Got Questions? Archive


Re: Crocker-Bayshore Tract

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 11, 2000 at 09:56:16:

In Reply to: Crocker-Bayshore Tract posted by Russel on September 27, 2000 at 04:02:50:

According to what appears to be the original-filed plat map for this tract, it was submitted by the Crocker Estate Co. to the Recorders office in September 1911.

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pro:questions

Posted by desperate on October 12, 2000 at 03:31:03:

who were the first settlers of san francisco?
where did they come from?
how did the city got its name?
what was the impact of railroad on the city?
what year did thid city's state enter the U.S.?
what # state was it?
what role did Native Americans(Indians) played in this city?
when was electricty introduced to this city?

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pro:answers

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 12, 2000 at 09:42:27:

In Reply to: pro:questions posted by desperate on October 12, 2000 at 03:31:03:

1. who were the first settlers of san francisco?
Native americans, particularly the Muwekma Ohlone. The Spanish settlers arrived in 1776.

2. where did they come from?
Ancestors of the Ohlone probably came from the northwest, via Alaska.

3. how did the city got its name?
Sebastian Rodriguez Cermeno landed in Drake's Bay in 1575, claimed the land for Spain, and named it Puerto de San Francisco. When the Spanish explorers discovered the Golden Gate from land in 1776, they thought it was this Bay and named the area accordingly. A small area of land, located in current downtown San Francisco, was later settled and named Yerba Buena. Afraid that another city was going to use the by-then popular name of "San Francisco," the name of Yerba Buena was changed in 1847.

4. what was the impact of railroad on the city?
Which and what type of railroad? There were many local rail lines running in the city that eventually helped expand it outwards.

5. what year did this city's state enter the U.S.?
1850.

6. what # state was it?
31st.

7. what role did Native Americans(Indians) played in this city?
Well, they were the first settlers. They were also quite involved in the Spanish Missions.

8. when was electricity introduced to this city?
The first public display of electric lighting was in 1871. The first electric utility for public service was incorporated in 1879. The first electric street light was in 1883.


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Informations about William Leisdorf

Posted by
Christian Leisdorf on October 13, 2000 at 02:59:46:

Im searching for informations about William Leisdorf.He must be a very important person in San Francisco.

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Re: Informations about William Leisdorf

Posted by
John Martini on October 13, 2000 at 05:44:50:

In Reply to: Informations about William Leisdorf posted by Christian Leisdorf on October 13, 2000 at 02:59:46:

You're probably thinking of William A. Leidesdorff, a major player in pre-Gold Rush San Francisco. A native of the Virgin Islands, he held numerous civic positions and sat on the City Council but was never mayor.

Check out this link for a beter biography: http://www.sfmuseum.org/bio/leidesdorff.html

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Re: "Golden Bridge" ?

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 13, 2000 at 06:38:12:

In Reply to: "Golden Bridge" ? posted by george on August 07, 2000 at 02:41:07:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has a listing for an abandoned trademark (1994-96) for "San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Beer" that was owned by Pan-America Brewing Company.

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Re: Fresh water sources

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 13, 2000 at 07:11:15:

In Reply to: Fresh water sources posted by Caitlin on October 11, 2000 at 04:39:24:

I believe Washerwoman's Lagoon, Laguna Honda, Mountain Lake, and Lake Merced were early freshwater sources.

Re: Folsom street. Mission Creek connected the interior to Mission Bay (now filled in except for a small channel in China Basin). I believe the original line of the creek is along the present CalTrain railroad tracks.

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Summer of Love

Posted by
Richard Meghoo on October 13, 2000 at 15:29:20:

Summer of Love was 1967 not 1969 as stated on your time line.

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Re: Fresh water sources

Posted by
John Martini on October 13, 2000 at 16:21:57:

In Reply to: Fresh water sources posted by Caitlin on October 11, 2000 at 04:39:24:

El Polin Spring and Lobos Creek in the Presidio were early water supplies for Spanish, Mexican and Yankee settlers. People went to great lengths to get water; during the Gold Rush enterprising vendors would ferry water in from Sausalito.

There was even an early attempt to dig a tunnel from Mountain Lake to supply water to the downtown area. Not sure if it was ever completed, though. Eventually the Spring Valley Water Company built a flume from Lobos Creek all the way to a pumping station at modern Aquatic Park.

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Thanks

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 14, 2000 at 03:17:31:

In Reply to: Summer of Love posted by Richard Meghoo on October 13, 2000 at 15:29:20:

Thanks for mentioning that error. I have corrected it.

