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Re: General Information

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 25, 2000 at 04:14:29:

In Reply to: Re: General Information posted by salma cigaal on December 21, 2000 at 02:21:19:

What do you need to know? Location, population, maps, or?

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I Need some articles

Posted by
Snelko on December 26, 2000 at 07:47:14:

I Need some articles about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake for a school project, please anything will be great. Best before January 10. Thankyou

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Hills Brothers Coffee

Posted by
Denny Carroll on December 27, 2000 at 03:33:57:

My question is how do you research a company from the past. My ancestors started Hills Brothers Coffee in "the bay area" in 1878. I surmise that it was started in San Francisco, but the family ended the trail in Palo Alto, Ca. Many died ends, need some help. Somebody please throw me a bone.

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Lincoln Assination Headline from San Fran Paper

Posted by
Randall Parker on December 27, 2000 at 07:03:30:

Where would I find an online version of a San Fran News Paper from April of 1865 with the Lincoln Assination as a headline???
Thank you

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Stanley Drive

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 27, 2000 at 11:35:33:

In Reply to: Brotherhood Way posted by Ray Minehan on December 17, 2000 at 09:53:24:

Stanley Drive. It appears to have been changed around 1961.

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Re: Post Street

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 27, 2000 at 11:37:49:

In Reply to: Post Street posted by Danny on December 20, 2000 at 06:11:25:

FAO Schwarz was listed at 180 Post from about 1969 to 1989. North Face appears about 1991.

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Frank Brangwyn

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 27, 2000 at 12:42:01:

In Reply to: Artist for the Herbst Theater (Veterans' Building) murals? posted by Catherine Rude on December 20, 2000 at 07:34:07:

Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956), an English painter, originally designed the murals for the 1915 Exposition.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 27 August 1978, page 10 Scene.

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Re: I Need some articles

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 27, 2000 at 12:55:11:

In Reply to: I Need some articles posted by Snelko on December 26, 2000 at 07:47:14:

The San Francisco City Museum has put together a great collection of articles and photos:

http://www.sfmuseum.org/1906/06.html

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Sally Stanford, et al

Posted by
Phillip A.Galeoto on December 28, 2000 at 04:14:04:

I am looking for information regarding the madam Sally Stanford,who was something ofa friend of our family. She attended my grandfather's funeral and wake in the early eighties, and I have been unable to fined any information about her. Can yu help. thanks.

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Re: Sally Stanford, et al

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 28, 2000 at 05:46:11:

In Reply to: Sally Stanford, et al posted by Phillip A.Galeoto on December 28, 2000 at 04:14:04:

According to well.com, "Sally Stanford, onetime San Francisco madam, gave up the world's oldest profession in 1948. In 1972, she was elected to the Sausalito City Council and in 1976 she was elected mayor." [http://www.well.com/~wh/70s.html]

She has also published an autobiography, which is available at bookstores or on the web at alibris.com: "The Lady of the House - The Autobiography of Sally Stanford" published in 1966.

Another interesting book which mentions here is "The Madams of San Francisco" by Curt Gentry, published in 1977.

I've found one reference on the web to her passing away in 1982.

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1939 "Treasure Island" international exposition

Posted by
Dr. Stephen F. Huss on December 28, 2000 at 06:44:48:

Last night (12/26/2000) TCM played a "one-reel-wonder" which showed Treasure Island-- an international exposition held in 1939. I was wondering where it was and what happened to the area.



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Re: 1939 "Treasure Island" international exposition

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 28, 2000 at 07:50:35:

In Reply to: 1939 "Treasure Island" international exposition posted by Dr. Stephen F. Huss on December 28, 2000 at 06:44:48:

Treasure Island is the man-made island connected to the north of Yerba Buena Island, which is just east of San Francisco. The area became a Naval Base after the exposition. The base was recently decommissioned and is scheduled to be transferred back to the city. What the city will do with the property after they receive it is unknown. Among other tenants, "Nash Bridges," the TV show, currently has their indoor sets out there I believe.

