San Francisco History

Events of 1864

January 1, 1864. J. B. E. Cavallier, President of the San Francisco Stock and Exchange Board of Brokers, presented with a silver punch bowl worth $1,600. . . .The anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation celebrated by the negroes.

Jan. 3. Golden Age sailed with $1,797,792 81. . . .Charles Kensett committed suicide by taking laudanum.

Jan. 4. A cottage house on Corbett Street was destroyed by fire.

Jan. 5. Peruvian bark Mandarina seized by the revenue officers for violating the revenue law by importing pisco. . . .The special policemen were forbidden from wearing stars, and exercising the functions of the regular police force. . . .The steamer Pacific was confiscated for smuggling.

Jan. 6. George O'Doherty was appointed reporter, and Robt. C. Rogers commissioner, of the Twelfth District Court. . . .Michael Murray and John Cosgrove were tried in the U. S. Circuit Court for beating John Ganyon to death, on board the steamer Panama, and declared innocent. . . .Geo. F. Batcheldor was convicted on charge of manslaughter.

Jan. 7. The pews of the Church of Pilgrims were sold at prices ranging from $200 to $45.

Jan. 11. The Constitution broke her shaft while coming into port.

Jan. 12. The Willows burned. Total loss $25,000. . . .The Colorado Steam Navigation Company incorporated.

Jan. 13. The steamer Orizaba sailed with $1,140,087 76. . . .William Jackson convicted of manslaughter on the high seas; was sentenced to three years in the State Prison.

Jan. 16. The San Francisco and San José Railroad Company celebrated the completion of their road. A train of cars run over the line, and a grand dinner and speech-making was had at San José. . . .A large lot of opium, brought to this port by the ship Derby, was seized by the revenue authorities. . . .George W. Hutchinson adjudged guilty of smuggling. . . .A new trail granted to George F. Batcheldor.

Jan. 17. Capt. Merritt, with a party of wreckers, arrived from New York.

Jan. 18. W. C. Taylor, long conncted with the San Francisco press, died after a lingering illness.

Jan. 20. Alexander Plunkett, arrested by the Provost Guard for disloyalty, was found to be insane, and sent to the Stockton Asylum. . . .Alfred Rubery, one of the Chapman pirates, released on pardon by President Lincoln.

Jan. 22. Anniversary of Poland's equality celebrated by the natives of Poland by a requiem Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral, and a grand dinner at the Polish Headquarters. . . .Steamer America arrived, 15 days from New York. . . .A cottage on the corner of Green and Mason streets was destroyed by fire.

Jan. 23. John Keegan, Treasurer, Groom's Association, endeavored to abscond on that steamer. He was made to disgorge. . . .P. M. S. S. Golden City sailed for Panama with $1,507,035 30 treasure.

Jan. 25. Capt. Merritt's wreckers began work upon the wreck of the Aquila.

Jan. 26. Ridgley Greathouse, Chapman pirate, was released upon taking the oath prescribed by the President's Amnesty Proclamation. . . .The prize money of the schooner Chapman was distributed by order of Court. . . .A dwelling house, occupied by Mr. Callahan, on Telegraph Hill, was destroyed by fire.

Jan. 27. 200 jars of pisco seized by revenue officers. . . .Revenue officers were placed on Victoria steamers to look after the smugglers.

Jan. 28. George F. Batcheldor was a second time convicted of manslaughter. . . .A large lot of cigars, tea, and toys were seized by the revenue officers.

Jan. 29. A preliminary meeting was held at Blumenberg's Hall, to protest against the repeal of the Specific Contract Bill. . . .George W. Colmere, under sentence of death, was respited for one week.

Jan. 31. The schooner Jenny Foard went ashore on Diablo Point, and was a total loss. McDonald, the mate, and William Osgood, a passenger, were drowned.

February 1. James M. Taylor was appointed Commissioner of the Fourth District Court. . . .J. C. Derby, ex-City Assessor, died. . . .A forged check for $6,100 was paid by Donohoe, Ralston & Co.

Feb. 2. The schooner Caroline E. Foote, seized for smuggling, was released by order of Secretary of Treasury.

Feb. 3. The St. Louis sailed with $1,377,515 02. . . .The U. S. Sub-Treasurer sent $2,000,000 in gold to New York, per St. Louis.

Feb. 4. A mass meeting in opposition to the repeal of the Specific Contract Bill, held at Platt's Hall. Supervisor Torrey presided. I. P. Rankin, John H. Dwinelle, Elisha Cook and others addressed the meeting. D. W. Cheeseman, U. S. Sub-Treasurer, endeavored to make himself heard, but was hissed, booted, and barely escaped being mobbed. . . .George W. Baker, a dishonest book-keeper in the employment of Lyon & Harrold, proprietors of the Empire Brewery, escaped to Mexico after robbing his employers.

Feb. 5. George W. Colmere, under sentence of death for the murder of his wife, commits suicide by opening a vein in his arm with the tooth of a comb.

Feb. 8. E. B. Goddard, of the Pacific Foundry, a prominent citizen, died suddenly.

Feb. 10 Emanuel Odiardo was adjudged guilty of manslaughter. . . .Conrad Luce was indicted by the U. S. Grand Jury for libel.

Feb. 11. A heavy storm prevailed during the day. . . .The Narragansett returned from a Northern cruise.

Feb. 12. George F. Batcheldor was sentenced to one year's imprisonment in the State Prison for manslaughter. . . .Treasure shipment per P. M. S. S. Constitution, $2,620,421 81.

Feb. 14. John Foster was killed by James F. Rogers, in the Plaza Saloon. . . .Capt. Gultudine, of the Russian corvette Calavala, was thrown from a carriage and badly injured.

