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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Sept. 30- Oct. 6

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While this week presents us with a massive shutdown of the federal government, this span of time in previous years also provided San Francisco publications with plenty of juicy and newsworthy stories. From a sale of giant proportions (wink, wink) to being selected as a truly international city, the following headlines were events that captivated readers in our foggy city.

So here is your weekly dose of nostalgia for this week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, by the decades:

The 1880s:

Publication: Daily Morning Call

Date: Sept. 30, 1880

Headline: "The San Francisco Hospital Affair"

According to this short little brief, the editors of the publication reported that patients in a local hospital were being eaten alive by rats. Here is the entirety of the article reproduced here:

"It is possible there is an exaggeration in the story told about the hospital. Certainly for the credit of our common humanity, it is to be hoped there is. The idea of a woman having her toes eaten off by rats at a public charitable institution, while in a state of paralysis, is horrible. Where were the employees of the institution? The screams of the woman , who was powerless to help herself, were heard by indifferent patients and by those as hopeless as herself, but did not reach the ears of those whose duty it was to attend to her wants -- or, if they did, were unheeded. If there ever was a case where our investigation were demanded, this is the one. Those having charge of that hospital must be vindicated, or otherwise should be punished as their negligence deserves."

This certainly makes any issues with Obamacare seem pale in comparison.

The 1900s

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: Oct. 2 and Oct. 6, 1901

Headlines: "Married on Hour After Divorce was Filed" and "Bitten by a Dog"

Looks like someone was interested in ringing in those wedding bells a second time around, an hour later to be exact. Laura S. Orcutt divorced Edward Orcutt in San Francisco county and before she let the ink dry (literally) she married Richard M. Palmer in another county. Talk about a rushed wedding! I think this takes all marriage records, but San Francisco and its people are always on top of any list.

During my tenure in journalism school, my professors always stated that a dog biting a man was not newsworthy but a man biting a dog is. It looks like the history archives are proving SF State's professors wrong with this little front page brief:

"Harry McGovern, aging about 13 years, was bitten by a large Newfoundland dog yesterday at Mission and Ninth streets. McGovern and two companions were walking on Mission street when they were attacked by the dog. His wounds were treated at the Receiving Hospital by Dr. McElroy."

The 1940s

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: Oct. 4, 1945

Headline: "World Capital-- S.F. looks like It!"

In a meeting with top diplomats in London, it was publicly announced that San Francisco and the surrounding Bay would become the official home of the international peacekeeping organization to ensure peace after all the atrocities after World War II. According to the article, the meeting lasted 5 hours and and we won by a 9 to 4 vote and the building site for the UN headquarters would be in the Twin Peaks area.

Wouldn't that had been amazing if the UN was still here in San Francisco? What happened? Nonetheless, San Francisco will always be known as the birthplace of the UN Charter and the very organization.

The 1980s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Oct. 1, 1984

Headline: "The Giants are up for Sale"

Bob Lurie, who bought and brought the Giants to San Francisco in 1976, cited "continuing financial losses" in announcing that the club was up for sale. According to the article, the Giants lost money every year since 1976 and in that particular season, their win-loss record was the worst in the entire Major League: 66-96. To add salt to the wound, the attendance barely made it over the million mark on the last day of the season. Then mayor, Dianne Feinstein, made a statement asking for the team to stay in the City with a local potential buyer.

A lot has changed since then -- aren't we glad the Giants stayed?

The 2000s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Oct. 3, 2002

Headline: "Bloomies cleared for S.F."

A San Francisco judge gives the green light for the $500 million project of building a Bloomingdales in the old Emporium Building on Market Street, where it currently sits today. The high-end department store won a court battle pressed by preservationists who didn't want to see any of the building gutted for fashion. After nearly two years in courts, an appeals court ruled that the developers had the right to demolish any part of the building. Preservationists fought to have the early 1900s architecture resorted and Jim Mathias of the Chamber of Commerce stated that the run-down condition of the Emporium was "San Francisco at its worst." The building had been restored after the 1906 earthquake and fire but eventually closed in 1996.

Another headline of that day, San Francisco declared its intention be to host city of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. We all know how that turned out.

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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?


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