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DeBoom Street

Posted by
Grant Kreinberg on December 28, 2000 at 08:34:23:

I have a relative who lived on DeBoom Street from 1900 to perhaps the earthquake. Can anybody tell me what this neighborhood was like in the early 1900's? How much damage did it suffer during the earthquake and immediately afterwards. Thanks for any information. Grant Kreinberg

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Re: S.S. Pacific Passenger List

Posted by
David Lowty on December 28, 2000 at 18:59:52:

In Reply to: Re: S.S. Pacific Passenger List posted by Ron Filion on June 07, 2000 at 10:50:00:

Do you have a copy of the complete passenger/crew list? I am lookng for Robert Lazarus's name and any info I can find on him.

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San Francisco police history (1887)

Posted by
Christine Young on December 29, 2000 at 07:55:45:

Need information on status of San Francisco police in the late 1880's early 1890's.

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Polytechnic High School Reunions

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 29, 2000 at 08:50:50:

In Reply to: Re: Polytechnic High School/ Grauman's Institute posted by Janet on December 15, 2000 at 02:56:46:

The general contact for these would be:

Dagmar Madsen-Perez
P.O. Box 1665
Grass Valley, CA 94945

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Re: looking for Lydiatt.

Posted by
Mark Lydiatt on December 30, 2000 at 04:30:23:

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

Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 10:19:58 -0800 (PST)
From: Mark Lydiatt | Block address
Subject: looking for Lydiatt
To: zola@ihug.co.nz
CC: mark_lydiatt@yahoo.com
Add Addresses

Hi Pam,
My name is as you might have guessed is Mark Lydiatt.
I am currently working in the Us but was born in
England. I do not think I can help you about Liverpool
relatives, but I know about ones in Eastbourne,
Watford Hemel Hempstead, Luton, and Adelaid Aus.
I thought that there was onlyu one Lydiatt family in
the UK so I expect we are all in some way related, I
would love to find out how.
Please see the infomation below about a Charles
Lydiatt from Liverpool who died on the titanic.
My Grandmother was Ivy Lydiatt my grand father was
william or Alfred, my Father was both William Alfred
and was born in Chelsea in London England.
My Grandfather who I never met actually ran a chain of
green grocers in London. I only know that he had one
brother who we thought emergrated to Australia and
bought a sheep ranch. Ivy and Alfred split up after
Alfred did a short stretch for embeselment!!!
Aparently Ivy was originally a maid in the Lydiatt
family service and subesequently married Alfred we
believe this may have been precipitated by the fact
that she was pregnant with my father.
Both my father and my grand father have died over the
past 15-20 years.
Alfred subsequently remarried and had 5 children 3
boys and 2 girls. Two of the boys were twins.
I personnally have two sisters (Toni Smith an Susan
Brown)and one brother (Andrew Lydiatt).
Hope this is enough to tantilize.
Hope to hear from you soon
Mark


First Class Saloon Steward: Charles Lydiatt

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Mr Charles Lydiatt, 28, was born in Liverpool.

When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he
gave his address as 12 Brunswick Square,
(Southampton). His last ship had been the Oceanic. As
a saloon steward he received monthly wages of 3 15s.

Lydiatt died in the sinking. His body,if recovered,
was never identified.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Documents
Crew Particulars of Engagement

References
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)


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Re: San Francisco police history (1887)

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 11:32:26:

In Reply to: San Francisco police history (1887) posted by Christine Young on December 29, 2000 at 07:55:45:

According to Chief Crowley on July 19, 1887, the status of the police force was:

406 officers conducting 21,091 arrests over the last year, averaging 52 per officer.

There were ten (10) police stations (see list below). The South Harbor station was recently destroyed by fire and there were plans to build a Central Harbor station near the foot of Market.


Central, Old City Hall
Folsom Street, 829 Folsom
North Harbor, 522 Davis
New City Hall, McAllister street
Seventeenth, 207 Seventeenth
North End, corner Polk and Jackson
Potrero, Potrero
Telegraph Station, 833 Sutter
Telegraph Station, corner California and Fillmore
Telegraph Station, 961 Mission

Source: San Francisco Municipal Reports, 1886-87, pages 386-407.

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Re: DeBoom Street, pre-1906

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 11:44:21:

In Reply to: DeBoom Street posted by Grant Kreinberg on December 28, 2000 at 08:34:23:

That area was mostly blue collar, working-class neighborhood during 1900-1906. De Boom was lined with flats. At the eastern end was the Vermont Marble Co., and just beyond that was the C. Schilling & Co Wine Vaults. There were more wine warehouses to the north a couple blocks away. To the west was South Park, once a high-class community, but probably not by 1906. To the south were docks. The area was part of the fire zone.

