16:06:48:

 In Reply to: Dolphin Swim Club posted by Margaret on June 22, 2000 at 08:25:10:

 Here you go: http://www.dolphinclub.org

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Research on San Fran

Posted by Alan Cartwright on June 29, 2000 at 05:19:22:

 My wife's grandfather died in S,F. 1917 He was involved in elevator constriuction after the Quake Any way of researching his work or employment record or ?He was Alexander McAdam born in Canada

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Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute

Posted by Wynn Hamonic on June 30, 2000 at 09:16:48:

 I am looking for information on the history
of Polytechnic High School and Grauman's
Institute 1900-1906.

Where were they located and a little background on them.
Did they survive the 1906 earthquake?.

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International Union of Elevator Constructors

Posted by Ron Filion on July 01, 2000 at 09:19:35:

 In Reply to: Research on San Fran posted by Alan Cartwright on June 29, 2000 at 05:19:22:

 Occasionally the city directories will list the employer for an individual. But, unfortunately, they don't for this gentleman.

The only suggestion that I have come up with is to contact the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 8, San Francisco. They might have kept records from that time period. Their web page is at: http://www.ecis.com/~sandc/iuec/local8.shtml
 
 

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Re: Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute

Posted by Ron Filion on July 01, 2000 at 09:33:03:

 In Reply to: Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute posted by Wynn Hamonic on June 30, 2000 at 09:16:48:

 I could not find any information on the Grauman's Institute during that period.

As for Polytechnic High, here is a timeline:

1884 Commercial School opened on Powell, between Clay and Sacramento.
1890 Academic courses added to curriculum..
1894 New building built in the fall on southeast corner of Bush & Stockton, and is named Polytechnic High School.
1900 Commercial branches moved to High School of Commerce.
1906 High School burns in April earthquake/fire disaster. Students and faculty use vacant rooms at Affliated Colleges (Depts. of the University of California) on Parnassus, bet 1st and 3d Avs.
1908 Two or three earthquake shacks were put up at the new location (ss Frederick, bet Willard and Arguello). More shacks were eventually put up until the Shop Building was finished.
1913 Shop Building built and used as school.
1915 In July, the new School building was finished.
1977 The school was closed. It eventually was overrun by squatters.
1987 In November, the school building was demolished.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 1894, 24 Nov 1894, 26 Nov 1985, 10 Dec 1987;
San Francisco Examiner, 19 Apr 1972 (has picture of burnt building in 1906 with students in front)
Notes from Lois Park, December 1915 Journal (yearbook)
Notes from Dolores M. Robinson, Polytechnic High School Historian
 

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Lagunda Honda Origin

Posted by Krys on July 04, 2000 at 11:06:18:

 How did this Resevoir and Lake get it's name? Was there someone with the name of Honda? It doesn't seem to mean anything in Spanish.

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The Car of Mystery (1907)

Posted by Gordon Smith on July 05, 2000 at 04:55:46:

 I have a postcard depicting a large crowd of people surrounding a windowless railroad (railway?) car captioned "Car of Mystery about to enter the Barn, May 7, 1907, SF." I've never been able to discover what the Car of Mystery was. Anybody know? Thanks.

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Re: Lagunda Honda Origin

Posted by Ron Filion on July 05, 2000 at 05:22:25:

 In Reply to: Lagunda Honda Origin posted by Krys on July 04, 2000 at 11:06:18:

 This is from the "Colonial History of California" by Dwinelle in 1867:

"...Laguna HondaDeep Pondis a natural funnel of great depth, but elevated three or four hundred feet above tide water, situated about five miles from the city in a southwesterly direction, which has been converted into a reservoir for the waters of the Pilarcitos Creek, brought about twenty-five miles by natural flow from the mountains, for the use of the inhabitants..."

I would say that "Honda" is probably a variation of the Spanish word "hondo."

-Ron

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San Fran Bay

Posted by Mike on July 05, 2000 at 09:03:21:

 I was wondering who discovered it and when, I think that it was Serra, but I'm not sure.
thanks, mike

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Re: San Fran Bay

Posted by Ron Filion on July 05, 2000 at 16:30:16:

 In Reply to: San Fran Bay posted by Mike on July 05, 2000 at 09:03:21:

 A native american, probably descended from asian ancestors, was the first to discover it. The first person of european heritage is generally credited to Jos Francisco Ortega on or near Wednesday, November 1, 1769.

-Ron

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California Grays Military Group

Posted by Thom Canning on July 06, 2000 at 05:14:08:
 

My father was a member of the California Grays, a youth military group. I have a photo of him in what is similar to a West Point cadett uniform. He was born in 1909...I would like to know more about this organization. Thank you.