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Joan Baez concert for Phil Drath

Posted by
Erin Rant on October 15, 2000 at 02:08:46:

I recently obtained a poster for a rally to write in
Phil Drath for the 1st Congressional District. Among
the performers were Joan Baez and The Grateful Dead.
It happened at the Mt. Tamaipais Outdoor Theatre on
Saturday October 8th, but I have no idea what the year
was. Any help?

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Re: Joan Baez concert for Phil Drath

Posted by
John Martini on October 15, 2000 at 02:20:28:

In Reply to: Joan Baez concert for Phil Drath posted by Erin Rant on October 15, 2000 at 02:08:46:

October 8th fell on a Saturday in both 1966 and 1972. (I'm limiting the time period to the "classic" SF rock years when the Dead and Baez did lots of these types of concerts.) I'd bet on 1966 since the State Parks pretty much banned rock concerts at the Tam theater after the crazy 1967 "Magic Mountain" festival.

J.

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Re: Occidental Club

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 15, 2000 at 08:08:45:

In Reply to: Occidental Club posted by Diane Diamond on October 06, 2000 at 01:33:12:

The City Directory has it listed at 413 Stockton. It doesn't specify what type of club it was.

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city politics

Posted by
roberta ostroff on October 15, 2000 at 22:40:49:

Who was mayor of SF in 1858? Thanks

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mayors

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 16, 2000 at 03:08:26:

In Reply to: city politics posted by roberta ostroff on October 15, 2000 at 22:40:49:

Ephraim Willard Burr. A complete list of mayors is at [http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgmay.htm].

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Historical persons

Posted by Sara Burkes on October 17, 2000 at 09:22:05:

I'm doing a school project on the historical fiction novel Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. I've been researching trying to find what in the book was really historical. The time period was the California Gold Rush, more specifically 1845-1855 Any information you can give me about the following would be most appreciated.

Jacob Freemont: a newspaper writer who supposedly met with Joaquin Murieta

Rodriguez de Santa Cruz Brothers: chilean ship/business men

Paulina Rodriguez de Santa Cruz: The wife of Feliciano Rodriguez de Santa Cruz

John Sommers: a ship captain working with the Santa Cruz Brothers

Fortuna: a ship that carried ice to keep goods fresh, entered the San Fran Bay (about 1950/1?) captained by John Sommers and under the direction/finance of the Santa Cruz brothers

Ah Toy: A famous prostitute

Joe Bonecrusher: the leader of a traveling prostitute show

fan tan: a Chinese gambling game

Charley: a mail rider who was suspected of being a woman

thank you so much for any info on these subjects!

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Re: Historical persons

Posted by
Joe Thompson on October 18, 2000 at 00:57:48:

In Reply to: Historical persons posted by Sara Burkes on October 17, 2000 at 09:22:05:

I haven't read the book yet, but I'll bet
Charley was (or was inspired by) Charlie
Parkhurst, a stagecoach driver for Wells
Fargo. When he died in 1879, his friends
who were preparing him for burial discovered
that he was a woman. She had passed for
more than 20 years, and had even voted.

You can read about him/her on the Wells Fargo
web site:
http://www.wellsfargo.com/about/stories/charlie/

Fan tan was an Asian game of chance that was
very popular with both Chinese and non-Chinese
people. You'll find many accounts of it.

Regards,
Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page
http://www.geocities.com/cable_car_guy/cablecar.html

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Re: Historical persons

Posted by
Pam on October 18, 2000 at 03:21:22:

In Reply to: Historical persons posted by Sara Burkes on October 17, 2000 at 09:22:05:

Ah Toy was a real person who inspired the book "Daughter
of Joy" by JoAnn Levy. JoAnn's website is at
http://www.goldrush.com/~joann/ and has a lot of
great information on Gold Rush era San Francisco

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Re: Historical persons

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 18, 2000 at 03:32:49:

In Reply to: Historical persons posted by Sara Burkes on October 17, 2000 at 09:22:05:

Fortuna was a real ship, and was eventually used for a period as a hotel on the block now bounded by Battery and Front, Vallejo and Green streets.

Ah Toy was also real. You can read about her in "The Barbary Coast," which is on this site.

-Ron

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Don Pedro CASTILLO, customs inspector

Posted by
Gloria Delgado on October 18, 2000 at 03:54:46:

Don Pedro CASTILLO was the customs inspector for the port of San Francisco in the 1850's. I've searched Bancroft's History of California, but found nothing further. He is also mentioned in your sketch of Mrs. Manuel TORRES, Mariana, the daughter of Capt. Richardson. Do you have any further autobiographical information on Pedro CASTILLO? Did he die in San Francisco? Thank you.

