SF Bay Area (B) 1893-1929

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1893        Jun 21, US Sen. Leland Stanford, the 8th governor of California and co-founder of Stanford Univ., died in Palo Alto.

1893        The Central Grammar School in Menlo Park, a 2-story Victorian building, was completed.
    (Ind, 8/5/00,5A)

1893        The St. Francis de Sales Church was built on 21st in Oakland. It was later made a Cathedral and was torn down in 1993 due to earthquake damage in 1989.
    (SFC, 2/25/00, p.A23)

1893        The Burlingame Club was established. Francis Newlands, son-in-law of Sen. William Sharon, organized the club based on the NY Tuxedo Park country club, but he never became a member.
    (Ind, 5/12/01, 5A)

1893        Timothy Hopkins, founder of Sherwood Hall Nursery, changed the name of the nursery to Sunset Seed and Plant Co.
    (Ind, 8/25/01, 5A)

1894        The UC Boalt School of Law in Berkeley opened. It was one of the few law schools to admit women right from its inception.
    (SFC, 2/27/98, p.21,25)

1894        The Stanford Museum opened as the largest private museum in the US. It was modeled after the National Museum of Athens. In 1999 it re-opened with the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
    (SFEC, 1/10/99, DB p.31,33)

1894        The city of Palo Alto was founded.
    (SFC, 11/26/96, p.D5)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A20)

1894        The SF Bay ferry steamer Sausalito was launched from the Fulton Iron Works in San Francisco. The ship was retired in 1933 and in 1934 became the clubhouse of the Sportsmen Yacht Club in Antioch, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/30/05, p.B1)

1894        Fenton’s Creamery opened. It moved to Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue in 1961.
    (SFCM, 4/3/05, p.6)

1894        Southern Pacific named a new peninsula railroad depot Burlingame, after Anson Burlingame (d.1870), former US ambassador and Chinese diplomat.
    (Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)(SFCM, 12/16/01, p.24)

1894        Norton Bush (b.1834), artist, died in Oakland. He came to SF in 1853 established a studio and made many trips to South America to make sketches for tropical paintings.
    (SFCM, 10/28/01, p.20)

1895        Southern Pacific RR opened a depot in Pleasanton, Ca. Books state that the town was named after Gen. Alfred Pleasanton. A local historian said it was a shortened form of Please Antone, after Antonio Bardellini, an early local power broker.
    (SFCM, 6/12/05, p.4)

1895        Sequoia High School opened in Redwood City. It was Redwood City’s first high school and in 2004 the oldest on the Peninsula.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)(SFCM, 6/27/04, p.4)

1895        Edgar Wakefield McLellan got married and moved to Burlingame, a village of about 200 people. He acquired land east of the railroad tracks and south of Burlingame Ave. for a flower nursery. Within a few years his operation included 13 glass houses, mostly for carnations and roses.
    (PI, 1/24/98, p.5)

1895        A quarry called The California Rock & Asphalt Inc. was founded on the side of San Bruno mountain just outside Brisbane. In 2004 a proposal, dormant since 2001, re-surfaced to close the quarry and build 183 homes on the site.
    (Ind, 3/20/04, p.1A)

1896        Jul, Some 300 bicyclists gathered for the Wheelmen's Picnic at Coyote Point.
    (Ind, 8/2/03, p.5A)

1896        Aug 18, The northern California Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods railroad was completed. It was 8 ½ miles long. The Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad attracted visitors to what later became known as Stinson Beach. The railway continued operating to 1930.
    (SFC, 8/17/96, p.A17)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A13)(SFC, 2/24/09, p.B1)

1896        In Oakland, Ca., the Altenheim center opened for seniors of German descent. It was founded by San Francisco’s most prominent German American families under the ownership of the Excelsior German Center. It closed in 2002 and reopened in 2010 for senior housing.
    (SFC, 12/17/10, p.D7)
1896        The Pacific Mail Steamship Colombia was destroyed on rocks near Pescadero.
    (Ind, 7/20/02, 5A)

1897        Jul 17, Col. Charles Frederick Crocker (b.1857), son of railroad builder Charles Crocker, died at Uplands, his home in San Mateo, of Bright’s disease. He was known as the Colonel because of his lifelong association with the California National Guard. Adeline Mills Easton became the guardian of his 3 children.
    (Ind, 5/6/00,5A)(Ind, 9/23/00,5A)(Ind, 10/26/02, 5A)

1897        Aug 31, A prospectus for an int'l. competition sponsored by Phoebe Hearst under the direction of Bernard Maybeck was announced for the design of an ideal "City of Learning" at Berkeley.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.10)

1897        Gov. James H. Budd appointed Ms. Hearst as the 1st woman regent of the Univ. of California.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.10)
1897        In northern California Lime Point Military Reservation was renamed Fort Baker in honor of Col. Edward D. Baker, who was killed leading a regiment of Union troops in the Civil War. The former US Senator from Oregon was active in California politics in the 1850s.
    (The Park, Summer "95)(SFEC, 8/1/99, p.B4)
1897        In the SF Bay Area Stauffer Chemical Co. built a plant on property in Richmond. The company dumped iron pyrite cinders into a marsh and later manufactured fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides there. Zeneca Corp. later bought the plant and then closed it in 1997. In 1998 the California water board named the site a toxic "hot spot." Zeneca Corp. (later AstraZeneca) spent $20 million in 2002 cleanup the site. In 2020 the site was proposed for residential development.
    (SFC, 12/11/20, p.A9)

1898        Mar 13, The ship New York, built in Philadelphia in 1888 as the T.F. Oaks,  was caught in the surf of Half Moon Bay and broke up after a few days. It was 259 days out of Hong Kong and all 22 aboard under Capt. Thomas Peabody made it to shore. Most of the cargo was lost.
    (Ind, 4/6/02, 5A)

1898        In Berkeley, Ca., the First Unitarian Church at 2401 Bancroft Way was built. It was designed by Arts and Crafts architect A.C. Schweinfurth.
    (SFC, 1/29/03, p.F7)
1898        The Archdiocese of SF opened St. Patrick’s Seminary on 86 acres in Menlo Park. Archbishop Riordan acquired the property along Middlefield Rd. in the 1890s.
    (Ind, 3/9/02, 5A)
1898        In South San Francisco the Giffra and Sons grocery store opened on Grand Ave.   
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A15)
1898        The Levy brothers moved their operations from the coast and opened a store in San Mateo, Ca., at 2nd and Main.
    (Ind, 11/7/98, p.5A)
1898        Willis Jepson received the 1st Ph.D. in botany granted by UC Berkeley.
    (SFEM, 8/15/99, p.4)
1898        Frank Brewer purchased a marshy bay island east of San Mateo, California. He then erected levees and dried out 2,200 acres to grow hay for dairy cows. In the 1940s parts of Brewer Island and adjacent salt marshes were sold to Leslie Salt co. and the Schilling estate. In the 1960s Brewer Island was developed to become Foster City.
    (SFC, 6/14/09, p.H2)
1898        Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay became a recruit depot for the US Navy.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)

1899        Apr, UC students stole the Stanford axe following the annual baseball game between the 2 schools. Stanford students retrieved it in 1930.
    (SFC, 4/1/05, p.F8)

1899        May, The Menlo Park Fire Dept. was formed and John McBain signed on as the first chief.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1899        Jun 11, Timothy Guy Phelps (75), the "father of San Carlos," died. He had served as a California Congressman (1861-1863), Collector of Customs in SF (1869-1872, 1890-1892), and UC Regent (1890-1899).
    (Ind, 7/13/02, 5A)

1899        Sep, David Starr Jordan, Pres. of Stanford, made the 1st major automobile trip on the Pacific Coast with a 9 ½ hour round trip to the Mount Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton.
    (Ind, 11/17/01, 5A)

1899        Nov 4, Prince Andre Poniatowski, the French brother-in-law of banker William H. Crocker, opened a new horse racing track in San Mateo County on land once owned by Mexican landholder Torribio Tanfaran.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)

1899        A bronze statue of the Leland Stanford family was cast in Florence by Larkin G. Mead. It was commissioned by Jane Lathrop Stanford, co-founder of Stanford Univ.
    (SFC, 6/20/98, p.A15)

1899        In Oakland the Dunsmuir House, 2960 Peralta Oaks Ct., was built by mining fortune heir Alexander Dunsmuir for his wife Josephine.
    (SFEM, 6/27/99, p.52)

1899        The San Mateo Roman Catholic Church was a gift to the town from Abby Meagher Parrott.
    (Ind, 2/27/99, p.5A)

1899        The US Navy built Quarters One as the Commandant’s residence on Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay. It later became known as the Nimitz House, the final home of Navy Adm. Chester Nimitz, who lived there from 1963-1966.
    (SFC, 9/18/10, p.C3)(www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wwiibayarea/qua.htm)

1899        Ira G. Hoitt, educator, closed his school in Burlingame and moved his boys into the remodeled Valparaiso Park, the former home of Faxon D. Atherton, in Menlo Park.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1899        The Italian cemetery in Colma was established.
    (Ind, 11/28/98, p.5A)

1899        John Stillwell Morgan harvested 2.7 million pounds of oyster from his oyster beds on the SF Bay. A growing population increased sewage into the bay and by 1923 only 17,000 pounds were harvested.
    (Ind, 1/9/99, p.5A)

1899        The California and Nevada Railroad, a narrow-gauge plagued with construction troubles, landslides and flooding, shut down. It had reached from Emeryville north through Berkeley, El Cerrito and Richmond and then inland to the San Pablo Valley. It was sold to the Santa Fe Railroad and the east sections became part of the Key System. In 1935 it was renamed the Key System.
    (SFC, 1/11/99, p.A14)(SFCM, 4/3/05, p.6)

1899        The Hearst int'l. competition for the design of the Berkeley campus selected the drawings of Emile Benard of France. Benjamin Ide Wheeler from Cornell arrived about the same time to head the institution. Benard was soon replaced by 4th place finalist John Galen Howard.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.10)

1899        Rep. Timothy Phelps was killed by a tandem bicycle while crossing a street in San Carlos.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A1)

1900        May 1, Andrew Putnam Hill, artist and photographer, and Stanford Pres. David Starr Jordan convened a meeting of citizens and academics at Stanford Univ. with the intent of saving redwood forests.
    (Ind, 4/24/99, p.5A)

1900        Aug, Dr. Alden Monroe Gardner, medical superintendent for the State Asylum for the Insane at Napa, purchased the Ralston estate in Belmont along with 70 acres for $35,000. He soon established there the state’s 1st private mental sanitarium.
    (Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)

1900        The 1st priests were ordained at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.
    (Ind, 3/9/02, 5A)

1900        Southern Pacific refused to charter any more trains to the Belmont Picnic Grounds due to excessive vandalism. The forced the beer garden to close.
    (Ind, 10/13/01, 5A)

1900        Rose Hill cemetery closed on Mount Diablo, Ca., as the nearby coal mining town closed down. The oldest grave there dated to 1865. The area later became part of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park in Antioch.
    (SFC, 9/8/09, p.C5)

1900        Around this time San Francisco Bay Area oil companies began using the copper ore and later pyrite from Iron Mountain to produce sulfuric acid for use in the oil refining process.
    (SFEC,11/2/97, p.A13)

1900        Henry Cogswell, dentist and land speculator, died and was buried in the Oakland Mountain View Cemetery.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, WBb p.8)

