San Francisco History

Re: Adolph Sutro's Will

Posted by
Wolfgang Schubert on May 13, 2001 at 01:36:15:

In Reply to: Adolph Sutro's Will posted by Bob Holloway on May 12, 2001 at 10:02:13:

Check the separate Sutro History Q&A area at:

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a.tcl?topic=Sutro%20History

While started only a couple of months ago, its focus is on all things Sutro.

Check regularly, and post questions/answers there, too!

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Re: Verdi Day GG Park 1914

Posted by
Rob Wilson on May 13, 2001 at 03:59:34:

In Reply to: Verdi Day GG Park 1914 posted by David Kleinberg on May 10, 2001 at 09:34:45:

The J. Porter Shaw library at Fort Mason. 556-9870. They may help.
Rob

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Funcke & Wassermann Tannery

Posted by
Robert Douglass on May 13, 2001 at 08:02:39:

I'm looking for information on the Funcke & Wassermann Tannery, later
Funcke & Co., located on Ninth Street in the 1860s-1870s. Principals
were August Wassermann (of Alaska Commercial Co.) and Frederick Funcke.
This research is thesis-related...I will be grateful for any help.
Thanks.

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Re: Adolph Sutro's Will

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 14, 2001 at 01:10:08:

In Reply to: Adolph Sutro's Will posted by Bob Holloway on May 12, 2001 at 10:02:13:

According to one newspaper article, Sutro directed that some of his properties be set aside for charitable trusts. Four of his children contested the will because "they did not think that enough of the large estate was bequeathed to them, and if the trust be knocked out they will receive one-sixth of the property involved in the dupute, estimated to be worth about $1,000,000." Mrs. Emma S. Merritt, executrix of the will, and her brother, Charles Sutro, stood in opposition of their other three sisters and brother.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle. 4 October 1904.

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Re: Verdi Day GG Park 1914

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 14, 2001 at 01:19:53:

In Reply to: Verdi Day GG Park 1914 posted by David Kleinberg on May 10, 2001 at 09:34:45:

On Sunday, 22 March 1914, the Verdi Statue was unveiled at the Golden Gate Park. Among those in attendance were the Queen, Miss Florence Gatto, Miss Lena Bonini, Miss Marie Lombardo, Miss Ida Vannucchi, Miss Pauline Stasi, Miss V. Valente, Chevalier F. Daneo-Consul General of Italy, Andrea Sbarboro, Mayor James Rolph Jr., John M. Eshelman (representing the California Governor's office), Ettore Patrizi (editor of L'Italia and "leading spirit in the plan [for the statue]")and approximately 50,000 others. Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, "best loved of operatic prima donnas by San Franciscans," sang the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Sources:
San Francisco Examiner. 22 March 1914. 30.
San Francisco Examiner. 23 March 1914. 3.

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German Hospital

Posted by
Pam on May 14, 2001 at 10:25:37:

14th & Noe was the address for the German Hospital, then changed/sold to another 'company' or institution.
My question is-what happened to the 'German Hospital'? was it for folks with t.b. (as in a sanitarium)--did they have a 'speciality' or no?
I had folks going from Fresno to San Francisco in the mid/late 1890's and I can't figure why they'd go all that way for a hospital. (yes, they/we are german)
Thank you for your help!!

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gus oliva

Posted by
sammarcello on May 15, 2001 at 05:15:00:

I'm searching for any informationa about a restaurateur, bon vivant and SF character named Gus Oliva. He apparently operated some well-known waterfront eateries sometime around the 1930s and 1940s and allegedly was investigated by various law enforcement authorities.

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Little Sisters of the Poor organization

Posted by
S. garner on May 15, 2001 at 06:18:13:

Does anyone have information about an organization called "Little Sisters of the Poor" in the early part of the 1900's. Any information would be very helpful.

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Old Cemeteries' Pictures

Posted by
A. Douglas on May 15, 2001 at 07:18:42:

Besides the California Historical Society and the Main Library, where would be a good collection of photos of some of the old S.F. cemeteries?

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Re: Old Cemeteries' Pictures

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 15, 2001 at 09:17:47:

In Reply to: Old Cemeteries' Pictures posted by A. Douglas on May 15, 2001 at 07:18:42:

The Bancroft Library has a great selection of photos, including some of the old S.F. cemeteries:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BANC/

On the web, take a look at the following collections:
California Heritage Digital Image Access Project: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/dynaweb/ead/calher/
Library of Congress' American Memory: http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/ammemhome.html

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Re: Sutro's Mansion

Posted by
Michelle on May 15, 2001 at 10:49:07:

In Reply to: Re: Sutro's Mansion posted by carolyn feroben on May 05, 2001 at 00:58:52:

But, why destroy them? Especially the statues? Crazy!

