San Francisco History

Events of 1862

January 1, 1862. Departure of the steamship Golden Age with $756,516 96 in treasure. . . .A man named Jacob Wagner was found dead near Brannan Street Bridge. . . .News of the death of Daniel Gibb, of D. Gibb & Co.

Jan. 5. Arrival of the steamship St. Louis from Panama.

Jan. 7. A fire occurred at the corner of Pacific and Powell streets.

Jan. 9. A terrible rain storm is raging which has already destroyed considerable property.

Jan. 12. A woman, named Nancy Davis, was found dead in her bead.

Jan. 13. A man, named Wilson, killed his wife by shooting.

Jan. 14. Death of Herman Schroeder, the finest cornet player in the State. . . .The British ship Bella Marina was sold for $5,000.

Jan. 15. Arrival of the steamship Golden Gate from Panama. . . .Platt's Music Hall fitted and arranged for receiving and providing for the Sacramento sufferers, and others, by the late flood.

Jan. 17. A lunar rainbow was observed on the Sacramento River.

Jan. 18. The body of Michael Donovan was found in Islais Creek.

Jan. 21. $873,618 26 in treasure was sent by the steamship St. Louis for Panama.

Jan. 22. Henry A. Perry, the well known actor, died of consumption.

Jan. 24. Meeting of the State Legislature in the Federal building opposite the Custom House. Temporary adjournment from the Capital (Sacramento) in consequence of the late floods. . . .Michael McCarty, a special policeman, was shot by John Hettrick.

Jan. 26. Arrival of the steamship Sonora from Panama. . . .Capt. Thomas Allen, of the ship Neva, has disappeared—supposed suicide. . . .Arrival of Hon. R.H. Pruyn, U.S. Minister to Japan, from New York. . . .Ice was found in various parts of the city, some of it being an inch thick.

Jan. 29. Celebration of Chinese New Year. . . .A light fall of snow occurred. . . .The thermometer indicated 22 Fahrenheit.

February 1. Shipment of treasure per steamship Golden Gate for Panama, $1,056,112 42.

Feb. 4. Anniversary of the Protestant Orphan Asylum at Platt's Musical Hall. . . .Arrival of the steamship Golden Age from Panama.

Feb. 5. Intelligence of the new mines called Nez Perces, on Salmon River, Oregon.

Feb. 9. Death of John Fairchild, the well known scenic artist.

Feb. 10. Fire at 406 Montgomery Street.

Feb. 11. Shipment of treasure per steamship Sonora to Panama, $827,769 29.

Feb. 17. News of the taking of Fort Donelson by the Union forces, and a demonstration by our citizens in consequence.

Feb. 21. Treasure shipments per Golden Age for Panama, $1,019,231 45. . . .Fire at No. 408 Sacramento Street.

Feb. 22. Washington's birth-day was appropriately celebrated in the various churches by salutes, etc. . . .The body of James Morgan, assistant engineer of the Golden Gate, was found floating in the Bay.

Feb. 24. A man named Wm. Richmond was found dead in the What Cheer House.

Feb. 25. The body of A. Coilivan was found floating in the Bay. . . .News of a great hurricane in Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, and destruction of property.

March 1. Shipment of treasure per steamship St. Louis for Panama, $603,366 86.

March 2. Isaiah Inman was found dead on Beale Street. . . .The ship Polynesia destroyed by fire off Pacific Street Wharf.

March 3. The body of a man named Andressen was found floating in the bay.

March 6. Mrs. S. Johnson committed suicide by taking poison.

March 7. Arrival of the steamship Golden Gate from Panama. . . .Arrival of the U.S. (steamer) flag ship Lancaster from Acapulco.

March 10. A mass meeting at Platt's Music Hall in regard to City Land Titles. . . .Thomas D. Carroll was fatally stabbed by F.M. Horne.

March 11. Death of Capt. John J. Lewis, for many years connected with the Contra Costa Ferry Boats. . . .Shipment of treasure to Panama per steamship Orizaba, $728,917 14.

March 14. The waters of a miniature lake in St. Ann's Valley burst through the bank, destroying a large amount of property. The residence, outbuildings, etc. of Mr. F.L.A. Pioche were utterly ruined. . . .Intelligence by telegraph of the capture of Manassas Gap, and the defeat of the Rebel iron-clad steamer Merrimac by the Monitor and its subsequent destruction of the 7th instant, creating great excitement among our citizens.

March 15. The body of Jas. Lalor, a sailor, was found in the Bay. . . .Intelligence by telegraph of the death of Hon. Frederick P. Tracy, in the East, a distinguished lawyer and resident of this city.

March 17. Celebration of St. Patrick's day by Irish citizens. . . .The U.S. sloop-of-war St. Marys left for Acapulco. . . .A Frenchman named Gay was fatally injured by a man named Riley.