1900        Edith Dunlop, the 1st wife of Frederick Kohl, died.
    (KHB, 2003)

1901        Feb 21, The steamer City of Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco. Only 82 of some 210 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats. Many of the dead were Chinese immigrants. The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W. Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point in 320 feet of water. The remains of the ship were reportedly discovered in 1987 and a consortium hoped to salvage an alleged secret cargo of $2 million in silver bars. The wreck of the ship has never since been located. In November, 2014, a remote submersible discovered the remains of the ship in 287 feet of water.  
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Rio_de_Janeiro)(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 8/5/12,  DB p.42)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A1)

1901        May 19, John Henry Boalt, an attorney who resided in Oakland, Ca., in the late 19th century, died in Cloverdale, Ca. Boalt had inspired and supported the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. His widow, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt, donated funds to the University of California in 1906 to construct the original Boalt Memorial Hall of Law on the Berkeley campus. It was dedicated in 1911. The law school moved out in 1951 and the building became know known as Durant Hall. A wing of the new law school became Boalt Hall.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Henry_Boalt)(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A10)(SFC, 9/12/18, p.D1)

1901        Jul 12, It was reported that authorities had exhumed the body of Lee Wing in the San Jose Chinese cemetery and boiled the bullets out of the corpse to aid in the investigation of his murder.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)

1901        Oct 14, It was reported that the entire business district of Los Gatos had burned down.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)

1901        Nov 30, The ferry boats Sausalito and San Rafael collided in heavy fog and at least 3 people drowned. The San Rafael sank but over 700 passengers were saved.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)

1901        Dec 10, It was reported that Jane L. Stanford deeded $28 million in property, bonds and stock to Stanford Univ.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)

1901        The Griffin House in Los Altos, Ca., was designed by Frank Delos Wolfe and Charles MacKenzie for Willard Griffin, owner of Del Monte Packing Co. Griffin later donated the property to Foothill College, which in 2004 scheduled destruction of the Nationally Registered home.
    (SSFC, 10/17/04, p.A23)

1901        In Martinez the Contra Costa County Finance Building was completed.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A15)

1901        In Oakland the Sacred Heart Church was ravaged by fire and rebuilt. It was demolished in 1994 due to seismic conditions and rebuilt in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A15)

1901        Standard Oil set up shop and established Richmond, Ca., as a company town. Its Richmond refinery opened in 1902.
    (SFC, 8/8/05, p.B6)(SSFC, 8/12/12, p.A10)

1901        Arch Rock in the SF Bay was blasted down to 40 feet below sea level.
    (SFC, 5/24/04, p.A4)

1901-1958    Ernest Orlando Lawrence. UC-Berkeley physics professor. He developed the cyclotron for which he won a Nobel Prize in 1939.
    (LHS, 2/12/1998)

1902        Oct, James A. Folger II, son the gold rush coffee pioneer, acquired 2,000 acres of the original Coppinger land grant in San Mateo Ct. He renamed the area Hazelwood Hills. 942-acres of the area later became San Mateo’s Wunderlich Park.
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)

1902        The cornerstone for the Hearst Memorial Mining Building at Berkeley was laid. It was designed by John Galen Howard.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.10)

1902        The Emeryville Town Hall was built.
    (SFC, 3/21/00, p.B1)

1902        San Mateo High School opened on Ellsworth Ave. In 1927 it moved to Delaware St.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.B1)

1902        The son of Walter S. Hobart sold 250 acres of his father’s estate to Charles W. Clark. Clark renamed the property El Palomar.
    (Ind, 8/24/02, 5A)

1902        The Pacific Coast Oil refinery at Alameda Port, owned by Standard Oil, was replaced by the Richmond refinery.
    (SFC, 10/20/04, p.C6)

1903        Jan 6, George Pardee (1857-1941), former mayor of Oakland (1893-1895), was inaugurated as governor of California. Pardee served a single term to 1907.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_California)(SFC, 1/8/09, p.B1)

1903        The "Pink Building" in Belmont at Ralston and Old County Rd. opened as the W.A. Emmett General Merchandise store. This was already the 3rd building at the site. It was demolished in 1998 for a Caltrain project.
    (SFC, 4/4/98, p.A19)
1903        The first Key System trains, established by Francis Marion Smith, began running from downtown Berkeley, Ca., to the Oakland pier.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1903        The SF Bay Area Realty Estate Syndicate, created by Francis Marion Smith and partner Frank C. Havens, built the Idora Park amusement center near 56th Street and Telegraph Ave. in Oakland, Ca. It was torn down in 1929.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1903        Car racing was introduced at the Tanfaran horse racing track in San Mateo County.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)
1903        A trolley line from SF reached down to San Mateo.
    (LaPen, 12/86, p.)
1903        In Berkeley the Greek Theater opened with a production of selections from Aristophanes' "The Birds." It was used for graduations and concerts.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A18)(SFEM, 1/30/00, p.10)
1903        Bernard Moses founded the Dept. of Political Science at the Univ. California in Berkeley.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.12)

1904        Feb 14, Colonel Alvinza Hayward died on Valentine’s day in SF. His San Mateo mansion was converted to a luxury hotel. It burned down in 1920. Charity Hayward died in 1905 in New Jersey. They were both later reunited at Cypress Lawn in Colma.
    (Ind, 12/8/01, 5A)

1904        Nov 12, The Stanford and UC Berkeley football teams played their "big game" in Berkeley for the 1st time since the matches began in 1892.
    (Ind, 11/10/01, 5A)

1904        The Ford’s Opera House was built in Los Gatos.
    (SSFC, 12/9/01, p.C5)

1904        In Marin the West Point Inn on Mount Tamalpais was built as a stopover for passengers on the old Bolinas stagecoach.
    (SFEC, 6/28/98, p.T4)(SFC, 6/25/04, p.F8)

1904        The Sather Estate was carved up in Oakland and the area became known as the Lakeshore Highlands. New Lakeshore Highlands housing bylaws later prohibited people of African or Mongolian descent. The restriction were struck down in 1979.
    (SFCM, 10/24/04, p.6)

1904        In Redwood City John McBain completed the new 2-story brick $500,000 Sequoia High School. The slate roof collapsed during the 1906 earthquake and forced closure for one year.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1904        In Redwood City construction began on the San Mateo County Courthouse. The 1906 earthquake destroyed it just prior to opening.
    (Ind, 2/2/99, p.11A)

1904        San Bruno laid out its "Heart Area" subdivision from the 40-acre Uncle Tom's Cabin property. Cupid Row was the heart's arrow off of Huntington.
    (SFCM, 2/8/04, p.3)

1904        In Richmond The Baltic bar was established with a back mirror brought over from an older SF establishment.
    (SFC, 7/28/99, Z1 p.3)

1904        Charles W. Clark son of a Montana senator and copper king, married Celia Tobin, heiress to Hibernia Bank.
    (Ind, 8/24/02, 5A)

1904        Frederick Kohl married singer Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Godey of Washington D.C.
    (KMB, 2003)

1904         John McBain, contractor, was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. His dream was to give constituents a system of perfect roads.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1904        Alhambra High School in Martinez graduated its 1st class – 3 students.
    (SFC, 8/12/04, p.B10)

1905        Jan 14, Jane Lathrop Stanford drank from a bottle of mineral water at her Nob Hill home in SF and became violently ill. Analysis of the water revealed strychnine.
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)

1905        Feb 28, Jane Lathrop Stanford, the wife of Leland Stanford, died of suspected arsenic poisoning at the Moana Hotel in Honolulu. A coroner’s jury confirmed the result. Her body was returned to the mainland under the care of David Starr Jordan, the president of Stanford Univ. An examination by Stanford physicians claimed no trace of strychnine and set heart attack as cause of death. A will signed 19 months earlier had left the bulk of her $30 million estate to Stanford Univ. In 2003 Robert Cutler authored "The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford." [see Jan 14]
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)(SFC, 11/20/03, p.A21)

1905        Apr 29, The Santa Clara, a heavier than air plane designed by Prof. John J. Montgomery, was flown by circus performer Daniel John Maloney. The glider was lifted by balloon to 4,000 feet and then cut loose over Santa Clara, Ca.
    (GenIV, Winter 04/05)

1905        Construction began on the Ocean Shore Railroad and led to a boom for Half Moon Bay and a coast side land craze. It was hoped that the railroad would connect SF to Santa Cruz.
    (Ind, 3/10/01, 5A)

c1905        The 3rd San Mateo Courthouse, just behind the 2nd one, was completed just shortly before the 1906 earthquake. Only the dome and rotunda survived the quake. These were incorporated into the 4th 1908 building designed by Glenn Allen in Roman and Renaissance revival style with 4 Corinthian pillars.

1905        The big football game between Stanford and UC Berkeley was banned from San Francisco due to the riots that often followed. 18 football players died nationwide from game injuries.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)

1905        The SF Bay Area town of Richmond, Ca., was established.

1905        UC Berkeley regents purchased Hubert Howe Bancroft’s personal library.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)(OAH, 2/05, p.A6)
1905        August Vollmer, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, was named town marshal of Berkeley, Ca. In 2017 criminologist Willard Oliver authored “August Vollmer: The Father of American Policing."
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.C1)

1905        Stanford women founded the university's Current Events Club. It was devoted to a discussion of arts, Literature and foreign affairs.
    (SFC, 7/17/99, p.A21)

1905        Davenport Bromfield, surveyor, went to work for Ansel Mills Easton and laid out a town called Easton around Buri Buri Ave. The name of the Avenue and town was later changed to Broadway and became incorporated in to Burlingame.
    (Ind, 1/5/02, 5A)

1905        In Marin County, Ca., US Rep. William Kent, heir to a Chicago meat-packing fortune, purchased 612 acres of old-growth redwood forest from the Tamalpais Land & Water Co. for $45,000.
    (SFC, 12/17/07, p.A1)

1906        Apr 18, 5:12 a.m. the San Francisco 8.2 earthquake occurred. Seismologists in 1977 reduced the magnitude to 7.9. The massive earthquake was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles and as far inland as Nevada. It caused severe damage and loss of life in the San Francisco Bay area, and a three-day fire spawned by the shaking reduced 4.7 square miles of the city to blackened ruins. [see SF]
    (SFC, 4/4/96, p.A-106)(SFC, 4/8/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)
1906        Apr 18, In Santa Clara the California Hospital for the Chronic Insane at Agnews collapsed and 112 patients and staff members were killed.
    (Ind, 6/1/02, 5A)

1906        Sep 14, It was reported that a fire in Tiburon, which began in the saloon of George Fearn, had destroyed the business district.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1906        Dec 28, It was reported that the Berkeley city trustees voted to completely ban the sale of alcohol.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1906        James A. Folger II built a grand Edwardian home on his Hazelwood Hills estate.
    (Ind, 5/26/01, 5A)

1906        Roy Cloud (30) was elected as the superintendent of schools for San Mateo County. He held the position for 19 years.
    (Ind, 9/30/00,5A)

1906        In SSF the States Tavern opened on Grand Ave.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A15)

1906        A campaign was begun to the mark with cast-iron bells the missionary route of El Camino Real, which included a route along the east side of the Bay.
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A15)

1906        The 8 largest dairies in San Mateo were absorbed into the Dairy Delivery Co. with headquarters in Millbrae.
    (Ind, 10/7/00,5A)

