Got Questions? Archive

Re: Tom Maguire

Posted by Ron Filion on November 09, 2000 at 11:16:03:

 In Reply to: Tom Maguire & SF Oper posted by marilee smeder on November 09, 2000 at 04:51:24:

 Walter Thompson, a newspaper columnist, described Maguire as "the theatrical and general amusement expert of early days, [but] he was a man totally lacking in taste and good dramatic judgment, [although] he was a wonder for business enterprise." His opera house not only served up legitimate drama, but also some of the early minstrels.

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HASSLER HEALTH HOME-

Posted by carolyn feroben on November 09, 2000 at 16:24:54:

 The Hassler Health Home, existed in San Francisco between the years 1927-36.

The San Francisco Health Farm , seems to have been in operation the same years and may have been associated with the
Hassler Health Home.

Would like the location and general information on these facilities

Thanks, Carolyn
 

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Re: City of Paris Department Store

Posted by carolyn feroben on November 11, 2000 at 03:53:31:

 In Reply to: City of Paris Department Store posted by S. Cranna on November 08, 2000 at 05:38:09:

 The original founders of the City of Paris, mid 1800's
was two brothers, Felix and Emile Verdier.
 

Carolyn

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Re: Titanic's White Star Line office

Posted by Joe Shomi on November 11, 2000 at 12:57:27:

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

 If you want more information, you might want to post a message on the Encyclopedia-Titanica message board

The website is at:

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org

A lot of people who visit that site can give you leads.
 
 

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Re: Dr. Washington Dodge

Posted by Joe Shomi on November 11, 2000 at 13:03:30:

 In Reply to: Re: Dr. Washington Dodge posted by Harry Fryer on October 29, 2000 at 08:04:52:

 Here's what the website:

http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org

says about Albert Fryer:

"Mr Albert E. Fryer, 26, was born in Hampshire.

 When he signed on to the Titanic in Southampton on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as 1 Charlotte
Place (Southampton). He had transferred from the Olympic. As a trimmer he received monthly wages of
5 10s.

 Fryer survived the sinking in lifeboat 13.

Fryer signed-on to the Oceanic on 10 July 1912 but failed to join the ship when it sailed."

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history sunset district

Posted by andy on November 12, 2000 at 07:22:07:

 i would like a some history about the sunset distict and the migration of the chinese there.

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John Weir, lost on the Titanic, other victims

Posted by Jan Nielsen on November 12, 2000 at 08:12:03:

 Does anyone know about John Weir, lost on the Titanic. I list the following persons as having been passengers on
the Titanic, who lived in San Francisco: Dr. Washington Dodge and family, Mrs. Hjalmar Sandstrom, William Turnquist, Jakob Birnbaum, and the ones listed on the San Francisco History site
including John Weir and Herman Klaber. Does any one know of others?

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Re: history sunset district

Posted by Ron Filion on November 13, 2000 at 02:54:52:

 In Reply to: history sunset district posted by andy on November 12, 2000 at 07:22:07:

 Take a look at the Western Neighborhoods Project's website [http://www.outsidelands.org/] for some history on the Sunset, Richmond, etc. districts.

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Sutro stuff

Posted by John Martini on November 13, 2000 at 05:00:29:

 Does anyone know whatever happened to the statue of Ito that used to be displayed at the entrance to Sutro's in the 1950s and '60s? It was a self-portrait carved entirely in wood and embellished with the sculptor's own hair, which he reportedly plucked out of his body.
 
 

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migration of Chinese

Posted by Ron Filion on November 13, 2000 at 09:44:36:

 In Reply to: history sunset district posted by andy on November 12, 2000 at 07:22:07:

 According to the Sunset Beacon (April 1977, p8), migration began to the Sunset district in the late 1950s and early 1960s for "escaping the pace and dangers of the downtown area."

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Re: HASSLER HEALTH HOME-

Posted by Ron Filion on November 13, 2000 at 09:49:52:

 In Reply to: HASSLER HEALTH HOME- posted by carolyn feroben on November 09, 2000 at 16:24:54:

 The Hassler Health Home (aka Hassler Health Farm) was located near Belmont, CA, and at one time was SF's tubercular sanitorium. In an article about the 1000th cured tuberculosis patient, it was mentioned that "bed capacity increased from 44 beds in 1927 to 100 [in 1939]." By 1941, the capacity was up to 260.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, 19 September 1931, page 2; 22 November 1939, page 16; 26 February 1941, page 10.

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Re: City of Paris Department Store

Posted by Ron Filion on November 13, 2000 at 09:55:36:

 In Reply to: City of Paris Department Store posted by S. Cranna on November 08, 2000 at 05:38:09:

 As mentioned by Ms. Feroben, the founders were the brothers Felix and Emile Verdier. The management of the store passed on to Felix's son Gaston and eventually his grandson Paul.