Feb. 15. Dr. A. S. Baldwin, appointed Supervisor of the Fifth District, vice E. C. Kennedy, resigned. . . .Carlo Emanuel Odiardo, sentenced to ten years imprisonment in the Penitentiary for manslaughter. . . .Ridgley Greathouse, the captain of the Chapman pirates, was released upon taking the oath prescribed in the President's Amnesty Proclamation.

Feb. 16. The Germans held a preliminary meeting for the purpose of arranging for a mass meeting to express the sense of our German population on the Schleswig-Holstein question. . . .Three houses on Clay Street, near East, settled into the bay, the piles having been destroyed.

Feb. 18. The Central Railroad completed to Lone Mountain.

Feb. 19. The stockholders of the Real del Monte Mining Company held a meeting to consider the conduct of trustees. Committees were appointed and instructed to examine the books of the company and report at a subsequent meeting.

Feb. 20. Dr. Wm. Rabe was ordered to be taken to the Insane Asylum at Frankfort, Pennsylvania. . . .Residence of Mr. P. Kearney, Minna Street, destroyed by fire.

Feb. 21. Mrs. B. P. Moore was thrown from a carriage and sustained a fracture of the thigh. . . .Chadbourne's Bakery on Jackson Street was destroyed by fire.

Feb. 22. A foot-race for the champion belt took place at Bay View Park; John McGreavy, Charles Driver, and Wm. Sargent as competitors. John McGreavy was the winner. . . .N. W. Hart, a contractor, committed suicide by taking strychnine.

Feb. 23. Four thousand five hundred jars Chinese wine were seized by the revenue officers. . . .Shipment of treasure per P. M. S. S. Golden Age, $943,433 17.

Feb. 24. A woman of the town, named Mary Smith, was found murdered in her bed, in Ross Street. She was stabbed in ten or a dozen places. No clue was left by the murderers. . . .The Germans held a mass meeting at Platt's Hall, relative to the Schleswig-Holstein affairs. . . .Caleb T. Fay decided that all stock sold required a new revenue stamp.

Feb. 25. James Grant, ex-County Recorder, died. . . .A telegram received announcing the death of J. Sewell Reed, Captain of the California One Hundred. . . .The Bay City Restaurant, on Clay and Drumm streets, was destroyed by fire.

Feb. 26. Three very severe shocks of earthquake felt.

Feb. 27. The schooner Louis Harker, lying at Clay Street wharf, sunk. . . .The Evening Journal changed to a morning paper.

Feb. 28. Gen. La Vega and family arrived from Mexico. . . .Gov. Kennedy, of British Columbia, arrived en route.

March 1. A rowing match for $500 a side took place between Thomas Kirby and H. C. Hoyt; won by Mr. Hoyt. . . .George Finch, Samuel Johns, and Jeremiah Owens were arrested, charged with the murder of George Wilkes, near Redwood. . . .Requiem mass performed at St. Mary's Cathedral for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the church at Santiago, Chile, when it was destroyed by fire.

March 2. The anniversary of the birthday of the Emperor of Russia was celebrated by the Russian men-of-war in port. . . .M. Wächter, a German artist, blew his brains out at Seal Rock House—cause, disappointment.

March 3. The Golden City sailed with $2,599,312 84. . . .Asbury Harpending, a Chapman pirate, took the oath of amnesty and was released from custody.

March 4. Rev. Thomas Starr King, pastor of the First Unitarian Church, died, which event caused a profound sensation throughout the city and State. Many public edifices were draped in mourning, and some of the Government offices were closed in consequence. . . .E. E. Bryan committed suicide.

March 5. The body of Joseph Barrett was brought to this city for interment. . . .Two shocks of an earthquake were felt. . . .The dwelling house of Mr. White, on Devisidero Street, was burned.

March 8. John E. Castera, liquor and wine importer, arrested, charged with defrauding the revenue by means of false invoices.

March 9. The flour dealers combine and increase the price of flour. . . .Sullivan Brown was convicted of robbery, and Frank Congdon of grand larceny.

March 10. William Clark Bennett, U. S. Deputy Marshal, died of consumption.

March 11. A slight earthquake felt at 9:15 A.M. . . .A gang of pickpockets, embracing five individuals, arrested.

March 12. The steamer Orizaba sailed with $1,060,935 82 treasure. . . .Charles Moore was sentenced to State Prison for five years for burglary; Frank Congdon, for grand larceny, five years; Sullivan Brown, for robbery, for ten years.

March 14. Fred. G. Tittel and his wife celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. . . .A heavy rain fell—the first for 47 days.

March 16. George H. Hossefross died of consumption.

March 17. The Irish celebrate St. Patrick's day.

March 18. Very heavy hail—the streets covered to the depth of an inch or more.

March 19. H. M. Graham sues steamship Moses Taylor for $2,500 damages for violation of passenger contract. . . .James McCready was senteced to State Prison for ten years for Grand Larceny; James Marin for five years, for similar offense.

March 20. The funeral of George H. Hossefross took place from Monumental Engine House.

March 23. The steamer Constitution sailed with $1,074,927 34 treasure.

March 25. The planing mill of Mr. Thomas, on California Street, between Davis and Drumm, partially destroyed by fire.

March 29. The dwelling occupied by Mr. Houseman, on Fourth Street, between Howard and Tehama, was partially destroyed by fire.

April 1. The iron-molders strike for higher wages.

