San Francisco History

Events of 1872

January 1, 1872. Advent of the New Year generally observed. . . .The S. F. Stock and Exchange Board presents $870 to the S. F. Benevolent Association, and W. H. V. Cronise, a leading stock broker, $1,000 to ten of the Benevolent Societies of this city. . . .The horse Pillbox runs a mile on the Agricultural Park Course, in one minute and fifty-four and three quarters seconds.

Jan. 2. T. Lalivier run over by a fire engine and seriously injured. . . .S. B. Alden, a policeman, accidentally shot.

Jan. 3. Chinese testimony admitted as legal evidence before Judge Louderback.

Jan. 4. Thirty visitors to a gambling room arrested and fined $20 each. . . .B. P. Harvey falls from a house and is instantly killed.

Jan. 7. Timothy Lynch shot in an affray by Barney Kerrigan.

Jan. 8. Captain and crew of the Sino Johnson, abandoned in the breakers outside the harbor, picked up near the Farallone Islands.

Jan. 9. James McLaughlin found guilty of manslaughter for killing James Hughes, and subsequently sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

Jan. 10. Four garroters arrested for attacking A. R. Albrecht. . . .Augustus Carson falls dead. . . .James C. Conway, a pioneer, dies suddenly, aged forty-five years.

Jan. 11. Manuel Salvatori shot mortally by J. Pronelli. . . .W. G. Taylor found dead in his bed.

Jan. 13. A. Matheson commits suicide.

Jan. 15. Arrival of the Japanese Embassy.

Jan. 16. Public reception to the Japanese Embassy and Suite. . . .Frank Lorenz commits suicide.

Jan. 17. John McGinty is drowned by a cart falling on him in a pond of water.

Jan. 18. W. H. Sedley Smith, stage manager of the California Theater, dies, aged sixty-five years. . . .Francis Wood dies suddenly.

Jan. 19. The Japanese Embassy and a number of prominent citizens visit Mare Island. . . .A. Hollub & Co.'s paint and oil house partially destroyed by fire.

Jan. 20. Charles Cure is found dead in his room. . . .The California Stock Exchange Board organize.

Jan. 21. Thomas Murray and John Murray are drowned by the upsetting of a sail boat in the bay. . . .D. W. Connelly, one of the S. F. Park Commissioners and an old and esteemed citizen, dies, aged sixty-six years.

Jan. 22. William Blossom, an old citizen, dies aged fifty-six years. . . .F. G. Washington, editor of the Examiner, an early pioneer citizen who, during his residence in this State, has held numerous offices of honor and trust, dies, universally regretted, aged fifty-two years.

Jan. 24. Banquet to the Japanese Embassy. . . .Rose Kelly commits suicide.

Jan. 24. Considerable damage done to shipping in the bay by a strong southwest gale. . . .Nicholas Kennedy accidentally killed.... In the Russell-DeYoung libel suit, verdict returned for the defendants.

Jan. 25. Albert Lenmann commits suicide.

Jan. 27. Francisco Arellanes shot by officer Keyser in an attempted arrest. . . .The trial of Isaac E. Brokaw for the murder of R. F. Evans, results in a verdict of murder in the second degree.

Jan. 28. Supervisor McCarthy and wife thrown from a buggy and both painfully injured.

Jan. 30. The tug boat J. E. Redmond nearly destroyed by fire. . . .C. F. Paulson dies suddenly in a chair at the Adams House.

Jan. 31. The Japanese Embassy depart for the East.... Lorenzo Phelps commits suicide.

February 1. Christian Lein commits suicide. . . .Emile Roussey, who saved many lives at the Oakland ferry disaster, July 4th, 1858, dies from disease contracted on that occasion, aged thirty-three years.

Feb. 2. Steamer Constitution quarantined with small pox on board.

Feb. 4. M. Whiting seriously injured by a hook and ladder truck.