The name, "City of Paris," came from a ship that the brothers brought to San Francisco. There is an excellent edition of The Pony Express (May 1950) that has an extensive article on the history of the store.

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Re: Lawrence Gray

Posted by Ron Filion on November 13, 2000 at 10:50:41:

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

 Lawrence Gray (7/28/1898-2/2/1970). His obituary in Variety (11 Feb 1970) mentions that he was a production executive in the mid 1930s, spent his last 33 years in Mexico as a co-ordinator between American and Mexican film industries, and that he was married to former actress Louise Figueroa.

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1910 Census

Posted by Kristen Rish on November 13, 2000 at 11:12:36:

 Is there any way to access the complete census record of those living in San Francisco in 1910 on the internet at home, without going to a library or other research facility? I'm trying to look up information about my Grandfather's first wife who lived in SF during that time.

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Re: 1910 Census

Posted by Ron Filion on November 14, 2000 at 06:51:45:

 In Reply to: 1910 Census posted by Kristen Rish on November 13, 2000 at 11:12:36:

 Not yet. But, there are more than one company working on it. One of them is [http://www.genealogydatabase.com/].

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Re: Historical persons

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 16:04:46:

 In Reply to: Re: Historical persons posted by Joe Thompson on October 18, 2000 at 00:57:48:
 

Another book with a great chapter on Ah Toy is Curt Gentry's The Madams Of San Francisco!
Kathy

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Re: Children's Playground in GG Park

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 16:10:19:

 In Reply to: Re: Children's Playground in GG Park posted by Ron Filion on October 22, 2000 at 08:46:33:
 

I'm remembering Children's Playground from the 50's...1950's that is...they also had some kind of little train that went along the hillside..a big stone building..and the goats were still there too...not the same ones...but my favoritething was the large round swings..actually big iron hoops with seats..never saw em anyplace else.
Kathy

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Re: Fires in SF

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 17:50:35:

 In Reply to: Re: Fires in SF posted by Ron Filion on September 19, 2000 at 05:08:44:
 

Rumor has it that the day Lily and her family arrived in SF there was a tremendous fire....evidently it made a great impression on little miss Coit.

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Re: Australian Link

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 17:58:01:

 In Reply to: Re: Australian Link posted by Ron Filion on September 10, 2000 at 09:01:34:
 

The City had a large population of Australians
some of them escapees from the penal colonies down under..a large group of them known as the Sydney Ducks terrorized the city in the early 50's..in fact they nearly burned it to the ground a couple of times...onething that put the citizens in mind of a committee of vigilance!
Kathy

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Re: CYC, ca 1877

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 18:05:45:

 In Reply to: Re: CYC, ca 1877 posted by John Martini on August 30, 2000 at 02:33:33:
 

Corinthian Yacht Club I believe is part of the Corinthian Nile Club based in Oakland.
KG

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Re: CYC, ca 1877

Posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 18:10:22:

 In Reply to: Re: CYC, ca 1877 posted by Kathy Gori on November 14, 2000 at 18:05:45:
 

Sorry John..my mistake...it was the Athenian Nile Club that I was thinking of....but then all these exclusive men's clubs look the same to me..never mind.
KG

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Urban Renewal

Posted by Angela Cruz on November 15, 2000 at 05:17:34:
 

Where can I find information on land issues and urban renewal battles of the 1960's and 1970's in San Francisco.

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pre quake births

Posted by john ciolina on November 17, 2000 at 02:04:50:

 Is there a way to find San Francisco birth records from 1900 to 1906.

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Sally (?) N. Ward Sanatorium

Posted by Jennifer Struwe on November 17, 2000 at 03:56:39:

 I am trying to find information about this facility. I believe the first name is Sally but I could be wrong (don't have the documentation with me). My grandmother was born there in 1921. I did not see it mentioned on a list of hospitals that survived the 1906 quake so I presume that it was either constructed after that date or was destroyed by the quake and rebuilt. Any and all information is appreciated.

Jennifer Struwe

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Early city directory site

Posted by Carole on November 17, 2000 at 04:46:40:

 I found a site that had SF directories from, i think 1901, 1911, and 1933, but now i cant find it, If anyone knows how i can get to the site, Please email me. Thanks

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Genealogy

Posted by Ron Filion on November 17, 2000 at 11:15:17:

 In Reply to: pre quake births posted by john ciolina on November 17, 2000 at 02:04:50:

 Take a look at this page: [http://www.sfo.com/~timandpamwolf/sfranvit.htm]

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Re: Early city directory site

Posted by Ron Filion on November 17, 2000 at 11:17:27:

 In Reply to: Early city directory site posted by Carole on November 17, 2000 at 04:46:40:

 Here's where they are: [http://www.vitalsearch-ca.com/gen/ca/sfo/sfoco_.htm]

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Re: Urban Renewal

Posted by Ron Filion on November 17, 2000 at 11:20:47:

 In Reply to: Urban Renewal posted by Angela Cruz on November 15, 2000 at 05:17:34:

 One good book is Brian J. Godfrey's "Neighborhoods in Transition," published in Berkeley in 1988.

