San Francisco History

Events of 1861

January 1, 1861. John Schwandau, a German, killed by being run over by a railroad car, which cut off both legs. Accident took place on the Mission road, near the junction. . . .Steamer Golden Age sailed with $1,255,029 77. . . .Samuel T. Newell, a printer, mortally stabbed by Horace Smith, in Sacramento street, opposite What Cheer House.

Jan. 3. The Bulletin reports treasure shipment for the year at $41,325,916 28.

Jan 4. Set apart by Presidential proclamation as a day of fasting and prayer. Services at Doctor Scott's Church.

Jan. 7. The State Legislature convened.

Jan. 9. Rufus Higgins, clerk of the Antelope, drowned at Rio Vista. . . .Charles Lindemann committed suicide yesterday by means of a pistol.

Jan. 10. W.T. Stockfieth, a merchant and consul for Hamburg, committed suicide by shooting.

Jan. 11. News received of the evacuation of Fort Moultrie. . . .Steamer Cortes sailed with treasure amounting to $1,446,936 77. . . .Match factory on Natoma street, near Fremont, destroyed by fire.

Jan. 12. H.H. O'Callahan, an infirm old man, nearly blind, run over on Montgomery street, by a grocer's wagon, and instantly killed.

Jan. 13. A.G. Hirsch, a merchant of this city, found murdered near San Antonio. E.W. Bonney charged with the crime—arrested on 21st.

Jan. 15. House of John Myers, on the San Bruno road, burned.

Jan. 16. United States Judges announced their decision in the Castillero (New Almaden Mine) case in the favor of the claimants. . . .Great outbreak at the State Prison—3 convicts killed and 13 wounded.

Jan. 17. Great fire at the corner of California and Davis streets; $25,000 worth of goods destroyed in New York Warehouse.

Jan. 21. Steamer Uncle Sam sailed with $1,062,675 02. . . .Annual election of the Mercantile Library Association.

Jan. 26. Injunction on the New Almaden Mine case dissolved. . . .Hon. Harry I. Thornton died to-day. He was one of the Commissioners for the United States, appointed in 1851, on California Land Claims.

Jan. 31. Captain Richard S. Whiting, a master in the employ of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, died suddenly to-day.

February 1. Steamer California sailed, carrying treasure amounting to $1,084,673 08.

Feb. 5. Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Protestant Orphan Asylum.

Feb. 11. Steamer Golden Age sailed with $825,358 11 in treasure. . . .Lady Franklin arrived here on board steamer St. Louis.

Feb. 13. Mexican residents celebrated the success of the Liberal party in Mexico with 21 guns.

Feb. 14. Ecclesiastical Court, for trial of Rev. Geo. B. Taylor, convened. The defendant withdrew his defense and was found guilty, and sentence of deposition passed.

Feb. 16. News received of the passage through the Senate of the Pacific Railroad Bill. . . .Horace Smith applies for a change of venue.

Feb. 17. Perfumery establishment of F. Roux, on Kearny Street, south of California, injured by fire.

Feb. 18. News received of the seizure of the U.S. Branch Mint, New Orleans.

Feb. 21. Shipment of treasure by the steamer St. Louis $914, 624 35.

Feb. 22. Washington's birth-day celebrated by an immense Union demonstration, grand procession meeting at the junction of Market and Montgomery streets, etc.

Feb. 24. New Church of the Advent on Howard street consecrated.

Feb. 25. Restaurant SW corner of Washington and Dupont streets destroyed by fire.

March 1. Shipment of bullion by steamer Cortez $729,647 96. . . .Albert Lee, colored man, executed for the murder of his wife. . . .George H. Jenkins committed suicide by shooting himself through the head. . . .Annual Election Mechanic's Institute.

March 2. Fire corner Post and Dupont streets.

March 5. A shoemaker known as Gustave committed suicide by hanging himself.

March 9. Rev. G. B. Taylor, deposed from the ministry of the Episcopal Church by Bishop Kip. . . .Steamer Nevada launches at North Point.

March 11. Golden Gate sailed with $957,099 31. . . .John Clarkson found guilty of murder.

March 13. Commander R.B. Cunningham died at Mare Island Navy Yard.

March 14. Commencement Medical Department University of the Pacific.