Feb. 5. New trial granted to Laura D. Fair. . . .C. E. McMillan, an ex-member of the California Legislature, dies, aged thirty-five years.

Feb. 6. James H. Reynolds, one of the S. F. Fire Commissioners and an ex-Supervisor of this city, dies at San José, aged thirty-eight years.

Feb. 7. Horace Hamilton commits suicide. . . .Fire on California Street, destroys property valued at $15,000.

Feb. 8. M. Guzina commits suicide.

Feb. 9. A cutting affray occurs on Jackson Street, during which several Chinamen are seriously injured.

Feb. 10. Horace Rodundo is arrested for murder. . . .Capt. J. B. R. Cooper, one of the early settlers of the State and a prominent citizen, dies, aged seventy-nine years.

Feb. 12. Joseph Coughlan is killed in a quarry. . . .Six colored men drawn on a jury in the U.S. Circuit Court, first instance of the kind in this State.

Feb. 13. The State Woman's Convention commenced its annual session at Pacific Hall.

Feb. 16. Laura D. Fair is sued for $10,000 by Mrs. Elisha Cook, for legal services rendered by her deceased husband.

Feb. 17. Isaac E. Brokaw is sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the murder of R. F. Evans.

Feb. 19. Carrie Stanley found dead in her bed.

Feb. 20. John Johnson is accidentally kills in Munden's shipyard.

Feb. 21. Edward Gerber attempts suicide.

Feb. 22. Washington's Birthday is celebrated by military parade, and the laying of the corner stone of the New City Hall. . . .Matilda Kook attempts suicide.

Feb. 24. A. E. Rawlins is seriously shot by Thomas Winship.

Feb. 26. Emma F. Clarke is found dead in her room.

Feb. 28. John Devine is found guilty of the murder of August Kamp.

March 1. St. Peter's Episcopal Church dedicated. . . .Henry H. Byrne, District Attorney and an eminent member of the legal profession, dies, universally regretted. . . .A. J. Lafontaine, a pioneer resident, falls down in a fit and dies.

March 6. John Devine sentenced to be hanged for the murder of August Kamp. . . .A team belonging to P. Conlin runs away and seriously injures several persons.

March 7. The Chamber of Commerce protests against the Goat Island grant. . . .Samuel Spieller commits suicide. . . .Meeting of French residents to assist in the payment of the debt of France, is held in Pacific Hall and $12,000 contributed.

March 8. E. D. Wheeler appointed Judge of the Nineteenth District Court.

March 10. Margaret Connell commits suicide.

March 13. Ellen Shaffer falls dead in the street.

March 14. Capt. Abner Barker, an old and influential merchant, dies, aged fifty-three years. . . .J. Kneeland, a painter, is instantly killed by falling from a scaffold.... Frank Henley, a lad of ten years, falls from a ladder and is instantly killed.

March 15. Dr. J. Letterman, ex-coroner of San Francisco, dies, aged fifty-three years. . . .Dr. H. C. F. Behrens arrested for the murder of Pauline Lindenberger.

March 16. Harvey Swift dies from injuries received in a difficulty with F. R. Lane.

March 17. St. Patrick's Day is religiously observed. . . .The new and magnificent church building of St. Patrick's Parish is dedicated. . . .An upset takes place on the San Bruno Road, by which a child named Willie Allen, is instantly killed, and its mother seriously injured.

March 18. St. Patrick's Day was celebrated by a large and imposing civic and military procession, religious services in the various Catholic churches, an oration at the California Theater and by several balls and a banquet by the St. Patrick's Society in the evening. . . .Slight shock of an earthquake occurs.

March 21. McCleery beats Waite at billiards by five hundred points....J. L. Jones is acquitted for the murder of John Still.

March 22. Dr. Carl Preecht, a pioneer and an influential member of the medical profession, dies, aged forty-eight years.

March 26. Anniversary of the arrival of Stevenson's Regiment celebrated by a banquet.