April 2. A quantity of arms on board the steamer Panama, bound for Mazatlan, were seized by the Federal authorities. . . .The Golden Age sailed with $1,052,963 11 treasure. . . .The suits against the Omnibus Railroad Company, for overcharging fare, were terminated—Judge Cowles holding that the Federal law permitted them to add to each fare the amount of the Federal tax.

April 3. A gale prevailed the bark Metropolis dragged her anchor and a boat from the U. S. steamer Saranac was sent to her relief. . . .Amount of treasure shipped per P. M. S. S. Golden Age, $1,052,963 14.

April 4. The will of the late Rev. T. Starr King was admitted to probate. . . .An attempt was made by prisoners to get away from San Quentin; they charged upon the guard who fired upon them. Several were killed and others wounded. . . .Lieut.-Col. Geo. H. Ringgold, Deputy Paymaster U. S. A., died.

April 5. Several men, en route from Canada to Victoria, were arrested by the Provost Guard for having letters of marque from Jeff. Davis in their possession. After examination they were discharged. . . .Col. Ringgold was buried with military honors. . . .The steamer Washoe launched.

April 10. The Second Congregational Church, on Taylor Street, was dedicated. Rev. Mr. Benton officiated.

April 11. The molders went to work, the proprietors having acceded to their demands. . . .The street railroad companies increase the fare by adding the Federal tax.

April 13. The Golden City sailed for Panama, carrying $1,064,049 55 in treasure.

April 14. The first seizure of real estate under the Internal Revenue Law was made by C. T. Fay, Collector of Internal Revenue. . . .The police arrested fifteen Mexicans who had been engaged in wharf pillage enterprises.

April 18. The American Flag, a daily newspaper, made its first appearance.

April 19. The People's Nominating Committee for 1864-65 was made public.

April 20. Fred'k Pape, a musician, was buried.

April 22. A quantity of opium was seized while being smuggled ashore from the bark Pallas.

April 23. The St. Louis sailed with $1,240,007 in treasure. . . .The premises occupied by Sheridan & Braceland, on Folsom Street near Third, were destroyed by fire.

April 24. An attempt was made to burn the Golden Era office. . . .E. W. Teackle attempted to kill J. Walter Walsh in front of the Bank Exchange.

April 25. Don Abel Stearns claim to 600 varas of land, at Mission Dolores, was rejected by Judge Hoffman. . . .Wm. Dyer was arrested by the provost guard for drinking a disloyal toast.

April 26. Lafayette Byrne was seriously injured by being thrown from a buggy.

April 27. The hospital and couple of buildings occupied as stables at Black Point Barracks were destroyed by fire.

April 28. The will of George H. Hossefross admitted to probate. . . .The revenue cutter Joe Lane arrived from Puget Sound. . . .1,000 baskets champagne were siezed by the revenue officers.

May 1. Richard Cranshaw, an actor and author, committed suicide.

May 2. The school children go on a picnic excursion on the San José Railroad to San Mateo. The Board of Education censure the teachers for going without permission from the Board. . . .John S. Ellis resigned the Sheriffalty.

May 3. A fire broke out in the building corner of Washington and Davis streets, and before it was extinguished caused a loss of $5,000.

May 4. The Constitution sailed with $1,179,611 10. . . .12,000 jars of Pisco, seized by revenue officers, were sold at U. S. Marshal's sale.

May 5. Miss Mary Von Pfister was thrown from a buggy at the intersection of Stockton and Washington and dragged about two hundred feet, when picked up she was dead. . . .A partial eclipse of the sun.

May 6. Gen. Chipman, ex-member of Congress from Michigan, was arrested for treasonable speech and conveyed to Alcatraz.

May 7. It was discovered that the Bensley Water Company had tapped the mains of the Spring Valley Company in Vallejo and Stockton streets.

May 8. The scaffolding in the Academy of Music gave way and three fresco painters fell to the floor, one of whom was fatally wounded.

May 11. Revenue officers seized 1,000 baskets of champagne.

May 12. John McFadden, a Chapman pirate, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in the State Prison for highway robbery. . . .P. M. S. S. Golden Age sailed with $911,035 94 in treasure.

May 15. Lion Mirasson was drowned in Mountain Lake.

May 17. The election for the city and county officers took place, reasulting in the triumph of the People's Union candidates.

May 18. The steamer Golden City was seized by the revenue officers for landing goods before a permit had been obtained.

May 20. Earthquake to-day, very severe shocks, causing persons to rush into the streets. . . .Lafayette Byrne died from injuries received some time previous.

May 21. Mrs. O. P. Sutton died suddenly. . . .D. S. Levy attempted to shoot Robert McDougall at the corner of Montgomery and Washington streets. The ball passed by McDougall and hit a lady, Mrs. Conrad, in the arm, inflicting a severe wound.

May 23. The Golden City sailed with $918,448 in treasure.

May 24. A meeting for the relief of the freedmen was held at Platt's Hall.

May 25. Dr. W. H. R. Wood, a lawyer and legal editor, died. . . .Gen. J. S. Chipman was released from Alcatraz. . . .John L. Durkee appointed Fire Marshal.

May 26. The U. S. Christian Commission held a public meeting at Platt's Hall. Rev. R. Patterson and Rev. G. J. Mingins addressed the meetings.

May 28. The Gridley Sanitary Sack of Flour, at the Metropolitan Theater, realized $2,075. . . .The Californian, edited by C. H. Webb, a new weekly paper, made its appearance. . . .An immense whale came ashore near the Cliff House.

May 30. H. S. Davis elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sheriff Ellis filed his bonds.

May 31. The Daily Dispatch, an evening paper, made its first appearance.

June 1. The hotels increase their prices twenty-five per cent. . . .F. G. A. Tittle, one of the oldest residents, died.