March 16. San Francisco Laundry, Post, between Mason and Taylor streets, destroyed by fire—less $5,000.  August Schriek, brother of proprietor, burned to death. . . .Michael Hargain sentenced to death for the murder of his wife.

March 17. (Sunday). St. Patrick's Day.

March 18. President Lincoln Inaugural received. . . .Celebration of St. Patrick's Day. . . .Two dwellings in block between Broadway and Vallejo, and Stockton and Powell destroyed by fire—loss $2,000.

March 20. The Legislature elected James A. McDougall to the United States Senate.

March 21. Steamer Golden Age sailed with $1,112,847 74. . . .Large quantity of grain and hay burnt on Folsom street near Stewart.

March 24. Conrad Knus, a German, committed suicide by taking poison in a act of mortification.

March 26. Judge Campbell of the Twelfth District Court denied the motion of Horace Smith for a change of venue.

March 30. William McNully, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, and formerly a well known merchant of Sacramento, committed suicide at the Tehama House by shooting himself with a pistol.

April 1. The steamer Sonora sailed, carrying in treasure $850,152 97.

April 2. The Legislature for the second time elected James A. McDougall United States Senator. . . .Democratic State Central Committee in session.

April 4. The Spring Valley Water Company celebrate the fact of filling the Potrero Hill reservoir. . . .A public reception, on a very splendid scale, welcomed Senator McDougall on his return from Sacramento.

April 7. Jas. Floak, a native of New York, was drowned off Meigg's Wharf.

April 9. Theodore Payne, a wealthy and popular citizen died at the Oriental Hotel from illness contracted in crossing the Isthmus of Panama.

April 10. The Twelfth District Court announced sentence of death upon John Clarkson, a negro, convicted of the murder of Caroline F. Park, a mulatto girl. . . .The furniture store of Coustine & Fox, on Washington Street, opposite the western end of the Plaza, destroyed by fire; loss of property, including the building, $20,000.

April 11. Steamer St. Louis sailed, with treasure amounting to $852,086 92.

April 12. Charles Rankin, a carpenter died from injuries caused by falling from a roof in Hayes Valley.

April 14. Fire corner of Sacramento and Drumm streets. Loss about $6,000.

April 20. Steamer Golden Age sailed with a treasure amounting to $826,789 85. . . .John Brown, a hand on the steamer Bragdon, murdered on board that boat, lying at the wharf, by Peter McGreavy, who stabbed his victim with a butcher knife.

April 21. Thomas C. Burke, a confirmed inebriate, committed suicide in a small shop on Leidesdorff street, by cutting and stabbing himself with a razor and knife. . . .Old Colony building, corner of Sansome and Pine streets, destroyed by fire. . . .Three men drowned in a small boat off Angel Island.

April 24. News received of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, and with it the proclamation of the President calling for 75,000 troops, and convening the National Congress. . . .Mr. Thomas Cahill seriously wounded in firing a salute in honor of the return of Senator Latham.

April 25. Ship Syren, with a full cargo of grain, etc. in beating out of harbor struck upon Mile Rock and was compelled to return, discharge cargo and repair hull.

April 29. Mr. E.W. Church, of the bank firm of Sather & Church, died yesterday from an attack of typhoid fever. . . .Fire destroyed a small tenement occupied by O.W. Kling as a jewelry store, situated on Clay Street east of Kearny, and at the same time another fire broke out in a clothing store on Pacific Street, between Kearny and Dupont, which was, however, soon got under.

April 30. Fire discovered in the Mint building, which was, however, extinguished with small damage save the immense flooding bestowed by the Fire Department.

May 1. News received of the passage of the Ordinance of Secession by the Virginia Convention. . . .Steamer Golden Age sailed with $485,465 99 in treasure.

May 4. The ship Sea Nymph, with a cargo of immense value from New York, wrecked at Point Reyes. The ship and cargo afterward sold for account of the underwriters, and bought by Mr. Benjamin and associates for $9,700, who, by the advantage of a long spell of fine weather, succeeded in saving almost everything out of the vessel, thereby realizing an enormous gain.

May 5. The news of the secession of Arkansas received.