March 27. The body of J. Douglass is found dead in the bay. . . .Dickson is found guilty, and Murray acquitted of the charge of rape on Catharine O'Hara.

March 28. Eliza Barry attempts suicide by jumping into the bay from Meiggs' Wharf.

March 29. Captain Henry Blyth, an old and highly-respected merchant, dies, aged forty-nine years.

March 30. Rev. John Hemphill installed as pastor of Calvary Church.

April 1. Laura D. Fair sues her mother for $16,000, held in trust. . . .J. Y. Wilson & Co.'s pork-packing house is destroyed by fire; loss, $40,000. . . .A slight shock of earthquake is felt.

April 2. Mrs. H. E. Burkhardt is fatally shot by Jacob Wilkerson. . . .Thirteen gamblers arrested on California Street for violation of gambling law.

April 4. Richard Dickson is sentenced to twenty-five years' imprisonment for rape. . . .The first number of the California Republican is issued. . . .A gasoline explosion occurs at the warehouse of Whittier, Fuller & Co., damaging considerable property.

April 8. John Joice falls dead at North Point Dock. . . .J. W. Brittan, one of the pioneer merchants of this city, dies in New York, aged fifty-two years.

April 9. Judge Blake fines several gamblers from $50 to $1,000 each, for violation of law.

April 11. Henry Gregory, a pioneer merchant dies, aged, forty-four years. . . .The seamen's Bethel Church is slightly injured by fire.

April 14. Edmund Broderick is fatally injured by falling on a sidewalk. . . .William Kennedy, an old resident, dies.

April 16. Meeting of citizens to testify their respect to the memory of Prof. Morse. . . .K. R. Taylor nearly loses his life by taking poison in a mistake. . . .Patrick Lynch commits suicide.

April 17. F. J. McDevitt found dead in his room. . . .First meeting of the Committee of One Hundred at the Merchants' Exchange. . . .Two million dollars old Japanese coin arrive to be re-coined at the U.S. B. Mint.

April 18. William H. Stewart commits self-destruction by shooting himself through the head, on account of jealousy of his wife. . . .The Vice-Minister of Finance of Japan and G. B. Williams, of the Japanese Treasury Department, arrive en route for Washington.

April 19. Mrs. J. Reilly found dead on Lick Alley.

April 20. Annual Picnic of the British Benevolent Society at Saucelito.

April 21. A. Elmeyer stabs himself, and then jumps into the bay, from which he is rescued by the Police.

April 22. A child named Hannah Kahn is run over by a wagon and instantly killed. . . .John C. Pelton removed from the Superintendency of the Industrial School.

April 24. Joseph Walter commits suicide.

April 25. Milo Calkin, an old resident of this city, dies at San Rafael, aged fifty-eight years. . . .Annual celebration of the California Volunteers.

April 26. Fifty-third anniversary of the introduction of Odd Fellowship in America celebrated at Woodward's Gardens. . . .St. Louis Railroad party and Hon. C. Delano, Secretary of the Interior, arrive.

April 28. The Eureka Turn Verein dedicate their new hall.

April 29. A. Friedhofer and Daniel J. Cannon commit suicide. . . .James B. McGinn slightly wounded by a pistol shot by T. O'Brien. . . .Secretary Delano and Senator Williams serenaded.

May 2. F. L. A. Pioche, a most respected and wealthy citizen, commits suicide.

May 3. Thomas McDonald commits suicide.

May 4. St. Andrew's Society celebrate their anniversary at San Rafael and the Heptasophs at Woodward's Gardens. . . .The body of Ellen Byers is found in the bay.

May 5. The San Francisco Turn Verein celebrate their twentieth anniversary at Woodward's Gardens.

May 6. Conference of the St. Louis Railroad party with the merchants of San Francisco, with reference to the thirty-fifth parallel route. . . .French Ransom Fair held at Union Hall.