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Re: Winifred E Harris-Jones

Posted by
JACKIE LEEMAN on May 15, 2001 at 22:18:02:

In Reply to: Winifred E Harris-Jones posted by Andy Moreton on March 22, 2001 at 06:03:18:

I have a print with Winnifred Jones signature.
I have been trying to find out something about this person?????

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Re: Old Cemeteries' Pictures

Posted by
Wolfgang Schubert on May 16, 2001 at 01:45:38:

In Reply to: Re: Old Cemeteries' Pictures posted by Ron Filion on May 15, 2001 at 09:17:47:

Do let me know if you find any pix of the Golden Gate Cemetery, a.k.a. Potter's Field/Clement Cemetery/City Cemeteries/Outside Lands Cemetery.

I only have one that was taken along the S. F. Headlands, but I have been searching in vain for others.

Best,
Wolfgang

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Aubrei and Rob, the # is on this site!

Posted by Grant73 on May 16, 2001 at 02:15:48:

In Reply to: population posted by Aubrei on May 01, 2001 at 11:03:35:

and it is not 45,000-50,000 but something like 775,000 in 1950.

Link is: http://www.sf50.com/sf/hgpop.htm

Find anything at google.com !! I just typed: 1950 census san francisco and

VOILA'!

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Re: German Hospital

Posted by
Diane Toomey on May 16, 2001 at 02:44:02:

In Reply to: German Hospital posted by Pam on May 14, 2001 at 10:25:37:

There is a picture postcard of the German Hospital on E-bay. Search under San Francisco. It was placed on auction around May 13.

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Re: Fontana Towers

Posted by
p. skakun on May 16, 2001 at 04:50:16:

In Reply to: Fontana Towers posted by Ron Filion on April 09, 2001 at 11:04:12:

Is this the tower commissioned by a wealthy female so that the San Francisco Fire Dept.
could view the entire bay during earlier years. I am interested in learning the name of this building.
Thank you.

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SF founded?

Posted by
laura on May 16, 2001 at 07:55:58:

When was sf founded

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Re: San Francisco Calendar of Events for 1866

Posted by cc on May 17, 2001 at 02:15:40:

In Reply to: Re: San Francisco Calendar of Events for 1866 posted by Ron Filion on April 29, 2001 at 01:28:08:

pleas pleas a hole

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Several possible answers: Mission "Dolores" is one...

Posted by Grant73 on May 17, 2001 at 04:03:26:

In Reply to: SF founded? posted by laura on May 16, 2001 at 07:55:58:

which was founded in 1776 as M. San Fran. de Asis (Assisi).
(Pron. "ah-CEASE" rhymes with "peace"))

The Spanish Presidio came later. The Richardson trading shack was the first building near present downtown S.F. The formal incorporation of the city of S.F. came in the 1840s.

Since Los Angeles says "Since 1781" I am sure that S.F. would want to use the Mission date of 1776! The first founding in CA was actually San Diego (1769?) and the first city founding by Yankees was Benicia in 1847.

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Re: SF founded?

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 17, 2001 at 06:39:34:

In Reply to: SF founded? posted by laura on May 16, 2001 at 07:55:58:

Here are the important dates:

1776
Father Francisco Palou offered the first mass at the original site of Mission Dolores (29 June).
The Presidio of San Francisco de Asis was officially dedicated (17 Sep).
The Mission of San Francisco de Asis was officially dedicated (9 Oct).

1850
California Legislature created the original counties, including San Francisco (18 Feb).
California Legislature approved the City Charter of San Francisco (15 Apr).
California was the 31st state admitted to the Union (9 Sep).

Between 1846 and 1850, what legally constituted the town or city of Yerba Buena/San Francisco was/is a matter of debate.

But, to answer your question, it is generally assumed that San Francisco was founded in 1776. Thus, this year (2001) is San Francisco's 225th Birthday.


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Re: gus oliva

Posted by
David on May 17, 2001 at 07:19:22:

In Reply to: gus oliva posted by sammarcello on May 15, 2001 at 05:15:00:

Index to Calif. death records lists an August R. Oliva, born in Calif. Nov. 16, 1890, died in Marin County June 10, 1967.