June 3. The committee appointed by the Pacific Board of Brokers to reply to a communication from the Washoe Board of Brokers of Virginia City, respecting the introduction of legal tender notes into the Board as a base of traffic, reported adversely. . . .The St. Louis sailed with $1,338,428 39. . . .A cottage occupied by Mr. Cole on Grove Street, Hayes Valley, was destroyed by fire.

June 4. The Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco and San Mateo, with invited guests, made a trip over the San Francisco and San José Railroad.

June 6. A committee was appointed (at a meeting called for the purpose) to make arrangements for the proper celebration of the coming Fourth of July.

June 7. Pears, plums, and figs made their appearance in the market.

June 8. Capt. George McGee, while going to his vessel at Pacific Street Wharf, was knocked down and robbed at corner of Davis Street. He was badly injured.

June 9. Revenue officers seize a large quantity of opium put up in eggs for the purpose of smuggling. . . .Ship Heloise arrived from Hongkong bringing 325 coolies.

June 11. The outer portion of Meigg's Wharf tumbled down.

June 12. Edward Buechel, a pioneer musician, died.

June 13. The steamer Constitution sailed with $822,340 69.

June 14. J. C. Young, a well-known advertising physician, died of dropsy.

June 15. The Bank of California filed articles of incorporation with the County Clerk. Capital, $2,000,000.

June 16. Mary E. Collins, a child five years old, was killed by being run over by a car on Folsom Street, near Fifth.

June 17. A card was published, signed by over 300 Hebrews, denying that an article headed "Our Superiority," in the Gleaner, reflected their sentiments. . . .A man was wounded by a musket ball fired by the sentry on Alcatraz. The boat in which a party had been sailing had gone closer to the shore than regulations permit.

June 19. Rev. John Maginniss, formerly pastor of St. Patrick's Church, died. . . .A frame house on Folsom, near Second, destroyed by fire.

June 21. Kate Mellen, a servant, while engaged about a stove, ignited her dress, and before the flames could be extinguished, was so badly burned as to cause death. . . .Major Addison Garland died at Mare Island.

June 22. A special meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held for the purpose of urging upon the Federal authorities the necessity of hastening the construction of the ironclad Monitor. . . .Earthquake at 9 o'clock and 5 minutes. . . .A row-boat, coming from Angel Island, capsized, and three men were drowned.

June 23. The Uncle Sam sailed with $982,380 94. While backing out from the wharf the vessel ran upon the flats off Rincon Point, and stuck fast until flood tide.

June 24. A telegraphic dispatch announces the death of Dr. William Rabe, a prominent Republican politician, and ex-U. S. Marshal. . . .Very high winds prevailed. The ship Game Cock dragged her anchor, and would have gone ashore on Goat Island had not one of the Russian steamers gone to her relief.

June 25. The Sophie McLane, plying between this city and San José, was withdrawn from the trade.

June 26. A small tenement house on Natoma Street, between Beale and Fremont, was destroyed by fire. A little boy, son of Mrs. Quinn, was burned to death.

June 27. The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution pledging a faith of the city for $60,000 to secure the construction of the Camanche.

June 28. The Russian man-of-war Abreck sailed for a cruise in the South Pacific.

June 29. The Golden Age, which had been due for twelve days, arrived in tow of the Golden City. She was detained at Acapulco by the breaking of a shaft.

July 1. Capt. George Peck, broker of this city, was killed near Gilroy, by being thrown from a buggy. . . .Bank of California, corner Battery and Washington streets, was opened for transaction of business.

July 2. A fire in the German Club Room, corner of Sacramento and Kearny streets, destroyed books, etc., to the value of $20,000.

July 3. Amount of treasure shipped per P. M. S. S. Golden City, $1,155,571 67.

July 4. The anniversary of our National Independence was celebrated in grand style. At 10 o'clock a procession was formed, under command of Dr. B. A. Sheldon, Marshal, which marched through the principal streets. At the Metropolitan Theater, an oration was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bellows, and a poem read by J. F. Bowman. At night, a fine display of fireworks was given in the southern part of the city. . . .J. Jaffes' coal yard, on Sutter Street, was destroyed by fire.

July 5. The Board of Education organized—newly-elected members taking their seats. Mr. Michael Lynch elected President.

July 6. E. L. Brittingham, a well-known copyist and political writer, died suddenly. . . .Hattie Owens was run over by a bread cart at the corner of Second and Howard streets, and killed. . . .Oscar H. Boyd, a well-known hatter, died of dropsy. . . .A soldier, named John Barrett, while insane from liquor, shot John McGowan thorugh the head, killing him instantly.

July 8. R. F. Ryan sues the American Flag newspaper for $1,000 damages, for publishing him as a traitor.

July 9. The aqueduct of the San Francisco Water Works burst, tearing up a large quantity of pipe, and flooding the neighborhood of Fillmore Street Wharf. The damaged was repaired before any great loss was sustained.

July 10. The French store-ship Rhin arrived from Acapulco for stores for the French army and blockading fleet.

July 11. Capt. Josiah N. Knowles, charged with manslaughter, for neglecting to make any attempt to rescue a sailor who had fallen overboard during his trip from New York to this port, was tried in the U. S. Circuit Court and acquitted.

July 12. The contractors, Messrs. Donahue, Ryan, and Secor, began the work of putting the Camanche together.

July 13. The P. M. S. S. St. Louis, sailed with $1,806,704 96 in treasure.

July 14. The trial of James F. Rogers, for the murder of John Foster, resulted in a verdict of guilty of manslaughter.

July 17. The J. L. Stephens arrived from Victoria with $263,367 91.

