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1907
In San Francisco some 600 new houses were built on the 440-foot-tall Bernal Hill as people erected homes there following the 1906 earthquake.
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1907
In San Francisco a 2-story industrial building was built at 944 Folsom St. It was renovated in 1936. Boyd, a lighting manufacturer, purchased the building in 1995 and renovated it again as the Boyd Building.
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1907
In San Francisco a 2-story commercial building, designed by Sylvan Schnaittacher, was erected at 77 New Montgomery St. In 1920 3 stories, designed by Mel Schwartz, were added.
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1907
Swimmer Arthur Cavill landed at the San Francisco Presidio an hour and 18 minutes from his departure at Lime Point in Marin.
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1907
Frank Aleamon Leach, head of the San Francisco Mint, was promoted to director-general of all US mints.
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1907
In San Francisco a 3-story building was built at 201 O’Farrell St. It was designed by Arthur Lamb. Marquard’s Little Cigar Store opened on the corner with a classic neon marquee.
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1907
In San Francisco the 4-story building at 137 New Montgomery St., designed by Henry Schulze, was completed. Two stories were added after the Pacific Telephone building arrived on the block.
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1907
In San Francisco the 2-story Fox Building at 225-227 Front St. was built.
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1907
In San Francisco Recreation Park was built on the block surrounded by Valencia, Guerrero, 14th and 15th streets. It became the home of the San Francisco Seals until 1930, except for one season in 1914, when they moved to a new field in the Inner Richmond and found it was cold there.
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1907
In San Francisco the 6-story Legallet Building, designed by architect Albert Pissis, was completed at 615 Battery St.
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1907
Realty Estate Syndicate, created by Francis Marion Smith and partner Frank C. Havens, built the opulent Key Room Inn at Broadway and West Grand Ave. in Oakland, Ca., on Key Route train lines serving San Francisco. The hotel was demolished in 1932.
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1907
San Francisco renamed Japan Street in the Excelsior district to Avalon Avenue. Nearby street India became Peru and China became Excelsior.
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1907
In San Francisco a two-story glass warehouse was constructed at 50 Green St. It was designed by architects Willis Polk and George Wright.
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1907
In San Francisco the Royal Globe Insurance Co. building was built at 201 Sansome. It was designed by Howell and Stokes.
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1907
In San Francisco the 156-room Cadillac Hotel was built in the Tenderloin district on the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth. In 1977 it was converted to nonprofit single-room occupancy. In 2015 the Tenderloin Museum opened inside the hotel on 3,200 square feet of commercial space leased for 30 years.
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1907
In San Francisco a building was constructed at 2575 Mission St. In its early years it housed an ice cream shop, a candy shop and then a bakery. In 1951 it began serving drinks as the Clock Bar. Ten years later dentist Ralph Mancuso bought the business, renamed it Doc’s Clock and installed a Doc’s Clock neon marquee. In 2017 the bar closed and moved to 2417 Mission St., but the vintage neon sign stayed behind.
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1908 Jan
Dr. Rupert Blue held a mass meeting and called on the citizens of SF to support his war against bubonic plague. Gov. James Norris Gillet had warned that the city faced a general quarantine. In the following rat campaign an estimated 2 million rats were killed.
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1908 Feb 12
The first round-the-world automobile race began in New York City. It ended in Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Speedway Flyer, was declared the winner over teams from Germany and Italy. The Flyer was made by the E.R. Thomas Motor Co. of Buffalo, NY, was initially driven by Montague Roberts and George Schuster. Roberts dropped out in Wyoming. Schuster took over as captain and chief driver from San Francisco, which was reached on March 24.
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1908 Mar 23
In San Francisco Durham White Stevens (56), Japan’s foreign advisor to Korea, was shot by a Korean nationalist. Stevens died 2 days later from internal injuries. Chang In Hwan and Chun Myung Un had attacked Stevens as he approached the ferry landing. Chun was released from prison in June, 1908, and fled the country. Chang was convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was paroled after 10 years.
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1908 Apr 28
In SF a fire began just before midnight at a stable at 475 11th St. 48 horses belonging to F.M. Barrett, a lumber drayman, were killed.