May 7. The Democratic State Central Committees, presided over respectively by J.P. Hoge and Charles Lindley, in session. The former decline all proffers for fusion or compromise.

May 11. Steamer Sonora sailed, with treasure amounting to $424,791 11. . . .Immense Union demonstration, pursuant to previous notice. Procession, speeches replete with patriotic sentiment, and 20,000 people in council—at the junction of Montgomery, Market and Post streets.

May 21. Steamer St. Louis sailed, carrying $696,563 08 in treasure. . . .Municipal Election held under the new law. The People's ticket triumphant throughout, save the Coroner, for which office Dr. B.A. Sheldon, on the fusion ticket, beat his opponent by over 1200 majority.

May 22. Fire destroyed two frame buildings on Sansom Street, south of Pine. Loss, $1,400.

May 23. James Robinson, a resident of this city, found murdered at his ranch in San Mateo county.

May 24. Festival of the Young Men's Christian Association commenced. . . .Two children, a boy and girl, accidentally shot by their father, Christian Aderholt, a German residing on Pacific Street, near Davis, in the attempt to eject an intruder from his apartment. The little girl's arm amputated.

May 25. Charles W. Piercy, killed in a duel, fought in Marin County with Mr. Showalter, upon a difficulty which arose in the late Assembly—of which body both were members.

May 27. The State Teacher's Convention assembled and held its first session in San Francisco. . . .Great fire on both sides of Commercial Street, east of Sansom, and extending into buildings fronting upon Sacramento street. Loss, $80,000.

June 1. Steamer Orizaba sailed, with treasure amounting to $1,174,936 08.

June 5. News received of the death of gallant Col. Ellsworth.

June 6. Flags at half-mast in honor of Ellsworth's memory. . . .Doctor J.S. Skinner found dead in his room at the What Cheer house. . . .P. Fitzgerald died in a fit at the corner of Jackson and Montgomery streets, destroying $1,000 worth of property. . . .Another fire in the basement of Wells, Fargo & Co., put out without loss—but a number of firemen were asphyxiated by the smoke.

June 7. Charles Wheatleigh arrived from Melbourne on the ship Iconium.

June 8. Michael Hargain, under sentence of death, respited to July 26th.

June 10. Horace Smith, admitted to bail in Placer county. . . .Henry Kull, a well known musician, died after a short illness. . . .Survey of the Sutter grant rejected.

June 11. Treasure shipment by steamer Golden Age $953,203 10.

June 12. Fourth of July committee organized—A.G. Abell, Grand Marshal.

June 13. Miss Joey Gougenheim arrived. . . .Two children, John Coffee and John Patrick, fell through trap doors in houses on the wharves and were drowned.

June 14. Howard Engine Company opened their new house with a splendid banquet.

June 15. The death of the great Statesman, Stephen A. Douglas, announced in California and received with universal sorrow and the most general signs of mourning. . . .Delegates elected to the Union Democratic State Convention. An excited canvass, in which $12,000 was reported to have been expended. . . .Benicia and Marysville fire companies arrived to take part in the celebration.

June 16. Sacramento Confidence Fire Company No. 1 arrived as guests at the approaching celebration. . . .Sabbath School Union celebration of the 17th inst.

June 17. Firemen's Jubilee—grand procession of the most brilliant description. . . .H.B.M. Corvette Tartar, 20 guns, arrived from Victoria. . . .A military company organized, composed wholly of printers.

June 21. Steamer Sonora sailed carrying treasure amounting to $1,345,372 71, and well armed. . . .Thirty United States Sappers and Miners returned under orders to Washington on this steamer. Four flags sent to Eastern regiments on this steamer by friends of this city. . . .Rev. H. Clarkson, of Chicago, elected Rector of Grace Church. . . .H.B.M. corvette Tartar, sailed for Panama, carrying a treasure of $125,000.

June 25. Capt. Chenery entered upon the duties of Navy Agent, vice Smith, removed.

June 27. A large quantity of arms for the supply of our Volunteer companies received from the United States Government. . . .First regiment California Volunteers elected F.J. Lippitt, Colonel; James N. Olney, Lieutenant-Colonel; and James F. Curtis, Major. . . .H.I.M. gunboat Railleur, 2 guns and 28 men, arrived from Tahiti.