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Re: S.N. Wood & Company

Posted by Wynn Hamonic on November 18, 2000 at 06:50:20:

 In Reply to: Re: S.N. Wood & Company posted by Ron Filion on November 08, 2000 at 07:47:18:

 Thank you Ron for the tremendous service you are providing.
 

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Florence N. Ward Sanatorium

Posted by Ron Filion on November 19, 2000 at 09:57:27:

 In Reply to: Sally (?) N. Ward Sanatorium posted by Jennifer Struwe on November 17, 2000 at 03:56:39:

 Florence Nightingale Ward, the woman who established Florence N. Ward Sanitorium was a prestigious surgeon. According to her obituary [http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgoe16.htm], she established the private sanitorium in 1907. It was located at 1195 Bush street near the corner of Hyde street. She passed away in 1919. According to the city directories, her sister, Irene M. Ferguson, became the manager. The sanitorium wasn't listed after 1923.

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Mr. Ito

Posted by Ron Filion on November 20, 2000 at 08:51:55:

 In Reply to: Sutro stuff posted by John Martini on November 13, 2000 at 05:00:29:

 Mr. Ito was bought by the Count P. E. DeBathe, 70, during the sale of the late George K. Whitney's collection (originally Sutro's collection) in January 1971. The Count, better known as Popo The Clown to Bay Area residents, had toured with the real Mr. Ito in a traveling circus in the Far East. The Count died on September 2, 1981 in Oakland. His obituary did not mention any heirs.

Sources:
San Francisco Chronicle. 15 January 1971 (3) and 4 September 1981 (44).
San Francisco Examiner. 15 January 1971 (3).

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TRINITY HOSPITAL

Posted by Ruth Skewis on November 20, 2000 at 17:15:46:

 I'm trying to find out about Trinity Hospital in San Francisco. Where was it located, when did it operate, was it also a training school for nurses?

I have a picture of my Grandmother (about 20/30 years old) with about 33 young girls dressed as nurses standing in front a corner building in San Francisco. On the entrance to this 2 story building there is a sign that reads TRINITY HOSPITAL. There is an address or part of any address - it reads "500" but it could have a number before the 5. My grandmother was said to have been director of nurses at some SF hospital. Having found this picture recently, I wonder if this is the hospital. I suspect that this picture was taken about 1890 to 1903 - maybe..

Any history on this hosptial would be most welcome....

Thanks, RUTH

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history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by Matt on November 21, 2000 at 07:12:00:

 Hi,

Can anyone refer me to a site on the web where there is more information about the HISTORY of the ferries in the San Francisco Bay?

I'm specifically curious about when ferries started going to Alcatraz.

thank you,
matt

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Re: history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by John Martini on November 21, 2000 at 11:27:43:

 In Reply to: history on San Francisco ferries? posted by Matt on November 21, 2000 at 07:12:00:

 I'm not sure if you'll find the answer about Alcatraz ferries on a web site. The boats running to Alcatraz have always been a separate operation from the classic commuter runs.

The U.S. government began running boats to Alcatraz as soon as they took it over as a lighthouse and fort site in the early 1850s. Over the years a variety of government boats served the island including several long-forgotten sailing sloops, the army steamers McPHERSON and McDOWELL, the army transport FRANK M. KNOXE, the water boats AQUADOR and EL AQUARIO, and the Bureau of Prisons launches WARDEN JOHNSTON and WARDEN BLACKWELL.

The present ferry operation carrying tourists to Alcatraz began operation in October 1973 when the island opened to the public for the first time. (Note: this is a concession ferry run by a private firm, not a government operation as some folks think.) It was originally operated by Red & White Tours, and the small vessel HARBOR TOURIST was the most frequently used boat on the run. Today the operation is run by Blue & Gold Cruises.
 
 

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Re: history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by John Martini on November 21, 2000 at 11:30:52:

 In Reply to: Re: history on San Francisco ferries? posted by John Martini on November 21, 2000 at 11:27:43:

 Correction to a typo in my first posting: The correct names for the U.S. Army vessels is GENERAL FRANK M. COXE.

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Re: Florence N. Ward Sanatorium

Posted by Jennifer Struwe on November 22, 2000 at 03:17:52:

 In Reply to: Florence N. Ward Sanatorium posted by Ron Filion on November 19, 2000 at 09:57:27:

 That was it! Thank you, your info is very helpful and very much appreciated!