March 21. Shipment of treasure for Panama per steamship Sonora, $923,435 34. . . .Capt. J.P. Bagley, of the brig Energy, was drowned.

March 22. A fire occurred in Bush Street, near Calvary Church.

March 23. Funeral obsequies of the Hon. F.P. Tracy at Platt's Music Hall. . . .Geo. Duffey fatally stabbed by a man named Bates.

March 25. The dead body of Patrick Lawlor was found in the Bay.

March 28. A fire took place on the corner of Front and Commercial streets. . . .Sudden death of Robert Crutchley.

March 31. R.B. Schell sentenced for the murder of G. Gordon, the barber, to ten years imprisonment in the State Prison.

April 1. Treasure shipment for Panama per steamship Golden Age, $752, 891 70. . . .Sudden death of W.B. Greer of Placer county.

April 4. Fire on First Street.

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

April 7. The body of Mrs. Geo. W. Colmere was found hanging—supposed suicide or murder.

April 8. Opening of the Russ House by Messrs. Hardenbergh & Dyer, the lessees.

April 9. Assault upon Geo. Barstow, Speaker of the House, by R.D. Ferguson, Assemblyman from Sacramento.

April 11. Shipment of treasure for Panama per steamship St. Louis, $829,455 64. . . .Horace P. Hubbard, a stove merchant, was choked to death by a piece of meat while breakfasting at a restaurant.

April 12. Great excitement produced by the news by telegraph; intelligence of the defeat of Rebels under Beauregard Johnston, etc. on the 6th instant.

April 13. A fire occurred at the corner of Kearny and Pacific streets.

April 14. The dead body of Charles H. Walker was found in the Bay at pier 24 Stewart Street.

April 17. Arrival from Panama of the steamship Orizaba.

April 18. The dead body of Peter Keenan was found floating under Jackson Street Wharf.

April 19. Mrs. Cudworth committed suicide by hanging.

April 20. A woman, named Ellen Warren, was found dead in bed.

April 21. Departure of the steamship Orizaba with $732,219 84 in treasure. . . .Hon. Edward Stanly left on the steamer with a commission from the President as Military Governor of North Carolina.

April 22. A Republican Mass Meeting was addressed by Gov. Nye, of Nevada Territory.

April 24. Several model artists were arrested.

April 25. A report in the Pacific Medical Journal, upon the health of the city, shows a great improvement in that respect.

April 26. The body of a U.S. soldier was found in a well at the Presidio.

April 28. Impeachment trial of James H. Hardy, Judge of the Fifth District, for misdemeanor, commenced in the Senate Chamber.

April 29. An employee of the P.M.S.S. Co., named William P. Toomey, fell dead on Folsom Street Wharf.

May 1. Splendid Festivals and Exhibitions by the children of the various schools of the city. . . .Treasure shipment from Panama per steamship Golden Gate, $838,512 90. . . .Sudden death in convulsions of J.D. Abbot, policeman; also, G.P. Fobes, a lawyer.

May 2. Fire on Market Street.

May 5. Annual parade of the S.F. Fire Department which was very creditable.

May 7. Shalmon E. Morton, an employee of the Mint, was shot dead by C.L. De Brittan.

May 8. Shipment of treasure to Panama per steamship Sonora, $399, 827 85.

May 9. Execution of E.W. Bonney at San Leandro for the murder of A. Hirsch. . . .A new gas company formed.

May 12. A lump of gold weighing $3,000 was deposited at the U.S. Branch Mint.

May 13. A little girl, named Hassey, was killed by inhaling flames at a bonfire. . . .The rails on the Howard St. Railroad are being laid.

May 15. A boy named Henry Kramer, was run over and fatally injured by the cars on the Market Street Railroad.

May 16. Treasure shipment to Panama per Golden Age, $811,138 83.

May 20. Municipal Election resulting in the success of the People's Ticket.

May 21. Death of Capt. Francis B. Folger, a widely known and prominent pioneer merchant. . . .A Frenchman named Lacaya was found dead in his room

May 23. A little daughter of Thomas McCelliam was drowned.

May 24. Treasure shipment to Panama per St. Louis, $562,399 93.

May 26. Arrival of steamship Orizaba from Panama. . . .Rev. C. Wadsworth, D.D., pastor of Calvary Church, arrived to succeed Dr. Scott.

May 29. Sudden death of Mrs. Barrow.

May 31. The treasure shipment per Orizaba for Panama was $801,961 03. . . .Arrival of P.M.S.S. Golden Gate.

June 1. A duel occurred between Frank Turk and O.C. Hall. Settled without injury to either party.

June 4. The annual Jewish Festival.

June 6. The ship Robin Hood sustained considerable damage from fire.