May 7. Four Chinamen burnt to death in a building destroyed by fire, on Sacramento Street. . . .Leota K. Turner arrested for perjury. . . .The billiard contest between McCleery and Kraker is won by the latter. . . .Joseph H. Brooks dies suddenly.

May 8. The St. Louis Railroad party return East, accompanied by a delegation of the Committee of One Hundred.

May 10. William McBride and William Dugan, carpenters, are seriously injured by falling from buildings on which they are at work.

May 11. James Spruen attempts the life of his wife, by which she is seriously injured. . . .W. J. Hortsmann, a prominent merchant of Philadelphia, dies in this city, aged fifty-two years. . . .Close of the French Ransom Fund Fair; amount realized about $25,000. . . .Catharine Brown attempts suicide.

May 12. News received of the death, in London, of Edward Norton, a distinguished member of the San Francisco bar and formerly Judge of the Supreme Court and Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District.

May 13. D. C. Spencer commits suicide. . . .Mrs. A. N. Corwin found dead in her bed. . . .Edward Mathews accidentally shot by Carrie Martin.

May 15. The planning mill belonging to Richardson, Holland & Co., entirely consumed by fire, loss $20,000. . . .John Dahl is crushed to death by a fly-wheel of a steam-engine.

May 16. The lamps of the Metropolitan Gas Company are lit for the first time.

May 17. Jeremiah O'Connor is fatally injured by a fall from a derrick at the New City Hall.

May 19. George C. Johnson, an old and wealthy iron merchant and for many years Consul for Sweden and Norway, dies, aged sixty-one years. . . .Louis Johanning dies suddenly.

May 20. The S. F. Schuetzen Verein hold their annual festival at Alameda Park.

May 22. The Second Regiment N. G. C. make their annual target excursion to Alameda. . . .John Lynch is found dead in his bed. . . .Central Greeley Club organized.

May 24. Willie Mangan run over by a car and killed. . . .Robert Hay found dead in an restaurant. . . .Amount collected in this city for the Inyo sufferers, to date, $6,504. . . .Seventh anniversary of the British Benevolent Society celebrated by a dinner at the Lick House.

May 25. Emma Spohr is murdered by Fritz Kimmel, who afterwards kills himself, in a fit of jealousy, on Angel Island. . . .Caroline Prenel found dead, supposed to have been murdered.

May 26. German Benevolent Society hold their annual celebration at Woodward's Gardens. . . .. Joseph Shannon, a pioneer citizen, dies, aged seventy-three years.... Anniversary of the Episcopal Church Union held at Trinity Church. . . .Mayor Garrett Welton, an old resident, dies aged sixty-six years.

May 28. The body of Thomas Hicks is found floating in the Bay. . . .Henry Bec is arrested for the murder of Caroline Prenel.

May 30. Memorial Day. The Grand Army of the Republic decorate the graves of deceased soldiers of the Union army at Laurel Hill and adjacent cemeteries.

May 31. The body of N. Levick is found in the bay.

June 1. Second anniversary of the Knights of Pythias at the City Gardens.

June 2. Captain David Van Pelt, an old steamboat captain, dies, aged fifty-four years. . . .The body of John Daly is found floating in the bay. . . .Anniversary of the French Benevolent Society held at Alameda.

June 4. an attempt is made to assassinate Mons. E. Breuil, the French consul, by E. Guignault, a lunatic. . . .John McVey and Thomas Martin die suddenly. . . .Samuel W. McCune commits suicide.

June 5. Arrival of the German sloop-of-war Hertha.

June 6. the news of the nomination of Grant and Wilson is received with enthusiasm. . . .Henry Rose and Mrs. R. Smith are seriously injured by a blast. . . .A fire in the St. Lawrence Stables, suffocating five horses; loss, $10,000.

June 7. George Lyon is drowned in Merced Lake. . . .Laura D. Fair is denied a change of venue.