Jennifer

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SF Bay Bridge

Posted by Chris McGill on November 22, 2000 at 08:08:52:

 AT one time during the history of the Bay Bridge was traffic on each level two way traffic?

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Re: history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by Jan C. Nielsen on November 23, 2000 at 00:16:41:

 In Reply to: Re: history on San Francisco ferries? posted by John Martini on November 21, 2000 at 11:30:52:

 I heard from an elderly lady that there was a ferry that sank in the 1930s, with significant loss of life. Does anyone know about this?

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Re: history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by John Martini on November 23, 2000 at 02:50:57:

 In Reply to: Re: history on San Francisco ferries? posted by Jan C. Nielsen on November 23, 2000 at 00:16:41:

 She was probably referring to a trajedy aboard the ferry PERALTA on February 17, 1928. The ferry didn't sink but rather partially submerged when a crowd of commuters surged forward on her lower deck. The PERALTA had a unique counterflooding system that was supposed to keep the ferry level as passengers and traffic moved off her, but someone forgot to adjust the balance properly. Five people drowned, the second-highest loss of life on an SF Bay ferry since a boiler explosion in 1859 killed six people.

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Re: SF Bay Bridge

Posted by Ron Filion on November 23, 2000 at 10:13:02:

 In Reply to: SF Bay Bridge posted by Chris McGill on November 22, 2000 at 08:08:52:

 Between 1936 and 1958, the top deck carried auto traffic and the bottom deck handled truck traffic and railways. After that, traffic was one way on each deck. There is a good history on all the local bridges at: [http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/calbrdgs.htm].

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Re: history on San Francisco ferries?

Posted by Jan C. Nielsen on November 24, 2000 at 06:11:04:

 In Reply to: Re: history on San Francisco ferries? posted by John Martini on November 23, 2000 at 02:50:57:

 Thanks for the information, the Peralta still exists. In 1933, it was sold to a company in Seattle, refurbished, and remained in service for many years (see the website: http://www.kalakala.org).

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crystal palace market

Posted by Joanne Zich on November 24, 2000 at 14:14:22:

 I am trying to find information about and pictures of the Crystal Palace Market that used to be on Market Street in downtown San Francisco.

I would appreciate any information about this market. I emember going there as a child and would like to remember it better.

Thanks to anyone who knows about this market.

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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

Posted by Troy Smith on November 26, 2000 at 22:55:06:

 My father worked on the construction of this bridge and I'm looking for information, websites or books about the history of this bridge.

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Trinity Hospital

Posted by Ron Filion on November 27, 2000 at 03:20:04:

 In Reply to: TRINITY HOSPITAL posted by Ruth Skewis on November 20, 2000 at 17:15:46:

 According to the San Francisco City Directories, Trinity Hospital first appears in 1902 at 1520 Vallejo. By 1908, probably after the 1906 disaster, the hospital had moved to 1500 Page. The last listing for it was in the 1915/16 directory. After it had moved to Page, it was additionally listed as "A modern hospital for the care of medical, surgical and obstetrical cases."

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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Websites

Posted by Ron Filion on November 27, 2000 at 03:38:15:

 In Reply to: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge posted by Troy Smith on November 26, 2000 at 22:55:06:

 Here are some websites:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/calbrdgs.htm
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Exhibits/Bridge/rsr.html
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/esc/tollbridge/Rich-SR/Rich-SR.html
http://geogweb.berkeley.edu/GeoImages/QTVR/SFBay/SanRafaelBridgeS.html
 
 

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VERNA JEAN SCHOOL

Posted by carolyn feroben on November 29, 2000 at 01:50:07:

 Looking for any other reference to this school and its founder, Ella Shaffer.
Thank you, Carolyn

"Founded and organized by Ella Shaffer, the Verna Jean
Kindergarten and primary school in San Francisco has been in existence for
three years and was first located on Avilla street. It soon outgrew the
original quarters and a substantial brick building of fireproof construction
was erected at 2357 Chestnut street, in the heart of the Marina district.
The three floors of the building are used for the school and this beautiful
structure is being enlarged by the addition of a dormitory. The school
takes the children up to and through the third grade. There are large
indoor playrooms, as well as large outdoor yards, where the children enjoy
supervised play. Hot, dietary lunches are served and regular dental and
medical service is maintained - unusual features in schools of this type.
Connected with the school from June 15 to August 15, during the period of
vacation, is the summer school, ideally situated on the campus of Stanford
University in Palo Alto, which enjoys a salubrious and delightful climate.
Well known in her profession, Miss Shaffer is widely recognized as an
authority on matters relative to the education of children and has made the
Verna Jean Kindergarten and primary school one of the finest institutions of
the kind in San Francisco."
from:
"The History of San Francisco, Biographical, Vol. II" (only); Lewis
> Francis Byington,
> Supervising Editor, Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor, The S. J. Clarke
> Publishing Company,
> Chicago-San Francisco, 1931.
 

