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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1906 Earthquake: Three Survivors -- Ages 106 to 108 -- to Lead Commemoration Events Today

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

It wold be hard for San Francisco to forget the tragic events of April 18, 1906, when a catastrophic earthquake rocked city-dwellers right out of bed at 5:12 a.m. The quake and resulting fires left 3,000 dead, more than 200,000 homeless, and much of city's structures reduced to rubble.

Luckily, we still have three survivors here to remind us of that morning -- William Del Monte, George Quilici, and Winnie Hook. This year, the annual commemoration will begin today, and includes a viewing of rare and previously unpublished images of the earthquake and its aftermath, a parade with the survivors, and the annual gathering at a structure downtown known as Lotta's Fountain.

The parade will be followed with a 3 p.m. ceremony in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis, where Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will name the department's Engine 28 for 106-year-old Del Monte. Afterward, the survivors will be accompanied in a classic 1931 Lincoln Phaeton down Powell Street to John's Grill -- the site of the annual survivors' dinner.

And tomorrow will be an action-packed day. Check out the full schedule of events at our sister blog, the Exhibitionist.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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