1906        Gay and Robinson joined other sugar planters in the California & Hawaiian Sugar Co. with operations in the SF Bay Area. C&H Sugar took over a waterfront mill in Crockett, Ca.
    (SSFC, 8/31/03, p.I3)(SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D11)

1906        Eugene V. De Sabla, a founder of Pacific Gas & Electric, acquired the El Cerrito estate of George and Agnes Howard. He ordered the historic house removed and commissioned a 40-room residence with a private lake and sunken gardens.
    (Ind, 5/31/03, p.5A)

1906-1916    In Daly City, Ca., businesses made gas out of oil at 731 Schwerin St.
    (SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)

1907        Aug 26, In San Bruno, Ca., the Olympic Club held its first annual motor meet at the Tanforan race track. 10,000 spectators and 700 machines showed up for the auto and motorcycle races.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1907        Sep, The Cosmopolitan magazine published the epic poem “A Wine of Wizardry" by George Sterling (1869-1926). The poem and accompanying essay by Ambrose Bierce sparked critical reaction across the continent. Serling, Jack London’s best friend, was the scion of a Long Island whaling family and worked in a SF East Bay real estate firm.
    (SSFC, 12/23/07, p.M4)

1907        Dec 26, William Kent (d.1928) donated 298 acres for the Muir Woods National Monument. US Rep. William Kent, heir to a Chicago meat-packing fortune, had moved to Marin County, Ca., in the late 1800s. His donations also included parkland on Mount Tamalpais.
    (SFCM, 1/20/02, p.22)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A13)(SFC, 12/17/07, p.A1)

1907        Realty Estate Syndicate, created by Francis Marion Smith and partner Frank C. Havens, built the opulent Key Room Inn at Broadway and West Grand Ave. in Oakland, Ca., on Key Route train lines serving San Francisco. The hotel was demolished in 1932.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1907        In Oakland, Ca., the Lionel J. Wilson was completed at 1423 Broadway.
    (SFC, 10/27/14, p.D3)
1907        Swimmer Arthur Cavill landed at the San Francisco Presidio an hour and 18 minutes from his departure at Lime Point in Marin.
    (SSFC, 7/24/11, DB p.42)
1907        Frederick Meyer, a cabinet maker from Germany, founded the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts in Berkeley, Ca. In 1922 he purchased the 4-acre Treadwell estate in Oakland to accommodate growth. In 1936 the school was renamed the California College of the Arts and Crafts and in 2003 it became California College of the Arts.
    (SSFC, 8/19/07, p.M2)
1907        In Berkeley Phoebe Apperson Hearst dedicated the new Hearst Memorial Mining Building. It underwent a $68 million restoration in 2001.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A18)(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A18)
1907        The Berkeley Development Co. offered 40 acres and a bay view for a new state capitol in an attempt to lure the legislature out of Sacramento.
    (SFCM, 9/9/01, p.24)
1907        Alcatraz island officially lost its role of protecting SF.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)
1907        The San Francisco Brewing Company established a facility at 155 Columbus Ave, South San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 3/8/09, p.E8)
1907        An explosion at the Trojan Powder factory in the SF Bay town of San Lorenzo, Ca. killed at least one person.
    (http://www.sanlorenzoheritage.org/history/slzintro.htm)(SFC, 10/10/14, p.A1)

1908        Jan 9, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt declared Muir Woods in Marin County, Ca., a national monument.
    (SFC, 12/17/07, p.A1)

1908        Jan 25, The Church of St. Matthew Red Cross Guild, later Mills Hospital, was dedicated by California’s Episcopal Bishop William Ford Nichols. It was designed by Willis Polk and was the first private care institution in San Mateo County. Part of the initial funding was $700,000 from Elisabeth Mills Reid and her brother Ogden Mills. Elisabeth was the daughter of Comstock millionaire D.O. Mills and wife of the American diplomat Whitelaw Reid.
    (Ind, 10/3/98, p.5A)

1908        Feb 21, It was reported that in Pinole some 10,000 pounds of explosives had blown up at the Dupont de Nemours powder plant and that 28 workers were killed.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1908        Apr 22, Dynamite exploded on the front porch of James L. Gallagher in Oakland with injuries to the family. Gallagher had testified a day earlier in the SF graft trial of Tirey Ford, chief counsel of the United Railroads.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1908        May 6, The Great White Fleet, a flotilla that included 24 battleships, gathered in the SF Bay for one month.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1908        May 23, In the SF Bay Area John Morrell and his crew boarded their 485-foot airship in a field near Berkeley High School. The ship’s gas bag burst at 300-feet and the 20 men aboard plunged to the ground. 9 were seriosuly injured but no one died.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.C2)

1908        Jun 13, Swimmer F. Riehl demonstrated a kite attached to himself before the crew of the battleship Connecticut in the SF Bay. It carried him through the water for more than half a mile.
    (SSFC, 6/8/08, DB p.58)

1908        Jul 7, Great White Fleet left SF Bay.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1908        Oct 7, It was reported that the first SF taxicab company had formed with the number of cabs limited to 25.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1908        Dec 9, It was reported that over 1,500 people, including the governor and his wife, were poisoned by contaminated meat at a Mare Island luncheon. At least 2 people died and scores were hospitalized.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1908        The Berkeley, Ca., City Hall was built in a Beaux Arts style. In 1977 a new City Hall was completed. In 2002 voters rejected a bond to fix it and in 2007 it faced $35 million in renovation and retrofit costs.
    (SFC, 3/21/07, p.B1)
1908        Burlingame was named after Anson Burlingame.
    (Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)
1908        In Pacifica, Ca., SF attorney Henry Harrison McCloskey (d.1916) built a fortress to withstand earthquakes. In 1959 it was acquired by painting contractor Sam Mazza (d.2002) for $29,000, who turned it into a party palace. The structure dubbed Sam’s Castle was left to a foundation. In 2011 Bridget Oates authored “Sam’s Castle."
    (SFC, 8/13/11, p.A1,6)
1908        A steam plant was built at Stanford Univ. It was later converted to an ROTC building and in 1973 became the Band Shak II, home to the Stanford marching band. It was planned for demolition in 1998. Band Shak I was an old dining hall demolished by the band. Encina Gym was to become Band Shak III.
    (SFC, 11/21/98, p.C1)
c1908        A rail trestle was built across the south bay just south of the Dunbarton Bridge. The Dunbarton cutoff was the first bridge across the Bay. The last train ran across it in 1982. San Mateo County purchased the trestle from Southern Pacific for $7.1 million in 1995 with half the funds coming from a state Dept. of Transportation 20-year, interest-free loan. A quarter-mile section of the bridge burned down in early 1998.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A16)(Ind, 5/23/00,14A)
1908        Tracks of the Ocean Shore Railroad were laid across Devil’s Slide and continued south along the San Mateo County coast to Half Moon Bay.
    (Ind, 7/1/00,5A)(Ind, 3/10/01, 5A)
1908        Pacific Gas and Electric co. acquired a gas-making company in Daly City, Ca. Wastes contained lamp-black, a finely powdered carbon, and thick, sticky tars containing cancer-causing compounds.
    (SFC, 3/2/09, p.B1)
1908        In San Francisco the W.T. Garrett & Co. foundry created a 300-pound bell, one of the last produced by the firm, as a gift from the Borel family to Grace church, located at El Camino and Hwy. 92. In the 1950s the Hillbarn Theater moved to the church and used the bell to send audiences back to their seats after intermission. In 1968 the bell was moved to the theater’s permanent home on Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City. In 2004 the bell was stolen. In 2010 it was discovered at a scrap shop in San Leandro and returned to the theater.
    (SFC, 9/6/10, p.A1)

1908-1983    The Meadowlands was a 500-acre shoreline facility on the Bay in Mountain View that received garbage from SF.
    (Ind, 5/11/99, p.12A)

1909        Sep 22, In Oakland Fung Joe Guey made the first West Coast flight of a heavier than air motor driven airplane at Piedmont Heights. He flew for half a mile some 15-feet above the ground.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W3)

1909        A new Alcatraz lighthouse was built. The 1854 original was removed to make way for the Alcatraz Prison.
    (SFC, 6/2/04, B1)

1909        The Station Barracks on Angel Island were built for the opening of the immigrant detention facility in 1910.
    (SFC, 7/6/01, WBb p.8)

1909        In Santa Clara the California Hospital for the Chronic Insane at Agnews was rebuilt following collapse in the 1906 earthquake. Inspectors determined that it constituted a deathtrap for helpless patients.
    (Ind, 6/1/02, 5A)

1909        The mansion El Cerrito of industrialist Eugene de Sabla (b.1865) was completed on the former George Howard estate between Burlingame and San Mateo. De Sabla pioneered the bringing of electricity from the high Sierra to the coast. He had established the Nevada Power Co. and initiated power lines across the Carquinez Strait. He was the 1st president of PG&E.
    (Ind, 9/28/02, 5A)

1909        Pres. Theodore Roosevelt established the Farallon Islands, 28 miles off the coast of San Francisco, as a wildlife refuge.
    (SFC, 2/17/05, p.A1)

1909        In the San Francisco Bay a minefield was laid north of the Presidio wharf over a period of 4 months to protect the San Francisco harbor.
    (SSFC, 10/11/09, DB p.46)

1909        In San Jose, Ca., Charles David Herrold (d.1948 at 72), owner of Herrold’s College of Wireless and Engineering, broadcast his first voice transmissions. By 1912 San Jose Calling began regularly broadcasts of music and entertainment. The station later became KQW and then KCBS.
    (SSFC, 4/5/09, p.A2)

1909        Nels Nelson surveyed some 425 Bay Area shell mounds.
    (Buckeye, Winter 04/05)

1909        Petaluma boasted egg production at some 100 million.
    (Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)

1909-1910    Charles and Henry Greene built a home at 2307 Piedmont, Berkeley, for lumberman William Thorsen. In 1943 it was acquired by the Sigma Phi male society and became known as the Thorsen House.
    (SFCM, 11/9/03, p.8)(SFC, 11/26/03, p.G1)

1910        Jan 21, Angel Island opened as an immigration processing and detention center and became known as the Ellis Island of the West. It processed some 1 million people until 1940. 50,000 Chinese entered the US through Angel Island. It closed after a fire in 1940.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W37)(SFEC, 2/6/00, Rp.10)(SFC, 1/21/10, p.A12)

1910        Jan 24, Louis Paulhan, French aviator, made an aerial display at the Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno, Ca., before a crowd of 75,000. He flew his biplane 1,300 (700) feet high at 70 mph. Earlier he took William Randolph Hearst for a ride.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)(Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)(SSFC, 1/24/10, DB p.42)

1910        Jan, Wealthy residents of San Mateo County petitioned the board of supervisors to create the municipality of Hillsboro.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1910        Mar 27, The new $100,000 St. Matthew Episcopal Church in San Mateo, Ca., reopened following reconstruction due to the 1906 earthquake.
    (Ind, 9/1/01, 5A)

1910        Jul 4, The new San Mateo County Courthouse, referred to as the Temple of Justice, opened in Redwood City. It integrated the stained-glass dome from the original structure destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It later became the home of the San mateo County History Museum.
    (Ind, 2/2/99, p.11A)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.E6)

1910        Dec, The Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley, Ca., was completed. In 1914 the hotel added another wing with 120 rooms to accommodate crowds expected for the Panama Pacific Expo.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.C1)