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Immigration

Posted by Barbara Murphy on November 29, 2000 at 10:25:23:

 Is there an island off of San Francisco that the immigrants had to pass through before landing, like Ellis Island in New York City?

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Where is inmate, Dale Stamphill, today?

Posted by Kelsey T. on November 29, 2000 at 13:52:00:

 I am doing a school project for history day and I need to know where Dale Stamphill is located. I know he got life sentence so all I need to know is what jail he is in today. Maybe if i got the jail's permission I could interview him and have that as a primary source. Thank you so much and please help if you can!!

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Re: Where is inmate, Dale Stamphill, today?

Posted by John Martini on November 29, 2000 at 14:31:54:

 In Reply to: Where is inmate, Dale Stamphill, today? posted by Kelsey T. on November 29, 2000 at 13:52:00:

 Dale Stamphill was already serving a life prison in January 1939 when he was badly wounded in an abortive escape attempt from Alcatraz. If alive (which is unlikely) he'd be close to ninety.

Have you checked with the Federal Bureau of Prisons about his whereabouts?

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Re: Immigration

Posted by Julia Christy on November 30, 2000 at 02:12:10:

 In Reply to: Immigration posted by Barbara Murphy on November 29, 2000 at 10:25:23:

 You can read about Angel Island at:
http://www.itp.berkeley.edu/~asam121/angel.html

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BOP Info

Posted by Ron Filion on November 30, 2000 at 11:02:25:

 In Reply to: Re: Where is inmate, Dale Stamphill, today? posted by John Martini on November 29, 2000 at 14:31:54:

 According to the Bureau of Prisons site, you can either write or call them for inmate information. Take a look at their site at: [http://www.bop.gov].

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Folsom street house has historic significance?

Posted by Mary Burk on November 30, 2000 at 21:35:17:

 I am curious about a house on Folsom Street by 22nd St. The address is 2533 Folsom.

It is supposed to have some historic significance,but I can't find what it would be. I did find that 22nd used to be John St. before 1910, ad that there was a Pioneer Park (racing, horses I think?) near there - and marshland and bay inlets all the way up to 14th St.But what is signiffican about this house or block?

Any ideas anyone?

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Re: crystal palace market

Posted by Ron Filion on December 01, 2000 at 10:52:40:

 In Reply to: crystal palace market posted by Joanne Zich on November 24, 2000 at 14:14:22:

 The Crystal Palace Public Market, on Market between Seventh and Eighth, formally opened on Thursday, December 14, 1922. 125,000 people attended the opening. It closed almost 37 years later, on August 25, 1959.

The San Francisco Public Library History Room's photographic collection has a number of photos, mostly from the early 1950s.

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Re: Catholic Church Archives

Posted by Kathy Rosencrantz on December 01, 2000 at 11:08:02:

 In Reply to: Catholic Church Archives posted by Ron Filion on October 05, 2000 at 06:15:32:

 I am looking for the records from St. Andrews Catholic Church in Desmoines, Iowa circa 1860. Do you know which archives these records are located.

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Re: Catholic Church Archives

Posted by Ron Filion on December 02, 2000 at 03:34:02:

 In Reply to: Re: Catholic Church Archives posted by Kathy Rosencrantz on December 01, 2000 at 11:08:02:

 I don't know if the Menlo Park archives are just regional or not. But, I am sure they would know, or could find out, the correct archive for Iowa.

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To Ron Filion

Posted by Angela Alioto on December 03, 2000 at 06:54:35:

 Dear Ron,
First of all, I want to congratulate you and all of the contributers to this incredible site, on a job more-than-well done...I have some books that belonged to E.W Burr..nineth mayor......I would love to speak to you about this...I am wondering if there is a book collection by this mayor or some connection to his history re the collection of books. If you know anything about it, I would love to know. Also, if I can ever contribute to the continued success of this site, please let me know how. I consider this website to be invaluable....Thank you for your consideration.
Angela Mia Alioto

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Lone Mountain Cemetary

Posted by Dylan James on December 05, 2000 at 03:45:18:

 I am looking for the gravesite of David Broderick, Senator from California, and the only senator to die in a duel. He was interned at Lone Mountain.

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Artemisia

Posted by Elena on December 05, 2000 at 05:24:49:

 Hi,

I'm looking for information on the ship ARTEMISIA, that must have come to San Francisco in the time of 1851-1853 from Australia or New Zealand. If you have ANY information on that ship or passengers please write to my E-Mail address above or respond to this message.
Thank you,
Elena

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Re: Lone Mountain Cemetary

Posted by Ron Filion on December 05, 2000 at 11:41:19:

 In Reply to: Lone Mountain Cemetary posted by Dylan James on December 05, 2000 at 03:45:18:

 Broderick, along with other pioneers, was reinterred at the Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma. For more information, take a look at [http://www.sf50.com/sf/hcmcpr.htm].