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Re: Don Pedro CASTILLO, customs inspector

Posted by
Julia Christy on October 18, 2000 at 07:33:32:

In Reply to: Don Pedro CASTILLO, customs inspector posted by Gloria Delgado on October 18, 2000 at 03:54:46:

According to Bancroft, Castillo was working customs from 1833-36 in SF. According to Dorothy Mutnick: his full name was Pedro Nolasco del Castillo y Ramirez; He died 21 March 1838, as noted in Mission Dolores register. He had married the widow Josefa Antonia Sal y Amezquita in 1823 at M. Dolores (she was born at Monterey {CA} in 1787.) He had been in the San Blas Infantry, having been born in Guadalajara. Marie Northrop vol. 1 says he was a widower, but Mutnick does not mention a prior marriage for him.

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Playland at the Beach Or Cliff House

Posted by
August D. Lang Jr. on October 18, 2000 at 11:20:00:


I sure would to see some pictures of it.

Thank You

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Photo Collection

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 18, 2000 at 12:25:34:

In Reply to: Playland at the Beach Or Cliff House posted by August D. Lang Jr. on October 18, 2000 at 11:20:00:

The San Francisco Main Library History Center's photograph collection, part of which is on the web, has pictures. Their site begins at: [http://206.14.7.53/sfhistory/sfhc.htm

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Fortuna

Posted by Sara Burkes on October 18, 2000 at 12:39:35:

In Reply to: Historical persons posted by Sara Burkes on October 17, 2000 at 09:22:05:

I wrote earlier with questions on a school book report, and they were answered greatly, thanks.

But i was also wondering if the information i had about the ship Fortuna was correct.

Was the captain John Sommers?
Was the ship owned by Rodriguez de Santa Cruz Brothers?
Where can i find the history on them?

Thanks again!

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Re: History of Bernal Hill

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 18, 2000 at 12:45:14:

In Reply to: History of Bernal Hill posted by Catherine Rauschuber on September 21, 2000 at 07:58:06:

You didn't specify what years you were interested. But, the Government center at the S.F. Main Library has a number of maps, some topographical (from 1850s to current) and at least one Land Use Map from the 1940s.

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official seal

Posted by
greg on October 19, 2000 at 03:37:24:

Where can I view an image of the city/ county's official seal on the web?

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Re: official seal

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 19, 2000 at 04:44:01:

In Reply to: official seal posted by greg on October 19, 2000 at 03:37:24:

The Museum of the City of San Francisco has it on their front page at: [http://www.sfmuseum.org/]

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King Street marker

Posted by
Rick Clogher on October 19, 2000 at 07:36:02:

I've heard of a plaque and a line of brass set into King Street apparently between Second and Third (across from Pac Bell Park) that supposedly marked the former edge of a bluff above the water. Do you know of its existence? I've been unable to find it. Is it possible that current construction on that side of King has removed it temporarily or permanently?

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Re: King Street marker

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 19, 2000 at 08:42:07:

In Reply to: King Street marker posted by Rick Clogher on October 19, 2000 at 07:36:02:

I recall the plaque, but not the "line." You may be correct that they have removed it temporarily because of all the recent construction.

-rf

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San Francisco School Records

Posted by
Joan Murphy on October 19, 2000 at 13:58:24:

Are there any records from the 1870's, 1880's and 1890's regarding school teachers and school principals in the San Francisco Public
Schools? My great grandfather was a teacher and principal in San Francisco during that time.

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Re: San Francisco School Records

Posted by
Julia Christy on October 19, 2000 at 23:44:22:

In Reply to: San Francisco School Records posted by Joan Murphy on October 19, 2000 at 13:58:24:

City Directories usually list the residential address and the place of employment for persons of working age. SF is lucky to have most years in their library collections.

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Re: King Street marker

Posted by
Rick Clogher on October 20, 2000 at 02:05:22:

In Reply to: Re: King Street marker posted by Ron Filion on October 19, 2000 at 08:42:07:

Is there a city agency that would keep track of this?

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Isaac Sparks

Posted by
Charles Porter on October 20, 2000 at 02:41:47:

For:
Ron Filion

Can you help me?