1910        Architect Sidney B. Newsom designed a Colonial Revival house in Berkeley, Ca., for lumberman George Howard. In 1934 it was sold to the DeLongpre family and operated as a residence club until 1977. The University Students’ Cooperative Association purchased it and 2 adjoining houses for $420,000 that became known as Le Chateau.
    (SFCM, 12/4/05, p.6)

1910        Gus Vollmer, town marshal of Berkeley Ca., instituted the first bicycle partrols by police officers.
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)

1910        In northern California Fort Barry was established to the west of Fort Baker.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.A22)

1911        Jan 7, Aviator James Radley, operating a French Bleriot airplane, performed over South San Francisco, skimmed the the West Virginia, the flagship of Rear-Admiral Barry, and checked the time of San Francisco Ferry Tower clock on both sides.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, DB p.42)

1911        Jan 15, An explosive bomb was dropped from an airplane during an aviation meet in South San Francisco. The plane was about 400 feet high and the bomb dropped within 10 feet of its target.
    (SSFC, 1/16/11, DB p.42) 

1911        Jan 18, Naval aviation was born when pilot Eugene B. Ely flew a Curtis Pusher biplane onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay.
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.a15)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.A15)(AP, 1/18/98)(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A19)

1911        Feb 28, Charles Templeton Crocker married Helene Irwin. Their combined fortune was estimated at $28 million.
    (Ind, 7/14/01, 5A)

1911        SF Bay Area banker and entrepreneur Mortimer Fleishhacker (1868-1953) built a grand home on 75 acres in Woodside, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/10/11, p.M12)
1911        Tanforan race track was temporarily redesignated Selfridge Field for a military airshow. During WW I it became Camp Grizzly.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)
1911        The Circle Fountain was dedicated in North Berkeley and marked the entrance to the new subdivision of Northbrae. A motorist demolished the fountain in 1958. It was restored in 1996.
    (SFCM, 9/9/01, p.24)
1911        Hazel Langenour became the 1st woman to swim the Golden Gate span.
    (SFCM, 1/25/04, p.15)
1911        The NY Highlanders (later Yankees) signed Justin Fitzgerald (d.1952) from San Mateo, Ca., to a $385 per year contract, the largest ever presented to an amateur player from the West Coast.
    (Ind, 4/17/00, 5A)
1911        Otto Reichardt established the Reichardt Duck Farm in unincorporated Colma along 29 acres of Old Mission Rd.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)
1911        By this year an estimated 25,000 hogs were raised by 24 large-scale swill ranchers in and around Colma. Complaints over filthy conditions instituted what came to be known as the Hog War.
    (Ind, 7/15/00,5A)
1911        Redwood City workers lined El Camino Real with 1,200 acacia trees.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)
1911        Oakland Mayor Frank Mott broke the SP monopoly with a compromise that gave control back to the city and a 50 year lease to the railroad.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W27)
1911        The original Moss Beach Hotel, built by Juergen F. Weinke, burned down.
    (Ind, 7/1/00,5A)
1911        Wild oysters in SF Bay Area were pretty much wiped out by this time. The native Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, had once blanketed the region from Southern California to Southeastern Alaska. In 2012 a scientific study said the Olympia oyster was functionally extinct.
    (SFC, 7/7/12, p.A10)
1911        The Empress Theater in Vallejo, Ca., was built. It opened for business in 1912.
    (SSFC, 10/15/17, p.N2)

1912        Mar, A motorist succeeded in driving a sturdy Studebaker from Colma, across San Pedro Mountain to Half Moon Bay.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)

1912        Jun 9, Convict H.A. Lynwood was killed at San Quentin Penitentiary after prisoners demonstrated for a 2nd day over the quality of food being served.
    (SSFC, 6/10/12, DB p.42)

1912        Aug, The paving of County Road along the Peninsula between South SF and Burlingame was begun. Highway Commission Chairman Burton Towne formally broke ground on El Camino Real near San Bruno Ave.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)(SFC, 8/3/12, p.A10)
1912        Aug, Nellie Schmidt of Alameda became the 1st woman to swim across the SF Bay. She crossed from the Vallejo St. wharf to Oakland in 3 hours and 6 minutes. F.M. Riehl (72), the 1st man to swim across in 1872, coached her.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1912        Oct, A fire swept through the Benicia Arsenal and some $3 million in explosives went off with no deaths or injuries.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1912        Oct, A fire broke out at the Central Grammar School in Menlo Park and the 1893 2-story Victorian building was destroyed.
    (Ind, 8/5/00,5A)

1912        Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson and George Spoor, Chicago movie producers moved their Essanay movie studios to Niles, Ca., and over the next 4 years produced some 350 one-reel films that included "The Tramp" with Charlie Chaplin.
    (SFC, 12/31/99, p.A1,6)(SFC, 9/9/06, p.B3)(SFC, 4/10/09, p.E8)

1912        The Alameda County Fair began.
    (SFC, 7/4/05, p.B1)

1912        The Spring Mansion was built in Berkeley by John Hopkins Spring (d.1933), a real estate speculator. The house on a 20-acre plot was modeled after a 19th century European island palace.
    (SFC, 2/15/05, p.B3)

1912        John Galen Howard, campus architect for UC Berkeley, built a redwood home at 1401 Le Roy Ave. in Berkeley. His designs included the Hearst Mining Building, Sather Gate, the Campanile and Wheeler Hall.
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.B9)

1912        The Italianate home of Leon Douglass was completed in Menlo Park. Douglass was an inventor who helped perfect the Victrola phonograph and Technicolor. The home later became part of Menlo College and was renamed Stent Family Hall.
    (SFCM, 10/31/04, p.5)

1912        The Burlingame Club moved into its 4th clubhouse on Floribunda and remained there until 1955.
    (Ind, 5/12/01, 5A)

1912        In Marin County the Tourist Club was started by German immigrants.
    (SFEC, 6/28/98, p.T4)

1912        Heiress Jennie Crocker married tennis great Douglas Whitman at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Jennie’s 65 dogs accompanied them on their honeymoon. They divorced in 1921.
    (Ind, 6/29/02, 5A)

1912        Harriett Pullman Carolan and her husband Francis J. Carolan purchased 554 acres in Hillsborough and proceeded with plans to build a mansion inspired by the 17th century French chateaux, Vaux le Vicomte.
    (SFC, 8/19/97, p.A13,17)(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)

1912        In Burlingame capitalist Charles Frederick Kohl (d.1924) and his wife summoned John McBain to build a half-million-dollar, Tudor-styled, 42,000-sq-ft mansion on 40 acres along what later became Adeline Drive.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)(SFEM, 6/27/99, p.57)(Ind, 1/19/02, 5A)(KMB, 2003)

1913        Jan 15, Lloyd Bridges, actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane), was born in San Leandro, Calif.
    (MC, 1/15/02)

1913        Feb 13, Joaquin Miller (b.1837), known as the "poet of the Sierras," died in Oakland, Ca. Miller had sponsored California’s 1st Arbor Day. His work included "Utopia" (1880) and “Life amongst the Modocs: unwritten history" (1873), an autobiographical novel first published in London. Miller was born as Cincinnatus Hiner Miller near Liberty, Indiana. His secret "California Diary" was unearthed 25 years after his death. In 1919 Oakland purchased his property and in 1928 turned it into a park combined with adjacent undeveloped tracts.
    (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007936641)(SFEM, 4/2/00, p.48)(SSFC, 1/14/07, p.B3)(SSFC, 6/16/13, DB p.17)

1913        Mar 15, E.E. Duncan, released from San Quentin last year following a pardon by Gov. Johnson, spoke before the Assembly Committee on Prisons. Duncan said men had been tortured to death in an abandoned mill in the prison yard during his 2-year incarceration.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, DB p.46)

1913        Mar 20, It was reported that Alcatraz island is to be abandoned as an Army prison and will be turned over to the Dept. of Justice for use as a federal penitentiary. It was deactivated as a military prison in 1933.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, DB p.42)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island)

1913        Apr, San Mateo County voted through a $1.2 million bond issue for highway funds to include a road to the coast.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)

1913        May 3, Clorox, a maker of cleaning supplies, was founded in Oakland, Ca. Entrepreneurs Archibald Taft, a banker; Edward Hughes, a purveyor of wood and coal; Charles Husband, a bookkeeper; Rufus Myers, a lawyer; and William Hussey, a miner, invested $100 each to set up the first commercial-scale liquid bleach factory in the United States.

1913        May, A state board recommended building a train bridge across SF Bay.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1913        Jul 7, In the SF Bay Area a fire raged on Mount Tamalpais. Hundreds of rattlesnakes were driven down the slopes by the fire.
    (SSFC, 7/7/13, p.42)

1913        Jul 12, The 4-masted schooner J.H. Lunsmann sank on in the San Francisco Bay near Fort Mason following a collision with the steamer Francis H. Leggett. The crew of 12 were rescued.
    (SSFC, 7/14/13, p.47)(http://tinyurl.com/m6ey4u3)

1913        Sep 3, In northern California the Sacramento Northern began operating a new electric train from Oakland to Sacramento. Its morning Comet and afternoon Meteor made the run in 2 hrs and 41 minutes. The railroad never made money and passenger service stopped in 1941.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)

1913        The Drexler House in Woodside was designed by Julia Morgan. The property was later acquired by Oracle chief Larry Ellison, who dismantled it for his Japanese village.
    (SSFC, 10/17/04, p.A23)
1913        In Oakland the Rotunda was built at 16th near Broadway as a department store designed by Charles Dickey, who also did the Claremont Hotel. It closed in 1984 and reopened with renovations in 2001.
    (SFC, 6/2/01, p.A13)
1913        Harriett Pullman Carolan and her husband Francis J. Carolan announced their plans for a new mansion in Hillsborough atop Black Mountain to be designed by French architect Ernest San Sans with construction to be supervised by Willis Polk. The 98-room mansion, the Carolands Chateau, was completed in 1915, but the couple separated in 1917 and she seldom visited. By 1997 it was falling into disrepair and plans were proposed to turn it into a 15-unit condo.
    (SFC, 8/19/97, p.A13,17)(Ind, 2/26/00, p.5A)
1913        Francis Marion Smith and his associates at Realty Estate Syndicate became overextended and were forced to declare bankruptcy. Their SF Bay Area Key System went into receivership and was taken over by a new company in 1923. The Key rail and ferry services continued until 1939 when it began operating on the lower deck of the new SF Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1913        The PG&E plant east of Cow Palace closed down. It had processed oil into gas and left deposits of coal tar and lampblack. Soil from the property was used as fill for military housing during WW II.
    (SFC, 3/10/98, p.A14)
1913        Five Oakland investors pooled $100 each to open the Electro-Alkaline Co., the first factory to make sodium hypochlorite bleach. It later became Clorox.
    (SFC, 12/29/99, Z1 p.1)
1913        Dr. Alden Monroe Gardner, founder of the Gardner Nerve Sanitarium (the former Ralston mansion) in Belmont, died. His son continued to operate the facility until 1921.
    (Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)

1914        Oct 16, In San Francisco the last spike of the Overfair Railway was driven for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. The miniature rail project to carry visitors around the fair was led by Oakland millionaire Louis Mac Dermot (d.1948). In 1979 Albert Smith, railroad buff and graduate of Cal Poly, acquired the Overfair steam locomotives, after inheriting Orchard Supply Hardware, and set them up on his Swanton Pacific Ranch. The ranch and railroad were left to Cal Poly following Smith’s death in 1993. 
    (SFC, 12/29/14, p.C2)

1914        Nov 25, Joe DiMaggio, baseball star, was born in Martinez, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/15/04, p.F13)

1914        Dec 23, San Bruno, Ca., was incorporated following a campaign by the local newspaper, the San Bruno Herald, mainly so the streets could be paved.