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Re: police department

Posted by
Beverly Flynn on May 17, 2001 at 09:51:00:

In Reply to: Re: police department posted by Aubrei on April 25, 2001 at 04:54:36:

My husband and I have been doing research regarding his family. His great-grandfather - Joseph Flynn - was one of the first detectives with the SF police department. I noticed that you had information regarding Early Firefighters. Do you have any information regarding the first detectives? We have tried to locate information regarding Joseph Flynn but have had no luck. We understand that he did retire as a police officer. Can you assist us in any way? Thanks!

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History of Tourism/Travel

Posted by
Victor Rodriguez on May 17, 2001 at 12:37:22:

I am doing research on the history of traveling and tourism in the West. Does anyone know what would be the best sources concerning tourism to San Francisco? I am trying to find out how did the city represent itself both to outside tourism and internal tourism from after the fire to the end of World War I.

I would appreciate any help.

Thanks
Victor

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Re: Fontana Towers

Posted by
james mcnamara on May 18, 2001 at 04:10:48:

In Reply to: Re: Fontana Towers posted by robert bardell on April 10, 2001 at 09:25:37:

SF public library historical photographs web site at http://206.14.7.1/cgibin/tramp2.exe/goto/A11fcu6m.000?screen=photos.html
has two of five images of the pioneer woolen mills (search word) dated 1860 and 1862. Although I have found discrepencies in dates on images at that site, they are usually ballpark accurate. I send this info because you mentioned probable building dates around 1868-70

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Re: Hispanic/Early CA ancestry

Posted by
Ricardo Calderon de la Torre on May 18, 2001 at 09:22:01:

In Reply to: Hispanic/Early CA ancestry posted by Julia Christy on April 28, 2001 at 12:39:21:

Tengo interes en saber en nombre de la Esposa de Juan bautista de Anza,el nombre de su (sus?) hija/s, verificar si una de ellas se caso con Jose Islas.vivo en la cd. de Mexico y soy Mexicano.

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Re: Donahue Family and Union Iron Works

Posted by Brian W Chambers on May 18, 2001 at 11:34:37:

In Reply to: Re: Donahue Family and Union Iron Works posted by Ron Filion on April 29, 2001 at 07:15:47:

Thanks Ron for info reply 04.29.2001 Have cahsed up California State Library but drew a blank.
The Donahues did build three or four locomotives, one being called Sampson around 1880 for the Pittsburgh Railway of California that is confirmed from
Smithsonian Documentation. But cannot find anymore than that. The Gasworks
founded by the sons of Donahue were the founder of the First Power Utility in the Americas. Perhaps therein lies the link with Bulletin you mention of P.G. and E. Have you any other notions where this material may be found.
Could everything have been destroyed as a result of the Earthquake? Can anyone else out there help please with even the slightest clues?
Thanks in anticipation.

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Re: Little Sisters of the Poor organization

Posted by
Joe Thompson on May 19, 2001 at 06:07:57:

In Reply to: Little Sisters of the Poor organization posted by S. garner on May 15, 2001 at 06:18:13:

The Little Sisters of the Poor are a Catholic religious order. They
were founded in France and spread all over the world during the 19th
century. They take care of infirm and elderly people. Their home on
Lake near 2nd Avenue may have been founded in the early 1900's. The old
brick building was torn down some years ago and replaced by a safer
building. The top of the old tower is preserved in the garden.


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Re: population

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 19, 2001 at 10:07:08:

In Reply to: Aubrei and Rob, the # is on this site! posted by Grant73 on May 16, 2001 at 02:15:48:

Good catch on the mistake! The page covers from 1794 to present.

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U.S. Customs House

Posted by
Pat Alves on May 19, 2001 at 12:53:39:

Does any one have a good source of info on the s.f. U.S. Customs House from about 1865-1915? Photos, history, etc. thanks!

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Re: San Francisco Tugboats

Posted by
Bill Trinkle on May 19, 2001 at 14:29:58:

In Reply to: San Francisco Tugboats posted by Bill Trinkle on April 02, 2001 at 13:11:07:

This is called answering one's own question.

It does not appear that the City/Co of San Francisco either owned or operated a tugboat in the 1899-1900 time frame.

The City/Co did not control the Port at that time period. Instead a State agency the Board of Harbor Commissioners operated the Port. The Harbor Commission did own/operate tugboats. The California Blue Books at this general time period reflect the State Commission owning/operating 2 tugs.

A detailed review of the listings of the S.F. Municipal Reports for 1899-1900 does not review any expenditure related to any boat or ship of any type during this time period. Even the smallest of expenditures are generally listed in this Municipal Reports.

