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1909 Jul 12
In San Francisco the New Chutes opened to the public in the block surrounded by Fillmore, Turk, Eddy and Webster. Amusements included a artificial lake that receives boats from chutes. Fortune tellers, shooting galleries and other attractions led to the Flea Theater.
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1909 Aug 7
Alice Huyler Ramsey (22) arrived in San Francisco on a ferry boat after driving a 1909 Maxwell Model DA across the country. She had left New York on June 9 on the first ever cross-country trip by a woman.
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1909 Sep 9
San Francisco held a parade in honor of its work horses. Some 2000 horses and 986 drivers paraded down Market Street before thousands of spectators.
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1909 Oct 6
Pres. William Taft visited San Francisco.
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1909 Nov 1
In San Francisco a ban on cows went into effect, except for a narrow district that was set apart for handling cattle to be slaughtered. A new ordnance made it unlawful to keep more than 2 cows and provided that when 2 cows are kept within city limits, at least an acre of land must be provided for their pasturage.
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1909 Nov 8
In San Francisco a street naming commission, appointed by Mayor Edward Taylor, submitted a report that recommended changing numbered avenues in the Richmond and Sunset to Spanish names in alphabetical order. Western neighborhoods opposed the suggestions and after some effort compromises were adopted.
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1909 Nov 14
In San Francisco Yee Yup was shot down by Gee Gong, a former employee in the laundry of the dead man. The On Yicks have now killed 4 members of the Yee family, while the Yee family have but one death to their credit. It was feared that the murder would escalate family rivalries in Chinatown.
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1909
The Hearst Building in SF was constructed at Market and Third. It was remodeled in 1937 by Julia Morgan.
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1909
In SF the City of Paris department store was built on Geary St. facing Union Square. The site was taken over by Nieman Marcus in 1974.
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1909
The 1,300-seat Columbia Theater was constructed in SF and named after a major venue destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. It was designed by Walter Bliss and William Faville, who also designed the St. Francis Hotel. In 1928 it was renamed the Geary Theater. It was badly damaged in the 1989 earthquake. It opened in 1910 with “Father and the Boys.”
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1909
Carlos Chagas (1879-1934), a Brazilian doctor, described how a fatal infection, that became known as Chagas disease, was transmitted as a single cell parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, carried by insects that typically bite their sleeping victims on the face. In 1921 Chagas won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. In 2010 scientists at UC San Francisco reported the development of a protease inhibitor, K777, which appeared to kill the parasite.
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1909
In San Francisco the 4-story Hugo building was built at 200 Sixth St. It was designed by Theo W. Lenzen. In 1988 the residential hotel went empty. In 1997 Brian Goggin installed his “Defenstration” artwork featuring furniture apparently tumbling from the building’s windows. In 2009 San Francisco used eminent domain to acquire the property and planned demolition for new low-income housing.
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1909
In San Francisco a 6-story department store, designed by George A. Applegarth, was built at 1019 Market St. The Greek revival structure was framed by Corinthian columns.
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1909
John H. Eagal, manager of the automobile department of the Studebaker, San Francisco branch, said “The future of the electric automobile is assured… The past few months have seen an increase in demand for the electric cars that has been surprising to manufacturers all over the country.” Studebaker sold battery-powered cars from 1902 to 1912.
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1909
In SF the Mission Park Congregational Church was built at 601 Dolores St. It later became the Norwegian Lutheran Church. It went out of commission as a church in 2005 and was purchased in 2007 by businessman Siamak Akhavan, who renovated it and put it up for sale in 2010 for $7.49 million. In 2011 it was sold for $6.6 million as the new home for Children’s Day middle schoolers.
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1909
SF outlawed slot machines, despite collecting some $200,000 a year in taxes from 3,200 machines.
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1909
In San Francisco the 6-story Goldberg Bowen building was built at 250 Sutter St.
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1909
In San Francisco the Renaissance revival-style Addison Head Building was built at 201 Post. It was designed by William Curlett.
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1909
San Francisco staged a 5-day Portola Festival that attracted some 400,000 visitors.
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1909
In San Francisco the single story pagoda-style Chinese Telephone Exchange was built at 743 Washington St.
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1909
In San Francisco three swimming clubs formed the Aquatic Park Improvement Organization and began lobbying for a park. The city had dumped a vast quatity of debris in the area from the 1906 earthquake.