June 8. Sixth anniversary of the Caledonia Club is held at the City Gardens. . . .J. H. Mansfield, in a fit of jealousy, fires two shots at Mary Hein, seriously wounding her, and then attempts suicide. . . .Jerry Jones is arrested for an attempt on the life of the doorkeeper of the Alhambra Theater.

June 9. Miners' Festival at the City Gardens, which is attended by the officers of the Hertha. . . .Frank Simmons is run over by a street railroad car and instantly killed.

June 10. The officers of the Hertha visit Mare Island.

June 11. A large and enthusiastic Grant and Wilson ratification meeting at Platt's Hall, which is addressed by Governor Booth, Hon. J. B. Felton and others. . . .. The body of C. Johnson is found in the bay. . . .Mrs. H. B. Wheeler dies suddenly. . . .A seaman named Adam Jensen, of the bark Atlanta, is accidentally drowned. . . .State Dental Association commences its third Annual Meeting at Mozart Hall.

June 12. The S. F. Verein entertain the officers of the Hertha at their club rooms.

June 13. The Germany sloop-of-war Hertha leaves port.

June 14. R. B. Swain, one of the leading merchants and a most esteemed citizen, is killed by taking an overdose of laudanum by mistake, aged forty-eight years.

June 15. The S. F. Olympic Club celebrate their anniversary at Belmont. . . .Frederick Chapman is fatally injured by falling down a cellar stairs. . . .E. Duntoon is found dead in his room.

June 16. F. A. Fabens, one of the Justices of the Peace, dies suddenly at Saucelito, aged fifty-eight years.

June 17. The obsequies of R. B. Swain take place at the First Unitarian Church, the community generally participating in evincing their respect for the memory of one who had always identified himself with the welfare of the city. . . .Cornelius McAlleer commits suicide.

June 18. The State Democratic Convention commences its session at Platt's Hall. . . .The Art Association dedicate their rooms by a brilliant reception.... Edith O'Gorman, the escaped nun, lectures before a large audience at Platt's Hall. . . .Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Mercantile Library Hall.

June 21. Severe explosion at the Works of the Giant Powder Co., causing considerable damage to the neighboring buildings. . . .Henry Witte is struck on the head with a club and fatally injured by John McNamara.

June 22. Senator Cole arrived and is warmly welcomed and serenaded by his friends. . . .The $20,000 purse won by the trotter Ajax at the Oakland Trotting Park.... E. J. C. Kewen, candidate for Congress, is serenaded.

June 24. The Grand Lodge of Colored Masons held their annual session. . . .Eight cases of small pox are reported.

June 25. Addie Mustard, a child three years of age, is run over by a street car and killed. . . .The French Ransom Fund amounts to $36,433.

June 26. The body of J. S. Mitchell, for several weeks missing, is found near Oakland.

June 27. Three men are seriously burned by an explosion of gas from the street main on Mission Street. . . .E. Maguire, a boy four years old, is run over by a truck and killed. . . .A. McLean is killed by falling into the hold of a vessel.

June 28. Smallpox reported on the increase and district vaccinators appointed. . . .Captain Goodenough arrives from Puget Sound, a distance of eight hundred miles, in a sailboat twenty-two feet long. . . .The wife of H. Pierce surprises her husband by presenting him with triplets, each weighing eight pounds.

June 29. Noah Mullendore is shot fatally by Henry R. McCauslin.

June 30. Henry Disci is fatally stabbed by Henry Ricco.

July 1. The body of E. Godbeyson found floating in the bay. . . .A fracas occurs between T. J. Crowley and G. F. Knight at the Potrero, which results in the later being fatally wounded. . . .Fifty banished friars from Central America arrive, and are received and provided for by their religious brethren. . . .. Large meeting at Platt's Hall in favor of the thirty-fifth parallel route.

July 2. The National Guard of Virginia arrive, to participate in the celebration of the Fourth of July.