1914        Dec 24, John Muir (76), naturalist, died in Martinez, Ca. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland, in 1838.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, DB p.23)(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A21)(ON, 7/03, p.3)

1914        Dec 25, In Burlingame Charles Frederick Kohl and his wife Mary Elizabeth opened their 63-room mansion on Adeline Drive for their 1st party. It was sold on Kohl's death to the Sisters of Mercy and became Mercy High School in 1932. The Kohl Mansion at 2750 Adeline Dr. was built in 1914-1915 for $525,000.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)(SFEM, 6/27/99, p.57)(Ind, 1/19/02, 5A)

1914        A memorial tower was erected on the Berkeley, Ca., campus with a design adopted from the Campanile San Marco in Venice. It was financed by a $200,000 donation from a banker's widow.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.13)
1914        The Beaux Arts Oakland, Ca., City Hall was the first government high-rise (19 stories) office building in the US. It was lauded by Mayor Frank K. Mott. The original cost was under $2 million.
    (SFEM, 1/4/98, p.5)
1914        In Oakland, Ca., the Cathedral Building at 1615 Broadway and Telegraph was completed. It was designed by Benjamin McDougall.
    (SFC, 3/1/08, p.B4)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.C2)
1914        Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co. was founded in Oakland, Ca., by N.M. Wheatley, a newspaper vendor. After a series of owners the firm was sold in 2005 to Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. In 2006 Catterton announced the closure of the Oakland bakery and distribution sites. In 2008 Catterton sought bankruptcy protection for Mother’s Cookies.
    (SFC, 2/28/98, p.D1)(SFC, 4/4/06, p.C3)(SFC, 10/9/08, p.C1)
1914        The town of Walnut Creek, Ca., population 500, incorporated.
    (SFC, 7/17/06, p.B5)
1914        The South San Francisco Scavengers garbage company established itself in South San Francisco, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A22)
1914        In the San Francisco, Ca., peninsula some 2,000 acacia trees were planted along El Camino Real following the 1,500 planted in 1911.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)
1914        Robert Burgess, a local real estate developer, advertised that the grandest view of planet could be had from the top of Mount Diablo, where he had just built a toll road to the top. The myth was later debunked. 72,000 square miles are visible from Mt. McKinley in Alaska, as compared to the 18,000 square miles visible from the top of Mt. Diablo. The world’s grandest view was from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
    (SSFC, 11/23/08, p.E7)

1915        Feb 20, President Wilson opened the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. The Panama-Pacific Int’l. Exhibition was held on what became the Marina and 300,000 people attended opening day. 60,000 pavilions with exhibits from 41 nations, 43 states and 3 US territories were featured. Herb Caen claimed to have been conceived in this year during the expo. A 40-ton organ with 7,000 pipes played the "Hallelujah Chorus." It was made by the Austin Organs Co. of Hartford, Conn. After the fair it was moved to the Civic Auditorium and used for 7 decades until the 1989 earthquake damaged it.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p.A1)(HN, 2/20/98)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1915        Feb 25, This was San Mateo County Day at the SF Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exhibition. The main entrance on Scott Street had 50,000 waiting visitors. Patrons remembered the day as Violet Day.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)(Ind, 9/15/01, 5A)
1915        Feb 25, The Ohio Building was dedicated at the SF Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exhibition. It was towed to San Carlos in 1916.
    (Ind, 6/30/01, 5A)

1915        Mar 14, Stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey (b.1887) plunged into the shallows of SF Bay and was killed as some 50,000 fans watched his performance during the Panama-Pacific Expo. The battleship USS Oregon recovered the plane and body.
    (SSFC, 3/15/15, p.C2)

1915        Apr, Arthur R. Smith (20) auditioned to fly for the Panama-Pacific Expo and performed 14 consecutive loop-the-loops. He painted each loop with a stream of gray smoke. He died in 1926 while testing a new airplane on a night flight from Chicago to Bryan.
    (Ind, 9/5/98, p.5A)

1915        Aug 9, Aviator Charles Niles (1888-1916) and his aircraft plunged into the SF Bay. Niles, who had become internationally famous for his work in the aerial war corps of General Carranza in Mexico, survived the crash.
    (SSFC, 8/9/15, DB p.46)(http://earlyaviators.com/eniles.htm)

1915        Sep 1, In the SF Bay Area 2 men were killed when eight tons of dynamite exploded on a train car being unloaded from magazines of the Hercules Powder Works to the steamer Century.
    (SSFC, 8/30/15, DB p.58)

1915        Oct, A 28-mile road from Colma to Half Moon Bay was completed across Montara Mountain.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)(Ind, 7/20/02, 5A)

1915        Oct, The secret service captured 2 former Oakland policemen in Utah and Ohio after a 12,500 mile chase. The men were charged with counterfeiting $100,000 in bogus $5 gold pieces.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)

1915        Charlie Chaplin signed with the Essanay film studio and came to Niles, Ca., to film “The Tramp."
    (SFC, 9/9/06, p.B3)
1915        The Claremont Hotel on the Berkeley-Oakland border was built by Frank Havens. He won the land in a game of checkers from miner Francis Marion "Borax" Smith. Francis Marion Smith was the visionary behind the Key Route and used money from his Nevada borax mines to fund the line. The hotel was built on the Key Route train line serving San Francisco.
    (SFC, 4/4/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.T6)(SFCM, 4/3/05, p.6)(SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
1915        A 2-story stable house in Woodside was designed by George Washington Smith on land that was part of the Jackling estate. The property was later acquired by Jim Clark, founder of Netscape.
    (SSFC, 10/17/04, p.A23)
1915        The new 39-room $500,000 ($1.6 mil) Uplands home of Charles Templeton Crocker and his wife Helene was completed after 3 years of construction. The Italian-type villa was designed by Willis Polk. [see 1916] Crocker sold the building in 1942. In 1955 the Crocker estate re-acquired the Hillsborough mansion.
    (Ind, 7/14/01, 5A)(SFC, 3/11/05, p.F2)
1915        The William Warren School for boys in Menlo Park was founded for grades one to eight. Another grade was added over the next 4 years. Warren served as headmaster with military discipline until 1924 when he was replaced by Clifford Dennis who incorporated the institution and did away with its military character. It then became known as the Menlo School for Boys.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)
1915        Thomas Hickey in South San Francisco campaigned on a platform that the county poor deserved a hospital at least "as good as the rich man’s hospital for his dog."
    (Ind, 5/18/02, 5A)
1915        Yee Tock Chee, aka Willie Yee, opened the Marin Fruit and Grocery store at 605 Bridgeway in Sausalito. A change in property ownership and a 4-fold rent increase threatened to close the store in 1997.
    (SFC,12/16/97, p.A17,19)
1915        Alcatraz island in the SF Bay was converted into a military prison.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W38)
1915        Saranap, a rail town that later became part of Walnut Creek, Ca., first appeared on Contra Costa County maps. The name was an abridgement of Sarah Naphtaly, the mother of Sam Naphtaly, one the areas 2 main landholders. In 2006 Dorothy Ligda (91) authored “Saranap Then and Now."
    (SFCM, 3/19/06, p.7)
1915        Dr. Forrest Shaklee (1894-1985), an Oakland, Ca., chiropractor, invented his Vitalized Minerals. In 1956 he founded Shaklee Products, a nutritional supplement company.
    (SSFC, 8/13/06, p.F1)(www.shaklee.com/main/aboutPhiloStory)

1916        Jul 10, A Citizen’s Law and Order Committee was formed by 1,000 leading Bay Area industrialists in response to a longshoreman’s strike to "enforce the right of employers to hire union or non."
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W5)

1916        Jul 13, The first student graduated from the flying school at Lynch Field in Redwood City. The school was set up by Silas Christofferson (26).
    (Ind, 1/9/99, p.5A)

1916        Aug 16, In San Francisco the 1,000 ton Ohio Building, created for the Panama-Pacific Expo, was dragged on skids to a barge and shipped 23 miles to San Carlos. In 1956 it was intentionally torched to clear the property.
    (SFC, 2/24/21, p.B5)

1916        Aug 17, The Ohio Building was towed from the SF Panama-Pacific Int'l. Exhibition to San Carlos on 2 barges by 2 tugboats. It became a barracks for pilots during WW I.
    (Ind, 6/30/01, 5A)

1916        Oct 31, Silas Christofferson, air pioneer, was killed when his military bi-plane crashed in Redwood City.
    (Ind, 1/9/99, p.5A)

1916        Nov 22, Jack London, American writer, died in Glen Ellen, Ca., of a kidney disease, gastrointestinal uremic poisoning. An overdose of morphine was also suspected. He had written 50 books. London produced 200 short stories, 400 nonfiction articles and 20 novels. A 1998 biography by Alex Kershaw was titled: "Jack London: A Life."
    {Writer, California, USA}
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.A17)(SFEC, 1/25/98, BR p.3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London)

1916        Charles Frederick Kohl separated from his wife Mary Elizabeth. Frederick moved to the St. Francis Hotel in SF and Bessie traveled to Europe to sing for the troops.
    (KMB, 2003)
1916        Superior Court Judge George H. Buck declared that gambling was out of control in San Mateo County.
    (Ind, 11/18/00, 5A)
1916        The beach community at Willow Camp was renamed Stinson Beach after the largest land owners in the area, Rose and Nathan Stinson.
    (SFC, 11/27/07, p.A13)
1916        The old 700-ton Uplands house (Montes Robles) in Hillsborough was sold to and moved by contractor Charles Lindgrin from Crocker property to 401 El Cerrito Ave. The quarter mile move took 60 days and 18 men with mule teams. C. Templeton Crocker commissioned Willis Polk to design a new Uplands mansion in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. It later became the Crystal Springs Uplands School. [see 1915]
    (Ind, 5/6/00,5A)
1916        The 1st of a dozen auto plants opened in Oakland.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A20)
1916        Ray Lyman Wilbur became president of Stanford Univ. Former pres. David Starr Jordan had been moved to the position of chancellor due to his pacifist stance on the war.
    (Ind, 4/12/03, 5A)
1916        Mining students at UC Berkeley began construction of the Lawson Adit, a tunnel on the Berkeley campus, as part of their mining studies.
    (SSFC, 3/16/14, p.C1)

1916-1918    The Hakone Gardens were established in Saratoga by Howard and Isabel Stine. The 16-acre site was named after Fuji-Hakone National Park in Japan and was purchased by the city of Saratoga in 1966.
    (SFC, 8/4/00, WBb p.7)(SFEC, 10/22/00, p.T6)

1917        Jul 9, US Naval officers and Federal agents cooperated in seeking out the responsibility for an explosion of a black powder magazine at the Mare Island Navy Yard, in San Francisco Bay, today, which killed 6 persons and injured thirty-one others. Agents of US Military Intelligence tied the blast to roving German saboteur Lothar Witzke, who was caught and imprisoned in 1918.