My great great grandfather was Isaac Sparks. He was a member of the expedition with Jedediah Smith when Smith was killed by Comanches. He made his way to Calif. and was granted two land grants in 1843. He told his life story to a newspaper reporter in San Francisco who published it. I have lost the story and can't recal the name of the newspaper or the date. He died in 1867 therefore the date should be between say 1850 and 1867. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Charles


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What did kids do for fun?

Posted by
Caitlin Bini on October 20, 2000 at 04:52:07:

I'm trying to find out what children may have done for entertainment prior to 1900.

Also, does anyone know what year the Children's Playground was founded? I know the park was founded in 1871.

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Re: King Street marker

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 20, 2000 at 08:04:12:

In Reply to: Re: King Street marker posted by Rick Clogher on October 20, 2000 at 02:05:22:

I would think the S.F. Public Works Dept. might be. Their website address is: [http://www.sfdpw.com/].

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San francisco Police 1939 uniforms

Posted by
Andrea Daniel on October 20, 2000 at 14:15:47:

I am a costume designer at the university of california irvine.
I am doing a show, the time of your life, Set in 1939 san francisco.
I am having trouble locating clear Photographic research for police
uniforms in the time and place. I would appreciate and iformation
About the uniforms worn
Thanks


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Rolling barrel hoops

Posted by Grant73 on October 21, 2000 at 02:17:25:

In Reply to: What did kids do for fun? posted by Caitlin Bini on October 20, 2000 at 04:52:07:

Before WWI, cardboard boxes were uncommon, especially the stronger, corrugated type. For both wet and dry types of foods and even hardware, barrels were used--some of the smaller sizes were referred to as kegs, and in fact you still hear "a keg of nails." Barrels were compsed of a top, a bottom, and the vertical staves that made up the sides. The major fasteners were the metal hoops aroung them in varying numbers, but at least two. You can see them at garden shops featuring old wine and whiskey barrels cut in half for planters.

So there were free cast-off hoops. A child got the hoop rolling, then he/she ran alongside with a stick, using it to propel and to steer. To the child of those days, doing this for several hours was high fun. Children also sang and played sports and hide-and-seek. Then there was the non-PC "cowboys and indians."

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Photo Collection

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 21, 2000 at 02:39:20:

In Reply to: San francisco Police 1939 uniforms posted by Andrea Daniel on October 20, 2000 at 14:15:47:

The San Francisco Main Library History Center's Photographic Collection has clear photos of uniformed police during that time. The site is at: [http://206.14.7.53/sfhistory/sfhc.htm]. Local newspapers, available in microfilm collections, should also have photos.

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Re: Playland at the Beach Or Cliff House

Posted by
Joe Thompson on October 21, 2000 at 06:27:33:

In Reply to: Playland at the Beach Or Cliff House posted by August D. Lang Jr. on October 18, 2000 at 11:20:00:

The Cliff House also has a web site:
http://www.cliffhouse.com/

It includes a historical page.


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Re: Children's Playground in GG Park

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 22, 2000 at 08:46:33:

In Reply to: Children's Playground in GG Park posted by Caitlin Bini on October 11, 2000 at 07:27:20:

According to Raymond H. Clary's "The Making of Golden Gate Park, The Early Years 1865-1906" (1980), the Children's Playground was dedicated 22 December 1888. The author dedicates a whole chapter to the playground and has a number of photographs. Among some of the treats for the children included:

* wooden swings and slides
* merry-go-round
* water fountains
* ice cream fountains
* soda places
* dairy rooms
* goats

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Children's Playground

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 22, 2000 at 08:47:31:

In Reply to: What did kids do for fun? posted by Caitlin Bini on October 20, 2000 at 04:52:07:

The Children's Playground at Golden Gate Park was dedicated 22 December 1888.

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Re: Isaac Sparks

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 22, 2000 at 08:52:33:

In Reply to: Isaac Sparks posted by Charles Porter on October 20, 2000 at 02:41:47:

Unfortunately, there aren't any general indexes specially for early newspapers. But, I did find a reference regarding Sparks in an article published in "The Hesperian," July 1859, pages 192-200. This may be the one you want. It would be available at the California State Library in Sacramento. Their website is at [http://www.library.ca.gov/].


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Re: San Francisco School Records

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 22, 2000 at 09:09:16:

In Reply to: San Francisco School Records posted by Joan Murphy on October 19, 2000 at 13:58:24:

You might try contacting the San Francisco Unified School District. Their website is at [http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us]. But, the records might have been destroyed in the 1906 disaster.