June 7. Treasure shipment per Golden Gate for Panama, $632,532 31.

June 8. The Pacific, from Portland, brought $92,000 from the new mines.

June 9. Arrival of the steamship Sonora from Panama.

June 10. One hundred tons of copper from the Union Company arrived in the City.

June 11. The U.S. surveying steamer Active was sold for $30,000. . . .A military review came off on Washington Square.

June 14. Sudden death of Wm. F. Hamilton. . . .Treasure shipment per Sonora for Panama, $641,544.

June 17. A fire occurred on Greenwich Street.

June 22. The U.S. sloop-of-war Wyoming sailed for Manila.

June 23. A lunatic, named Lewis Eastman, committed suicide. . . .Treasure shipment for Panama, $643,101 21.

June 26. Arrival of the steamship St. Louis from Panama. . . .Jeremiah Sullivan was killed by the caving of a bank.

June 29. A fire took place at Mission Dolores.

June 30. Meeting of citizens to make arrangements for a general display in honor of the passage of the Pacific Railroad Bill.

July 1. The amount of treasure shipped East by the departing steamer St. Louis, was $1,267,160 58. . . .The back Overland mails of 2d, 3d, and 1th April, arrived, bringing over 10,000 letters. . . .Great preparations making for celebrating the Anniversary of National Independence.

July 2. U.S. steamer Lancaster arrived from Mare Island, where she had been undergoing repairs. As she was leaving the Navy Yard, Jonathan P. Roberts, a seaman, fell from aloft, and was instantly killed. . . .Lick House Hotel opened for the reception of guests.

July 3. U.S. steamer Saginaw, which had been condemned in China as unseaworthy, was brought safely into port by Com. watkins, who had been dispatched thither for that purpose by the U.S. Government. . . .The Union Democratic State Central Committee nominated Col. Jonathan D. Stevenson for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

July 4. The Anniversary of Independence celebrated in a manner unsurpassed by any of its predecessors. The National ensign floated from all the public and private buildings and from the shipping in the harbor. National salutes were fired at morning, noon, and night. The display of the military Regulars, and Volunteers, had never been equaled on any former occasion, and the civic portion of the procession was on the most extensive scale.

July 5. A fire occurred this morning, on the north side of Sacramento Street, between Mason and Taylor, destroying property to the amount of $2,000. . . .A small frame building on the east side of Virginia Street was destroyed by fire, and the occupant, James Gallagher, perished in the flames. . . .A printer named A. Wagner, was found drowned at the corner of East and Mission streets.

July 7. Corner Stone of the Hall of Society of California Pioneers laid with imposing ceremonials by the Grand Master of the Masonic Order. . . .Andrea Garibaldi, an Italian, dropped dead in the street, and a man named Dennis Hardy was found dead in a lumber yard. . . .Willie Linn, a small boy, fell through one of the wharfs and was drowned.

July 8. Neil Doherty, a native of Philadelphia, fell from a balcony and died of his injuries. . . .A boy named Gregory died from the effects of the explosion of a pistol on the Fourth of July.

July 10. A grand Torch Light Procession in honor of the passage of the Pacific Rail Road Bill. . . .Amount of treasure shipped East by the Orizaba, $1,541,390 38—the largest sum shipped during the present year. . . .Steamer Oregon arrived from Victoria and Portland, with $286,796 26.

July 12. A billiard match between Joseph Little and Daniel Lynch took place at Tucker's Hall—won by Little.

July 13. A man named Thomas Dunigan dropped dead in his room, on the corner of Beale and Folsom streets—death caused by pulmonary apoplexy.

July 14. French corvette Bayonnaise arrived in the harbor—international salutes being exchanged between the vessel, Fort Alcatraz, and the U.S. frigate Lancaster.

July 16. A surplus of $4,500 remaining of the moneys collected to defray the expenses of the celebration of the Fourth, was donated to the fund for relief of sick and disabled, soldiers in the East. . . .Frank Whitney reelected President of the Dashaway Association. . . .Flag Officer Bell of the Pacific Squadron, visited the French corvette Bayonnaise, and was received with a National salute.

July 17. A Frenchman named Joseph Muller was stabbed and killed by Andres Sessians, a Spaniard. . . .A boy named John Henry Quinn was burned to death, by his clothes taking fire.

July 20. U.S. sloop of war St. Marys returned from a cruise down the coast. . . .Lafayette Hook and Ladder Company visited the French corvette Bayonnaise.

July 21. Amount of treasure shipped East by the Golden Gate, $1,400,747 24;—14,000 letters were dispatched in the steamer's mail.

July 25. U.S. war steamer Lancaster put to sea. . . .A ball was given at Tucker's Hall to the Officers of the French corvette Bayonnaise, by the Lafayette Hook and Ladder Company. . . .The Mexicans of San Francisco subscribed $600 for a sword to Gen. Zaragoza.