Source: Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, 1899-1905

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Re: Hills Brothers Coffee

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 11:54:08:

In Reply to: Hills Brothers Coffee posted by Denny Carroll on December 27, 2000 at 03:33:57:

Luckily, the Hill Bros. Building at 2 Harrison was designated as a city landmark and someone did some history for us.

To summarize, Austin H. and Reuben W. Hills arrived in San Francisco in 1873 from England by way of Maine & Massachussets. Their father, a ship's carpenter, arrived in the early 1860s. In 1878, Hill Bros. opened a stall in the Bay City Market selling coffee, tea, etc. In 1882 they moved to 4th street and opened their first retail store. In 1900 the company had originated vacuum packed coffee.

One of the sources for this information was a pamphlet by the Hills Bros. Company. If you haven't already contacted them, I would do that.

If you are trying to locate their descendants, there is an excellent site dedicated to San Francisco genealogy. See the FAQs at the beginning for the link.

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Re: Lincoln Assination Headline from San Fran Paper

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 11:54:55:

In Reply to: Lincoln Assination Headline from San Fran Paper posted by Randall Parker on December 27, 2000 at 07:03:30:

I don't know of any, but I will email you one.

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Re: water tower?

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 12:12:03:

In Reply to: water tower? posted by Joy Richardson on October 01, 2000 at 12:02:43:

The SF Main Library has a number of different maps. Also, the water department might have some information.

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Re: John Weir news article

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 12:32:56:

In Reply to: John Weir, lost on the Titanic, other victims posted by Jan Nielsen on November 12, 2000 at 08:12:03:

Col. John Weir Among the Dead.

Pacific Coast Mining Man Is Lost.

Was Associate of Guggenheims and Spent Much Time in San Francisco.

Colonel John Weir of London, who was for many years one of the best known mining men of the Pacific Coast, and an associate of the Guggenheims, was among those lost on the Titanic.

Confirmation of the report that Colonel Weir was a passenger was received in this city yesterday by the house of Thomas Price & Son, analytical chemists. The confirmation came in a letter from Colonel Weir's secretary. The letter, which was posted at London, said that Colonel Weir was sailing for the United States on Wednesday, April 10, and would arrive in New York on the following Tuesday, and be in San Francisco the latter part of May.

Finds Name on List.

Arthur L. Price, upon behalf of his father, Thomas Price, who was an old-time friend of Colonel Weir, immediately consulted the British sailing lists and found that the Titanic was the only steamship that sailed for the United States on April 10. By reference to the published passenger list of the Titanic, Price found that the name of J. Weir appeared among the names of the Titanic's first cabin passengers. He learned further that J. Weir was not listed among those saved from the Titanic.

"The practical certainty of Colonel Weir's death," said Price, "has come as a great shock to his many friends in San Francisco. None of them knew that he intended to visit the United States at this time. He was in San Francisco only last December, and when he left for his London home he had no intention of returning here so soon.

Spent Much Time Here.

"Colonel Weir, who was a Scotchman, had been closely identified with the mining interests of the Pacific Coast for many years, and had spent much of his time in San Francisco. Only during the last few years had he made his home in London. At one time he was the president of the Utah and Nevada Mining Smelting Company, and he had been associated also with the Guggenheims in Mexican mining properties. It is probable that urgent business connected with mining interests caused Colonel Weir to decide upon the unexpected visit to this country.

"Colonel Weir's only near relative, so far as I know, is a daughter who is in holy orders in a Scottish convent."

Source: San Francisco Examiner. 20 April 1912. 4. (picture not included)

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Re: Sally Stanford, et al

Posted by
Ron Filion on December 31, 2000 at 14:22:15:

In Reply to: Re: Sally Stanford, et al posted by Ron Filion on December 28, 2000 at 05:46:11:

Sally Stanford passed away on February 1, 1982 at the Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, CA), "apparently of a heart attack." She was 78 years old. She was buried at Mt. Tamapais Cemetery in San Rafael.

Sources:
San Francisco Chronicle. 2 February 1982. 1.
San Francisco Chronicle. 3 February 1982. 37.

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