Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Red Devils Return to Pacifica #15 -- June 30, 2021

Pacifica is one of the two cities on the San Francisco peninsula that allow the sale of fireworks. The booths arrived last week. This is the stand at the Park Mall shopping center. I took the photo on 28-June-2021.

Many Pacificans agree that selling fireworks is a bad idea: We have steep, brush-covered hillsides that pose a fire danger. People use the "safe and sane" fireworks to mask the unsafe and insane variety. Not to mention my cat hates the Fourth of July.

Unfortunately, our charities claim that fireworks are the only thing they can sell that will generate enough money. That can't be true. What about drugs? Weapons? They're not thinking outside of the box.

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- June 30, 2021

Much of California became fully open on 15-June-2021. People who have been vaccinated will not have to wear masks outside. I will probably continue to wear mine for a while.

The virus is still out there, but almost 70% of Californians have been vaccinated. The 600,000th American died in June.

In June, San Francisco may have become the first city in the United States to reach herd immunity.

The Giants were able to return to selling all of their seats.

Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica was able to double its capacity in the gym. They may soon revive the 5 o'clock mass on Saturday. The archdiocese wants us to continue to wear masks.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Bierstadt -- Yellowstone Falls -- June 27, 2021

Whitney Gallery of Western Art Collection

I have always enjoyed the paintings of Albert Bierstadt. He painted "Yellowstone Falls" in 1881. It is preserved at the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Coulter -- The Manuel Llaguno Shaking Out Her Sails After Casting Off the Active's Hawser --June 23, 2021

San Francisco Call, 26-May-1895

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. The article from the 26-May-1895 San Francisco Call describes a competition between vessels to pick up sugar in Hawaii and deliver it to New York. 

The Manuel Llaguno After the
Starbuck in a Run for

The American ship Manuel Llaguno went to sea yesterday, bound for Honolulu to take on a cargo of sugar for New York. There has been considerable rivalry be tween the Llaguno and the Tillie Starbuck since the former vessel arrived in port. Both vessels had been chartered prior to arrival to go to Honolulu to take sugar cargoes to New York.

For many years no sugar has left the Hawaiian Islands which has not been destined for San Francisco; but this year the output from the islands was found to be too great for the California market. The contract between the planters on the islands and the California Sugar Refinery provides that two-thirds of the crop must come to San Francisco and that the remaining one-third can be shipped to any point the refinery might dictate.

In the early part of the year it was decided to send nearly 30,000 tons of sugar from the islands to New York, and the question arose among the skippers as to where the vessels were coming from to carry the cargoes. The first vessel to load here was the American ship Kenilworth, which has only flown the American flag within the past few years. The Tillie Starbuck came next, with the Manuel Llaguno close upon her heels, and both vessels are now bound for the islands with all canvas.

The Starbuck was in port when the Llaguno arrived, and gangs of stevedores have been employed on both craft day and night. The Starbuck got away on Thursday, and should have been at least 100 miles off shore when the Manuel Llagnno dropped her tug's hawser outside the heads yesterday afternoon.

Captain Small of the new sugar ship had blood in his eye when the wind filled his sails, and he yelled back to those on the tug Active that he would beat the Starbuck down to Honolulu or eat his mainsail. He had a good breeze for a start and as he squared away to the southward he looked like a winner in the ocean race.

On the heels of the Manuel Llaguno another American ship was towed to sea, bound for a sugar cargo to carry to New York. This was the Great Admiral. She left here yesterday afternoon for Manilla, from where she is to take a cargo of sugar to the great American metropolis. Bets are freely offered along the water front that the Manuel Llaguno will be the first of the trio to reach New York.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Thousands of Jazz -- June 21, 2021

Chicago Whip, 11-June-1921

100 years ago this month, Chicago's La Francia Café and the Entertainer Café advertised lots of jazz.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day, 2021 -- June 20, 2021