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Re: Artemisia

Posted by Ron Filion on December 05, 2000 at 12:01:41:

 In Reply to: Artemisia posted by Elena on December 05, 2000 at 05:24:49:

 First, I always like to direct researchers 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. They also take queries via email [http://www.nps.gov/safr/local/lib/cont.html].

The local San Francisco newspapers routinely printed ship passenger lists; but, unfortunately, I don't know of any specific indexes for them.
Louis J. Rasmussen has published the book, "San Francisco Passenger Lists Volume 1 1850-1864," which may be available at your library, or can purchased (amazon.com has it listed). There are also websites that are publishing lists and ship information; for example, see The Maritime Heritage Project website [http://www.maritimeheritage.org]. The following excerpt is from this site.

"Daily Alta California, July 1851
FOR SYDNEY, TOUCHING AT HONOLULU--The well known clipper barque ARTEMISIA, 600 tons register, J.P. Ridley, commander to sail on Wednesday 9th inst. For freight or passage, apply to the captain on board, between Broadway and Pacific wharves, or to Capt. pattison, Rose Shipping Office, Pacific wharf. This ship carries a surgeon. Wanted to purchase, good gold dust. Apply to Capt. Ridley. "

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Re: Folsom street house...

Posted by Ron Filion on December 07, 2000 at 12:43:29:

 In Reply to: Folsom street house has historic significance? posted by Mary Burk on November 30, 2000 at 21:35:17:

 The house doesn't appear on any historic registers. The nearest listing is the Pioneer Trunk FactoryC. A. Malm & Co., 21852199 Folsom. Though, this doesn't indicate any lack of historic significance.

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See's Candies

Posted by E. Bernstein on December 07, 2000 at 15:06:54:

 What are anyone's early memories of See's Candies, on Polk Street, and San Francisco? Headquarters in South San Francisco.

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first strip club in the city

Posted by ruthless on December 07, 2000 at 15:16:27:

 can anyone help me determine when the first legal strip club opened in SF? Thanks.

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I Want to Buy Old Photographs

Posted by Caitlin Bini on December 08, 2000 at 10:50:21:

 I'm interested in purchasing old photos (or tintypes or daguerrotypes) of people who lived in San Francisco prior to 1910. I'm especially interested in photos of mothers or dads and their children, and families. I also love class photos of kids.

Does anyone know where I can find these? I always go to antique/junk stores around town, but perhaps I'm missing somewhere.

Thank you so much.
 
 
 

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...Old Photographs

Posted by Ron Filion on December 09, 2000 at 02:26:28:

 In Reply to: I Want to Buy Old Photographs posted by Caitlin Bini on December 08, 2000 at 10:50:21:

 J. Goldsmith Antiques at 1924 Polk is a good place to find old photos and other San Francisco memorabilia.

eBay.com is a great place on the web to find San Francisco memorabilia.

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Naturalization Records - Before 1906

Posted by Jim Bayard on December 09, 2000 at 11:57:29:

 I am trying to find the naturalization record for my great grandfather, Otto William Bayerd, who immigrated from Sweden in 1880. I believe that he lived in San Francisco between 1885-1889 and was naturalized during that period. Are the only naturalization records that still exist, the ones from the Federal Courts in the National Archives? Were all other recorecords destroyed in 1906? Any help appreciated.

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Re: Early San Francisco Postmasters

Posted by Tim Loveland on December 09, 2000 at 12:46:00:

 In Reply to: Re: Early San Francisco Postmasters posted by Ron Filion on September 28, 2000 at 01:47:06:

 Hello:

Does anyone know which one of these postmasters was later:

1) Last Alcalde of San Francisco; 2) Postmast of the Territory of Kansas; 2) General for the Union side during Shermin's march to Savanah; 3) Governor of Pennsylvania?

Oh, incidentally, he was also a Mayor somewhere.

Regards & thanks,

tim loveland

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Re: Naturalization Records - Before 1906

Posted by Ron Filion on December 09, 2000 at 12:51:46:

 In Reply to: Naturalization Records - Before 1906 posted by Jim Bayard on December 09, 2000 at 11:57:29:

 Take a look at the following page which should answer most of your questions:
[http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~yvonne/NORCAL%20index/natural.shtml]

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Re: big parades

Posted by Tim Loveland on December 09, 2000 at 12:59:59:

 In Reply to: big parades posted by Ron Filion on August 25, 2000 at 11:00:29:

 In 1987 the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge had an outrageous number of people Standing on the Bridge itself. 9 July 1846 was also a big party: most of the city ended up drunk and later passed out celebrating Capt John Montgomery's raising the Stars and Stripes over Portsmouth Square. Anther significant celebrations included VE Day, 1945, every Halloween for the last 15-20 years, and a couple of fundraisers Mayor Brown had.