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1909
San Francisco’s 1863 Cliff House was rebuilt after a 1907 fire. Emma Sutro Merritt, the daughter of Adolph Sutro, chose a smaller neoclassic design.
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1910 Feb 8
James W. Coffroth (1872-1943), SF boxing promoter, arrived in SF from London winning a bet that he could make the trip in ten days.
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1910 Feb 17
In San Francisco 3 elephants appearing at a Broadway vaudeville house went on a rampage while parading in North Beach.
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1910 Feb 22
In San Francisco the Sierra Club, under the leadership of Prof. A.G. McAdie, named 2 peaks of the Sutro Forest. The loftiest peak in the city was named Mount Davidson in honor of noted English-born geographer George Davidson (1825-1911), and the other Sutro Crest, in honor of former mayor and philanthropist Adolph Sutro.
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1910 Mar 6
In San Francisco a dance marathon at Puckett’s Cotillion Hall ended and Manager Puckett awarded $145 to six couples who broke the world record of 14 hours and 41 minutes. The contest had begun the previous evening with 17 couples.
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1910 Mar 25
In San Francisco city authorities began dumping opium melted in boiling water into the sewer lines at the rear of the Appraiser’s Building. The opium had accumulated in government storerooms following seizures on China liners.
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1910 Apr 15
In San Francisco detective Tim Riordan arrested Jolly Trixie, aka Miss Kitty Plunkett, for allegedly violating the Penal Code. She was accused of being deformed and exhibiting her deformity in a Fillmore Street show house. Plunkett said she weighed only 585 pounds as opposed to the alleged 685 pounds. 2 physicians testified that she was perfectly symmetrical.
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1910 Apr 20
Eva Swan (26), a SF schoolteacher, disappeared. Doctor’s assistant Ben Gordon (18) kept the secret until after a fight with Dr. James Grant over $18 in wages. He then went to the police. Her body was found on Sep 23 buried under a basement at 320 Eureka St. and soaking in nitric acid with every joint sawed through. Grant and nurse Marie Messerschmidt were arrested on murder charges after the failed abortion went awry.
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1910 Aug 19
The advance guard of the Barnum & Bailey Circus began arriving in San Francisco, claiming to be the biggest ever to visit the Pacific Coast. It included 1,280 people, 85 railroad cars, 700 horses and 400 elephants.
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1910 Sep
A SF Grand Jury banned dancing in the cafes of the Tenderloin and ordered all entertainment in the area to be performed on stage.
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1910 Oct 3
San Francisco new police Chief Seymour closed down dancing of the “bunny hug” and the “hug-me-tight” in the Tenderloin. As of the next day female habitues of the Tenderloin will not be allowed to puff their usual cigarettes in public.
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1910 Oct 11
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far East combined shows arrived in San Francisco. They set up on 8 acres at 12th and Market with a big arena and 22 tents. This was part of Col. William Cody’s farewell tour.
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1910 Oct 11
The San Francisco Rotary Club offered a $10,000 prize to the aviator who first flies from SF to New York.
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1910 Nov 22
The Norwegian freighter Seija sank in 300 feet of water off the coast of San Francisco after a collision with another ship. 2 crew members were killed and both captains were found at fault in a case that went to the US Supreme Court.
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1910 Nov 28
In San Francisco John Edwards, knows as the “King of the Opium Ring,” was arrested at his home at 133 Fillmore. Drugs found included 40 pounds of crude opium. His arrest followed a police raid in Chinatown on Nov 26 in which 210 persons were arrested.
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1910 Nov
SF city voters approved a $5 million bond for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Int’l. Exposition. Voters also approved a $45 million bond to fund the Hetch Hetchy project for water from the Tuolumne River originating on Mount Lyell. The Expo had begun as an idea by Reuben Hale, founder of Hale Bros., a local department store chain. In 1911 ground was broken for the fair.
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1910 Dec 8
In San Francisco the Jesuits of St. Ignatius broke ground on a new church at Parker and Fulton. This was the site of the old Masonic Cemetery Association.
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1910 Dec 17
In San Francisco 25 men were arrested for spitting on sidewalks. It cost them $5 to regain their liberty.
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1910
In SF the 9-story Central YMCA at 220 Golden Gate Ave. was completed. In 2009 it was closed to make way for affordable apartments for the homeless.