June 29. The new officers were inducted into the Mint. . . .The new Metropolitan Theater lighted up for the first time.

June 30. Industrial School Anniversary celebrated. . . .Lawrence Storbin killed on the Mission Railroad, by being run over by the train while walking upon the track. No blame attached to the officers of the road. . . .New Liberty Pole, 141 feet high, erected upon the Plaza. . . .Grand Republican Ratification Meeting—General Nye, Governor of Nevada Territory, and Leland Stanford, candidate for Governor, principal speakers.

July 1. Shipment of Treasure by steamship St. Louis, $1,098,207. . . .The new public school house, corner of Washington and Mason streets opened to-day. . . .The new Metropolitan Theatre was opened for public performances to an immense audience.

July 2. Appearance of the great comet. . . .District Attorney Harvey S. Brown, resigned.

July 3. Arrival of the Pony Express with Overland letters from New York, etc. . . .A severe shock of earthquake. . . .A dozen wooden houses were destroyed by fire on Telegraph Hill.

July 4. The annual celebration of our glorious independence was observed with great pomp and ceremony to-day. The military and civic bodies formed in procession and marched through the main streets of the city. An oration was delivered at the Metropolitan Theater by Edward Tompkins, the declaration of Independence read by Dr. H.M. Gray, and a Poem spoken by John R. Ridge. The Floral Procession had appropriate exercises at Platt's Music Hall. . . .In the evening fireworks on Washington Square. . . .Arrival of P.M.S.S. Orizaba. . . .A fire occurred in J. Frank & Co.'s cigar store, 315 Clay street. Loss $100,000—insured for $60,000.

July 8. The Society of California Pioneers elected officers for ensuing year. President, H.M. Gray; Vice Presidents, James Donahue, H.F. Williams, James Lick, George C. Yount and Levi Hite; Secretary, W.R. Wheaton. . . .Ladies' Protection and Relief Society held its eighth anniversary exercises at the Unitarian Church. . . .Joseph Jefferson, the comedian, made his first appearance.

July 11. The steamship Uncle Sam left for Panama with $1,273,699 93 in treasure. . . .District Attorney Nathan Porter, commenced his duties.

July 12. Fire on Simmons Street. Loss, $15,000. . . .Amount of receipts over expenses of the Festival at the Willows for the benefit of the French R.C. Church, Notre Dame des Victoires, $3,019 38.

July 15. A street fracas occurred between Gov. Downey, John Middleton, and Myles D. Sweeny. . . .Specimens of tobacco raised in Yuba County were exhibited to-day—said to be equal to Virginia. . . .The Vermonters have raised $500 to purchase a flag, the Rhode Islanders $700 for the same purpose, to send East for the regiments from each respective State now in the war. . . .Mrs. Elizabeth Grosvenor, daughter of Thomas Hamblin, New York, died suddenly of apoplexy. . . .The Custom House officials seized as contraband, $10,000 worth of diamonds which came by last steamer, in care of Mr. Seliz.

July 16. Report of the Superintendent of Public Schools, Mr. Denman. Total amount of warrants drawn on the Treasury for fiscal year ending June 30, 1861, $182,361 46. . . .Receipt of President Lincoln's Message sent to the Extra Session of Congress on the 4th inst.

July 19. Charles Estern, a Norwegian, committed suicide by hanging. . . .The French Consul gives notice that French citizens must not enter the army, north or south, but maintain strict neutrality. . . .The first Overland Mail arrived.

July 20. Departure of the S.S. Golden Age with $1,249,539 73 in treasure. . . .An American flag was sent East for the New York 69th Reg.

July 22. David Scannell, Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, made his quarterly report. During that time the Department were called out 30 times—18 for fires and 12 for false alarms. The report shows the force of the Department to be 822 members.

July 25. The Cortes arrived from the North bringing $97,266 from the new mines.

July 26. Franklin West, son of Col. J.R. West, was killed by a runaway horse.

July 28. A fire occurred on Kearny Street. Loss, about $2,500.

July 30. Dr. Munsen, Assistant Assayer of the U.S. Branch Mint, resigned. A.G. Dexter was appointed successor. . . .Fire on Davis Street, and eight wooden buildings destroyed.

