San Francisco History

Re: Isolation Hospital

Posted by
Ron Filion on June 04, 2001 at 09:08:00:

In Reply to: Isolation Hospital posted by Tami on June 03, 2001 at 01:59:47:

According to the city directories, it was listed from 1911 to 1928 at the southwest corner of De Haro and Army streets.

An article from 1917 gives the impression that the hospital was supported by the City. It also mentions that "The one-story building of the hospital was built in 1908 and the larger building was erected about 1913 upon plans approved by the Board of Health."

There is a nice article from 1916, entitled "San Francisco Sketches: A Hospital Heroine," that discusses the conditions in the hospital and the "heroic" work of the nurses that work there.

San Francisco Examiner. 10 September 1916. N7.
San Francisco Examiner. 15 July 1917. 7.

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Re: who is san francisco named after?

Posted by
Ron Filion on June 04, 2001 at 09:20:00:

In Reply to: Re: who is san francisco named after? posted by John Martini on June 04, 2001 at 03:09:35:

Okay, I've put the answer in FAQ for future use. =)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin c 1900

Posted by
Shirley on June 04, 2001 at 22:17:48:

Was there a house of "ill repute" named Uncle Tom's Cabin in San Francisco or the Berkeley area around 1900 - 1905? I have my Grandmother's divorce papers that state that my Grandfather frequented such a place.

Also my Gr Grandmother Mary EVANS was a spiritualist, and held seances, in San Francisco in the 1880s, anyone have any record of her?

Any info will be appreciated.

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Re: Uncle Tom's Cabin c 1900

Posted by
Julia Christy on June 05, 2001 at 03:47:34:

In Reply to: Uncle Tom's Cabin c 1900 posted by Shirley on June 04, 2001 at 22:17:48:

I ran across a remark just the other day that mentioned Uncle Tom's cabin being located near Tanforan (then race track, now shopping center/San Bruno). Perhaps a liquor establishment?

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Cabin history

Posted by
Julia Christy on June 05, 2001 at 07:35:40:

In Reply to: Re: Uncle Tom's Cabin c 1900 posted by Julia Christy on June 05, 2001 at 03:47:34:

San Bruno History says:
In the early 1850s, James Thorpe built a lean-to on what is now El Camino and San Mateo Avenue for changing and watering horses on the county road between San Jose and San Francisco. Eventually, in 1875, after several changes of ownership and name, Thorpes Place, or the 14 Mile House, was transformed by August Jenevein into Uncle Toms Cabin, an eating, drinking and gaming establishment. The Cabin thrived during the nearly 75 years it was open. During prohibition a speakeasy was run out of the garage behind the Cabin. Uncle Toms Cabin was one of the most prominent landmarks in the city until it was torn down in 1949.

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Re: searching for old photos/pictures

Posted by
Kristen Nestor on June 06, 2001 at 07:25:37:

In Reply to: searching for old photos/pictures posted by Ron Filion on June 03, 2001 at 01:49:41:

Thanks for your response, but I'm more interested in buying a book that might contain the pictures I'm looking for. Any other ideas?


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Early 1900s SF photographers

Posted by
John Martini on June 06, 2001 at 16:13:05:

I'm seeking information on two early 1900s San Francisco photographers: "T.E. Hecht" and "Behrman" (or simply "E.B."). Both men seemed to have specialized in making copies of early SF historical photos, cropping off the original photographers' names, and writing their own names on the copy prints.

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Marine Hospital

Posted by
officer fella on June 07, 2001 at 02:49:22:

Where was this S.F. hospital from the 40's?
Which fed. gov. agency ran it?
Into what institution did it morph? is possible that it became US Public Health Service hospital out on Lake St. above Park Presidio Blvd?


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Re: Marine Hospital

Posted by
John Martini on June 07, 2001 at 15:26:51:

In Reply to: Marine Hospital posted by officer fella on June 07, 2001 at 02:49:22:

San Francisco's original Marine Hospital was a hulking brick structure built at the corner of Harrison and Spear Streets in 1853. Operated by the U.S. Treasury Department, the original structure was badly damaged in 1868 and in 1874 the hospital moved to a new complex of wooden buildings on the southern shore of the Presidio's Mountain Lake. (By the way, "Marine" referred to the Merchant Marine, not Leathernecks.)

In 1902 the Treasury's "U.S. Marine Hospital Service" was renamed "Public Health Service and Marine Hospital Service" but at San Francisco, the name "Marine Hospital" remained in common use.

On July 1, 1939, all marine hospitals wer placed under jurisdiction of the Federal Security Agency headed by the Surgeon General. The FSA eventually evolved into today's Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

The hospital closed its doors on November 1, 1981, and on November 13, the Treasury Department transferred the hospital's 35 acres to the U.S. Army.

None of the 1875 buildings remain today. Instead, the vast majority of structures date from the 1930s. The main hospital was completed in 1932 and expanded in 1952.

Finally, on a personal note, the hospital's staff did a magnificent job removing my red-hot appendix in April 1975. (Thank you, Dr. Michael Rokeach.)