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Re: Five Mile House

Posted by
Bernadette Engelhardt-Hoegerle on October 23, 2000 at 17:34:03:

In Reply to: Five Mile House posted by Stephen Kent Ehat on September 28, 2000 at 05:21:08:

My father, Andrew Ortiz, owned the "Five Mile House" during the 1950s and 1960s; it was (perhaps still is...I live in Hamburg, Germany, so do not get to the City often) located on San Bruno Avenue with a view to the freeway and some hills which had a radio station atop. Should you need more info, email me and I will see what else I have..

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Lawrence Gray - Actor and Henry Gary- Father of Lawrence

Posted by
Susan G. on October 24, 2000 at 10:22:34:

I am looking for information on the film actor Lawrence Gray ( 1898 -1970). He starred in both silent and talking films. He was born in San Francisco, and is supposed to be from a prominent, well know San Francisco family. (Or at least they were well know at the time). He father's name was Henry Gray and ran some kind of mill.

Any info you could provide me would be appreciated.


Thank you, Susan G.

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Re: Lawrence Gray - Actor and Henry Gary- Father of Lawrence

Posted by Grant73 on October 25, 2000 at 06:16:35:

In Reply to: Lawrence Gray - Actor and Henry Gary- Father of Lawrence posted by Susan G. on October 24, 2000 at 10:22:34:

He's listed in the internet movie database as having died in Mexico City in 1970, making 44 films, from 1925's "The Dressmaker from Paris" to 1936's "A Face in the Fog." No family or early bio info is posted, except his birthdate in San Francisco.

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Alcatraz--structure--how it was built

Posted by
beryl on October 25, 2000 at 11:58:46:

Hi! I'm doing a report on structures and was assigned Alcatraz so I need any information I can get as to how and when it was built, what materials were used and anything else about how it was built. Thanks!

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Re: Alcatraz

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 26, 2000 at 10:24:18:

In Reply to: Alcatraz--structure--how it was built posted by beryl on October 25, 2000 at 11:58:46:

There are good descriptions at Heather Rorie's Alcatraz Gazette [http://www.scrappygraphics.com/Alcatraz/]. Look under Main Articles for Fortress and Prison.

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Bank of Italy

Posted by
Harley M. Hieb on October 27, 2000 at 23:23:15:

Where can I find info on the history of BofA (Bank of Italy)

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GOLDENGATE BRIDGE!!!

Posted by
christine H on October 28, 2000 at 00:10:22:

i need to know how san francisco was before the golden gate was built and the effects of the bridge..please email me back...and some information on the engineer of the bridge...HISTORICAL BACKGROUND!!

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Re: Bank of Italy

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 28, 2000 at 02:53:05:

In Reply to: Bank of Italy posted by Harley M. Hieb on October 27, 2000 at 23:23:15:

The Bank of Italy eventually became the current Bank of America.

The University of Oklahoma Press has published the book "A.P. Giannini and the Bank of America" by Gerald D. Nash. You can read a short summary at: [http://www.ou.edu/oupress/nash2461.htm]

Britannica.com also has a couple of good articles. Do a search on "Bank of Italy".

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Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by Crystina Malane on October 28, 2000 at 02:57:15:

Can you like give me some info. about the history of the like Golden Gate Bridge? Please!!! I need it for a report.

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Re: Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 28, 2000 at 06:05:48:

In Reply to: Golden Gate Bridge posted by Crystina Malane on October 28, 2000 at 02:57:15:

There are a number of websites full of great information on the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a look at these:

http://www.goldengatebridge.org/research/index.htm
http://www.mcn.org/goldengate/08-History/HistoryContents.html
http://www.nps.gov/goga/
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Exhibits/Bridge/gate.html
http://www.thestudy.qc.ca/Students/san_francisco/goldengate.htm
http://www.redandwhite.com/history2.htm
http://www.permanentstains.com/
http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/shs/saus-hist/Sausalito%20History%20(Page%202).htm
http://www.sfmuseum.org/assoc/bridge00.html

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Re: GOLDENGATE BRIDGE!!!