Regards,

tim loveland

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San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists

Posted by Ron Filion on December 09, 2000 at 13:07:17:

 In Reply to: Re: Ship Arrivals & Departures posted by Paul G. Overend on August 01, 2000 at 21:46:37:

 Take a look at Pam Storms's S.F. Genealogy Lookup Page. There was a volunteer available for that resource.

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Re: Poodle Dog Restaurant

Posted by Tim Loveland on December 09, 2000 at 13:09:56:

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

 Hi:

I've got this one. "Poodle Dog" was gold miner slang for a San Francisco French restaurant called the "Poulet del Orro" (Golden Chicken or something close.) It was very famous in early San Francisco beginning from the middle 1840s. Most of the miners had trouble with English and to them calling a fancy French Restaurant by such a demeaning name was great fun. I have to look in the phonebook but it may still exist.

Hope this helps,

tim loveland

PS: I just looked and the "Poulet del Orro" is no longer with us. Sigh.

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San Francisco Passenger Lists

Posted by Ron Filion on December 09, 2000 at 13:14:05:

 In Reply to: Re: Artemisia posted by Ron Filion on December 05, 2000 at 12:01:41:

 RE: "San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists," Volumes 1, 2, and 4; by Louis Rasmussen.

Take a look at Pam Storm's S.F. Genealogy Lookup Page. There is a volunteer available for that resource.

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Hovercraft/Hydroplane mishaps

Posted by Ken Montell on December 09, 2000 at 13:17:47:

 Information concerning a mishap involving either a hovercraft or hydroplane used for transportation on San Francisco bay?

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Trivia

Posted by Ron Filion on December 10, 2000 at 11:11:22:

 In Reply to: Re: Early San Francisco Postmasters posted by Tim Loveland on December 09, 2000 at 12:46:00:

 Hint: the answer can be found on this site [sf50.com].

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Will & Finck Dental Chair

Posted by Shari Tillery on December 11, 2000 at 02:15:52:

 I have just aquired an Antique dental/ barber chair that has an Iron name plate on it that says " Will& finch - Golden Gate - S.F. CALIF " It is carved wood with Velvet apolstery. Any ideas on the hitsory or where I can find out about it? Thanks

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Re: Will & Finck Dental Chair

Posted by Ron Filion on December 11, 2000 at 03:06:58:

 In Reply to: Will & Finck Dental Chair posted by Shari Tillery on December 11, 2000 at 02:15:52:

 This company seems to be popular. Take a look at an earlier query, dated 10-1-00, for a history on Will & Finck.

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none?

Posted by Ron Filion on December 11, 2000 at 11:42:06:

 In Reply to: Hovercraft/Hydroplane mishaps posted by Ken Montell on December 09, 2000 at 13:17:47:

 I did a scan of the Chronicle index from 1950, and the only accident was during a race.

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Re: VERNA JEAN SCHOOL

Posted by Ron Filion on December 11, 2000 at 11:48:31:

 In Reply to: VERNA JEAN SCHOOL posted by carolyn feroben on November 29, 2000 at 01:50:07:

 I wasn't able to find any news/magazine articles or other biographical references. But, there were listings in the San Francisco City Directories.

In 1929 and 1930 Ella L. Shaffer, a widow (husband William), was listed as a teacher living at 251 Avila. From 1931 to 1941, she was listed as a principal at the Verna Jean School at 2357 Chestnut, also her residence.

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Re: Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute

Posted by Janet on December 15, 2000 at 02:56:46:

 In Reply to: Re: Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute posted by Ron Filion on July 01, 2000 at 09:33:03:

 Hi, I went to Poly. Do you know of any reunions? I still have one of the yearbooks. Janet

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Re: Kezar Stadium

Posted by Dr. Kristine Clark on December 16, 2000 at 17:42:24:

 In Reply to: Re: Kezar Stadium posted by Paul G. Overend on August 01, 2000 at 21:06:09:

 Kezar Stadium was home field to Polytechnic High School and the University of San Francisco. Poly continued using the stadium until the mid 70's. USF disbanded football after the 1951 season. It is now used as "the" San Francisco Unified School District's track (for track and field events) and for the City's championship football games.

I am desperately looking for a black and white aerial view of Kezar. Does anyone out there know where I can find one?

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Brotherhood Way

Posted by Ray Minehan on December 17, 2000 at 09:53:24:

 What was the name of this street before it was named Brotherhood Way?

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Re: first strip club in the city

Posted by Ron Filion on December 18, 2000 at 03:37:40:

 In Reply to: first strip club in the city posted by ruthless on December 07, 2000 at 15:16:27:

 According to one news article, the first nude showgirl, Dolphina, was booked into a major SF night club in 1931.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep 1968, page 31.