July 27. Death of a pioneer merchant, Capt. F.W. Macondray. . . .Flouring mills of Jonathan Hunt on Francisco Street, between Powell and Mason, destroyed by fire. Loss $2,000. . . .H.B.M. steamer Mutine arrived from Panama.

July 31. During the month of July there were one hundred and sixty deaths in San Francisco. . . .The Custom House receipts during the last fourteen days of the month amounted to $303,000.

August 1. The steamship Uncle Sam sailed for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,513,430 34. . . .The colored population celebrated the anniversary of slave emancipation in the British West Indies. . . .A detachment of California Volunteers arrived from Fort Colville, W.T. . . .James Morton and E. Murphy got into a drunken altercation, which ended by the former shooting the latter in the leg, which was amputated.

Aug. 2. George W. Colmere, indicted for the murder of his wife, was found guilty of murder in the first degree.

Aug. 3. The cornerstone of St. Mary's College, at Bernal Heights, was laid with the customary ceremonials of the Catholic Church by Archbishop Alemany. . . .George B. Tingley, a pioneer lawyer, and Register of the U.S. Land Office, died suddenly. . . .John W. Wilde, of the banking house of Tallant & Wilde, died suddenly of disease of the heart.

Aug 5. The funerals of George B. Tingley and John W. Wilde were largely attended by all classes of citizens. . . .A detachment of California Volunteers left for Humboldt under command of Major J.F. Curtis. . . .Ship Henry Brigham sold by the U.S. Marshal for $15,250.

Aug. 6. The steamship St. Louis arrived, bringing the news of the burning of the Pacific Mail steamer Golden Gate, when about fifteen miles to the westward of Manzanillo, at five o'clock on the afternoon of July 27th, by which two hundred passengers were lost, together with the treasure and ship's papers. The surviving passengers returned on the St. Louis. The news caused a general gloom throughout the community.

Aug 7. The flags of the shipping and the city displayed at half mast in token of mourning, over the Golden Gate disaster. Benefits given at all the theaters for the relief of sufferers, and a large amount raised by private subscriptions for the same purpose.

Aug. 10. Steamer Active, under charge of Capt. R.H. Waterman, was dispatched to the scene of the wreck of the GOlden Gate for the purpose of recovering the treasure. . . .John Williams, a seaman on the ship Twilight, fell overboard as she was coming into port, and was drowned.

Aug. 11. The steamship Golden Age left for Panama with $1,088,160 97 in treasure, a mail of 7,000 letters, and 30,000 newspapers. . . .The U.S. steamer Narragausett arrived from Marc Island, where she had been undergoing repairs.

Aug. 13. The French war steamer Diamant arrived from Mazatlan. . . .A small frame dwelling near the Protestant Orphan Asylum was destroyed by fire.

Aug. 15. The French citizens celebrated the anniversary festival of Napoleon III with a procession of the military, high mass at the Church of Notre Dame des Victoires, a national salute from the French corvette Diamant, and a ball at Platt's Hall in the evening.

Aug. 17. The P.M. steamship Orizaba arrived from Panama with four hundred and six passengers, and the crew of the Golden Gate, and twenty-three of the passengers on board at the time of her destruction. . . .Calvary Cemetery consecrated by Archbishop Alemany, with the rites of the Catholic Church. . . .James Donahue, a pioneer citizen, died at his residence in Santa Clara County.

Aug. 18. A storm of thunder accompanied by lightening passed over the city. Heavy showers of rain fell throughout the valleys of San Jose and Santa Clara. . . .James Whitney, jr., President of the California Steam Navigation Company, and Ben. Holladay, who were passengers on the Golden Gate at the time of her wreck, started East by the overland route. . . .The Union Democratic Convention met and adjourned out of respect to the memory of James Donahue, who died at his residence near Santa Clara on the 17th inst.

Aug. 21. The steamship Sonora left for Panama with a treasure amounting to $1,431,592 20. . . .The tannery owned by Daniel C. McGlynn, near Mission Dolores, was destroyed by fire. Loss estimated at $3,000 or $4,000.

Aug. 23. A Dane named F.H. Prahn, fell over board from the schooner Ringleader, off San Pablo Point, and was drowned.

Aug. 25. Judge Blake, of the Probate Court, decides in favor of the validity of the will of D.C. Broderick, and an appeal is taken of the Supreme Court. . . .Water commenced flowing through the flume of the Spring Valley Water Works into the Lake Honda Reservoir.

Aug. 27. A large Union meeting held at Platt's Hall was addressed by Hon. Thompson Campbell. . . .A boy named Patrick Redding was run over by the locomotive of the Market Street Railroad, and so severely injured that his arm had to be amputated.