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 28, 2000 at 06:06:10:

In Reply to: GOLDENGATE BRIDGE!!! posted by christine H on October 28, 2000 at 00:10:22:

There are a number of websites full of great information on the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a look at these:

http://www.goldengatebridge.org/research/index.htm
http://www.mcn.org/goldengate/08-History/HistoryContents.html
http://www.nps.gov/goga/
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Exhibits/Bridge/gate.html
http://www.thestudy.qc.ca/Students/san_francisco/goldengate.htm
http://www.redandwhite.com/history2.htm
http://www.permanentstains.com/
http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/shs/saus-hist/Sausalito%20History%20(Page%202).htm
http://www.sfmuseum.org/assoc/bridge00.html

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locating a Catholic Church

Posted by
Alice M. Mendes on October 28, 2000 at 06:39:50:

How can I find which Catholic Church was nearest 11 DeBoom St. in SF?
I am referring to the period about 1865 to 1925. Also, is the church still there, and if not I am interested in locating the records.

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El Polin Springs

Posted by
Barb on October 28, 2000 at 12:58:08:

Do you know when the picnic grounds, river rock "well" and drainages were built at El Polin Springs in the Presidio of San Francisco?

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Re: locating a Catholic Church

Posted by
Judy De Bella on October 29, 2000 at 02:47:17:

In Reply to: locating a Catholic Church posted by Alice M. Mendes on October 28, 2000 at 06:39:50:

To begin with, the church is no longer there. It was within the area that was destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake & Fire. I believe the records were destroyed then also. The easiest way to find out the name of the church (there were 4 different Catholic churches in the general area) is to look in a pre-1906 SF City Directory and compare the church addresses listed to a map of SF. De Boom St is still there - off of 2nd Street between Bryant and Brannan (near South Park).

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Re: locating a Catholic Church

Posted by
Alice M. Mendes on October 29, 2000 at 03:05:39:

In Reply to: Re: locating a Catholic Church posted by Judy De Bella on October 29, 2000 at 02:47:17:

To Judy DeBella -- thank you for the response to my question. I was afraid of that. I wonder where the Larsen family who lived at 11 DeBoom St. went to church after that. It looks like another project.

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Catholic Church Archives

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 29, 2000 at 07:32:35:

In Reply to: locating a Catholic Church posted by Alice M. Mendes on October 28, 2000 at 06:39:50:

If there are any records for that church, it would probably be at:

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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Re: Dr. Washington Dodge

Posted by
Harry Fryer on October 29, 2000 at 08:04:52:

In Reply to: Dr. Washington Dodge posted by Joe Shomi on August 07, 2000 at 04:54:23:

My father Albert Earnest Fryer Was also on Lifeboat 13 of the Titanic and was saved. He was a trimmer in the boiler rooms of the ship and called to the inquest but did not have to give evidence.
He lived in Southampton and fathered 13 children which I am the third youngest. He died in 1944 and was survived by his wife,my mother,I would like to hear from anyone with family memories of lifeboat 13

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Another Playland Website

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 29, 2000 at 10:38:14:

In Reply to: Playland at the Beach Or Cliff House posted by August D. Lang Jr. on October 18, 2000 at 11:20:00:

http://www.sonic.net/~playland/playland.html

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Re: official seal

Posted by
Ron Filion on October 29, 2000 at 10:43:48:

In Reply to: official seal posted by greg on October 19, 2000 at 03:37:24:

The Gold Rush Trail website has a good copy of the seal at [http://www.goldrushtrail.org/edu.html].

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Re: Alcatraz

Posted by
John Martini on October 29, 2000 at 11:48:29:

In Reply to: Re: Alcatraz posted by Ron Filion on October 26, 2000 at 10:24:18:

The main cellhouse was constructed by U.S. Army convicts between 1908 and 1912 when Alcatraz served as a military prison. Major Reuben Turner was the primary architect and engineer on the project. It's built almost entirely of reinforced concrete.

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Re: King Street marker

Posted by
Bill Carpenter on October 29, 2000 at 14:44:59:

In Reply to: King Street marker posted by Rick Clogher on October 19, 2000 at 07:36:02:

I am doing research on historical plaques in San Francisco and would welcome anything you might have to offer.

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Golden Gate Kennel Club

Posted by
Amanda Bourque on October 30, 2000 at 10:10:02:

I'm looking for information of the Golden Gate Kennel Club and any historical records they may hold. My great-grandfather showed a dog to best in show at the 1916 show. I am trying to trace his time in California to try to determine when, how and where he came to America from England. Also looking for Valverde Kennels - he was the kennel manager. Thanks for any help you can offer

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Re: Golden Gate Kennel Club

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 01, 2000 at 13:29:09:

In Reply to: Golden Gate Kennel Club posted by Amanda Bourque on October 30, 2000 at 10:10:02:

I found a couple of articles on the GG Kennel Club. One was about their organization in 1910. The other was about a show in 1934. They aren't listed in the City Directories or the Phone Books, so I don't know how to contact them, or even if they still exist. I didn't see any listings for Valverde Kennels around 1916.