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Box factory

Posted by
Karen on June 09, 2001 at 20:06:23:

Was there ever a box factory in San Francisco in the early 1900's? I think it was owned by people named Lenahan.

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Re: Box factory

Posted by
Ron Filion on June 11, 2001 at 08:20:48:

In Reply to: Box factory posted by Karen on June 09, 2001 at 20:06:23:

According to the 1900 city directory, there were many box factories:

Box Makers - Packing.
American Box Factory, 815-825 Brannan
Astoria Box Co., 431 California
Clatsop Mill Co., 10 California
Commercial Box Factory, 237 California
Hobbs, Wall & Co., 488 Beale
Pacific Box Factory, 4th and Kentucky
Pine Box Manufacturers' Agency, Crocker Bldg.

Box Makers - Paper.
Bartlett Paper Can and Box Co., 434 Jackson
Chicago Label and Box Co., 220 Sutter
Crocker H. S. Co., 215-219 Bush
Enterprise Paper Box Manufacturing Co., 52, 1st
Fleishhacker A. & Co., 520 Market
Hammerschlag Mattes, 52, 1st
Mutual Label and Lithographic Co., 23 Main
Pacific Folding Paper Box Factory, 14-16 Fremont
Pioneer Paper Box Factory, 727 Mission
Schmidt Label and Lithographic Co., 17-31 Main
Union Paper Box Factory, 575 Mission
Wempe Bros., 121-127 Mission, cor. Main

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Mrs. M.P. Parry

Posted by
Sarah O'Dowd on June 12, 2001 at 04:36:05:

I inquired about Mrs. M.P. Parry for the following reason: I am writing a biography of Frances Harriet Whipple Green McDougall, a reformer and Spiritualist writer who was born in Rhode Island in 1805 and died in Oakland, CA in 1878. I have only scanty information about her life in California: She moved to California around 1860 and married William McDougal in San Jose in 1862. She died at the home of George Parry in Oakland; Mrs. M.P. Parry (apparently George's wife?)contributed a letter to Frances McDougall's obituary, describing her death at their home and burial in Mountain View Cemetery. (For some reason, William McDougall was not able to provide a home for Frances at that time, though they were on good terms.) The San Francisco Chronicle of Sept. 13, 1958 has an obituary of Mrs. Mae Perkins Parry, a daughter of George C. Perkins, one-time Governor of California, noting that the Parry estate was valued at over 2 million dollars (Mae died Oct. 26, 1957.)Since Gov. George C. Perkins married in 1864, according to my reference books, his daughter Mae should have been no older than 13 at the time of Frances McDougall's death. I cannot connect this Mae Perkins Parry with "Mrs. M.P. Parry." This is one of the questions I need help with.

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what are the advntages to San Franciscos location?

Posted by
Sarah on June 12, 2001 at 08:38:38:

Does anyone know any advantages to San Franciscos location natural or cultural?

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Re: Mrs. M.P. Parry

Posted by Diane Toomey on June 13, 2001 at 01:29:30:

In Reply to: Mrs. M.P. Parry posted by Sarah O'Dowd on June 12, 2001 at 04:36:05:

I suggest you send for a copy of the death certificate. Mae Ruth Parry, born 1/28/1878 (place unknown) died in Alameda on October 26, 1957. Her father's last name was Perkins, her mother's Parker. This info is from California death index. Alameda County would have her death certificate. Is Parker the name of the woman Parry married in 1864? If not, Mae may be the daughter of an earlier marriage/relationship or may have been born PRIOR to the marriage.

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American Nitre Company

Posted by
Mim Romero on June 14, 2001 at 00:41:17:

Does anyone know where I can find some info on American Nitre Company, believed to have home base in San Francisco c.1900-1906? Also for Pacific Nitrate Company, from 1903-1917? Am doing some research on role of San Francisco based nitrate and nitre companies at turn of century until 1920. This message posted 13 June 2001. Thanks.

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Re: American Nitre Company

Posted by
Julia Christy on June 14, 2001 at 03:51:08:

In Reply to: American Nitre Company posted by Mim Romero on June 14, 2001 at 00:41:17:

Neither of these, in either 1901 or 1915, seems to be listed in city directories online at:

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Re: Pacific Coast Steamship Company

Posted by
grigore on June 15, 2001 at 00:47:50:

In Reply to: Re: Pacific Coast Steamship Company posted by Bill Trinkle on April 03, 2001 at 04:45:59:

where may i find various logos used between 1850 and 1900 about the subject company. thank you, jg

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Cypress Lawn cemetery

Posted by
Barbara on June 15, 2001 at 11:53:01:

Lot's of questions :)
1. What happened to Cypress Lawn circa 1907?

2. What group do the following belong?
(a) Silver spray lodge
Degree of honor: Mizaph Lodge, Ben Hur, and Jubilee lodge of Rebekah

Your column is always a welcome insight into the history of San Francisco.

Thank you

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