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1910
In San Francisco the Clay Theater on Fillmore St. opened as a nickelodeon. The single-screen theater closed down in 2010.
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1910
In San Francisco the Mission Theater was constructed in 3 parts between this year and 1932. James and Merritt Reid did the original design. In 1932 Timothy Pflueger redesigned the old Premium Theater and incorporated it into the lobby of the New Mission. It was shuttered in 1993. In 2003 it was purchased by developer Gus Murad from City College for $4.5 million. In 2012 Murad proposed to renovate it as a 5-screen movie house.
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1910
In San Francisco an orphanage run by the Catholic Sisters of Charity burned down on the top of Mount St. Joseph. It was replaced with a brick structure that held 162 girls. The building closed in 1977.
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1911 Jan 7
Aviator James Radley, operating a French Bleriot airplane, performed over South San Francisco, skimmed the the West Virginia, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Barry, and checked the time of San Francisco Ferry Tower clock on both sides.
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1911 Jan 28
In San Francisco 143 were taken prisoner following a raid on gambling at a poolroom at Fourth and Mission streets run by Brophy & Collins.
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1911 Feb 25
A rare snowstorm hit San Francisco.
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1911 Mar 12
In San Francisco a squad of immigration officials captured 6 Chinese slave girls, said to have been purchased for $25,000.
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1911 Apr 6
In San Francisco the Police Board examined 9 Mission saloon keepers who were cited for selling liquor to women decoys. Mission District Police Capt. Henry Gleeson faced a possible charge of neglect of duty.
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1911 May 4
In San Francisco Police chief Seymour instructed Capt. Thomas Duke of Central Station to notify the proprietors of brothels that $2 per day would be the maximum they would be allowed to charge the 100 prostitutes at 633 Jackson and 719 Commercial Street. Current charges for the women were $5 per day.
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1911 May 18
San Francisco received its first shipment of red onions from Stockton and growers received $2.25 per sack for all they could deliver. Italian gardeners earned about $500 an acre from their crop.
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1911 Aug 13
In San Francisco 10 members of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested during a riot in North Beach. Speakers had been addressing a crowd denouncing all forms of government along with a tirade against the pope.
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1911 Sep 15
SF Police Chief D.A. White abolished the “dead line” designed to keep the women of the underworld within the confines of Chinatown. The line was first instituted by Police Chief Biggy had been irregularly enforced.
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1911 Oct 10
San Francisco voters defeated an amendment on “Votes for Women” by some 12,000 votes. Charges of corruption and ballot abuse were cited. The amendment passed state-wide.
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1911 Nov 26
In San Francisco John Edwards, known as “The King of the Opium Ring,” was arrested near his home at 133 Fillmore St. Police secured the biggest haul of morphine, cocaine and opium ever found in the possession of one man.
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1911 Dec 8
The 61-member SF Orchestra, later known as the SF Symphony, played its first performance before some 1400 people and featured works by Wagner, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. The performance featured violinist Fritz Kreisler.
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1911
Ishi (d.1916), a native Yahi Indian, walked out of the forest near Oroville, Ca. He underwent examination at UC medical center in San Francisco and liked to practice "drawing bow" on Parnassus Heights.
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1911
In SF the Perine Mansion, designed by Conrad Meussdorffer, was built at 535 Powell St. It later became the home of Tessie Wall (d.1922), a SF madam.
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1911
In SF the amusement park known as "The Chutes," located on Fillmore Street, burned down. The fire originated in the Chutes restaurant and destroyed 13 stores in the Chutes building. All the animals in the “Happy Family House” as well as the donkeys and ponies in the Chutes stable were killed. There would not be another amusement park in San Francisco for over 20 years, until Chutes-at-the-Beach opened at Ocean Beach in the mid-1920s, changing its name to Playland-at-the-Beach by 1928 and lasting until 1972. The shoot-the-chutes attraction was torn down in January 1950.
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1911
In SF the First St. John’s United Methodist Church, designed by George Washington Kramer, was constructed at Larkin and Clay. It went empty in 2005 as the church agreed to sell the land to Pacific Polk Properties to build a 27-unit condominium. It failed to attain status as a city landmark and was slated for demolition in 2009.
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1911
In SF a 2-story building was constructed in Art Nouveau style at 1660 Haight St. to serve as a vaudeville house. It later became a neighborhood market and then a clothing bazaar.
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