Also the City Directories, while also containing fairly detailed listing for the City/Co does not list any Department which at least identifiably operated a ship.

Unable to locate any information at Porter Shaw Library showing a City/Co tug. Listing of Merchant Vessels 1899 only helped tangentially. No clear reference to a City/Co tug.

Although not perfectly clear, the definition of a tug or tugboat or towboat at this time period may be somewhat different than is the common meaning at this time.

Thanks to Ron F. for direction.

This all is not an absolute answer, but the most likely result based on information discovered to date.

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Nanny Goat Hill

Posted by
Cheryl Jensen on May 20, 2001 at 07:23:20:

Has anyone heard of "Nanny Goat Hill" and if so, can you tell me where I might information on it? Just curious.

I have a letter: "John took Mary to a house on Castro Street on Nanny Goat Hill. Little Mary had a few scares with the goats, which followed her up the stairs once when she was carrying Clarence, their first born (August 12, 1902)..."

Thanks for any information you may have!

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population change through the earthquake

Posted by
Michael on May 20, 2001 at 18:23:55:

Hi everybody

I was wondering by how much the earthquake of 1906 influenced the population grow or the population at all. Where can I get exactly facys from?? Also, how important was San Francisco before and after the earthquake?? How did the earthquake affect the region??

Sorry for the many questions, but I really would be glad to get some answers.

Thanks and bye

German Michael

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Re: U.S. Customs House

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 21, 2001 at 08:42:09:

In Reply to: U.S. Customs House posted by Pat Alves on May 19, 2001 at 12:53:39:

The S.F. Public Library's History Room has a vertical file for the U.S. Custom's House with a number of newsclippings, etc.

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Re: History of Tourism/Travel

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 21, 2001 at 08:43:07:

In Reply to: History of Tourism/Travel posted by Victor Rodriguez on May 17, 2001 at 12:37:22:

Besides the newspapers of the time, you might also take a look at the following magazines: Sunset, Overland Monthly, and California Motorist.

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Re: German Hospital

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 21, 2001 at 08:45:50:

In Reply to: German Hospital posted by Pam on May 14, 2001 at 10:25:37:

I saw a reference to an interesting article that might be of interest:

"Brief History of the first three German Hospitals," Oakland Tribune, June 17, 1973, Knave section, page 22-CM, c.1-4.

I haven't read the article, but other articles I've read from the Knave section have been excellent. This copy would be available at the Oakland Public Library.

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Arcadia

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 21, 2001 at 08:48:44:

In Reply to: Sutro Homes posted by Bob Holloway on May 12, 2001 at 04:27:41:

His estate up in Napa County was called "Arcadia." The book, named below, doesn't give the exact location, but mentions it was near Calistoga.

Source: "Adolph Sutro, A Biography," by Robert E. Stewart, Jr. and M.F. Stewart. 1962: Berkely, CA.

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Re: gus oliva

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 21, 2001 at 08:59:19:

In Reply to: gus oliva posted by sammarcello on May 15, 2001 at 05:15:00:

Well, August Rinaldo "Gus" Oliva turns out to be an interesting character! According to a 1948 Chronicle article, one newspaperman once reported: "Gus Oliva goes with hot water like soap." He has been linked or accused of bad checks, bigmay, bootlegging, rum running, grand theft, petty theft, bribery, extortion, prize fight fixing, stock fraud, using slugs in pay phones, etc. He also attempted to run for mayor and did run for a city supervisor position. But, he wasn't all bad. He was known as the Easter Philanthropist, having donated a large number of chocolate bunnies to children.

Sources:

"History of Illegal Acts." San Francisco Chronicle. 25 November 1948. 14.
San Francisco Newspaper Index, 1904-1959. California State Library.

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population of S.F. in 1927!!!!!

Posted by
Charlotte Richey on May 22, 2001 at 11:00:36:

I need to find the population of San Francisco in 1927. PLease Help!!!!

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Phone Books

Posted by
Mitzi Moser on May 22, 2001 at 15:04:02:

I am looking for a phone book from 1963 or any other way to get information on a doctor by the name of Emily Lutz who worked at the University of CA Hospital
Thank you
Mitzi Moser

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Re: Phone Books

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 23, 2001 at 01:24:25:

In Reply to: Phone Books posted by Mitzi Moser on May 22, 2001 at 15:04:02:

There are phone books from that period available at the San Francisco Public Library. You might also try contacting the hospital itself.