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Re: History of Japantown Area

Posted by Ron Filion on December 18, 2000 at 03:55:34:

 In Reply to: History of Japantown Area posted by Jocelyn Lowe on October 09, 2000 at 07:58:35:

 I'm no expert in parapsychology, but if your "encounters" are limited to a specific house, it is probably related to past tenants. I would check to see who has lived there in the past and if there were any tragedies.

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Re: Five Mile House

Posted by Charles Drews on December 18, 2000 at 15:54:09:

 In Reply to: Re: Five Mile House posted by Bernadette Engelhardt-Hoegerle on October 23, 2000 at 17:34:03:

 The lady is correct, the five mile house was at the top of San Bruno Ave.
over looking the area of what is now Silver Terrace. The hill she refers
to has a radio tower on it today and is known as candlestick. I remember
the five mile house very well. As you walked up San bruno Ave.,and crossed
Wilde St. you had to walk uo three stairs and it was a wooden raise sidewalk
with a railing in front of the building (the five mile house), I hsve no idea
why?. Around the corner of Girard and Wilde Sts. was Engine 18 of the San
Francisco Fire Dept. If I can help you any further let me know.
 

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James Lick

Posted by Patricia Brenner on December 19, 2000 at 08:07:58:

 I became facinated by brief stories I have read about James Lick. Does anyone have an leads for research on him?
Pat Brenner

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Re: James Lick

Posted by Ron Filion on December 19, 2000 at 09:40:59:

 In Reply to: James Lick posted by Patricia Brenner on December 19, 2000 at 08:07:58:

 Take a look at the following following websites:

http://www.eastbayhumanists.org/lick.html

http://www.ucolick.org/~mountain/mthamilton/public/history/James_Lick.html

http://showcase.netins.net/web/novacon/cyphaven/foundtn2.htm

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Veranda/4103/lickman.html

Also, the following book shows up on amazon.com:
"James Lick's Monument : The Saga of Captain Richard Floyd and the Building of the Lick Observatory" by Helen Wright

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All City Baseball

Posted by Steve Hanken on December 19, 2000 at 14:10:22:

 My late uncle, William Killian, was an all city catcher in San Francisco probably in the late 1930's, where could I find a roster of the players?

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Post Street

Posted by Danny on December 20, 2000 at 06:11:25:

 I would like to know if anyone know what businesses were at the corner of Grant and Post, before Couch and The North Face shops occupied the building. Any info would be apreciated. Thanks
Danny-
 

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Artist for the Herbst Theater (Veterans' Building) murals?

Posted by Catherine Rude on December 20, 2000 at 07:34:07:

 Any information on the artist who painted the murals in the Herbst Theater in the Veterans' Building would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Re: General Information

Posted by salma cigaal on December 21, 2000 at 02:21:19:

 In Reply to: General Information posted by Ron Filion on August 03, 2000 at 15:08:48:

 need info for san francisco history in general
 

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Pre-Quake Divorce Records?

Posted by Heather on December 24, 2000 at 04:06:54:

 Hello,
I'm looking for information (grounds, etc.) on the divorce of my great-grandparents, which was granted in SF Superior Court on November 7, 1904. The court website says that all pre-1906 records were destroyed, but I'm wondering if there might be another place to search (long distance) for the info.

Thanks!

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Re: Pre-Quake Divorce Records?

Posted by Ron Filion on December 24, 2000 at 04:49:26:

 In Reply to: Pre-Quake Divorce Records? posted by Heather on December 24, 2000 at 04:06:54:

 The only recommendation I can make is to look for newspaper accounts. These were often published, especially if the divorce was notable for some reason.

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Re: Mayors

Posted by Madeline on December 24, 2000 at 08:13:30:

 In Reply to: Re: Mayors posted by Ron Filion on May 10, 2000 at 16:18:53:

 who was the mayor in 1900?

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Re: Mayors

Posted by Ron Filion on December 25, 2000 at 03:57:15:

 In Reply to: Re: Mayors posted by Madeline on December 24, 2000 at 08:13:30:

 James Duval Phelan. A complete list of all the San Francisco mayors is at: http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgmay.htm.

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Re: Kezar Stadium

Posted by Ron Filion on December 25, 2000 at 04:12:06:

 In Reply to: Re: Kezar Stadium posted by Dr. Kristine Clark on December 16, 2000 at 17:42:24:

 BeenThere [http://www.beenthere.com/] publishes a book with aerial photos covering San Francisco. They also have some of their images online. The USGS has an aerial survey of the bay area at [http://www.c3.lanl.gov/~bradley/mrsid/bay_area/], though I couldn't get it to work properly. But, if you are willing to pay for photos, there are a number of commercial places that sell aerial photos. They can be found on the web or in the local yellow pages.

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