A good way to determine when and if he was in San Francisco is to have someone check the City Directories. There is a great genealogy site at: [http://www.sfo.com/~timandpamwolf/sfrancty.htm]. It would be able to be able to give you more ideas.

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Re: El Polin Springs

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 01, 2000 at 13:40:43:

In Reply to: El Polin Springs posted by Barb on October 28, 2000 at 12:58:08:

An article in 1946 about the springs talks about the picnic grounds, so they were around by then, and most likely built by the Military. The Presido Trust or National Park Service might have more specific information. There is also a museum at the Presidio.

Presidio Trust: [http://www.presidiotrust.gov/park/index.htm]
National Park Service: [http://www.nps.gov/prsf/]

Newsarticle: Riptides, Robert O'Brien, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 January 1946, page 14.

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Re: muny bait shop

Posted by
Haywood on November 02, 2000 at 01:52:38:

In Reply to: muny bait shop posted by mike dempsey on August 27, 2000 at 13:22:31:

Do they still sell bags of shrimp for a dime? Great for my dropline.

Any recipes for bullheads?

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1949 Obituary

Posted by
Marge Clark on November 03, 2000 at 21:52:26:

I am seeking a copy of an obituary for Wilhelmina Johnson who died July 26, 1949 in San Francisco. She is listed in the California Death Index.
Any help or suggestions appreciated.

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Re: Titanic's White Star Line office

Posted by
Miss Helen Davies on November 04, 2000 at 01:48:12:

In Reply to: Titanic's White Star Line office posted by Joe Shomi on August 08, 2000 at 03:28:05:

Dear Sirs

My Grandfather worked for White Star Line around 1950 and passed away whislt at sea and is buried in an ex-service mans cemetrey in Mont a vedao South Amarica.

I would be most grateful if you could tell me who I could contact if you not the correct department

Thank you

Yours sincerely

Miss H Davies

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Free Obituary Lookups

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 04, 2000 at 03:12:54:

In Reply to: 1949 Obituary posted by Marge Clark on November 03, 2000 at 21:52:26:

The S.F. Main Library will currently do this for you for free. You can find the address and instructions at:

[http://www.sfo.com/~timandpamwolf/sfrantip.htm#sfmainobit]

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Re: Titanic's White Star Line office

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 04, 2000 at 03:40:57:

In Reply to: Re: Titanic's White Star Line office posted by Miss Helen Davies on November 04, 2000 at 01:48:12:

From the information I have read on the numerous web pages regarding the White Star Line, it was merged with Cunard in the 1930s and ceased to exist as a separate entity by 1950. You might try contacting Cunard [www.cunard.com] to see if they know where the old records are.

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i need help!!!

Posted by
Beth Hill on November 06, 2000 at 11:18:31:

if any one can tell me where i can find articles written by william p.
frost(robert frost's dad) i would greatly appreiciate it. he wrote for
the san francisco evening daily bulletin and the daily post. thanks

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San Francisco's Hitory

Posted by Gustavo on November 07, 2000 at 05:09:12:

Where can i find sites about San Francisco's History?

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SF History websites

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 07, 2000 at 05:47:36:

In Reply to: San Francisco's Hitory posted by Gustavo on November 07, 2000 at 05:09:12:

Well, besides SF50.com, the best general website would be:
SF Museum: [http://www.sfmuseum.org/]

There are also a few good pages that are good starting points:
zPub: [http://www.zpub.com/sf/history/]
SF Main Library links: [http://206.14.7.53/sfhistory/links1.htm]
SF Historical Society links: [http://www.sfhistory.org/links-1.html]

Fortunately, there are a large number of websites dedicated to various historical aspects of San Francisco. Besides the pages above, check any of the popular search engines. If you looking for something specific, don't hesitate to ask.

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S.N. Wood & Company

Posted by
Wynn Hamonic on November 07, 2000 at 06:46:38:

I am looking for information on S.N. Wood & Company, a San Francisco retail store in operation around 1900.
I do know that the store specialized in clothing.
Any information on the history of the store and the ownership of the store would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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thanks

Posted by Gustavo on November 07, 2000 at 09:34:17:

In Reply to: SF History websites posted by Ron Filion on November 07, 2000 at 05:47:36:

i have to make something about it, to school.
thanks, from Brazil.