UCSF: http://www.ucsf.edu

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illus. for marcia boyes the legend of y b island

Posted by Denys Cazet on May 23, 2001 at 01:26:10:

Ron filion

Alex Cazet was the illustrator for the historical collection about Yerba Buena Island written by Marcia Boyes.
Alex Cazet was my father.
Seeing his work on the internet comes as a delightful surprise.
Can you give me any more information about this collaboration?

Denys Cazet

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Skateland at the Beach

Posted by
Becky on May 23, 2001 at 12:32:03:

Does anyone know where I can find pictures of Skateland? Any information would be appreciated. It was located next to Playland at the Beach in San Francisco. Thanks!

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Skateland

Posted by
Becky on May 23, 2001 at 13:00:59:

Where can I find pictures of the roller skating rink that was next to Playland at the Beach, in San Francisco? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Skateland at the Beach

Posted by
John Martini on May 24, 2001 at 01:15:40:

In Reply to: Skateland at the Beach posted by Becky on May 23, 2001 at 12:32:03:

I've been doing photo research lately on the Playland / Sutro Heights area and have only seen exterior shots of Skateland. It was located on the north side of Balboa Street at Great Hightway and appears in lots of photos of that area.

A good place to start is the SF Public Library's on-line collection of historic photos at http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/www/search.html Another great rescoure - albeit a bit sluggish- is the Bancroft Library's "California Heritage Project" at http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/CalHeritage/

(Suggestion: use the terms "Ocean Beach" or "Playland" in their search engines)

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Offical Newspaper

Posted by
Bill Trinkle on May 24, 2001 at 05:56:28:

During 1899 and 1900, what was the official newspaper of record for publication of the City/County of S. F. I have seen specific reference to the existence of such a newspaper during this time period, and possibly a change of which paper used as of early 1900, but these references curiously do not expressly name the publication being utilized.

Thanks for the help.

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homework help-Any info on quenn wilhemina's tulip garden

Posted by
susie leder on May 24, 2001 at 10:00:36:

Does any one know were we can find some history on queen wilhemina's tulip garden? The ABC's of San Francisco are due next week. Thanks a million !

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Re: Pacific Coast Steamship Company

Posted by
Jan C. Nielsen on May 24, 2001 at 12:39:16:

In Reply to: Re: Pacific Coast Steamship Company posted by Allan Molho on May 11, 2001 at 15:55:28:

Hi Alan,
Have you been able to determine if the company had any connection with the International Mercantile Marine company --the big shipping company that owned the Titanic and many other ships. Pacific Coast's Perkins was on the Senate committee that investigated the Titanic disaster. I'm wondering if there was any connection --did Pacific Coast buy any steamships from them? I wonder. Also, I understand Pacific Coast Steamship Company had a terrible safety record, and many people lost their lives on that steamship company's ships.

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The Chenery House San Francisco

Posted by
Linda Hahn on May 25, 2001 at 07:46:12:

I am looking for a website with interior photos of The Chenery House at 30th St & Chenery 7 Randall St San Francisco. Does anyone know it? I can't seem to find it but I know it exists. Thanks folks.

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status of classical and semi-classical music in SF -1870

Posted by
Bill McCall on May 25, 2001 at 16:07:09:

I'm interested in finding about musical activity in SF in the period 1850 - 1880. Did Jenny Lind perform there? Was there an opera house? A symphony orchestra. If I could be directed to a source(s) I would be appreciative.

Thanks!

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George Collins

Posted by
John on May 25, 2001 at 19:28:38:

I'm hoping someone has some information on George Collins, a "well known" lawyer in San Francisco during the 1890s.

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1872-era Cemetaries

Posted by
Laura Abbott on May 26, 2001 at 02:26:46:

I'm writing a historical espionage novel and am trying to obtain research information regarding three cemetaries: Odd Fellows, Cavalry,and Masonic.
Any descriptions or details regarding these three as they would have appeared in 1872 would be extremely helpful!

Thanks,
Laura Abbott

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San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home

Posted by
Sharon Rippetoe on May 26, 2001 at 02:44:07:

I am seeking information about the U. S. Mint( San Francisco) during the mid to late 1800's also information about Martin and Morrison Funeral Home located at 118 Geary Blvd( 1892). I would like to know if records can be obtained from either of these facilities and if so from where. Thank you in advance for any help. Sharon

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cemeteries

Posted by
Julia Christy on May 26, 2001 at 05:27:08:

In Reply to: 1872-era Cemetaries posted by Laura Abbott on May 26, 2001 at 02:26:46:

Those tombstone places are spelled with letter "e" for starters.
Check Ron's Cemetery articles at:
http://www.sf50.com/sf/hcmidx.htm

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Well, 1902, Windmills...links...