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1908 May 6
The Great White Fleet, sent by Pres. Roosevelt on an around-the-world voyage, arrived in SF. The fleet left San Francisco on July 7.
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1908 May 21
The SF Chronicle reported that and quarantine had been lifted and that the remaining refugees in Lobos Square have been ordered to leave by June 1. Some 1,050 lived there in 394 cottages.
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1908 May 22
The SF Chronicle reported that US Army Pvt. William Bulwada had been found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison for having applauded for and shaken hands with anarchist Emma Goldman, pending approval by Gen. Funston.
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1908 May 25
In SF an ink thrower spoiled a gown worn by Mrs. J. Magnin of 1606 Jackson St. The ink thrower continued to strike over a dozen society figures, despite police efforts to catch him.
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1908 May 30
Mel Blanc (d.1989), voice of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Porky Pig in Warner Brothers cartoons, was born in San Francisco. When he died he had "That's All Folks" inscribed on his tombstone.
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1908 Jul 3
In San Francisco the coroner and his deputies celebrated the opening of the new morgue at 368 Fell St.
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1908 Nov 13
In SF the corruption trial of Abe Reuf was interrupted by the shooting of Assistant District Attorney Francis J. Heney by Morris Haas, an ex-convict whom Heney had offended in a former graft trial. Heney was expected to survive. Haas committed suicide 2 days later.
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1908 Nov 30
SF Police Chief William J. Biggy disappeared off a police boat in the SF Bay. The chief was last seen vomiting over the side of the launch. He had been under pressure since the shooting of prosecutor Francis J. Heney 2 weeks earlier. Biggy’s body was pulled from the bay 2 weeks later.
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1908 Dec 1
The US Dept. of Agriculture as of this day restricted opium imports to the US based on morphine content. Opium with under 3% morphine, which included opium for smoking, was restricted. This severely impacted the customs revenue in San Francisco and created an uproar in the city’s Chinatown. The law became effective as of April 1, 2009.
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1908 Dec 10
Abe Ruef (1864-1936), a San Francisco political power broker, was found guilty of bribing a former supervisor to vote for the United Railroad franchise. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison, but was freed on parole in 1915. California Gov. William D. Stephens (1917-1923) pardoned him.
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1908
In SF the Emporium reopened at 841 Market St. It featured a new dome designed by Albert Pissis. The original was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fires. It closed in 1996, but the original facade was kept for the new Westfield San Francisco Centre, which opened in 2006.
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1908
In SF the Humboldt Bank building at 785 Market St. was completed. The 19-story building featured a Beaux-Arts style and dome by the Meyer & O’Brien architectural firm.
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1908
In San Francisco some 900 elderly men and women, many from the old Almshouse, moved into a newly rebuilt Relief Home for the Aged and Infirm, later rebuilt and renamed as Laguna Honda Home.
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1908
Some 14,000 building permits were issued this year in SF as the city recovered from the 1906 earthquake.
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1908
In San Francisco the Pagoda Palace Theater opened on the corner or Powell and Union streets in North Beach. The theater closed in 1994 and remained vacant to 2009 when plans were approved for converting the building into condominium dwellings and a Mexican restaurant.
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1908
In San Francisco the 3-story First Chinese Baptist Church was built at 15 Waverly Place. It was designed by G.E. Burlingame and incorporated clincker bricks giving the structure a medieval air.
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1908
In San Francisco Southern Pacific built a hospital at Fell and Baker to treat employees. It was sold to Upjohn pharmaceuticals in 1968 and was later converted to senior housing.
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1908
In San Francisco the 6-story Maskey Building, designed by Haves and Toepke, was completed. In 1983 it was demolished, but 4 of the façade’s 6 bays were restored as the front of a 6-story wing of an office tower at 48 Kearny St.
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1908
In San Francisco the W.T. Garrett & Co. foundry created a 300-pound bell, one of the last produced by the firm, as a gift from the Borel family to Grace church, located at El Camino and Hwy. 92. In the 1950s the Hillbarn Theater moved to the church and used the bell to send audiences back to their seats after intermission. In 1968 the bell was moved to the theater’s permanent home on Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City. In 2004 the bell was stolen. In 2010 it was discovered at a scrap shop in San Leandro and returned to the theater.