July 4. Independence Day appropriately celebrated by a military and civic procession and an oration by Hon. J. F. Swift, and other exercises at the California Theater. . . .Several fires occur, one of which, on Drumm Street, destroys property to the amount of $50,000. . . .Nicholas E. Carr murders his wife and then attempts suicide. . . .Annual regatta of the Master Mariners' Association. First-prize is won by the Caroline E. Mills.

July 6. A difficulty occurs in a liquor saloon between B. J. Shay, M. J. Kelly and J. R. Deardorff, during which several pistol shots are fired, without any serious result.

July 7. John Cullen is killed by being thrown from a buggy.

July 8. Dr. E. H. Koon commits suicide. . . .George Knight dies from the effects of injuries received during a fracas with T. J. Crowley.

July 9. Peter L. Webb, a pioneer merchant, dies suddenly, of heart disease, aged fifty-six years.

July 12. Hon. Edward Stanly, a distinguished and highly esteemed member of the bar, who at different times ably filled offices of honor and trust, dies from paralysis, aged sixty-three years.

July 13. The Japanese Embassy arrive in the city.

July 14. James Muir is fatally shot to James Lyons. . . .Samuel Platt, a well known attorney, dies, aged fifty years.

July 16. Frank Burkhardt is killed by falling downstairs. . . .John Sullivan is found dead.

July 17. George Wenzel is found dead in his room.

July 19. Noah Mullendore, who was shot by H. R. McCausland, dies.

July 20. Bridget Davy is killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of Catherine Murphy.

July 22. A fire on Second Street, near Stevenson; loss, $12,000. . . .Louis Miller is killed by a truck.

July 23. John Coyne and Thomas Gallagher are killed by a cave.

July 24. H. McMenomy is arrested for the murder of James Hogan.

July 26. Thomas Flanigan is killed by falling from a wagon.

July 29. William Stanwood, a highly-respected pioneer citizen and Deputy County Assessor, dies, aged forty-two years. . . .H. L. King is appointed Superintendent of Construction of the New City Hall. . . .A Chinese gardener is fatally shot by William Bryan.

July 30. W. W. Bennett drops dead.

July 31. News reported of the discovery of extensive diamond fields in Arizona.

August 1. Charles Wilson is fatally stabbed by John Sampson.

Aug. 2. James Crotty is fatally shot by Charles A. Russell.

Aug. 7. C. R. Winslow commits suicide. . . .Lieut.-Col. Thomas Grey, U.S.A., dies of apoplexy.

Aug. 10. Elisha Kingsbury commits suicide.

Aug. 13. Henry Rosenweig is found dead in his room.

Aug. 15. Nicholas E. Carr, who murdered his wife, dies in the County Hospital.

Aug. 19. George Kentzel is fatally injured by falling from a balcony.

Aug. 20. Col. Thomas A. Scott, President of the Texas Pacific Railroad, and party, arrive in the city.

Aug. 22. W. H. Godfrey attempts to kill his wife and himself.... The fair of the Horticultural Society opens at Horticultural Hall.

Aug. 23. The first Japanese vessel ever in the port arrives with a cargo of tea. . . .John Murphy is killed by a cave.

Aug. 26. Opening of Bay District Agricultural Fair. . . .J. C. Merrill is elected Fire Commissioner by the Board of Fire Underwriters.

Aug. 28. Gen. George B. McClellan arrives. . . .The Committee of One Hundred vote against granting aid to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad and in favor of a $2,500,000 subsidy to the Central Pacific Railroad.

Aug. 31. Martin Decker is found dead in his bed.... Professor Agassiz and party arrive.

September 1. Annie Brown commits suicide.

Sept. 3. News is received of the burning of the P.M.S.S. America at Yokohama. . . .Louis Sergel dies suddenly from apoplexy.

Sept. 9. The Society of Pioneers celebrate the admission of California. . . .The second trial of Laura D. Fair commences.... Charles Utterstrom is found dead.

Sept. 10. Augustus, Duke of Saxe Coburg, arrives.