Posted by Grant73 on May 26, 2001 at 07:13:23:

In Reply to: homework help-Any info on quenn wilhemina's tulip garden posted by susie leder on May 24, 2001 at 10:00:36:

I just typed tulip garden queen san francisco in google.com and
there are plenty of links.

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Goodwin & Co.

Posted by
Anne Stromberg on May 26, 2001 at 07:24:37:

I am seeking information on the following business:

Goodwin & Company
IMPORTERS AND MANF'RS (their spelling)
Furniture and Bedding
312 Pine Street S. F.

Voice: 818 508 7875
Fax" 818 762 4630
email: annestromberg@delorean.com

Thank you for helping.

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Doctoral Primary Sources/References: Italian Immigrants/Gianinni Family/BofA

Posted by
Jasoni A. Garvianno on May 26, 2001 at 09:38:35:

My doctoral thesis: "Small Seeds That Sprouted. Grew, and Shaped America: Italian Immigrants Influence and Shaping of America-Bank Barons to Pizza Kings" I would deeply appreciate ANY references/guides/steers to The Ginanni Family/Heritage and History of BofA including present day progeny.

Thank-you so much.

God Bless! Ciao!

/JAG

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Re: Skateland

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:20:06:

In Reply to: Skateland posted by Becky on May 23, 2001 at 13:00:59:

Try the S.F. Public Library's History Room Photograph Collection. Their web site is at: http://206.14.7.53/sfhistory/sfhc.htm

Plus, as John Martini mentioned in another reply, there are other websites that have info on Playland in general.

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S.F. Performing Arts Library & Museum

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:23:05:

In Reply to: status of classical and semi-classical music in SF -1870 posted by Bill McCall on May 25, 2001 at 16:07:09:

I would definitely recommend contacting the S.F. Performing Arts Library & Museum. Their website is at:

http://www.sfpalm.org

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Re: San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:27:06:

In Reply to: San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home posted by Sharon Rippetoe on May 26, 2001 at 02:44:07:

Well, records for the U.S. Mint would probably be available from the Library of Congress, unless the Dept. of Treasury still has them.

Records for the Martin & Morrison Funeral Home, if they were still located at that Geary address in 1906 were probably lost in the Great Fire.

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B of A history books & other info

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:48:47:

In Reply to: Doctoral Primary Sources/References: Italian Immigrants/Gianinni Family/BofA posted by Jasoni A. Garvianno on May 26, 2001 at 09:38:35:

Johnston, Moira. Roller Coaster: The Bank of America and The Future of American Banking.

Marquis, James. Biography of a Bank: The Story of Bank of America N.T. & S.a.

Nash, Gerald D. A.P. Giannini and the Bank of America. http://www.ou.edu/oupress/nash2461.htm

Rink, Paul. Building of the Bank of America. A.P. Gianinni.


from Britannica.com:
"...[A.P.] Giannini and his son, Lawrence Mario Giannini, ruled Bank of America until their deaths in 1949 and 1952 respectively, when leadership passed to other executives."

Giannini, A(madeo) P(eter)
born May 6, 1870, San Jose, Calif., U.S.
died June 3, 1949, San Mateo, Calif.

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Re: illus. for marcia boyes the legend of y b island

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:54:31:

In Reply to: illus. for marcia boyes the legend of y b island posted by Denys Cazet on May 23, 2001 at 01:26:10:

Denys, unfortunately, I don't have any info regarding this collaboration. - Ron

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Re: population change through the earthquake

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 28, 2001 at 03:49:07:

In Reply to: population change through the earthquake posted by Michael on May 20, 2001 at 18:23:55:

Well, I believe it definitely affected the population growth. Since practically half of San Francisco was burnt down, many people moved to Oakland and the surrounding areas. It is still unknown how many died in the disaster. One could only imagine the effect on the general pysche at the time. S.F. had been in the top ten in the U.S. Census population rankings. In 1910, S.F. had dropped out the the top ten and into the 11th spot.

As for the city's importance, S.F. has always been a major port on the west coast since the gold rush. As for after the earthquake, the city was selected for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition over such cities as New Orleans. There are many books about the 1906 disaster that would give you more specific and detailed facts. I would recommend searching the web's bookstores to get a list of what's available. Plus, the S.F. City Museum's site [http://www.sfmuseum.org] has lots of good stuff on the subject.