1917        Sep 17, Some 20,000 iron workers went on strike in SF, Oakland and Alameda in the biggest strike ever on the Pacific Coast. Marines were sent to guard the Union Iron Works and 32 men were arrested in street demonstrations.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W5)

1917        Sep, construction began on the concrete freighter Faith in Redwood City.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1917        Dec 14, In the SF Bay Area Mrs. Anna Conners drowned after a shark she had hooked pulled her from a bluff at Moss Beach.
    (SSFC, 12/17/17, p.50)

1917        Charles Templeton Crocker wrote a play for the Bohemian Club called "The Land of Happiness" based on a Chinese legend. The music was by Joseph D. Redding. In 1925 they debuted it as the opera "Fay-Yen-Fay" in Monte Carlo and a year later in SF.
    (Ind, 7/14/01, 5A)
1917        The Filoli mansion (acronym from fight, love, life), west of Redwood City, was first occupied by William Bowers Bourn II, president of the Spring Valley Water Co. Architect Willis Polk (d.1924) had designed the Filoli estate on the Peninsula and the glass-fronted Hallidie Building on Sutter St. The Filoli House, an elegant Georgian house west of Redwood City, was built by mining millionaire William Bourn.
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.A21)(Ind, 12/26/98, p.5A)(Ind, 2/9/02, 5A)
1917        The city of El Cerrito was officially established.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A17)
1917        A 1,300 seat nickelodeon opened on University Ave. In 1976 it reopened as the UC Theater. In 2000 it faced shutdown due to seismic retrofit costs.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A15)
1917        Katherine Flaherty swam the 6 and 7/8-mile Gold Gate in 29 minutes and 30 sec. Her record stood until 1954.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.F7)
1917        The Masonic Temple in Vallejo, Ca., was built.
    (SSFC, 10/15/17, p.N2)

1917-1919    Camp Freemont was set up for 43,000 troops of the 8th Division Regular Army in downtown Menlo Park.
    (SSFM, 4/29/01, p.47)

1918        Mar 14, Some 5,000 people watched the launch of the concrete freighter Faith in Redwood City.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1918        Aug 14, Some 5,000 soldiers left Camp Fremont in Menlo Park for duty in Vladivostok, Siberia, under Maj. Gen. William W. Graves.
    (Ind, 5/4/02, 5A)

1918        Sep 23, The Garden Theater opened on the north side of Burlingame Ave.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)

1918        The Book "The Higher Learning in America: A Memorandum of the Conduct of Universities by Businessmen," by Thorstein Veblen, a former teacher at Stanford, was published. The subtitle had initially read "A Study in Total Depravity." Veblen was let go from Stanford in 1909 ostensibly for his philandering.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.15)
1918        The town of Alameda, Ca., built 1.2 miles of railroad track for a municipal railway to serve the city’s growing industrial north waterfront. In 1924 it sold the track to 2 big railroad companies on the condition that it could buy back the track for the original sale price plus costs of improvements.
    (SFC, 4/24/06, p.A8)(SFC, 8/10/06, p.B2)
1918        The Calaveras Dam, 10 miles NE of San Jose, Ca., failed during construction. The Spring Valley Water Co. completed the 210-foot earthen dam in 1925. In 2001 dam regulators ordered the reservoir to be drained to about a third to avoid collapse in an earthquake. A new dam was scheduled for completion in 2015.
    (SFC, 9/15/02, p.A20)(SFC, 9/16/11, p.A1)
1918        The California Board of Public Health found the country hospital to be a firetrap and disgrace to modern civilization.
    (Ind, 5/18/02, 5A)
1918        Menlo Park acquired its 1st motorized fire engine, a 1915 Seagrave that pumped 325 gallons of water per minute.
    (Ind, 8/5/00,5A)
1918        The Spanish flu raged through San Quentin prison Marin County, Ca., infecting 500 of its 1,900 inmates in just two months.
    (Econ, 3/28/20, p.24)

1919        Feb 14, The United Parcel Service was incorporated in Oakland, CA.
    (HN, 2/14/98)

1919        May 29, The 435-foot long, 7,500 ton tanker Palo Alto was launched at the US naval Shipyard in Oakland. It was one of 3 concrete ships built on SF Bay around this time. Her shakedown cruise on the Bay in 1920 was her last. In 1929 she was sold to the Seacliff Amusement co. of Aptos fro $18,750.
    (Ind, 11/25/00, 5A)

1919        Oct 7, A striking motorman crashed a Key route car into a jitney bus as College and Claremont and 6 riders were killed. East Bay transportation was all tied up by the strike and Mayor John L. Davies declared a state of emergency.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W5)

1919        Bill Sweet founded his first ballroom. It grew to a chain of 4 in Oakland, Berkeley, Sacramento and Fresno. The ballrooms closed down in 1965.
    (SFC, 5/26/00, p.D4)(SFC, 5/26/00, p.D4)

1919        The Hoover Institute on War, Revolution and Peace was founded at Stanford to track the growth of Soviet-style communism.
    (SFC, 11/27/01, p.A20)

1919        David Prescott Barrows replaced Benjamin Ide Wheeler as head of UC Berkeley.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)

1919        Camp Fremont in Menlo Park was closed.
    (Ind, 5/4/02, 5A)

1919        John H.E. St. Cyr acquired the El Cerrito mansion from Eugene V. De Sabla. Cyr acquired his fortune by marrying rich widows. In 1925 Cyr inherited the bulk of a $40 million estate from his wife Mrs. Annie Armstrong Stewart Smith. In 1939 Cyr married Mrs. Helen Strong Carter, former wife of George Robert Carter, the 2nd governor of Hawaii.
    (Ind, 5/31/03, p.5A)

1919-1987    Louise Jorgenson and her mother, Sophie, directed the Oakland Holiday Pageant at Lake Meritt. In 1998 a memorial was dedicated to them.
    (SFC, 12/12/98, p.A22)

1920        Feb 22, The 1st artificial rabbit was used at a dog race track in Emeryville, Calif.
    (MC, 2/22/02)

1920        Dec 20, Four SF Bay ferry lines that carried automobiles merged to improve service.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.E3)

1920        Cecelia Cudahy Casserly was appointed Director of Women’s Relations for the Army by Sec. of War Newton Baker.
    (Ind, 4/7/01, 5A)

1920        Oakland’s 22nd Street line, part of the Key Route, was completed.
    (SFCM, 10/24/04, p.6)

1920        The earthen San Pablo Dam was completed.
    (SFC, 10/28/04, p.B1)

1920        The Ocean Shore Railway ceased operations. A new highway followed the old rail bed.
    (Ind, 2/6/99, p.5A)

1920        Stanford Univ. began charging tuition.
    (Ind, 6/2/01, 5A)

1920s        A housing tract in Oakland’s Montclair district was built in the Storybook Style.
    (SFCM, 3/6/05, p.5)

1921        Oct 3, The first Soroptimist Club was started in Oakland, Ca.  Soroptimist International, formed in 1927, was awarded consultative status at the United Nations in 1948 and became known as “The Global Voice for Women." By 2021 the volunteer organization had a worldwide network with more than 70,000 members in 121 countries.
    {SF Bay Area, USA, Women}
    (https://soroptimistpeterborough.ca/our-history/)(Miami Herald, 5/28/21)

1921        Dec 31, The Ohio Building in San Carlos opened as the Babylon night club. It was burned down in 1956.
    (Ind, 6/30/01, 5A)

1921        The film "Little Lord Fauntleroy" starred Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The Burlingame, Ca., house of Charles Frederick Kohl served as Dorincourt castle.
    (PI, 3/21/98, p.5)

1921        The 85,000 seat Stanford Stadium opened in Santa Clara County, Ca. In 2005 plans were made to rebuild it as a more comfortable 50,000 seat stadium for about $90 million.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.B4)

1921        The Santos Linguisa Factory, a Portuguese sausage operation, opened in San Leandro.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.E7)

1921        Charles Frederick Kohl committed suicide at the Del Monte Lodge near Monterey. His lover Marion Lauderback Lord inherited his Burlingame house and much of his estate.
    (Ind, 1/19/02, 5A)(KMB, 2003)

1921        The city of Berkeley Ca., installed radios in police cars.
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)

1922        May, David Prescott Barrows submitted his resignation as head of UC Berkeley. His major accomplishment was the construction of the 70,000-seat Memorial Stadium over a major fault line.
    (SFEM, 1/30/00, p.14)

1922        Jul, Pacific City amusement park was established at Coyote Point. It included a roller coaster, dance pavilion, bathhouse and numerous concessions.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)

1922        Work commenced on a 7.5 mile section Skyline Blvd. from Sloat under the direction of SF engineer M.M. O'Shaughnessy.
    (Ind, 6/21/03, p.5A)

1922        Oct 1, Lightning hit a 55,000-barrel tank of oil at the Union Oil refinery at Oleum and set off an explosion that shook Vallejo, Crockett and the surrounding countryside.
    (SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W7)

1922        The first radio station on the West Coast went on the air in San Jose as KQW, later KCBS.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, Z1 p.4)

1922        San Mateo Junior College was established.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)

1922        The city of San Mateo purchased a 16-acre site from a Victorian era fur-baron’s estate that was developed into a Central Park, the oldest municipal park in the county.
    (SFC, 8/2/01, p.D3)

1922        The Uplands house in Hillsborough caught fire and the 2 top stories were destroyed. Charles Lindgrin rebuilt it in the style of a California Mexican hacienda.
    (Ind, 5/6/00,5A)

1922        Edwin A. Christenson, shipping and lumber millionaire, died in a yachting accident on SF Bay.
    (Ind, 1/04/03, 5A)

1923        Sep 17, The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur began elementary, high school and college classes at their new facility in Belmont, the former Gardner Sanitarium (Ralston Mansion).
    (Ind, 4/28/01, 5A)
1923        Sep 17, In Berkeley, Ca., a fire began in the Wildcat Canyon and in 2 hours engulfed 584 structures. 50 blocks were engulfed and over 6,000 people were left homeless.
    (SFC, 9/17/98, p.A20)(SFC, 10/16/99, p.C1)

1923        Sep, San Mateo opened a new 89-bed hospital known as the SM County Relief Home on 22 acres in the village of Beresford between 37th and 38th avenues, Edison and Hacienda. The purchase was authorized in 1918.
    (Ind, 5/18/02, 5A)

1923        The film "Half Dollar Bill" starred William Carleton and Anna Nilsson. It was shot in part at the Victorian home of Capt. William Kohl in San Mateo, Ca. The home became San Mateo Junior College later the same year.
    (PI, 3/21/98, p.5)

1923        The Tribune building at 11th and Broadway in downtown Oakland was completed.
    (SFC, 9/8/97, p.A18)

1923        The Montgomery Ward building at Int’l. Blvd and 29th Ave in Oakland was built. It was vacated in the 1980s and developers vied with the need for a school.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A17)

1923        The new Burlingame High School was completed.
    (SFCM, 12/16/01, p.24)

1923        In Redwood City a new high school was completed.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1923        The San Leandro passenger ferry was built for operations in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 12/19/06, p.C4)

1923        Bet-free horse racing was renewed at Tanforan. Betting was renewed in 1932.
    (Ind, 8/17/02, 5A)

1923        The city of Berkeley Ca., under town marshal Gus Vollmer, introduced the use of lie-detector machines.
    (SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)