July 20. The bark A??l arrived from Philadelphia with ten 11-inch guns, and 2,500 shells, etc., for Government.

July 21. Several very severe shocks of earthquake. . . .C. Holden fell from the scaffolding around the Camanche, and sustained a fracture of the leg.

July 22. A plot to demoralize and debauch school girls, by exhibiting to them obscene pictures, was discovered. Several of the ringleaders arrested.

July 23. David Scannell, Chief Engineer of Fire Department, was presented with a gold watch by D. S. Wambold, the balladist. . . .The schooner Louise was sunk off Bolinas. She collided with the Ellen Adelia, and sunk almost immediately. Her crew was saved. . . .Treasure shipment per P. M. S. S. Constitution was $2,158,582 20.

July 24. The Moses Taylor arrived from Panama with 560 passengers.

July 25. Charles L. Weller, ex-Postmaster, arrested by order of Gen. McDowell, for a speech delivered at Sequel Hall. . . .Wm. Rogers, stage manager of the Eureka Theater, was severely stabbed by Henry Corbyn, the watchman of the house.

July 27. James M. McDonald instituted suit against the Omnibus Railroad Company for $25,000 damages, sustained by reason of the carelessness of the defendant's agents. . . .Henry K. Van Pelt, a pioneer, died of typhoid fever.

July 29. 100 barrels of molasses, presented to the Sanitary Fund by Capt. Makee, of the Sandwich Islands, as sold at auction, realizing $1,286.

July 30. James W. Rogers, the murderer of John Foster, was sentenced to five years' imprisonment in the State Prison.

July 31. The Pacific Insurance Company contributed $250 to the Firemen's Cemetery Fund.

August 1. The Young Men's Christian Association held their annual election. . . .Postmaster Perkins established an all-night delivery of letters.

Aug. 2. Democrats held a meeting at Hayes' Park, for the purpose of expressing their indignation at the arrest of Charles L. Weller, by the military authorities. . . .Henry Johnson, appointed Government Detective by Gen. McDowell. . . .H. M. S. Devastation arrived from Panama. She carries 8 guns and a crew of 175 men.

Aug 3. The Uncle Sam sailed for Panama, carrying $1,366,210 80. . . .A soldier, named Kennedy, killed a companion, James Fitzgerald, in the guard house at Black Point Barracks.

Aug. 4. The Russian corvettes Abrek and Calavala returned to port after a visit to Sandwich Islands. . . .The day was observed as one of fasting, humiliation and prayer as directed by President's Proclamation.

Aug. 5. A schooner called the Haze was seized by the Federal authorities at Half Moon Bay. She was laden with arms, intended for the Liberalists, Mexico.

Aug. 6. A. J. Bryant, President of the Union Central Club, was presented by the members of the club with a splendid gold watch.

Aug. 8. James A. Shotwell was declared guilty of forgery on the second trial, after the jury had deliberated 44 hours and 56 minutes.

Aug. 10. A shower of meteors fell this morning, lighting up the heavens, affording a gorgeous spectacle to those who were lucky enough to be abroad at the time.

Aug. 13. The Golden City sailed, carrying East $1,046,961 65. . . .The Russian fleet sailed for Japan.

Aug. 15. A propeller schooner built for the Peruvian government, was placed under surveillance by the Provost Marshal.

Aug. 16. Rev. L. C. Bayles, of the First Presbyterian Church, died after an illness of a few days. . . .Henry Meyers, while in charge of his father's pawnbroker establishment, was knocked down and the place robbed. The boy's skull was broken, but he recovered; but could not remember anything about the matter.

Aug. 17. A fire at Hayes Valley destroyed a cottage house belonging to Mrs. Hendricks.

Aug. 18. The Ning-Wong Chinese temple was opened for service.

Aug. 19. Two attempts were made to burn a boarding-house on the corner of Fourth and Howard.

Aug. 20. The authorities seized a large quantity of arms in the hands of different dealers. . . .The saloon at No. 709 Commercial Street was partially destroyed by fire. The proprietors, Messrs. Phillip Phillips and Lewis Davis, were arrested, charged with having set fire to it.

Aug. 21. Mrs. Mary Claughly, an actress, died of typhus fever.

Aug. 22. The Encinal and Alameda Railroad was complted and cars placed upon the track.

Aug. 23. George D. Lanson, charged with forgery; M. Fink, charged with grand larceny; J. T. Haguewood, and J. S. Haguewood, charged with grand larceny, were arrested while endeavoring to escape on the Panama steamer. . . .The Golden Age carried away $881,516 28.

Aug. 24. The Alameda Railroad commenced operations this morning, the steamer Sophie McLean making hourly trips from Davis and Vallejo streets to the Encinal Railroad Wharf. . . .The Ladies' Christian Commission Fair was opened for public patronage. The Fair proved a success, netting about $40,000.

Aug. 25. The clerks in the office of the Assessor of Internal Revenue struck for higher wages or payment of salary in gold coin. . . .James A. Shotwell was sentenced to six years imprisonment in the State Prison for forgery.

Aug. 26. J. C. Kavanaugh was brought here from Hakodadi, Japan, to serve in the State Prison a sentence of five years for manslaughter, pronounced by Minister J. C. Pruyn.

Aug. 28. Paul Torquet, one of the proprietors of Vulcan Foundry, died of typhus fever.

Aug. 29. The prosecutions instituted against T. J. L. Smiley for grand larceny for salving certain treasure from the wreck of the Golden Gate, was discontinued.

Aug. 30. Sam Wells, a well-known and popular member of the San Francisco Minstrels, died in Virginia City from injuries received from being thrown from a horse.