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Re: MJB coffee

Posted by
david m cassel on May 28, 2001 at 13:38:04:

In Reply to: MJB coffee posted by Gregg Herken on April 06, 2001 at 12:05:57:

I
m curious:

What is the percentage of decaf to caffinated coffee sold. It came up in a discussion recently and there were guesses all over the place

Thank you;

dave cassel

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Re: George Collins

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 29, 2001 at 01:18:18:

In Reply to: George Collins posted by John on May 25, 2001 at 19:28:38:

In the 1895 San Francisco City Directory, there was an attorney by the name of George D. Collins whose office was on 723 Market and he resided in Alameda.

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Re: populationof S.F. in 1927!!!!!

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 29, 2001 at 01:26:57:

In Reply to: populationof S.F. in 1927!!!!! posted by Charlotte Richey on May 22, 2001 at 11:00:36:

According the U.S. Census, the population of S.F. was 506,676 in 1920 and 634,536 in 1930.

The S.F. City Directory had estimated 742,063 for 1 Jan 1928, 756,188 for 1 Jan 1929, and 766,008 for 1 Jan 1930. These are obviously higher than the U.S. Census figures.

If you assume that the increases in the City Directory are correct, then you could estimate that a census figure for 1927 would be 610,591.

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Re: Clinton Cafe

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 29, 2001 at 01:35:30:

In Reply to: Clinton Cafe posted by Letha Berry on April 08, 2001 at 02:57:33:

There's no listing for it in the current telephone directory (2001).

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Curry

Posted by
James Johnson on May 29, 2001 at 07:18:10:

I have a refersnce to a "N Curry & Brothers" in SF around 1880--im guessing it was a dept, mdse, or hdw store but can find nothing on it

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Re: San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home

Posted by
San Francisco Mint on May 29, 2001 at 07:53:44:

In Reply to: Re: San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home posted by Ron Filion on May 27, 2001 at 02:27:06:

Hi,

The records concerning both the first and second San Francisco Mints are held at the National Archives in San Bruno California. The National Archives are on Commodore Street and the archivist for the mint records name is Mr. John Hedger. I hope this helps,

Nancy Oliver

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Re: Ancient order of the Foresters/Companions of the Forest

Posted by
Michael Traut on May 29, 2001 at 11:20:31:

In Reply to: Re: Ancient order of the Foresters/Companions of the Forest posted by Julia Christy on April 13, 2001 at 12:20:32:

I have just discovered a charter for the ancient order of foresters dated 1874 for the chapter in Phildelphia Pa USA What do I do with it? It was among some papers stored for years.

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Term of office Chiefs of Volunteer Fire dept 1853-1866

Posted by
Pete Ashen, editor SF Fire Museum Newsletter. on May 29, 2001 at 16:30:40:

1851 Franklin Whitney was Elected Chief Engineer
Dec 6, 1852 George Hossefross served until he resigned Oct 1. 1853
Dec. 1, 1853 Charles Duane was elected.
??? James Nuttman
??? Franklin Whitney (2nd term)
??? David Scannell
Dec 2, 1866 San Francisco Established a Paid Dept
withn Franlin Whitney serving as Chief Engineer from 1866 -70
Reall appreciat help Pete Ashen 415/550-8196 e-mail ashen@crossnet .org

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Re: Term of office Chiefs of Volunteer Fire dept 1853-1866

Posted by
Julia Christy on May 30, 2001 at 07:41:43:

In Reply to: Term of office Chiefs of Volunteer Fire dept 1853-1866 posted by Pete Ashen, editor SF Fire Museum Newsletter. on May 29, 2001 at 16:30:40:

Find some of the fire dept elections, first week of Dec. in "calendars of events" on Ron's website:
http://www.sf50.com/sf/heidx.htm

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Re: San Francisco U.S. Mint

Posted by
Ron Filion on May 30, 2001 at 10:19:15:

In Reply to: Re: San Francisco U.S. Mint- Martin and Morrison Funeral Home posted by San Francisco Mint on May 29, 2001 at 07:53:44:

Thanks for the correction! The National Archives make much more sense! =)

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Re: Offical Newspaper

Posted by
Bill Trinkle on May 30, 2001 at 10:36:35:

In Reply to: Offical Newspaper posted by Bill Trinkle on May 24, 2001 at 05:56:28:

S. F. Chronicle, Tuesday March 13, 1900 in the Allies of Democracy. article (reporting on the Board of Supervisors meeting of March 12):
"The bids for doing the citys printing were opened. The Bulletin bid 19 1/2 cents a square and the Post 14 cents. The great urgency for the adoption of an official organ caused the matter to be considered without the usual formality of reference to a committee, and it was decided to award the contract to the Post. An ordinance was framed, while business waited, and was passed to print. Important ordinances that had been awaiting this action were postponed another week lest their validity might be imperiled by publication that was not legal. The City Attorney was requested to specify what acts of the Board require publication.