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Re: The Car of Mystery (1907)

Posted by Ron Filion on July 06, 2000 at 08:20:07:

 In Reply to: The Car of Mystery (1907) posted by Gordon Smith on July 05, 2000 at 04:55:46:

 On Sunday, 5 May 1907, the Carmen's union (operators of the local street cars) went on strike (along with the Telephone Girl's Union a couple days before and the Linemen's Union a couple days later). Unlike today, the cable lines were owned and operated by different companies. One of the companies, United Railroads, decided to attempt to run their cars in defiance of the strike, which resulted in riots and some deaths.

As for the "Car of Mystery," a news article in the San Francisco Examiner (May 8) describing the event is available at: [http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgoe10.htm].

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san francisco history

Posted by minnie mouse on July 07, 2000 at 08:19:32:

 I wondering if your can answer a few questions for me.
I need to know the following information:
1. Name the nations that have flow their flag over what is now northern CA.
2. Al of the counties of CA.
3. How "Wilde St." got its name.

Thank you for you time.
Minnie

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Re: California Grays Military Group

Posted by Ron Filion on July 07, 2000 at 09:34:09:

 In Reply to: California Grays Military Group posted by Thom Canning on July 06, 2000 at 05:14:08:

 A group of Sunday School boys, organized by Frank Moore, formed a military club on 10 May 1890 and met in the back yard of the Calvary Church. They eventually took the name of Cadet Corps. and was sponsored by the old Third Congregation Church. On 4 July 1894, the Cadet Corps. became the 31st Company of the Boy's Brigade, composed of companies from most of San Francisco's Protestant churches. In July 1905 they changed their name to California Grays and became non-denominational. Supposedly, they marched in the local parades, were called into service for the April 1906 disaster, acted as official guard of honor for visiting celebrities, and was appointed the official military company for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. In 1966, they celebrated their 76th year.

Sources: San Francisco Examiner, 11 May 1953 (page 17), 29 December 1922 (page 10); San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 1966 (page 3).

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flags, counties, and a street

Posted by Ron Filion on July 07, 2000 at 09:42:52:

 In Reply to: san francisco history posted by minnie mouse on July 07, 2000 at 08:19:32:

 (1) Name the nations that have flown their flag over what is now northern CA? Spain, Mexico, and United States. Sir Francis Drake, of England, tried to claim NoCal but he was too late. The Russians had trading posts in NoCal, but the Spanish/Mexican still had authority over the territory.

(2) All of the counties of CA? Do a search in any search engine, such as Yahoo, and you can easily get a list.

(3) How "Wilde St." got its name? Where is this?

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san quentin prison obituaries

Posted by gary on July 07, 2000 at 12:13:15:

 I had heard that an old friend of mine from high school was sentenced to san quentin,and was killed there while in prison.I dont have much more info than that. I am trying to find out if the prison has an obituarie filing or possibly the local newspaper there might list it. I dont have a date but it would have been within the last 4 years,maybe 5.His name was Dale Eugene Trew. I must research this until closer. Any help would be apreciated. Thank you. Gary..please e-mail me. gdadudley@aol.com

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JB King, gold medal winner for the army...

Posted by Patti Ferguson on July 07, 2000 at 15:28:29:

 I am looking for any information on JB King. He ran races and won gold medals. He won the University of California three mile race.In Seattle, he won a fifteen mile race in 1907. Won the Fourth of July mile handicap race in San Francisco in 1908. Won another medal for the two mile race in the Gaelic Games in 1908, another Gaelic game medal for the one mile race, held in Oakland, California.

Does anyone have any idea where I would begin the search to locate JB King?

I have another newspaper clipping dated Sept 11, 1911. The name of the paper is torn off. The headline reads "King Wins From Canadian Runner"---"Defeats Jimmie Fitzgerald Over the Five Mile Course in 27:43.

King was stationed in Honolulu from Sept 1911 through May 1913.

Thanks for any suggestions.
Patti Ferguson

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Re: san quentin prison obituaries

Posted by Ron Filion on July 07, 2000 at 16:10:24:

 In Reply to: san quentin prison obituaries posted by gary on July 07, 2000 at 12:13:15:

 Have you tried contacting the prison directly? They should have the specific records on him and would be able to give you an exact date. The phone number is (415) 454-1460 and their website is at http://www.cdc.state.ca.us/facility/instsq.htm. An obituary would probably appear in the newspaper from the area he lived in or had family at the time of his death.

-Ron
 

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Edison Battery Works

Posted by Don Campbell on July 10, 2000 at 13:48:21:

 Looking for location and history of the Edison Battery
Works in San Francisco.

Thanks

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Herman Darms

Posted by Gail Darms Baker on July 11, 2000 at 06:10:12:

 Would please like any information on Herman Darms. Photographer. Created Photo Booklet of Great San Francisco earthquake. Lived in San Francisco, late 1905 early1907.
Thank you Gail Darms Baker

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Alcatraz Mail escape

Posted by James on July 12, 2000 at 02:21:14:

 does anybody out there (webmaster) know the Height and weight of Jesse Adams, the military prisoner who mailed himself off the island? or where to find that info?