July 31. A Democratic (Breckenridge) meeting held at Music Hall which was considered disunion, and finally broken up by the strong Union portion of the audience.

August 1. The steamship Golden Gate with $1,370,443 86 in treasure, sailed for Panama. . . .A splendid American flag, gotten up by the New Hampshire residents of the city, at a cost of $800, was forwarded to the 1st New Hampshire Regiment. . . .The Sunday law went into effect. . . .A fire on Davis Street, destroying property to the value of $8,000. . . .The colored people had a celebration in Hayes Park. . . .John Sweeny was trampled to death by frightened mules in a corral.

Aug. 2. Julius Kreyenhagen, a prominent merchant, and Consul for Saxony, and William W. Bennett, died very suddenly. . . .News by Pony Express of a Federal retreat at Bull Run, Virginia. . . .Gen. Sumner, U.S.A., received a dispatch from the War Department, accepting one regiment of infantry and five companies of cavalry from California. . . .Bonney, the murderer of Hirsch, was sentenced at San Leandro, to be hung on the 28th September. . . .The City Treasurer's monthly report shows a cash balance of $87,893 01.

Aug. 3. Destruction of the Golden Gate Brewery by fire. Loss $10,000.

Aug. 5. The Young Men's Christian Association held its annual meeting and election.

Aug. 6. William Kirby, an officer of the brig Merchantman, fell dead at the house of L.B. Mizner.

Aug. 7. Francois Tisson, a Frenchman, attempted to commit suicide by placing his head under the car wheels of the Market Street R.R. Co. He was saved by an employee of the Company. . . .A fire occurred at 225 Commercial Street.

Aug. 8. The Liquor Dealers Association met to adopt some course to resist the operation of the Sunday Law. . . .Five recruiting offices have been opened in the city. . . .The quarterly report of the French Benevolent Society shows a cash balance of $1,098 13.

Aug. 9. A boy named John Tierny, was drowned by falling off India Dock.

Aug. 10. Departure of the S.S. Sonora from Panama, with $858,000 35 in Treasure.

Aug. 11. The Sabbath School of the First Congregational Church held its 12th anniversary. . . .The New Yorkers held a relief meeting at the Unitarian Church, to raise money for the families of volunteers who have fallen in the war. A large amount was subscribed.

Aug. 14. A fire took place on Oregon Street.

Aug. 15. High Mass was given in the French Catholic Church in honor of the christening of Emperor Napoleon. . . .The headquarters of the Department U.S.A. of the Pacific were removed to a new building, 742 Washington Street. . . .The old Music Hall Building on Bush Street is being removed to Fourth Street, to be fitted up as a place of worship. . . .Steamship Uncle Sam arrived from Panama.

Aug. 21. Departure of the steamship Uncle Sam with treasure to the amount of $1,249,080 37. . . .The remains of Terrence B. McManns were forwarded to New York, and from thence will be sent to Ireland for final interment.

Aug. 22. A German musical jubilee is going on in which most of the Clubs of the State have joined.

Aug. 23. Reception of the news of the death of General Nathaniel Lyon on the battlefield at Springfield, Missouri.

Aug. 24. Arrival of the steamship Golden Age from Panama. . . .Ship Isabella cleared for Liverpool with 41,000 sacks of wheat, and 200 bales of wool on board. . . .Former citizens of Massachusetts held a meeting at the Academy of Music and adopted measures to get up a Volunteer Relief fund for the benefit of their brethren engaged in putting down secession in the East. . . .Hon. J.W. Nesmith, U.S. Senator from Oregon, arrived in the steamer to-day from Panama. . . .Fire at Russ' Garden—loss $2,500.

Aug. 26. Mrs. Spanck, while laboring under temporary insanity, committed suicide by hanging, at the hospital on Stockton Street.

Aug. 27. The Daily Times suspended. . . .A Republican Mass Meeting was held in Montgomery Street.

Aug. 30. U.S. steam frigate Saranae, Capt. Robert Ritchie, arrived from Panama.

Aug. 31. The steamship St. Louis, with $1,135,910 66 in treasure, left for Panama.

September 1. A fire occurred on Washington Street—small amount of damage.

Sept. 2. A Mr. Moreno, a native of Buenos Ayres, committed suicide by shooting.

