Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 10:14:04 :
Mill Valley Independent
Friday, September 2, 1910
Carmen Rodriguez Killed at Fruitvale
Last Sunday, 12 year old Carmen Rodriguez, youthful musical prodigy, who took part in the Vallecito Club’s entertainment a few weeks ago, was run down by an automobile at Fruitvale.
Accompanied by her father, Jose Rodriguez, musician, and Manuel Garcia, the girl was riding a bicycle on her way to a Sunday outing, when she was run over at east Fourteenth Street and Fruitvale Ave., Fruitvale, dying an hour later at the Alameda Sanitarium.
“The driver is to blame for the death of my daughter,” sobbed Rodriguez, when seen at the morgue, where the body of his daughter lay four hours after she had left her home at 1553 Mason Street, San Francisco. “There was no excuse for her death.”
The girl was riding between her father and Garcia, on the left side of the street. The wheels of the machine grazed Garcia, but he dodged the collision by a quick movement of his handlebars. Rodriquez dismounted and was unhurt.
Carmen Rodriguez, who was born in San Francisco, played the violin, piano, guitar and mandolin. She also composed music and was to have been sent to Europe next year by her father to continue her studies. Her 8 year old sister, Ida Rodriguez, is also a musical prodigy and has appeared with her dead sister at many concerts in this vicinity. They were to have appeared at a musicale at the home of Martin Astiz, San Francisco, Tuesday night.
Prior to the fire of 1906, Rodriguez was one of the wealthy members of the Spanish colony, but lost heavily through welching insurance companies. He is a member of the Musician’s Union and now plays in orchestras.
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