1923        Fair Oaks, under threat of annexation to commercial Menlo Park, was incorporated and renamed Atherton after Faxon Dean Atherton. No business was allowed.
    (SFCM, 7/25/04, p.6)

1923        Pacific City amusement park at Coyote Point went bankrupt.
    (Ind, 12/30/00, 5A)

1923        Petaluma, population 7,000, reached a chicken population of some 12 million.
    (Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)

1923        A severe drought tested the limits of East Bay reservoirs. This prompted the East Bay Municipal Utility District to develop alternative water sources, which led to the construction of a pipeline to the Mokelumne River in the Sierra.
    (SSFC, 8/15/04, p.A14)

1924        Feb, The Sisters of Mercy moved into the Kohl mansion in Burlingame, recently purchased for $230,000 from Marion Lauderback Lord.
    (Ind, 1/19/02, 5A)(KMB, 2003)

1924        Jul 4, The first San Mateo County park opened as San Mateo County Memorial Park in a 450-acre Redwood grove 6 miles east of Pescadero. It was dedicated to the memory of 52 area soldier who had died in WW I.
    (DRC, 6/5/99, p.1)

1924        Sep, Construction began on the new Bayshore Highway to link SF and San Jose.
    (Ind, 6/10/00,5A)

1924        Stephen D. Bechtel and Joseph Knowland built the 12-story Beaux Arts apartment building at 244 Lakeside in Oakland.
    (SFCM, 6/23/02, p.40)

1924        The town of Alameda, Ca., sold a small rail line to Western Pacific Railroad and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for 30,000. The contract said the city could buy back the property at any time for the original sale price plus costs of extensions and investments. In 2006 a trial began as Alameda attempted to enforce the contract on property valued up to $53 million. An Alameda County judge ruled in favor of Alameda with a buyback price of $966,027.
    (SFC, 4/24/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/10/06, p.B2)

1924        Timothy Hopkins, adopted son, testified that Mary Frances Sherwood (d.1891) had never been married to Mark Hopkins.
    (Ind, 8/25/01, 5A)

1924        The Pacific Portland Cement Co. and a nearby gypsum plant began using Deepwater Slough off Redwood City as a dumping ground for waste materials. Dumping ended in 1970 and cleanup began around 1990.
    (SFC, 9/16/00, p.A18)

1924        The Catholic St. Joseph Seminary began operating on 212 acres in the Cupertino Hills.
    (SFC, 7/8/98, p.A16)

1924        Willis Polk (b.1867), San Francisco architect, died. He had designed the Filoli estate on the Peninsula and the glass-fronted Hallidie Building on Sutter St.
    (SFC, 12/19/96, p.A21)(Ind, 2/9/02, 5A)

1925        Jul 23, The 1,200-seat San Mateo Theater opened on Third Ave.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)

1925        Jul 30, A blast in Walnut Creek, Ca., reportedly killed Charles Henry Schwartz (36) of Berkeley. He was a chemical engineer and inventor of an alleged valuable formula for artificial silk. He had also recently figured in a sensational breach of promise suit. Police soon called the case a murder and issued an arrest warrant for Schwartz. The victim was soon identified as Gilbert W. Barbe, an itinerant preacher, veteran and hobo. On Aug. 8 Schwartz shot himself in the head as police rushed an apartment in Berkeley where he was staying.
    (SFC, 1/8/22, p.C1)(SFC, 1/22/22, p.C2)

1925        In Vallejo, Ca., the Improved Order of the Red Men, a fraternal organization dating back to the Revolutionary War, built their Red Men’s Hall.
    (SFC, 1/2/12, p.C1)
1925        Ellis J. Arkush opened the 1,443-seat Stanford Theater on University Ave. with designs based on the art of Greece and Assyria.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)
1925        Lindsay Howard, an automobile magnate, built a brick mansion in Hillsborough on 12 acres that was purchased by Bing Crosby in 1965 [1964].
    (SFC, 4/22/98, Z5 p.4)(SSFC, 1/21/01, DB p.35)
1925        Charles Goff reported that "bootlegging conditions in South San Francisco are the worst I’ve ever seen." It was a multi-million dollar business.
    (Ind, 4/21/01, 5A)
1925        Roy Cloud became chief of the Redwood City schools.
    (Ind, 9/30/00,5A)
1925        Emporium acquired the Fairfax property in Marin for an employee retreat. It was sold to the Marin School for boys after the 1929 crash.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A19)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A24)
1925        The Amaral & Sons Inc., a Portuguese sausage operation, opened in San Leandro.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, p.E7)

c1925        In the mid 1920s mining in the Antioch hills shifted from coal to silica-rich sand to produce glass jars and bottles. This lasted to the 1940s when the mines were abandoned.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A21)

1926        Jun, In Hillsborough the 1st concert at the new Woodland Theater was held. The theater had been promoted by Cecelia Cudahy Casserly (d.1954).
    (Ind, 4/7/01, 5A)

1926        Jul 6, Clara Phillips, the LA hammer murderess, celebrated her birthday at San Quentin where she was serving time for the murder of Alberta Meadows.
    (SFC, 7/6/01, WBb p.8)

1926        Aug 29, Gov. Friend W. Richardson attended a ground-breaking ceremony for a Bayshore highway underpass at South San Francisco giving access to 10 miles of the new Bayshore highway.
    (SFC, 8/24/01, WB p.8)

1926        Oct 11, Walter Swanson, Michael Petrovich and John Duane were murdered. Clarence "Buck" Kelly was hanged at San Quentin Prison for the murders on May 12, 1928.
    (SFC, 5/9/03, p.E5)

1926        Oct, Ellis J. Arkush opened the $500,000 Peninsula Theater on Burlingame Ave. The blinking marquee had 3,500 electric bulbs. It was renamed the Fox Burlingame in 1957 and was destroyed in 1975.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)

1926        The Antioch Bridge, a 21-foot wide span with a lift section for ships traveling up the San Joaquin River to Stockton, was constructed. It was the Bay Area’s first toll bridge.
    (SFC, 2/2/98, p.A16)
1926        In Berkeley, Ca., the Wells Fargo Building, designed by Walter Ratcliff Jr., was built. The summit was occupied by the Chamber of Commerce.
    (SSFC, 8/30/15, p.C3)
1926        In Woodside, Ca., Architect George Washington Smith built a 17,000 square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival home for copper baron Daniel C. Jackling. In 1984 Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer, bought the property. In 2004 Jobs was granted the right to tear the structure down if nobody agrees to move it within a year. In 2007 the state Supreme Court refused to let Jobs demolish the 30-room mansion.
    (SFC, 12/15/04, p.B3)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.B3)
1926        On the SF, Ca., peninsula Skyline Blvd. reached down to La Honda Road.
    (Ind, 6/21/03, p.5A)
1926        San Mateo High School was constructed at Poplar and Delaware. In 2001 it was deemed seismically unfit and closed in May. Preservationists lost their battle to save it and demolition began Dec 13, 2002.
    (SFC, 5/19/01, p.A13)(SFC, 8/31/02, p.A19)(SFC, 12/14/02, p.A17)
1926        Oakland’s Bellevue social club began in a 3-story Victorian on the shores of Lake Merritt as the Women’s Athletic Club. In the 1950s working women and Jewish women were allowed to join and membership opened to men in 1985. In 2006 it faced a declining membership and associated financial problems.
    (SFC, 9/29/06, p.B9)
1926        The Richmond Municipal Natatorium, a swimming pool, was built in Richmond, Ca., and became known as the Plunge. It closed in Aug, 2000, due to earthquake damage. The facility planned to reopen in 2009 following a $7 million renovation.
    (SFC, 6/17/03, p.D1)(SFC, 3/14/09, p.B1)
1926        The architectural firm of Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons was founded by William Wurster. Theodore Bernardi joined in 1934, and Donn Emmons joined in 1938.
    (SFC, 9/3/97, p.A20)
1926        The Key System launched the 276-foot Peralta ferry boat. It was the sister ship to the Yerba Buena and ran between Oakland and SF.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A24)
1926        Edgar Wakefield McLellan purchased 61 acres in South San Francisco along El Camino for his floral business.
    (Ind, 7/6/02, 5A)
1926        Mattie Chandler was elected mayor of Richmond, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/6/01, WBb p.8)
1926        James L. Flood, son of "Bonanza King" James C. Flood, died and left an estate of $18 million. Constance Stearn (Constance May Flood), an alleged illegitimate daughter, petitioned the court for a daughter’s share in the estate. Her trial started Jul 20, 1931.

1926-1929    The Normandy Village housing project was built in North Berkeley. Normandy Towers, the final phase, began in 1929.
    (SFCM, 10/10/04, p.4)

1927        Jan 15, The Dumbarton Bridge (drawbridge) opened carrying the first auto traffic across the San Francisco bay.
    (HN, 1/15/99)(Ind, 5/23/00,14A)

1927        Mar, John McBain (b.1849), contractor and member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, died.
    (Ind, 2/20/99, p.5A)

1927        Apr 11, Eleanor McKinney Paddleford, internationally known adventurer, entered San Quentin Prison for passing bad checks. She was released on parole Nov 19, 1930.
    (SFC, 11/18/05, p.F6)

1927        May 21, Dedication ceremonies were held for the Carquinez Bridge over the Sacramento River between Crocket and Vallejo, Ca. It had opened for traffic on May 21. The cantilever bridge was built by American Toll Bridge Co. A 2nd was added in 1958. The bridge was scheduled for demolition in 2004.
    (www.cocohistory.com/photos-bridges.html#GTPhoto3)(SFC, 6/24/02, p.B3)(SSFC, 11/9/03, p.A25)

1927        May 28, A new Physician’s Building was announced for the corner of Vann Ness and Jackson. The new 6-story building would have 50 office suites and cost an estimated $500,000.
    (SFC, 5/24/02, p.G8)

1927        Jun 1, The Delta King steamboat made its maiden voyage from SF to Sacramento. Its twin, the Delta Queen, followed the next day. The 81-mile trip took nearly all night. Stan Garvey later authored "The King and Queen of the River." The last Sacramento River voyages were made in 1940.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.A18)

1927        Sep 10, The new Alta Mira Hotel opened in Sausalito. It replaced one that burned down in a December fire. A radio was featured in ever room.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.E3)

1927        Oct 12, A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Women’s City Club of Oakland and the East Bay at 14th and Alice streets. Several thousand women gathered for the event.
    (SFC, 10/11/02, p.E7)

1927        Nov 29, Genevieve Paddleford arrived as the 1st woman inmate at the new women’s quarters at San Quentin Prison. She was serving 1 to 10 years for stealing $600 worth of clothing.
    (SFC, 11/29/02, p.E9)

1927        Menlo College opened in Atherton, Ca., as a junior college for men with 27 students. In 1971 it went coed.
    (SFCM, 10/31/04, p.5)(SFC, 5/13/15, p.A6)
1927        The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., was built as a private club for women.
    (SFEM, 6/27/99, p.52)
1927        The Hearst Gymnasium at UC Berkeley, designed by Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck, was completed.
    (SFC, 12/21/15, p.A1)
1927        In Oakland, Ca., the H.C. Capwell department store opened at 1955 Broadway. In 2015 Uber bought the building for $123.5 million to create an East Bay headquarters for thousands of workers. In 2017 it was purchased from Uber by CIM Group for $180 million.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.C3)
1927        The 6-story Lake Merritt Hotel opened in Oakland and mayor John Davis proclaimed it to be Oakland’s most exclusive apartment hotel. A room cost $3.50 a night.
    (SFCM, 6/23/02, p.40)
1927        The Scottish Rite Temple opened in Oakland.
    (SFCM, 6/23/02, p.41)
1927        Ellis J. Arkush opened the Varsity Theater in Palo Alto with Moorish designs.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)
1927        The Fresno and the Santa Rosa were 2 of 6 steel-hulled car ferries built for the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 12/19/06, p.C4)
1927        A new San Mateo High School opened on Delaware St. in San Mateo, Ca. In 2005 it reopened following 32 months of demolition and construction.
    (SFC, 8/15/05, p.B1)