Sept. 4. Election for State Officers, resulting in the success of the entire Republican ticket, headed by Leland Stanford for Governor. . . .The Hebrew New Year commences. . . .The monthly report of the City Treasurer, shows a cash balance of $34,690 64.

Sept. 5. Arrival of the Steamship GOlden Gate from Panama. . . .The ship Henry Brigham, from Liverpool, was seized as the property of South Carolina Secessionists.

Sept. 8. Death of Edmund Randoph, a prominent lawyer of this city. All the Courts adjourned in respect of his memory.

Sept. 9. A military company called the McClellan Guard organized.

Sept. 10. Departure of the Orizaba with $1,090,516 54 in treasure for Panama.

Sept. 16. $10,000 worth of tobacco, consigned to Greene, Heath & Allen, was seized by the U.S. authorities on the ground that it was owned by Secessionists. . . .Six companies of soldiers, Col. Careleton, left for the lower coast.

Sept. 17. Henry W. Halleck, received his appointment and took the oath of office as Major-General in the regular army.

Sept. 20. John McHenry, a lawyer, was arrested on complaint of a soldier in the United States army, named McManus, for trying to induce him to desert and join the Disunionists.

Sept. 21. Shipment of treasure per steamer Sonora for Panama, $1,152,062.

Sept. 22. Great excitement in front of Calvary (Rev. Dr. Scott's) Church caused by the Secession sympathy of the pastor, expressed on several public occasions. He was hung in effigy. At one time there threatened to be bloodshed, but through the good management of the police, it was averted. Dr. Scott immediately resigned.

Sept. 24. R.M. Daggett and C.B. McDonald had a street encounter. . . .Fifty-five cases of smoking tobacco were seized as the property of the Secessionists. . . .John McHenry was discharged from custody.

Sept. 25. A military company called the Sigel Rifles organized.

Sept. 26. The National Fast was very generally observed.

Sept. 28. The Mexican residents celebrated the Anniversary of their Independence.

October 1. Treasure shipment per steamship Uncle Sam $1,115,000 57. . . .Rev. Dr. W.A. Scott and family left on the Uncle Sam for Europe.

Oct. 2. Alfred Pierce was killed by falling into a well, 824 Greenwich Street.

Oct. 3. The employees of the United States Branch Mint took the oath of allegiance. . . .A fire occurred at 192 Pine Street.

Oct. 4. The schooner W.B. Seranton was seized by the United States authorities as belonging to the Rebels. . . .A columbiad exploded at Fort Alcatraz while the gunners were practicing—no one hurt.

Oct. 5. A whale was captured in the Bay.

Oct. 6. Arrival of the steamship St. Louis from Panama.

Oct. 7. Amount of cash in City Treasure, $66,207 52.

Oct. 9. Two painters, James Willock and Richard Smith, fell from a staging at Parrott's Bank to the pavement, a distance of forty feet, and are supposed to be fatally injured.

Oct. 10. A French laundry destroyed by fire, opposite South Park.

Oct. 11. Major-General Henry W. Halleck, and Capt. Henry M. Naglee, left for the seat of war on the steamer. . . .The steamship St. Louis left for Panama with treasure to the amount of $999,093 81. . . .A fire took place at the corner of Washington and Davis streets.

Oct. 15. A portion of the Occidental Hotel fell burying several men beneath the ruins, although no lives were lost. . . .Hon. J.W. Nesmith, Senator from Oregon, arrived on his way to Washington. . . .A fire took place in Genard's Restaurant, Washington Street.

Oct. 16. Arrival of the Orizaba from Panama.

Oct. 21. Brigadier-General E.V. Sumner, and other army officers, and U.S. Senator Nesmith, left on the steamer for the East. . . .Treasure shipment per Orizaba for Panama, $1,006,130 38. . . .Capt. John H. Lendrum fatally injured by a train of dirt cars at North Beach. . . .Ship Commonwealth seized by United States authorities as contraband.

Oct. 22. A grand Union Festival is being held at Musical Hall. . . .News of the shooting of Capt. G.W. Staples, at Portland, Oregon.