Aug. 31. The Cosmopolitan Hotel was opened for inspection of the public.

September 1. The jury which determined the Heslep-Weber case assessed the damages at $30,000.

Sept. 2. The Mechanic's Fair was opened by an address at Platt's Hall by Hon. John Conness. The Horse Fair at Bay View Park was also opened.

Sept. 3. Shipment of treasure per P. M. S. S. Constitution, $1,337,836 11.

Sept. 4. The Larkin Street Presbyterian Church was dedicated to public worship. . . .The Pacific House, near the Ocean House, was destroyed by fire.

Sept. 5. A resolution was passed by the Board of Supervisors declaring the office of Resident Physician, Visiting Physician, and Matron of the City Hospital vacant.

Sept. 6. The steamer Washoe burst her boiler just after entering the Slough, about forty miles below Sacramento, killing about 100 persons and making a complete wreck of the boat.

Sept. 7. The P. M. S. Co.'s new steamer Sacramento arrived from New York.

Sept. 8. J. C. Kavanaugh, sentenced by Mr. J. Y. Pruyn, U. S. Minister to Japan, to five years' imprisonment for manslaughter, was released by Judge Field on application by writ of habeas corpus.

Sept. 9. The Pioneer Society celebrated the anniversary of the admission, of California into the Union.

Sept. 10. Dr. B. A. Sheldon, Coroner, died after a short illness. . . .A house on Stockton Street occupied by Mrs. Catherine McElroy was partially destroyed by fire. . . .An upright boiler on Vallejo Street, used for discharging freight from ships, exploded, seriously injuring W. Whittaker and two others.

Sept. 11. C. J. Mortimer, a desperado and robber, attempted to assassinate officer George Rose, near San José.

Sept. 12 A society for the purpose of obtaining situations for and rendering aid to clerks out of employment was incorporated.

Sept. 13. A shooting affray occurred on Howard Street, between a party of soldiers and some citizens, in which two of the latter were shot and wounded. The affray originated in a political discussion. . . .The Sacramento sailed for Panama, carrying passengers and $825,384.

Sept. 14. Dr. Sawyer recovered judgement against the Market Street Railroad for professional services rendered a person injured by the cars of the defendant.

Sept. 15. Dr. Charles H. Raymond, Resident Physician of the City and County Hospital, committed suicide. . . .Daniel Ratigan, who was stabbed by Michael McDermott, during an affray at the Presidio, died at the City Hospital from his wounds.

Sept. 18. The funeral of Jerome Rice, who was killed near Centerville, Alameda County, by being thrown from his carriage on the 14th, took place. It was largely attended.

Sept. 19. Dr. S. R. Harris was elected Coroner, vice Dr. Sheldon, deceased. . . .Dr. Wm. T. Garwood received the appointment of Resident Physician, vice Dr. Raymond, deceased. . . .Joseph C. Gridley, elected Pound-keeper, vice L. Stivers, removed.

Sept. 20. Dr. A. G. Soule was appointed Visiting Physician of the City and County Hospital, vice Dr. S. B. Gerry, removed. . . .An earthquake occurred at 10:45, A.M., frightening some, but doing no material damage. . . .Michael McDermott, who stabbed and killed Daniel Rolligan two weeks before, was held for trial on a charge of murder.

Sept. 21. The Mexicans celebrated the victory of their countrymen under Cortinas, over the French, at Matamoras.

Sept. 22. The new grammar school house, built on the corner of Bush and Taylor streets, was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies. . . .The remains of the late Rev. T. Starr King were removed from the vault at Lone Mountain and entombed in the sarcophagus in front of the Unitarian Church.

Sept. 23. The Pacific Mail Steamer Golden City sailed for Panama with a large number of passengers, among whom were Rev. Dr. Bellows and family, Rt. Rev. Bishop Kin and wife, and other prominent citizens. The treasure shipment amounted to $1,175,208 07.

Sept. 24. The Spanish-American and Chilean residents celebrated the anniversary of the Independence of Chile.

Sept. 26. A man named Mordecai Mobley, a native of Springfield, Illinois, aged twenty-nine, and another named N. H. W. Dunn, committed suicide by taking morphine. . . .Salutes fired at 4, P.M., from the U. S. forts and by the volunteer batteries, in honor of Sheridan's victories in the Shenandoah Valley. . . .A whale, about seventy-five feet long, was stranded and came ashore outside the Heads, near the Cliff House.

Sept. 27. The embargo of the Treasury Department, forbidding the loading of foreign vessels at any portion of Puget Sound, by order of Secretary Fessenden. . . .The Nicaraguan steamer Moses Taylor arrived with a large number of passengers.

Sept. 28. Meeting held at the Mechanics' Pavilion for relieving the distresses of the people of Santa Barbara.

Sept. 30. The Jewish Holidays, especially the New Year or "Day of Memorial," were celebrated with the accustomed ceremonials, by the large Hebrew population. . . .The fines and penalties collected, during the past month, in the Police Court, amounted to $3,884; number of arrests, seven hundred and nineteen.

October 2. Steamship firemen struck for higher wages. An attempt was made to prevent the necessary hands from going on board the steamship Golden Age, which occasioned a riot, rendering necessary the interference of a large body of armed police to restore good order. . . .Board of Military Commission organized for the examination of the defenses in and around San Francisco. The Provost Guard increased to the number of one hundred and sixty men. . . .The thermometer eighty-three degrees in the shade at 2, P.M. . . .The benefit to the Santa Barbara sufferers at the Industrial Fair netted $1,368 30.

