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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct. 28- Nov. 2

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Happy Halloween everyone!

This week in history present to us a dose of scary frights here in the Bay throughout the decades. From extreme gold digger weddings to Giant baseball events in the 80s and 2000s to the start of the Great Depression, we can truly be frightened at what history can teach us. So take a look below as we throw it back to times past, but only if you dare.

The 1890s

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: October 31, 1891

Headline: "Trinity Church! A Fine Norman-Romanesque Edifice."

As much as we would like to scare you right off the bat, we are going to ease into the horror by starting off with a piece that might not be necessarily morbid in nature. While many fear religion and find it frightful, today would be a historic day for the religious congregation at the SF Trinity and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. On this day, the site of the Trinity Church was purchased in the northeast corner of Bush at Gough Street and the plans for the building were revealed as well for a Gothic structure in the shape of a cross and made completely of stone.

It was planned to be the Episcopalian center of the West Coast and it is currently one of the oldest church structures in San Francisco (looks like it can be a "Tourism for Locals" article. Wink, wink). At the time, construction of the church structure was calculated at $7 million, which would equate to $179,487,179.49 in today's money. Now that's a horrifying figure!

The 1920s

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: October 30, 1929

Headline: "S.F 'Wall Street' Toils All Night to Handle Record Stock Transactions: 23,506,300 Shares Sold in a Single Day on Exchanges."

This week in history brought about the start of the worst economic depression in the United States that took about 15 years for the country to shake off. Breaking news! The stock market crashed! But San Francisco publications focused on the fact that eateries had to stay open late.

"It was a tense day yesterday along Montgomery Street, the Wall Street of the West. Nerves were near the snapping point as overworked stock brokers, broker's clerks, margin clerks, book keepers and telephone operators attempted to handle the biggest day of business the San Francisco Stock Exchange has ever known. The tenseness, like an overtight elastic band, wasn't helped any by the fact that it was a bear day, and all stocks were tumbling to new low figures.

Restaurants and cafes in the Financial District, ordinarily open only for breakfast and lunch, remained open for dinner, and many of them remained brightly lighted all night, supplying the midnight lunch needs if the thousands of weary workers in the buildings, which house big business."

The article concludes that there are no worries and that there would be no problem recovering from the crash. If only they knew the nightmare that would soon begin.

The 1960s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: October 28, 1966

Headline: "A Wedding at 95: Kidnap Charge Bride, Millionaire weds Nurse, 59."

This front pager is too good, like a well-told campfire story, and must be read in the original. Here are the opening paragraphs from our sister publication:

"A 205-pound blonde ex-convict sought by the Texas Rangers slipped into Oklahoma with her 95-year-old millionaire patient and married him Wednesday.

Then she came back and was served with papers alleging kidnapping, but went free on $5000 bond. Her patient, a millionaire San Franciscan noted for his philantrophy, declared upon their return that they were not married but when informed that they were, he took the news without concern.

Pearl Choate, 59, who served time on a murder conviction until 1963, met A. Otis Birch when she became resident nurse for him and his ailing wife 16 months ago in Pasadena.

She has been married six times before and lists her occupation as 'companion to the elderly' prison record show."

The 1980s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Nov. 1, 1989

Headline: "Series Hits a New Low in the U.S."

The 1989 World Series struck out in the ratings with the lowest numbers ever for baseball's fall classic. It marked the first time not one prime-time World series games appeared in the top 10 of the Nielsens list. Shows like "Roseanne", "The Cosby Show," and "Cheers" had better rating than our Battle By the Bay. The Loma Prieta Earthquake that happened during game three of the series also damaged huge portions of Candlestick Park, where the Giants still played at the time.

The 2000s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: October 28, 2004

Headline: "Bonds Home Run Ball auctioned for $804K."

In other Giants news, the Giants slugger's 700th home run ball sparked a bidding frenzy. Steve Williams sold the historic ball on for $804, 129. The shocking part of the article wasn't really the price for baseball, but rather the reaction from the fan who had the luck of catching it:

"I thought it would go higher," William said. "I was disappointed."


Almost a millionaire and disgruntled?

That is truly monstrous.

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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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