Sept. 11. Captain J. B. Leonard, an old resident, dies, aged seventy-three years. . . .Phineas Hudson, a pioneer citizen, dies, aged sixty-nine years.

Sept. 15. The Central M. E. Church is dedicated.

Sept. 17. Intelligence is received of the death of J. Henry Riley, an esteemed pioneer, and for several years past the Washington correspondent of the Alta California.

Sept. 18. Robert Twardoski is found dead in his room.

Sept. 23. Martin Rowan, an able and highly-esteemed journalist, for many years connected with the press of this city, dies at Sacramento, Cal. . . .G. A. Pahn is found drowned in the bay.

Sept. 28. Martin Flaig commits suicide.

Sept. 30. The second trial of Laura D. Fair results in a verdict of acquittal.

October 1. The Jewish residents commence the celebration of the year 5633. . . .Slight shock of earthquake occurs.

Oct. 3. The Colorado Railroad Subsidy is passed over the Mayor's veto. . . .Mrs. Jane Frame and child are found dead in their house.

Oct. 5. The race between the noted trotters, Lucy and Goldsmith Maid, resulted in the latter winning; one mile was accomplished in the short time of 2:18¼.

Oct. 9. James Dowdy is killed by Arthur King.... J. H. Torrey is found dead in bed.

Oct. 13. The Italian residents celebrate the 380th anniversary of the discovery of America.

Oct. 14. Thomas Ansbro is found guilty of libeling the Escaped Nun.

Oct. 15. William Donovan is sentenced to death for the murder of George Minchell.

Oct. 17. The British ship Aculeo is totally wrecked off Point Pedro.

Oct. 20. John Westcott is found drowned in the bay.

Oct. 21. William Wilke commits suicide.

Oct. 23. Jacob Wilkerson, for the murder of Mrs. Hattie E. Burkhardt, is found guilty of murder in the second degree.

Oct. 28. George W. Mowe, ex-Insurance Commissioner, dies, aged fifty years.

Oct. 31. The second trail of the Brotherton brothers, for forgery, results in a verdict of guilty.

November 2. Jacob Wilkerson is sentenced to forty-five years' imprisonment for the murder of Mrs. Hattie E. Burkhardt.

Nov. 3. The Brotherton brothers escape from the county jail. . . .Ivory Ross commits suicide.

Nov. 5. The election results in the success of the Republican electoral ticket and Congressmen, and the defeat of the Colorado River Railroad Subsidy.

Nov. 7. Alonzo F. Kirkland makes a murderous assault on John McCloskey.

Nov. 8. The Brotherton brothers are re-captured. . . .Captain Albert Macy killed by falling from a ladder. . . .William Hyde is found dead in his room. . . .Bernardine Berlemann commits suicide.

Nov. 9. Extensive frauds are discovered in the Harbor Commissioners' Office.

Nov. 10. News received of an extensive conflagration raging in Boston. . . .The trial of H. R. McCausland for the murder of Noah Mullendore results in a disagreement of the jury.

Nov. 12. Investigations by the Harbor commissioners disclose frauds committed by several wharfingers and collectors.

Nov. 14. A. M. Stuart killed by a fall from the masthead of the ship Fleur de Lis.

Nov. 15. Reports of the discovery of diamonds in Butte County cause some excitement. . . .Telegraphic courtesies are exchanged between the Mayor of San Francisco and the Mayor of Adelaide, Australia on the completion of the telegraphic route to Australia via European Continent. . . .Several persons are arrested and examined on a charge of aiding the Brotherton brothers in their escape from the county jail.

Nov. 16. Representatives of the press meet and pass resolutions on the death of Col. A. S. Evans, for many years an esteemed associate, who was lost on the Missouri.

Nov. 17. Investigations made tend to exonerate Henri Bec and implicate Charles Mortimer in the murder of Caroline Prenel.

Nov. 21. The announcement of a lecture by Laura D. Fair at Platt's Hall causes much excitement; the lessees refuse her the use of the room.