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Re: Will & Finck

Posted by
Bob Veal on November 07, 2000 at 13:57:45:

In Reply to: Re: Will & Finck posted by Ron Filion on October 04, 2000 at 10:00:02:

Have 2 well made old brass or copper oil lanterns
marked W.F.&Co. EXPRESS STAGE LINE SAN FRANCISCO.
Have seen identical Lanterns marked "Patent Pending,
WILL & FINCK , 821 Kearny St.S.F.-- Hap Hazard Oil Lamp"

Also have documentation stating the lanterns were sold at auction
of Well Fargo and American Express Equiptment in 1949 at the
Marin County Fairgrounds.

Will & Finck identified by Ron Filion.

Any info appretiated.

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Old Point Area

Posted by
Sandra Parker Provenzano on November 08, 2000 at 01:50:06:

Hello--

I am cataloging photographs from the San Francisco antiplague campaign 1907-1909 for the National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, MD). These photographs are primarily of staff of the United States Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, other antiplague workers, and of rat-proofing measures taken to sanitize buidings in San Francisco.

Several photographs appear to be of a military base and are labeled "Old Point Area." I assume that this is where the U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service officers were stationed. I would like to know what the "Old Point Area" refers to--what section of S.F., what its purpose was, etc. I hope you can tell me, or at least refer me to someone who might know.

Below is a link to the National Library of Medicine's Images from the History of Medicine database. Perhaps you may recognize the Old Point Area or some of the buildings from looking at the photographs. Type in any of the unique identifying numbers below (AO...) to look at the pictures.

http://wwwihm.nlm.nih.gov:80/ihm.html

A015993
A015996
A015999
A016007
A016011
A015997 (U.S. Lifesaving station)

Thank you very much for you help.

-Sandra Parker Provenzano
provens@mail.nlm.nih.gov.

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City of Paris Department Store

Posted by
S. Cranna on November 08, 2000 at 05:38:09:

I'd like to find information regarding the owner of the City of Paris department store (including his name), his family and life in San Francisco.

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Re: S.N. Wood & Company

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 08, 2000 at 07:47:18:

In Reply to: S.N. Wood & Company posted by Wynn Hamonic on November 07, 2000 at 06:46:38:

Here's what was listed for them in the 1900 City Directory:

Woods, S.N. & Co. (Samuel N. Meyer, Benjamin Wood and Abraham L. Peyser) proprietors, Columbian Woolen Mills, merchant tailors, 718-722 Market, and NW corner Powell and Eddy.

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Evening Bulletin

Posted by
Ron Filion on November 08, 2000 at 07:50:55:

In Reply to: i need help!!! posted by Beth Hill on November 06, 2000 at 11:18:31:

According to his obituary, he came to the west coast in the fall of 1873 and was connected with the Bulletin for two years. He subsequently became the business manager for the Post until a year before he died.

I don't know of any newspaper indexes for that time period. But, editions of the Bulletin and Post are available on microfilm.

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Re: Old Point Area

Posted by
John Martini on November 08, 2000 at 08:32:02:

In Reply to: Old Point Area posted by Sandra Parker Provenzano on November 08, 2000 at 01:50:06:

I'm currently working on a project identifying and cataloguing photos at the Presidio of San Francisco where the former Public Health Service Hospital is located. At first I thought that "Old Point Area" might refer to Fort Point in the Presidio. Unfortunately, none of the photos you referenced were taken in Presidio. Based on the architectrue and trees, I dont' think they were even taken in the San Francisco area. The only possibility might be the shot of soldiers marching along the waterfront; that could possibly be San Francisco's Embarcadero.

Wish I could be of more help.

John Martini

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Tom Maguire & SF Oper

Posted by
marilee smeder on November 09, 2000 at 04:51:24:

Hi Ron,

For an article in the Nob Hill Gazette: Can you tell me a little more about Tom Maguire who built the third Jenny Lind Theatre. Was he a businessman, a speculator, an opera buff, what? A brief one or two sentence description will do.

Thanks,

Marilee

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Re: Old Point Area

Posted by
Sandra Parker Provenzano on November 09, 2000 at 05:12:05:

In Reply to: Re: Old Point Area posted by John Martini on November 08, 2000 at 08:32:02:

Thank you, Mr. Martini for taking a look
at the photographs. I took a closer look
at A016007 with a magnifying lens, and was
able to make out the seal of the state of
Rhode Island on the front of the building!
You're right--it's definitely not California!

I'll continue my searching for Old Point on
the east coast...

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