Oct. 24. Destruction of the San Francisco Woolen Mills by fire; loss $60,000; insured for $40,000. . . .Completion of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Line—the greatest work of the times. . . .A fire occurred on Green Street. . . .News of the death of Col. E.D. Baker, at the head of his Brigade, at Edward's Ferry.

Oct. 25. The U.S. steam frigate Saranae left for a cruise in the Southern waters. . . .The U.S. Branch Mint closed, and the Courts all adjourned, in respect to the memory of Col. E.D. Baker.

Oct. 26. Capt. Lendrum, U.S.A., died. . . .Col. George Wright appointed to the command of the U.S. Army Department of the Pacific.

Oct. 27. Arrival of the Sonora from Panama.

Oct. 29. Robert B. Schell shot and killed a colored barber named George Gordon. . . .Frederick Corless fell dead at the Plymouth Rock House.

Oct. 30. A fire took place at the corner of Merchant and Kearny streets.

November 6. The corner stone of the New Dashaway, on Post Street, was laid with appropriate ceremonies. . . .Death of George A. Van Bokkelen, a pioneer merchant. . . .Three companies of volunteers left on the steamer for Humboldt Bay. . . .Arrival of the Uncle Sam from Panama.

Nov. 11. Departure of the steamship Sonora for Panama, with $969,260 28 in treasure. . . .A Frenchman, anmed V. Bonard, committed suicide at the St. Francis Hotel.

Nov. 14. Opening of books for subscription to the National Loan. . . .The Russian steam corvette Calavela arrived. . . .A fire took place at the corner of Jackson and Dupont streets. . . .James C. Duncan was found dead in his bed on Vallejo Street; disease, apoplexy. . . .Ten Bactrian camels arrived from Amoor River.

Nov. 16. Completion of the new St. Mary's Hospital, on Rincon Hill.

Nov. 21. $1,200,627 82 in treasure went forward on the steamship Uncle Sam for Panama. . . .The New York Relief Fund Committee forwarded $4,000 by steamer.

Nov. 24. The I.O.O.F. funeral obsequies of the late Thomas Wildey took place at Platt's Hall.

Nov. 26. The 12th anniversary of the California Bible Society took place. . . .Death of Caleb Cameron, of Cameron, Whittier & Co., by drowning at Benecia.

Nov. 28. Thanksgiving Day—very generally observed.

Nov. 30. Departure of steamship St. Louis with treasure to the amount of $984,864 58. . . .A man named Curtis was found dead at the Niantic Hotel. . . .Angelo Chiarini, one of the Martinetti Troupe, died from injuries received by falling from a rope, near the top of Hayes' Park Pavilion Building.

December 3. The steamship Cortes, from Portland, Oregon, brought down $125,615 in treasure.

Dec. 5. Arrival of the steamship Golden Gate with the remains of the late Colonel E.D. Baker.

Dec. 8. The new Catholic Church, St. Joseph's, was dedicated.

Dec. 9. A fire occurred at 426 Commercial Street. . . .Intelligence of Sacramento City being overflowed from a sudden rise of the American River.

Dec. 11. Funeral obsequies of Col. Edward D. Baker. This was one of the most imposing ceremonies ever witnessed on this coast, either civic or military. Hon. Edward Stanly delivered the eulogy. . . .Departure of the steamship Golden Gate for Panama with $861, 611 49.

Dec. 12. $15,000 were subscribed for Sacramento sufferers.

Dec. 15. Arrival of the steamship Sonora from Panama.

Dec. 18. St. Nicholas Day was duly observed by our Russian residents.

Dec. 19. News of a great flood in Oregon, carrying away whole villages and destroying an immense amount of property.

Dec. 21. Treasure shipment per Sonora for Panama, $1,176,753 98.

Dec. 23. A run was made on Savings and Loan Society Bank.

Dec. 25. Christmas was very generally observed in all the Churches, etc. . . .An American flag was presented to the officers of the Russian corvette Calavela.

Dec. 26. Arrival of the steamship Uncle Sam from Panama.

Dec. 27. Capt. W.D. Fair committed suicide by shooting.

Dec. 31. Incorporation of the California Powder Works with a capital of $100,000.

Source: Langley, Henry G. The San Francisco Directory; Chronological History of Principal Events. 1861, 1862.

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