Nov. 23. Margaret Kenney commits suicide. . . .Several sacks of precious stones arrive from unknown diamond fields. . . .William M. Trainer commits suicide. . . .At a fire on Beale Street near Mission a man named Clark is burned to death.

Nov. 24. Stanton arrived with a ruby said to be worth $250,000.

Nov. 25. Clarence King, U. S. Geologist, arrives from Arizona; he pronounces the reputed discovery of diamond fields in that Territory a fraud. . . .The city orders to be purchased two more steam engines and twenty thousand feet of carbolized hose. . . .A fire in F. B. Taylor & Co.'s oil store; loss $10,000.

Nov. 26. Several attempts made within the past few days to fire the block bounded by Second, Market, Ecker and Stevenson streets. . . .Mrs. William Harney, a highly esteemed lady, dies.

Nov. 27. Henry Sanchez is fatally stabbed by Mary Montgomery.

Nov. 28. Thanksgiving Day is generally observed. . . .Edward Oxley is fatally injured by a street car.

Nov. 29. Hayes Park Pavilion is destroyed by fire, loss $60,000.

Nov. 30. A thick fog prevails causing many collisions in the bay.

Nov. 31. Mrs. Read drops dead.

December 2. Charges are made against the Superintendent of the Industrial School and an investigation ordered. . . .Several vessels are unable to obtain crews in consequences of trouble between the U. S. Shipping Commissioner and shipping masters.

Dec. 4. Police officer Brown seriously shot; James E. Ryan is subsequently arrested for the crime.

Dec. 5. One Cooper confesses that he, Slack and Arnold salted the diamond fields of Arizona with precious stones purchased for the purpose in London.

Dec. 7. A meeting of American ship captains who pass resolutions sustaining the action of the U. S. Shipping Commissioner in resisting the demands of the shipping masters and sailor boarding housekeepers.

Dec. 9. A series of extensive forgeries discovered; John W. Southwell arrested for the crime. . . .Henry Bec on trial for the murder of Caroline Prenel is acquitted.

Dec. 10. Governor Booth grants William Donovan a reprieve for two weeks.

Dec. 11. William S. Gardner commits suicide. . . .Robert Gowenlock, an old Scottish resident dies, aged sixty-seven years.

Dec. 12. William Nugent is killed by a fall.

Dec. 13. The trial of R. M. Lee on a charge of embracery results in a disagreement of the jury.

Dec. 15. The corner stone of the College of the Sacred Heart is laid. . . .The First Reformed Church (German) is dedicated.

Dec. 17. The bodies of Jacob G. Chappelle, an old detective, and Edward Carey, are found in the bay.

Dec. 18. Unusually cold weather prevails. . . .The works of the Pacific Wool Preserving Co., on Berry Street, are destroyed by fire.

Dec. 21. The Hercules Powder Works blow up, killing two Chinamen.

Dec. 24. Benjamin F. Mace drops dead from heart disease.

Dec. 26. Joseph A. Capprise, ex-assistant engineer of the Volunteer Fire Department, dies at San Rafael, aged forty-seven years. . . .A patient named Schmidt commits suicide in the German Hospital.

Dec. 27. The sentence of William Donovan is commuted to imprisonment for life. . . .Edward Tichenor a pioneer and prominent lumber merchant, dies, aged fifty-two years. . . .John Millar dies from suffocation caused by the fumes of charcoal.

Dec. 28. Frederick Kargen commits suicide. . . .Rev. D. S. Watson, pastor of the Columbia Square Baptist Church, dies, aged forty-nine years.

Dec. 30. Frederick R. Lane is sentenced to State Prison for five years and six months for killing Harvey Swift. . . .John Burns is drowned in the bay. . . .Budd Doble arrives from the East with several noted race horses.

Source: Langley, Henry G. The San Francisco Directory; Chronological History of Principal Events. 1873.

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