Aug. 28. The Army Department of the Pacific in compliance with an order from the General Government paid a tribute of respect to the memory of Ex-President Van Buren by firing thirteen guns from the Fort at Alcatraz at sunrise, half-hourly guns during the day, and thirty-four guns at sunset—the flags of the military remaining at half-mast during the day.

Aug. 30. A large Union Ratification meeting was held at Platt's Music Hall, which was addressed by several of the candidates nominated by the Union Administration County Convention. . . .The brig Augenette from the northern seas arrived in Port fifty-one days from the Amoor River, and twenty from Kamschatka.

September 3. Steamship Constitution left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,386,845 40. . . .Elections for State Officers passed of quietly resulting in the success of the entire Union Administration ticket by a large majority. . . .Over $3,000 contributed to the Sanitary Fund by the voters at the polls.

Sept. 4. The North Beach & Mission Railway Company organized. . . .Patrick Redding, the boy run over by the cars on the Market Street Railway, died of his injuries. . . .Trial of Moses Warren, indicted for the murder of his wife in March last, commenced in the Fourth District Court.

Sept. 5. The Military Enrollment list made out by the Assessor, and approved by the Board of Equalization, includes twenty-seven thousand six hundred names.

Sept. 6. Great rejoicings over Union victories in the East. . . .Six thousand six hundred dollars subscribed in a few hours to the Fund for the relief of sick and wounded soldiers in the Federal Army. . . .This was one of the hottest days of the season; the mercury standing at 80 degrees in the shade. . . .Steamship Uncle Sam arrived from Panama with 318 passengers, a large mail, and 350 tons of freight. . . .The jury in the case of Moses Warren, indicted for the murder of his wife, returned a verdict of not guilty.

Sept. 7. Extensive preparations making for the celebration of the Anniversary of the admission of California into the Union. . . .Steamship Pacific arrived from the Northern Coast with a treasure amounting to $72,231.

Sept. 9. The Twelfth Anniversary of the admission of California into the Union was celebrated by a general parade and review of the military of the city, and an Oration by E.H. Washburn before the Society of California Pioneers at their rooms in the evening—after which a testimonial fund to Gen. Sutter was inaugurated by the members. . . .John Wall, a member of the Riggers and Stevedore Association died from the rupture of a blood vessel.

Sept. 10. The Annual Conference of the California Methodist E. Church assembled in the Folsom Street M.E. Church, and organized by appointing the following officers and the regular Standing Committees—President: Bishop Simpson; Secretary: J.B. Hill; Assistant: W.S. Urmy; Statistical Secretary: D. Deal. . . .A large meeting for the relief of suffering soldiers in the East was held in the room of the Board of Supervisors, Mayor Teschemacher presiding. . . .The magnificent flag gotten up by the Baltimoreans, for the First Regiment of Maryland, was intrusted to Gen. Ellis to hand over to Reverdy Johnson, and by him to be presented to the Regiment in the name of the donors. . . .English Steamship Tynemonth arrived ninety-one days from London via the Falkland Islands, with two hundred and forty-six passengers for Victoria.

Sept. 11. Steamship Orizaba left for Panama with treasure amounting to $920,335 12. . . .Sheriff Ellis, who was among the passengers for the East, was saluted by the artillery of the First California Guard. . . .Stock and Exchange Board of Brokers organized.

Sept. 12. The following named officers were elected for the Odd Fellows Hall Association—President: B.A. Shelden; Vice President: Henry C. Squire; Secretary: T. Rodgers Johnson; Treasurer: A. Hinnelman. . . .The anniversary of the battle of North Point near Baltimore Sept. 12, 1814, was celebrated by the Monumental Engine Company.

Sept. 13. A large meeting of members of the Bar was held to take measures in aid of the sick and wounded Soldier's Fund. . . .Sales of the Broderick Estate made by Messrs. Cobb, Sinton & Bond, amounting to $170,350.

Sept. 14. A frame building on the north east Corner of Geary and Mason streets was destroyed by fire, loss $1,200. . . .An immense meeting was held at Platt's Hall in aid of the Fund for the relief of the sick and wounded of the Army and Navy in the East. Addresses were delivered by Mayor Teschemacher, Eugene Casserly, Rev. T. Starr King, Frederick Billings, and others.

Sept. 15. Major McKay arrested at Benicia by J.M. Neville, Sheriff and Provost Marshal of Solano County, on a charge of Secessionism was brought to the city en route for Fort Alcatraz by a file of soldiers.

Sept. 16. The Stockton Argus, Stockton Democrat, San Jose Tribune, Visalia Post, and Visalia Equal Rights Expositor excluded from the mails by order of Gen. Wright. . . .The Mexican citizens celebrated the Anniversary of their National Independence, by a salute of twenty-one guns, a thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral, and an Oration at Turn Verein Hall.

