San Francisco, California, San Jose, California

Charles Harmon’s Painting Of The Santa Clara Valley Shown At The “1915 World’s Fair” In San Francisco

In 1915, Charles Harmon was commissioned to paint the Santa Clara Valley for the upcoming World’s Fair in San Francisco. The painting has moved to various locations since the end of the fair.

Currently, the painting is displayed within the jury room within the Santa Clara Courthouse in San Jose, California.

Battle Of Ball’s Bluff, Edward Dickinson Baker, Oregon, President Abraham Lincoln, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

President Lincoln’s Congressional Race Rival And Friend Who Became The Only U.S. Senator To Die In Battle During The Civil War

Edward Dickinson Baker was Abraham Lincoln’s rival in a Congressional race in Illinois that the former president lost. After the race, Edward Dickinson Baker and Abraham Lincoln became friends. After serving in Congress, Baker moves to Oregon and was elected as a U.S. Senator.

During the U.S. Civil War, Baker continues to serve as a Senator and offered to directly help Lincoln with the military command. Baker served at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, in Loundon County, Virginia, and became the only U.S. Senator to die in battle. In addition, Baker was the highest ranking Union Officer to die in the war.

Edward Dickinson Baker is buried at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

During the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the State of Oregon held an event in honor of former Senator Baker.

San Francisco, California

“Bloody Thursday” In San Francisco

The event of “Bloody Thursday” was the height of the 1934 West Coast Longshoreman’s Strike that occurred in the ports of the states of California, Oregon and Washington. On July 5, 1934, San Francisco Policemen shot at various strikers resulting in the deaths of Nicholas Bordoise and Howard Sperry during the San Francisco port strike.

After news of the deaths became known, companies quickly decided to unionize the sea ports that the strikers worked in.

This is some of the footage of the strike before “Bloody Thursday”.

Dewey Monument, Mare Island Museum, President Theodore Roosevelt Junior, San Francisco, California, Vallejo, California

President Theodore Roosevelt’s Dedication To The Dewey Fleet In San Francisco

In 1901, President McKinley broke ground for a Monument dedicated to Admiral George Dewey, and his fleet whom had fought in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. On May 14, 1903 the completed monument was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt at the Union Square in San Francisco, California.

Theodore Roosevelt had served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War, but he resigned to organize the Rough Riders, the first volunteer Calvary in the Spanish-American War. President Theodore Roosevelts’s former roles during the war made it fitting for him to dedicate the statue after President McKinley’s assassination In 1901.

The Goddess of Victory statute stands atop of the monument to represent the U.S. victory over the Spanish as the end of the over 300 year Spanish rule over he Philippine Islands.

Author’s Note:

The Mare Island Musuem in Vallejo, California has the newspaper clips regarding President Theodore Roosevelt’s dedication.

Alex De Renzy, San Francisco, California, Tenderloin

The Screening Room of Uptown Tenderloin

Alex De Renzy created the first pornographic film to be legally featured on movie screens inside the United States. The first screening was held in 1970, in the screening room of the present day “Power Exchange” club.

Authors Note:

The Bay Area Reporter has more information on the history of pornography films in the Bay Area.

Ozzy Osbourne, San Francisco, California, The Beat Museum

The Beat Museum Of San Francisco

On March 2, 2018 I visited the Beat Museum of San Francisco. There is a fascinating bookstore, with many unique publications, attached to the museum and it’s located on Broadway Street in the north beach part of the city. The museum features artists, philosophers, and writers from is designated as the “Beat Generation” of the 1950s.

The bookstore has a multitude of books and magazines published decades ago, including original Playboy magazines from the 1950s, 1960s and the 1970s. My favorite part of the bookstore the rare books section, which contained books from Germany and other countries.

The museum contained movie memorabilia, including a car from a film released in 1949 called “On The Road”.

The Beat Museum also contained movie posters from the 1970s and 1980s, including one of Black Sabbath touring New York City.