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Re: Term of office Chiefs of Volunteer Fire dept 1853-1866

Posted by
Julia Christy on May 30, 2001 at 14:03:18:

In Reply to: Term of office Chiefs of Volunteer Fire dept 1853-1866 posted by Pete Ashen, editor SF Fire Museum Newsletter. on May 29, 2001 at 16:30:40:

Additional info/names of fire personnel can also be found at:
http://www.sf50.com/sf/hbann3-5.htm

Use the search feature (at Ron's history site) for the surnames.

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Hills in San Francisco

Posted by
Fiona Walsh on May 31, 2001 at 04:02:52:

Does Anyone know the name of all the Hills in San Francisco, I have heard there are 11

Thanks,

Fiona

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Up hill and down again

Posted by
Julia Christy on May 31, 2001 at 04:43:56:

In Reply to: Hills in San Francisco posted by Fiona Walsh on May 31, 2001 at 04:02:52:

Check these responses (in the archive section):
http://www.sf50.com/qaboard/2001/m2001b.htm#684

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Re: Grant Department Store

Posted by
James Michaelson on June 01, 2001 at 03:19:45:

In Reply to: Grant Department Store posted by Stephanie on April 27, 2001 at 11:51:28:

Grant's was a 5-and-10 store very similar to Woolworth's. I grew up in Massachusetts, and they had stores there as well. There were also the Grant's City stores, which was like a smaller WalMart, similar to how Woolworth's had the Woolco chain.

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info on gaspar de portola discoverng san francisco bay

Posted by
natasha d on June 01, 2001 at 07:01:38:

need info on gaspar de portola discoverng san francisco bay.urgent!!!

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Re: info on gaspar de portola discoverng san francisco bay

Posted by
Julia Christy on June 01, 2001 at 07:36:13:

In Reply to: info on gaspar de portola discoverng san francisco bay posted by natasha d on June 01, 2001 at 07:01:38:

Read the first chapter of the book "Beginnings of San Francisco" that Ron has posted online:
http://www.sf50.com/sf/hbbeg1.htm

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Old Pictures of the Cathay House

Posted by
Kristen on June 01, 2001 at 10:03:53:

Hi,

I am looking for old pictures of the Cathay House restaurant in Chinatown between 1950-1960. I found a postcard with a picture taken by Marilyn Blaisdell probably around that time period, but I haven't been able to find that same (or similar) picture in any wall print or book format.

Help would be appreciated!

Thanks.

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Re: Little Sisters of the Poor organization

Posted by
patty on June 01, 2001 at 10:14:39:

In Reply to: Little Sisters of the Poor organization posted by S. garner on May 15, 2001 at 06:18:13:

I am a volunteer at the Somerville Home in Somerville Ma. If you still need infromation on the sisters,.if yuo send me your mailing address, I'll send you some literature about them. There is a neat comic book about Jeanne Jugan (foundress) and her life and history of Little sisters

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who is san francisco named after?

Posted by
salvatore apodaca on June 02, 2001 at 05:49:16:

I know there are many Francisco's in the history of San Francisco but who is the city or the bay really named for. I found some historical links which made me wonder. In the province of Nuevo Leon in Mexico the capital is Monterrey and there is another town close by there named Apodaca, which used to be named Hacienda San Francisco or San Francisco. I am doing genealogy research and would appreciate any information.

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Mosaics at Moore's Cafeteria

Posted by
S. Hodge on June 02, 2001 at 16:09:12:

I'm not sure of the spelling of Moore's but I visited this cafeteria on Powell Street many times as a child. I was fascinated with the mosaics of children with eyes in their hands and foreheads. I'm looking for information on the name of the artist who created these art works and where they are located today.

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Re: Grant Department Store

Posted by
Suzanne Woodring on June 02, 2001 at 22:42:26:

In Reply to: Re: Grant Department Store posted by John Martini on May 01, 2001 at 15:39:18:

My mother used to shop at Grant's in Toledo. My mother is trying to locate a brass lamp from the 50's from there of a little boy reading a book. It means a lot to her. She had one but unfortunately my former sister-in-law sold it a garage sale.

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