Sept. 17. A number of German citizens contributed $1,000 fr the purchase of a testimonial to be forwarded to Gen. Sigel. . . .The Steamship Golden Age arrived with a large number of passengers.

Sept. 18. The residents of the Chilean Republic in San Francisco celebrated the fifty-second Anniversary of their National Independence by a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. . . .Patrick Mulholland died suddenly of apoplexy.

Sept. 20. The steamship Golden Age left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,157,511 25. . . .The San Francisco Committee remitted $100,000 of California contributions to the fund for the relief of the sick and wounded of the army and navy in the East. . . .The Russian war steamer Abreak, 9 guns and 125 men, arrived in port. . . .A number of frame buildings on Sullivan's Alley near Stockton, tenanted by Chinese, were destroyed by fire; loss trifling. . . .John Frohling, pioneer wine culturist, died of consumption.

Sept. 22. An association of patriotic Indies met at the Unitarian Church for the purpose of preparing lint for the wounded National soldiers and seamen. . . .James Mountain was indicted by the Grand Jury for killing Edward Murphy.

Sept. 23. A dispatch was received from Rev. H. W. Bellows, President of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in New York, acknowledging in eloquent terms the receipt of the contribution of $100,000 from California. . . .Joseph Mayer was killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol he was handling.

Sept. 24. The feast of the New York inaugurated by Jewish citizens. . . .Work commenced on the Broderick Monument by the contractors.

Sept. 26. A discharged soldier named John Gallagher died suddenly of disease of the lungs. . . .Bishop Stanley and family arrived from England en route to Honolulu. . . .Contributions to the Sanitary Fund coming in liberally. . . .Large amounts of goods shipping to Washoe.

Sept. 28. The Russian steam corvette Calavala arrived from Kamschatka, having on board Rear Admiral A. Popoff, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian forces on the Pacific Ocean and Chinese Seas. . . .Grace Church opened for service for the first time, Bishop Kip officiating.

Sept. 29. At five minutes past two o'clock A.M. occurred the severest shock of an earthquake felt in the city for a number of years; the shock was a single one lasting but a few seconds, and resembled those frequently occurring in South America.

Sept. 30. William H. Heighe, an employee in the banking department of Wells, Fargo & Co., committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol in a lit of temporary insanity.

October 2. The steamship Sonora left for Panama with over $1,000,000 in treasure, and a large number of passengers.

Oct. 3. Emma Lane, a child aged 2 1/2 years, fell into a cistern on Powell Street near Green, and was drowned. . . .Forty arrests made by the police, eighteen of whom were Chinese, who refused to pay the Federal tax. . . .George Shirly, a German, was found drowned near Fort Point where he had gone in the surf to bathe.

Oct. 4. A patriotic mass meeting of native and foreign born citizens was held at Platt's Hall. . . .A shower, the first rain of the season, occurred. . . .C. Bauer was precipitated, by the giving way of the railing of his building, a distance of thirty-five feet, injuring him so severely as subsequently to cause his death.

Oct. 5. The P.M. steamship Constitution arrived with 343 passengers, and a large mail and freight.

Oct. 6. Horace P. Jones, a pioneer citizen and lawyer, was found dead on the street from disease of the heart. . . .Edward Massey, an Englishman, a jeweler, committed suicide by taking strychnine.

Oct. 7. Charles Doane, a prominent citizen and ex-Sheriff of the county of San Francisco, died suddenly of apoplexy. . . .Ralph P. Meade, for many years a purser on the northern steamers, died of dropsy. . . .Col. J.B. Starr, a pioneer auctioneer of Sacramento, was attacked with an epileptic fit which resulted fatally. . . .State Sabbath School Convention met in Rev. Mr. Lacy's Church.

Oct. 9. The funeral of Gen. Doane was largely attended by the military and Masonic fraternity.

Oct. 10. The steamer Senator arrived, bringing among her passengers Col. E.J.C. Kewett, member of Assembly elect from Los Angeles, arrested for treason and consigned to prison at Alcatraz Island. . . .Major John S. Gillis also arrested in Sacramento on the same charge, was also transferred to the same quarter. . . .A destructive fire occurred on the north side of Sacramento Street above Dupont, destroying several frame buildings and property amounting to about $8,000.

Oct. 11. The steamship Constitution left for Panama with a treasure amounting to $1,279,167 20. . . .George Samuel Wade, aged 13 years, was drowned in a pond corner of Turk and Jones streets.

Oct. 12. The steamship Sierra Nevada arrived from the northern coast, bringing treasure amounting to $500,000 and 535 passengers.