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1908
In San Francisco the 6-story commercial building at 185 Post was built. In 2008 tt was remodeled veil of glass.
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1908
In San Francisco the 10-story Sachs building was completed at 140 Geary St.
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1908
In San Francisco the 3-story building at 556 Commercial St. was completed. It was designed by Charles M. Rousseau.
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1908
In San Francisco two banks were built at 456 Montgomery. In 1986 they were topped with a modern tower creating a 26 story structure.
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1908
In San Francisco the classical-style building at 1 Montgomery St., designed by Willis Polk, was built. The 10 floors of offices above the base were removed in 1983 as part of a development trade-off that allowed a 38-story tower to rise to the west.
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1908
In San Francisco Japan street in the Excelsior district was changed to Avalon St. In the early 1900’s, three streets of the Excelsior Homestead Association, named, China, Japan and India were changed to present day names, Excelsior, Avalon and Peru.
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1908
In San Francisco a 7-story building draped in terra cotta was built at 20 California St. It was designed by C.A. Meusdorrfer.
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1908
In SF the triangular, 11-story Phelan building, designed by William Curlett, was built at 760-784 Market St.
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1908
San Francisco managed to eradicate its 2nd bubonic plague epidemic. By this year some 2 million rats were killed and 190 people left dead in the two epidemics that had spread over eight years.
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1908
In San Francisco the 4-storey University Club was built at 800 Powell St.
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1908
In San Francisco the Alaska Commercial Building opened at 350 California St. The site was cleared in 1975 to make way for a modern 22-story tower. Tusked walruses from the original building were salvaged and placed on a structural wall in a small court.
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1909 Jan 15
In San Francisco police arrested Miss Frances Smith, attired in a jaunty sailor costume, and Miss May Burke as they strolled down Montgomery street. Smith was charged with masquerading in male attire and Burke was charged with vagrancy.
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1909 Feb 9
In San Francisco Louis’s Fashion Restaurant opened at 73 Sutter St. It had begun operations under Louis Besozzi in 1898, but was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The new resaturant came to be called The Fly Trap due to fly paper rolls hung from the ceiling. Operations continued to 1963.
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1909 Feb 15
In San Francisco anarchist Emma Goldman spoke to large audiences in Lyric Hall, at Turk and Larkin streets. She gave 2 lectures: “The Devil Exonerated” and “The Psychology of Violence.”
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1909 Apr 1
A US federal opium law went into effect. In SF Internal Revenue agents prepared for the law by seizing and destroying all the opium cans they find in the Chinese quarter.
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1909 Apr 17
In San Francisco 5 bodies were recovered and probably eight or ten others buried in the ruins of an early morning fire which destroyed the St. George hotel, a lodging house for laborers at Howard and Eighth streets, and eight other small buildings.
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1909 Apr 19
The new Orpheum Theater opened in San Francisco, Ca.
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1909 May 9
In San Francisco 135 delegates of the anti-Japanese Laundry League took steps at a convention at Golden Gate Hall, 222 Van Ness Ave., to boycott all Japanese enterprises on the Pacific Coast.
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1909 May 19
San Francisco Mayor Edward Taylor wrote a letter to Pres. Taft testifying to the valuable aid of the federal government in the city’s recent campaign against bubonic plague.
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1909 Jun 16
In San Francisco the Gjoe, explorer Roald Amundsen’s converted herring boat, was passed as a gift to the people of San Francisco. He had used the vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in 1905 and had arrived in SF in 1906. In 1972 the Gjoe was returned to Norway and a commemorative sculpture was left next to the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach.
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1909 Jun 22
In San Francisco customs inspectors seized 149 tins of opium, evidently smuggled in since a law prohibiting possession of opium for smoking went into effect in April. 16 tins ere found at in the basement of Mow Lee’s store at 76 Dupont St. The rest was found at a Chinese lodging house at 704 Jackson St.
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