1927        Oakland formed the state’s first independent port commission.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W27)

1927        Roy Cloud, chief of the Redwood City schools, began a new career as Executive Secretary of the California Teachers Assoc. He held this position until 1947 and successfully brought forth 30 bills to benefit teachers and education.
    (Ind, 9/30/00,5A)

1928        Mar 24, William Randolph Hearst Jr. married Alma Walker in Piedmont.
    (SFC, 1/21/02, p.E3)

1928        Mar 28, J.L. Rutledge, Pacific Air Transport pilot, ran out of fuel and parachuted from his plane near Orinda, Ca. The plane crashed nearby and he retrieved the mail and delivered it to the Orinda post office.
    (SFC, 3/28/03, p.E8)

1928        Mar 30, Petaluma farmers shipped 58 carloads of eggs by train to SF. 50,000 cases contained some 18 million eggs.
    (Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)

1928        Apr 26, County officials reached a tentative agreement for SF to pay 55% and Santa Cruz to pay 15% for a $5.3 million scenic highway from SF to Santa Cruz.
    (SFC, 4/25/03, E4)

1928        Apr 28, An explosion aboard the oil tanker Richfield, docked at the Union Iron Works, killed 2 people and injured 5.
    (SFC, 4/25/03, E4)

1928        Apr, J.A. Star opened a bootlegging resort at 3121 E. 12th St. in Oakland, Ca., with the government’s knowledge in an effort to trap a ring of racketeers.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F2)

1928        May 2, In Emeryville, Ca., a raid on a brewery next door to the home of Police Chief Ed. J. Carey uncovered 5,000 gallons of unbottled beer and 3,000 bottles of beer. Jimmy Reese, star 2nd baseman of the Oakland Coast League and son-in-law of Chief Carey, emerged from a cottage in front of the warehouse and demanded to know what the raid was about. Alameda Ct. DA Earl Warren filed a federal complaint against Carey.
    (SFC, 5/2/03, p.E3)

1928        May 12, Brothers Joe and Tom Longs opened their first store on Oakland’s Piedmont Ave. In 1993 Longs acquired Bill’s Drugs, a 20 store chain in northern California. In 2008 Longs Drugs was acquired by CVS Caremark for $2.9 billion.
    (SFC, 8/14/08, p.C3)

1928        May 31, The first flight over the Pacific took off from Oakland. Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm departed from Oakland, Ca., and arrived in Australia on June 9.
    (HN, 5/31/98)(NPub, 2002, p.11)

1928        Jun 22, Moses A. Gunst (75), millionaire cigar retailer and former SF police commissioner, died in Burlingame.
    (Ind, 3/2/02, 5A)

1928        Aug 16, The US Navy selected the Oakland municipal airport as the site of a US Naval Reserve aviation base.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.E9)

1928        Nov 8 Oakland planned to install the 1st in the world curbstone bank depository.
    (SFC, 11/7/03, p.E3)

1928        Nov 24, The Univ. of California football team tied Stanford 13-13 in the Big Game before a crowd of 80,000 at Memorial Stadium.
    (SFC, 11/21/03, p.E4)

1928        Nov 28, San Quentin guards foiled a Thanksgiving jail break plan by 4 murderers and 2 thieves.
    (SFC, 11/28/03, p.E3)

1928        Dec 4, The Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District was formed to design, construct and finance the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.E10)

1928        Dec 5, California Sec. of State Frank C. Jordan issued a certificate of incorporation to the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District. The next step in the new bridge campaign would be to appoint 12 directors.
    (SFC, 12/5/03, p.E13)

1928        Roy Cloud authored his 2-volume "History of San Mateo County."
    (Ind, 9/30/00,5A)
1928        Fiji House was built in Berkeley on Channing Circle.
    (SFCM, 11/9/03, p.8)
1928        The 30-foot cast-iron Point Montara Lighthouse, shipped in from Cape Cod, was rebuilt at Point Montara in San Mateo Ct.
    (SFEC, 5/25/97, p.T3)(Ind, 3/31/01, 5A)(SFC, 6/14/08, p.B2)
1928        The Art Deco Fox Oakland theater opened at 18th and Telegraph.
    (SFC, 12/6/00, p.A24)
1928        EBMUD subsumed the East Bay Water Co., which controlled local water catchment basins and 10,000 acres of hillside land.
    (SSFC, 8/15/04, p.A14)
1928        St. Mary’s College moved from Oakland to Moraga.
    (SFCM, 3/6/05, p.5)
1928        The Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream was founded in Oakland, Ca., by William Dreyer and Joseph Edy. They were later said to have created the rocky-road flavor. In 1977 the company was bought by T. Gary Rogers (1943-2017) and business partner William Cronk.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.D8)
1928        Helena Crocker divorced her husband Charles Templeton Crocker over neglect.
    (Ind, 7/14/01, 5A)
1928        Capt. Harry Lyon navigated the southern Cross on its epic flight from San Francisco Bay to Australia.
    (SFC, 8/15/03, p.E9)
1928        The Peralta ferry loaded with 4,000 commuters dipped its foredeck into the bay and dozens of passengers were swept overboard. 5 people drowned.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A24)

1929        Jan 10, Bowles Hall, a new $350,000 dormitory, opened. It was named after former UC regent Philip E. Bowles.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.E6)

1929        Jan 11, Prohibition agents in Oakland, Ca., seized 200 gallons of moonshine at a residence at 1942 E. 27th St.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.E6)

1929        Jan 14, Pres. Calvin Coolidge issued an executive order declaring Oakland an official port of entry. This included Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville and San Leandro and allowed ships to clear without stopping in SF.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.E6)

1929        Jan, The 1,500-seat New Sequoia Theater opened in Redwood City, Ca. It was built by Ellis John Arkush and was the first of the Peninsula show houses to be wired for talking pictures. It featured a Moorish-style interior and a Gothic exterior. In the 1950s it was redesigned in an Art Deco style. In 1993 it was listed on the US Registry of Historic Places. In 1998 it was sold for $2 million.
    (Ind, 5/13/00,5A)(SFC, 4/14/01, p.A15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.E6)

1929        Feb 21, The new Sequoia Theater opened in Mill Valley. It was the 14th motion-picture house opened by Blumenfeld Theaters.
    (SFC, 2/20/04, p.E4)

1929        Feb 26, Neldam's Danish Bakery opened in Oakland. In 2004 fans stopped by at 3401 Telegraph for a 75 year birthday party.
    (SFC, 2/27/04, p.A21)

1929        Feb, Celia Tobin Clark , divorced wife of multi-millionaire Charles W. Clark, sold 100 acres of her 470 acre estate in San Mateo. Rev. Henry J. Lyne arranged to purchase 7.5 acres for a school for St. Matthew’s Parish.
    (Ind, 8/24/02, 5A)

1929        Mar 2, The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, then called the San Francisco Bay Toll-Bridge, opened. The $7.5 million, 7.1-mile span was for the time the longest in the world. The initial toll was 45 cents per car with an additional nickel for each passenger. On hand were Gov. C.C. Young, SF Mayor James Rolph Jr., and San Mateo Mayor Fred Beer. Pres. Coolidge pressed a button in the white House that sparked the final connection.
    (SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W31)(Ind, 3/30/02, 5A)

1929        Mar 14, Construction began on the SF Bay Airdrome on tideland grounds on Webster St. in Alameda.
    (SFC, 3/12/04, p.F8)

1929        Apr, Rene Fabri, an immigrant French pimp, was found with his throat slit and back full of holes at the Rockaway Beach in San Mateo.
    (SSFC, 6/2/02, p.D3)

1929        Jun 23, Three bandits held up a Southern Pacific passenger train halfway between Bay Point and Pittsburg, Ca. They stole $16,000 in registered currency.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.F2)

1929        Jul 2, Mayor Rolph announced that a US naval bombing base will be located in the SF Bay Area. One was expected at Alameda, the other at Benicia.
    (SFC, 7/2/04, p.F9)

1929        Jul 3, A fire in Marin County destroyed 120 homes in Mill Valley valued at $1.25 million.
    (SFC, 7/2/04, p.F9)

1929        Aug 3, UC Berkeley prepared to accept 10,000 students.
    (SFC, 7/30/04, p.F2)

1929        Sep 18, Sears announced a new $1 million retail department store to be built at Telegraph and 27th St.
    (SFC, 9/17/04, p.F4)

1929        Oct 20, The new "superhighway," Bayshore Highway, between SF and San Mateo opened.
    (Ind, 6/10/00,5A)

1929        Nov 22, Stanford defeated UC Berkeley 21-6 in the Big Game.
    (SFC, 11/19/04, p.F8)

1929        Nov 1, It was reported that Ogden L. Mills had offered to sell the 150-acre Mills field to SF for $1,000 an acre.
    (SFC, 10/29/04, p.F11)

1929        Dec 24, Stanford scientist J.H.C. Smith reported success in isolating sufficient amounts of carotene to determine its chemical structure. The plant pigment was discovered almost 100 years ago.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.F2)

1929        Dec 27, The main runway at the SF Bay Airdrome in Alameda was reported to be completed at a cost of $500,000. A cross runway was under construction. Use was to be restricted for transport.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.F2)

1929        Bowles Hall, designed by George Kelham, opened on Charter Hill in Berkeley as the 1st public-university-owned dormitory in California.
    (SFCM, 11/9/03, p.8)

1929        The Skyline Blvd. extension form La Honda to Big Basin was completed.
    (Ind, 6/21/03, p.5A)

1929        The Art Deco design Sears store opened in Oakland. It closed in 1993.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A19)

1929        The Country School in San Mateo was opened by Hillsborough parents along Alameda de las Pulgas and Columbia Drive. The buildings later housed Junipero High School and then the headquarters for Catholic Charities.
    (Ind, 4/17/99, p.5A)

1929        The large white letters of “South Sand Francisco The Industrial City" were installed on the southern foothill face of San Bruno Mountain.
    (SSFC, 10/11/15, p.F4)

1929        In Berkeley Frank and Eva Andronico opened their first full-fledged grocery store across from the train terminal on upper Solano Ave. The store originated as a fruit stand.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, Z1 p.3)

1929        Borden’s Dairy acquired the Dairy Delivery Co.
    (Ind, 10/7/00,5A)

1929        Thomas Crowley, tugboat baron, purchased East and West Island, known together as the Marin Islands, for $25, 438. In 1992 the islands were acquired for the public.
    (SFC, 11/22/04, p.B7)

1929        A fire in Mill Valley destroyed 1,000 acres and 115 homes.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A1)

1929        The Point Bonita Coast Guard station on the Marin shore of the Golden Gate was buried under an avalanche of rock. No one was hurt.
    (SFC, 4/2/04, p.F3)

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