Oct. 13. Dr. E.S. Cooper, a well known physican and surgeon, died at his residence, on Mission Street, after a lingering illness. . . .Charles W. Sonle, while driving a team was accidentally dragged from his seat, and was so severely injured that he died in a few minutes.

Oct. 15. Two frame laundries, on the opposite sides of Dora Street, between Folsom and Harrison and Seventh and Eighth, were destroyed by fire. Loss, $8,000. . . .Senator Baker, of Tulare County, arrested by Marshal Rand, on a charge of treason, and discharged.

Oct. 17. Evan Evans, belonging to the ship Criterion, fell from the second story of his boarding house and was killed.

Oct. 18. The Opposition Steamship Nicaragua Transit Route re-opened. . . .A son of Judge Lorenzo Sawyer, aged four years, fell through a skylight of the Stevenson House, a distance of two stories, and as so severely injured that he died soon after.

Oct. 21. The steamship St. Louis left for Panama with a treasure amounting to $1,184,619 04. . . .The Opposition steamer Moses Taylor also left for Nicaragua, with a large number of passengers.

Oct. 24. Col. Kewen, after remaining a prisoner for two weeks, at Alcatraz Island, was released upon taking the oath of allegiance and giving bonds in the sum of $5,000.

Oct. 25. The boiler of the engine of the National Flouring Mills, on Market Street, at the head of Sansom, exploded, causing the death of four men, and severely injuring several others. The names of the parties fatally injured were Cooper, Miller, Robb, and Keller.

Oct. 26. Pacific Mail steamship Golden Age arrived with 130 passengers, and a large mail and freight. The steamer brought the remains of Col. Roderick N. Matheson, who died from the effect of wounds received in battle.

Oct. 27. An Italian bark arrived from Genoa, the first vessel hailing from the home of Columbus that ever entered the harbor of San Francisco.

November 1. The steamship Golden Age left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,698,797 50.

Nov. 6. A grand Union Festival, for the benefit of the families of California Volunteers was given by the ladies at Platt's Hall.

Nov. 8. The remains of Col. Roderick N. Matheson were escorted to the Petaluma boat by a large military and civic procession. . . .The steamship Pacific arrived from the North, bringing a large number of passengers, and treasure amounting to $290,000. . . .An elegant service of plate was presented by the congregation Emanu El to their President, Henry Seligman.

Nov. 11. The P.M. steamship Orizaba left for Panama, with treasure amounting to $1,203,441 66.

Nov. 13. Gov. Stanford and Secretary Weeks visited the various benevolent institutions of San Francisco—the Catholic and Protestant Orphan Asylums, the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, and Magdalen Asylums.

Nov. 16. A fire broke out in the frame building on the corner of Clay and Montgomery streets, destroying a large amount of property in the Daily Morning Call, the cigar store of Leony & Hirstel, Martin & Morton's, and Boyd's Hat Emporium. As Broderick Engine, No. 1., was passing down Clay Street to this fire, a man named James Carson, who had hold of the rope, stumbled and fell, when the machine ran over him, injuring him so that he died soon after.

Nov. 18. Dr. Henry Bates, Treasurer of State under the administration of Gov. J. Neely Johnson, died, of consumption. . . .The physicians of the city contributed $1,000 to the Sanitary Fund in the East.

Nov. 19. A meeting of the Wine Growers of the State was held at the Union Hotel. President: A. Haraszthy; Secretary: John S. Hittel.

Nov. 21. The P.M. steamship Constitution left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,353,536 77.

Nov. 24. The workmen commenced breaking ground on the North Beach and Mission Railway. . . .Rev. H.W. Bellews acknowledged the receipt of an additional $30,000 from San Francisco to the Sanitary Fund.

Nov. 25. The Thirteenth Anniversary of the California Bible Society was observed at the First Baptist Church, on Washington Street.

Nov. 27. Thanksgiving Day was generally observed, the greater portion of places of business being closed and all the churches opened. The American Flag was generally displayed in the city and on the shipping.

Nov. 29. A workman, named Martin Spelman, engaged by the Centre Street Quarry, near the Mission, was killed in blasting rock. . . .The Grand Jury adjourned after having found a number of bills of indictment, a majority of which were for gaming.

Nov. 30. The steamship Pacific arrived from the northern coast, bringing over $200,000 in treasure. . . .Capt. John B. Cooper, a pioneer citizen, died, after a lingering illness. . . .The building known as "Pfeiffer's Castle," on Stock Street, refitted and opened as "The Home of the Inebriate". . . .A negro named Charles Anderson, in a fit of jealousy, shot and killed another colored man, named Wesley Hazard.

December 1. The P.M. Steamship St. Louis, left for Panama with a treasure amounting to $1,228,180 81. . . .Charles D. Connell was elected Assistant Engineer of the Fire Department. . . .A Frenchman (Theodore Benjamin) committed suicide by taking strychnine. . . .The body of a German, named Christian William Andreas, was found in the sandhills; deceased having committed suicide with a shotgun.