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city directories

Posted by Debbie on July 12, 2000 at 03:09:29:

 I found a terific site with lots of S.F. history; including 3 scanned city directories(one being 1931). Unfortunately, I got cut off the internet and lost the site. Has anyone run across it?? I haven't yet to find it again. I believe I found it on "What's REALLY new at Cyndi's List" but can't seem to recapture. Any help greatly appreciated!!!

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Blockade

Posted by Oliver von Wilcken on July 12, 2000 at 03:15:23:

 I could not find anything about a blockade which should been set up in the 18 th century. There is a story in our family, that my Great great grandfather serving in the Russian navy was involved to break this blockade. If there has been a blockade when was it? Is there any documentation where my great great grandfather is named? I think his rather his first name was Victor Paul or Paul Victor von Wilcken. I would appreciate if you can help me.
Sincerely yours Oliver

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city directories: 1846, 1850, 1852, 1852/53

Posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 03:32:27:

 In Reply to: city directories posted by Debbie on July 12, 2000 at 03:09:29:

 In addition to the 1850 Directory on sf50.com, there is the 1842 (census/directory), 1852, and 1852/53 directories at: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~casanfra/dirindex.htm].

I checked Cyndislist at [http://www.cyndislist.com/ca.htm] and didn't see anything specifically listed for 1931, although that would be excellent if it was online!

-Ron

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Re: Alcatraz Mail escape

Posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 03:41:55:

 In Reply to: Alcatraz Mail escape posted by James on July 12, 2000 at 02:21:14:

 I would try to obtain a copy of his military record, from either the National Archives or the National Personnel Records Center/Military Personnel Records. Here are a couple of sites that can help:

[http://www.familytreemaker.com/00000107.html]
[http://www.nara.gov/regional/mprsf180.html]

-Ron

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Re: Edison Battery Works

Posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 11:48:27:

 In Reply to: Edison Battery Works posted by Don Campbell on July 10, 2000 at 13:48:21:

 Here is what I gathered from the San Francisco City Directories and Telephone books:

Around 1911, Edison, Thomas A. (Inc), established two divisions or subsidiaries: Edison Storage Battery Company (ESBC), at 283 Golden Gate Ave., and Edison Storage Battery Garage at 32 Hyde. In 1912, ESBC was moved to 441 Golden Gate along with Edison Primary Battery Division (EPBD). The "Garage" doesn't appear. In 1921, ESBC and EPBD are at two different locations, 206-1st and 582 Market, respectively. By 1941, ESBC had moved to 1174 Howard where it remained until 1966. Around 1967, both entities were gone, and only a phone number in Chicago was listed.

-Ron

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Re: JB King...

Posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 11:54:40:

 In Reply to: JB King, gold medal winner for the army, won Fourth of July mile1908 for the posted by Patti Ferguson on July 07, 2000 at 15:28:29:

 Searching through newspaper indexes, I only found two references. One was about setting a New Mark for a Hill Climb down in L.A. (San Francisco Call, 30 April 1908, 12), and another about him going professional and signing a manager, McGrath. This second one also had a picture of him (San Francisco Call, 26 January 1909, 8).

If you haven't already tried, I would obtain a copy of his military record, from either the National Archives or the National Personnel Records
Center/Military Personnel Records. Here are a couple of sites that can help:

[http://www.familytreemaker.com/00000107.html]
[http://www.nara.gov/regional/mprsf180.html]

You might also take a look at Pam Wolkskill's S.F. Genweb site (see the links page) for places to search for genealogical resources.

-Ron

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Re: Blockade

Posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 12:30:45:

 In Reply to: Blockade posted by Oliver von Wilcken on July 12, 2000 at 03:15:23:

 This is a puzzler. I reread Bancroft's "History of California" on what he wrote about Russians during that time. Here is a summary:

Between 1741 to 1769, Russians were settling and trading in Alaska and down to the Northwest area. This alarmed Spain enough that King Carlos III in 1768, as a precaution, ordered that San Diego and Monterey be occupied and fortified. This probably is what also prompted the explorations north to set up more mission settlements. News of the war between Spain and Russia reached California in the Spring of 1800. But, peace followed quickly in 1802. The first contact between the Spanish and the Russians, according to Bancroft, wasn't until 1806.

The Russians eventually set up a hunting station at the Farrallones around 1810, and Fort Ross was established up at Bodega in 1812. This supposedly prompted the Mission settlements at San Rafael and Sonoma to stay the Russian expansion southward to San Francisco Bay.

-Ron

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Re: city directories: 1846, 1850, 1852, 1852/53

Posted by Debbie on July 13, 2000 at 00:30:49:

 In Reply to: city directories: 1846, 1850, 1852, 1852/53 posted by Ron Filion on July 12, 2000 at 03:32:27:

 Thank you for responding. I have researched the city directories specified, however, they were not what I had found (and lost!)I remembering plugging in a surname and the "find" would plug me into a page number. I could then click on the page number and it would bring up a scanned image of the actual page in the actual city directory. I will keep searching and keep you posted!
Debbie

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