Oct. 4. A small frame building on Telegraph Hill was destroyed by fire about 8 o'clock, A.M. . . .The great trotting match between Fillmore and Unknown was won by the latter.

Oct. 5. The corner stone of the monument to the late George H. Hossefross was laid at Calvary Cemetery, with appropriate ceremonials. . . .The boiler of Ils Salt Water Baths, on North Beach, exploded, fatally injuring the engineer.

Oct. 7. A desperado named Roderick, stabbed a woman on Broadway, and attacked a policeman who attempted to arrest him. . . . .George Meyers shot a keeper of a saloon on Pacific Street, and afterwards beat her severely on the head with a pistol.

Oct. 9. Eighty-eighth anniversary of the settlement of San Francisco, the Mission of that name being founded October 9th, 1776. . . .Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean made their first appearance, before a crowded audience, at the Opera House.

Oct. 13. Steamer Brother Jonathan arrived from Victoria and Portland, with a large number of passengers and $369,910 in treasure. . . .Robert Dyson, an old resident of San Francisco, fell in a fit on the street, and died in a short time. . . .The Pacific Mail Steamship Constitution departed for Panama with a large number of passengers, and treasure amounting to $1,204,664 25.

Oct. 15. Patrick Ferris, one of the workmen engaged at the intersection of Greenwich and Leavenworth streets, was killed by the falling of a mass of rock.

Oct. 16. The U. S. gunboat Wateree, Capt. F. H. Murray, Commander, arrived, two hundred and twenty-two days from Hampton Roads.

Oct. 18. The Central American Transit Company's steamer Moses Taylor left for San Juan del Sur with a large number of passengers. . . .The U. S. Courts adjourned out of respect to the memory of Chief Justice Taney.

Oct. 21. A fire occurred on Second Street, near Bryant, doing but little damage.

Oct. 23. The first rain of the season fell to-day. . . .The opening lecture of the new Medical College, by its founder, Dr. H. H. Toland, was delivered before a large audience. . . .Hypolite Vaduret died suddenly, of disease of the heart.

Oct. 25. The corner stone of the Jewish Synagogue, Emanu El, on Sutter Street, was laid with appropriate ceremonials.

Oct. 26. The British ship Alhambra cleared for Hongkong, with treasure shipment amounting to $201,515 94. . . .The C. S. Navigation Co.'s steamer Sophie McLane, running between San Francisco and Suisun, blew up at the latter place about 7 o'clock, A. M., killing and maiming several of the passengers and crew, and making the vessel a total wreck. The following were the parties killed by the explosion, or who subsequently died from its effects: Henry P. Hulburt, Commander; George Folger, Pilot; Charles Yates, Second Engineer; and Wm. Lawlor, deck hand.

Oct. 28. Two more whalers came into port, making twenty-four in number since the thirteenth of this month. . . .The San Francisco Board of Underwriters, in view of the numerous incendiary fires, offer a reward of $1,250 for the apprehension and conviction of parties engaged in house burning.

Oct. 30. First norther of the season, which did considerable damage to the shipping in the harbor. . . .Wm. H. Keene, a waiter at the New York Restaurant, was drowned while bathing at Point Lobos near the Cliff House.

Oct. 31. A stable on the corner of Stockton and Green streets was set on fire about 10, P.M. and completely destroyed. . . .Fines and penalties of the Police Court for this month, $1,816. . . .John Regan, aged thirty-three years, was found drowned at North Beach.

November 1. A meeting was held at which the certificate of incorporation and constitution of a California Art Union were adopted.

Nov. 5. A fleet of merchantmen and whalers came into port, consisting of eight ships, five barks, five schooners, and three brigs.

Nov. 7. For several days past the city has been visited with several northers. . . .A bonfire built over a cistern at the intersection of Montgomery and Pacific streets, caused the fire-damp and gases confined to it to explode, throwing the iron cover to a great distance and shattering the walls to pieces.

Nov. 8. The election for President of the United States, members of Congress, and State officers passed off quietly. Nearly all the stores and other places of business were closed during the day.

Nov. 9. The great pacing match between Pacific and Unknown was won by the former.

Nov. 11. Maj. Thomas B. Eastland, a veteran of the Mexican war and an old San Francisco pioneer, died, aged fifty-eight years.

Nov. 12. The steamer Sierra Nevada arrived from the North with a number of passengers, and treasure amounting to $430,073. . . .Dennis Gahagen, a pioneer citizen died, aged fifty-five years. Deceased came to the country as interpreter of the U. S. Boundary Commission under John B. Weller.

Nov. 14. The iron-clad monitor Comanche was successfully launched to-day in presence of thousands of spectators assembled to view the novel and interesting sight. J. P. Buckley, an old and valued citizen, had his ankle caught in a coil of rope during the launch, and so badly crushed as to require amputation.

Nov. 16. A fire broke out at 1, P.M. in a two-story frame building on Market Street near Ellis, destroying it and adjoining buildings, loss $25,000.

Nov. 17. Hon. John P. Buckley died at 5, A.M. of the injuries he received at the launch of the Comanche. Deceased was one of the pioneer business men of San Francisco having come to this place in 1849. He was foremost in all public enterprises and charities, and his untimely decease was deeply deplored. . . .A fire occurred in a frame building on Pine Street, between Dupont and Stockton, doing slight damage. . . .The P. M. S. Constitution arrived bringing a large number of passengers and six hundred and thirty tons of freight.

Nov. 18. A woman of intemperate habits, known as Mrs. Place, was found burned to death in a basement on the corner of Vallejo and Powell streets.

Nov. 20. A frame shanty in the rear of the Gas Works was burned down, loss trifling.