Dec. 2. The first number of an Italian Weekly, styled La Parola, issued by Solivalo & Co. . . .A boy named Searpor was killed by the explosion of a bottle of gunpowder.

Dec. 3. The corner stone of the Unitarian Church, on the south side of Geary Street, between Dupont and Stockton, was laid with appropriate ceremonies, Rev. T. Starr King delivering a discourse on the occasion.

Dec. 4. Through his own carelessness, in endeavoring to get upon the Mission Railway Cars, William F. Larkin, Constable at the Mission, was run over and so severely injured that both legs were amputated, causing death two days later.

Dec. 6. The California Calvary Company for the East, paraded and were reviewed on the Plaza by General Wright. . . .Capt. R.H. Waterman, sent to the scene of the destruction of the Golden Gate, returned after an absence of four months without receiving any portion of the lost treasure.

Dec. 9. The State Wine Convention met at Minerva Hall, and adopted a memorial to Congress, asking a reduction of the tax upon native wines. . . .A festival was given to the California Rangers at Platt's Hall.

Dec. 10. The California Hundred, Capt. Reed's Calvary Company of California Rangers, were reviewed on the Plaza by Mayor Teschemacher, and inspected by Lieut. Col. Thompson. . . .A dispatch was received by the Mayor from Henry W. Bellows, acknowledging the receipt of $30,500 from California to the Sanitary Fund.

Dec. 11. The P.M. Steamship Golden Age left for Panama with treasure amounting to $1,595,599 78. . . .The Moses Taylor also left for Nicaragua with a large number of passengers.

Dec. 12. A young Frenchman, named Francisco Madelaine, fell down in an apoplectic fit on Sacramento Street, and expired soon after. . . . Capt. Philip O'Neill, an old resident, died from the effects of the fall. . . .The Fall term of the Public Schools closed for a vacation during the holidays.

Dec. 13. A man, named Theodore Partello, residing on Natoma Street, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor.

Dec. 15. A man, named Josephy Lerny, who had been dissipating extensively, committed suicide by hanging. . . .Simon Crugier, a member of Volunteer Fire Company No. 9, died of fever at St. Mary's Hospital.

Dec. 16. The Moses Taylor was compelled to return on account of having broken her port shaft. . . .Sister Mary Paul Brechinor, a Sister of Mercy, died at St. Mary's Hospital.

Dec. 18. The P.M. Steamship Orizaba arrived from Panama, bringing a large number of passengers. . . .A little daughter of G.A. McLaughlin was run over by the cars near Hayes Park, severing an arm near the shoulder.

Dec. 20. The P.M. Steamship Sonora left for Panama, with treasure amounting to $1,448,994 27. . . .The Opposition Steamer Hermann also left with a larger number of passengers. . . .A man, named Mathew S. Ingolls, fell dead while on his way to his residence on Mission Street.

Dec. 21. Majors Gillis and McKay released from confinement at Alcatraz. . . .Rain fell heavily during the day.

Dec. 22. The steamer Paul Pry, with one hundred and fifty persons on board, was wrecked off Alcatraz Island, but no lives were lost. . . .A one-story frame building, on the corner of Beale and Mission streets, was burned to the ground. Loss about $2,500. . . .James Burns, first mate of the brig Quoddy Belle, was washed overboard and drowned as that vessel was entering the harbor.

Dec. 23. A severe earthquake, lasting five or six seconds, was felt throughout the city. . . .A number of the crew of the ship Audubon were arrested for mutiny on the high seas.

Dec. 24. First cars started on the South Beach and Mission Railway.

Dec. 25. Christmas was very generally observed throughout the city by the customary religious services and festivities. . . .News received of the death of Capt. John Wattson at Hongkong. . . .An Englishman, named George Wormsley, committed suicide by taking laudanum.

Dec. 27. The P.M. Steamship Constitution arrived with a large number of passengers, and the news of the capture of the steamer Ariel, on the Atlantic side, by the Alabama, causing great excitement. . . .Rev. Mr. Thrall, a pioneer clergyman, arrived with his family.

Dec. 29. The drying house and stable of the Chelsea Laundry, on Brannan Street, between Third and Fourth, were destroyed by fire. Loss near $1,000. . . .A slight shock of an earthquake felt throughout the city.

Dec. 30. Hon. Thomas Campbell, member of the Assembly from Calaveras County, died of consumption. . . .Mrs. Mary Ann Clark committed suicide by taking strychnine. . . .Charles A. Moore attempted suicide by shooting himself with a pistol.

Source: Langley, Henry G. The San Francisco Directory; Chronological History of Principal Events. 1862, 1863.

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