Nov. 21. A fire broke out at 10, P.M., in the rear of the Antelope Restaurant, 612 Market Street; damage $1,000. . . .The steamer Brother Jonathan arrived from the North with a large number of passengers and treasure amounting to $401,000.

Nov. 22. Over $400,000 in gold dust was deposited in the U. S. Branch Mint, being the largest amount deposited in any day since its establishment.

Nov. 23. The P. M. S. Constitution left for Panama with a large number of passengers and treasure amounting to $1,074,203 85.

Nov. 25. Capt. Hiram Fairchild, a pioneer printer, who came to California in 1849 and who had served during the Mexican war died, aged fifty-two years.

Nov. 26. A severe storm occurred in the bay, capsizing and sinking numerous small craft and doing considerable damage to the shipping. . . .At 4 o'clock, P.M., the gauge at the Mint indicated that three inches of rain had fallen up to that time, as much as the entire rain fall of the last season. St. Ann's Valley was completely flooded, and the cellars in the lower part of the city were filled with water.

Nov. 27. Edward E. Powers, a pioneer printer and President of the Eureka Typographical Union, who came to California in 1849, died.

Nov. 28. The rain continues and the weather is exceedingly rough. Considerable damage has been done to the shipping going over the bar outside. Owing to the breaking away of a culvert on the corner of Market and Fremont streets, the extensive basement of Treadwell & Co., filled with hardware, was flooded doing damage estimated from $30,000 to $40,000.

Nov. 29. An altercation took place on Montgomery Street between Charles F. Curle and Charles Stephens, two mining secretaries, in which the former shot the latter; not, however, dangerously wounding him.

Nov. 30. The fines and penalities of the Police Court for the month amounted to $4,684 75. . . .An Italian fishing boat running in from the Farallones was capsized and lost, the crew being saved by the pilot boat Fanny. . . .The St. Andrew's Society celebrated the anniversary of their patron saint by a dinner at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. . . .The amount of rain which fell during the past week was 6.86 in.

December 2. About 5½, A.M., a fire broke out on Third Street near Stevenson. The fire spread so rapidly that in a short time the whole premises were destroyed. John Hays, a laborer, perished in the flames. The loss of property was only about $3,000.

Dec. 3. The Sacramento sailed for Panama with $765,931 87 in treasure.

Dec. 4. Edward L. Fell, an old citizen of San Francisco, died of typhoid fever. He was one of the most enterprising contractors in the city.

Dec. 6. Frederick D. Kohler, a pioneer citizen of San Francisco, died at the Russ House. Deceased was born in New York in 1810, and filled the offices of First Assistant Engineer of the Fire Department and Alderman of the Sixth Ward of that city. He was elected Chief Engineer of the San Francisco Fire Department at the first election held in 1850, and was subsequently elected County Recorder.

Dec. 9. The second expedition, fitted out under the direction of T. J. L. Smiley, for the recovery of the treasure lost by the burning of the Golden Gate, left for Manzanillo on the steamer Commodore.

Dec. 11. The John L. Stephens arrived from Mexico, with numerous passengers, and $96,359 in specie, and 1,390 bags of silver ore. . . .A fire broke out in an iron building in the rear of Washington and Davis streets, containing about eighty tons of tule hay. The damage was slight. . . .A slight shock of an earthquake was felt about 9, P.M.

Dec. 13. The Golden City left for Panama with a large number of passengers, and treasure amounting to $1,022,188 10.

Dec. 14. The Brother Jonathan arrived from up the Coast with numerous passengers, and $400,200 in treasure.

Dec. 16. The news of the defeat of the rebel commander Hood, by Gen. Thomas, in Tennessee, was celebrated in spirited style.

Dec. 17. A couple of cars ran off the track of the San José Railroad, in the vicinity of School House Station, near the county line. The passengers were but slightly injured, but the Conductor, Mr. E. A. Hudson, aged about thirty years, was crushed to death.

Dec. 20. A fire occurred in a hay warehouse, north-west corner of Clay and Drumm streets. Damage slight.

Dec. 21. A butcher named Henry Schram, a German, who had a difficulty with his wife, at the Potrero, fired two shots at her, both of which took effect, but not fatally. Supposing that he had killed his wife, Schram shot himself through the head, which killed him instantly.

Dec. 23. The Golden Age left for Panama with $1,053,352 65 in treasure. . . .J. F. Leddy, for several years a clerk in a fashionable dry goods' store, and a pioneer of 1849, committed suicide by swallowing strychnine.

Dec. 24. Some unprincipled parties published a spurious extra, purporting to be issued from the Alta and Bulletin offices, giving an account of the capture of Richmond. Several hundred dollars' worth were sold by the newsboys before the hoax was discovered and the principals arrested.

Dec. 27. The dead body of James Gordon, the mate of a schooner, who had been missing for several days, was found upright in the mud under the wharf on East Street.

Dec. 28. Very dense fogs pervade the city all night, rendering traveling any distance a hazardous operation. . . .James Fitz Maurice, an ex-New York detective, was arrested and held to bail in the sum of $5,000, for an attempt to murder and rob Andrew J. Haight, a gold-pen manufacturer, in his room in broad daylight.

Dec. 30. The U. S. steamer Saginaw, Commander W. E. Hopkins, arrived from Panama, having on board the Salvador pirates, who were immediately transferred to Alcatraz. . . .The San Francisco Fishermen's Association, commonly known as the "Italian Fishermen," inaugurated their new fish market, on the corner of Clay and Leidesdorff streets.

Source: Langley, Henry G. The San Francisco Directory; Chronological History of Principal Events. 1864, 1865.

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