Happy Fathers' Day to all my fellow fathers. I miss my dad. And I miss my father-in-law. I haven't had anyone for whom to buy a card for a long time. I am lucky to have a great daughter and son-in-law.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Louis Wins by Knockout in Eighth Round -- June 19, 2021

Wilmington Morning Standard, 20-June-1946

75 years ago today, on 19-June-1946, heavyweight champ Joe Louis met Billy Conn for the second time. On 18-June-1941, Conn, former light heavyweight champ, did well against Joe Louis until he tried to knock him out in the thirteenth round. Louis knocked him out in the thirteenth round. Both men served in the military, so the rematch was delayed until 1946. Before the second fight, people asked Joe if he thought Conn might win on points because of his better foot and hand speed. Louis said "He can run, but he can't hide." 

On June 17, 2021 President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday. 

70,000 Fill Yankee Stadium
To See Champ Retain Title
Battered Billy Conn 
Announces He Will Quit
Ring "For Good"
United Press Sports Writer

NEW YORK, June 19. -- (U.P.) -- Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis, unfettered by age or absence from competition, retained his title Wednesday night before a crowd estimated at 70,000 fans by knocking out Billy Conn of Pittsburgh for the second time in five years. He felled Conn for the full count with a left hook to the head in the eighth round.

Conn, who had been kayoed in the 13th round of their first meeting, provided little opposition tonight before Referee Eddie Joseph tolled the count over him at 2:19 of the eighth before a crowd that had paid an estimated gate of $2,000,000 for a disappointing performance.

Two Knock Downs

There were only two knockdowns in the bout, although the great Negro champion from Detroit pursued his smaller opponent relentlessly from the fourth round until the finish. The bout had been scheduled for 15 rounds, but Referee Joseph terminated this contest just the same as he had their first one on June 18, 1941, when Billy was belted out in the 13th.

Conn Down in Sixth

Louis first dropped Billy with a grazing left hook to the chin in the sixth round. Conn wasn’t badly hurt, went to one knee and was up without a count. He had slipped in the fourth round, in a wet spot, and Louis benignly refrained from hitting him then.

Conn, who had led Louis for the first 12 rounds of their previous bout, made a sorry showing tonight, and fought on even terms in the second; but after that the bout became a pursuit, with only one ending possible when Joe caught up with him.

Louis Seemed Sluggish

To many of the fans it might have seemed that Louis was more sluggish than before the war. But actually he was in excellent shape for a fighter who had been out of competition for four years. And he fought a smart fight, taking no chances on tiring himself, stalking his opponent and forcing Billy to flee about the ring in a desperate dance.

Conn danced continually to his own left, trying to avoid the champion’s left jabs and left hooks.

Louis Catches Up

Louis caught up with him in the eighth. He smashed the challenger with a hard right to the body early in the round, then rocked him with a left hook to the head. As Conn tried to fight back, Louis landed a hard right and a left hook to the head and they fell into a clinch. After they broke, Louis smashed him with another right to the chin that buckled his legs. As Conn tried to fall into him Louis landed a left hook to the head, a right hook, and then the final terrific left hook that dropped him to the canvas on his back. Conn raised his head from the canvas as if to try to get up; but it dropped back again. After the count, Referee Joseph helped Conn to his feet and escorted him to his corner.



They came out slowly and danced around the middle of the ring. Louis threw the first punch, a light left which grazed Billy’s hair. Conn said something to Joe as they continued to dance around the ring and then Billy laid a light right on Louis’ head. Joe caught another Conn right on his gloves. There was so little action that the vast crowd began clamoring for some action. Conn grazed a left off Joe’s right ear. Joe threw a light left to Billy's head and Conn then got in two punches to Joe’s body. Joe missed with a right. Neither had thrown a hard punch. Conn was dancing around with Louis set in the middle of the ring. Conn was dancing around Louis as the round ended.

I gave the round to Conn.


Billy came out fast and once more they stood in the center of the ring without throwing punches. Then Conn landed a right to the ear and a flurry of lefts to the stomach. Joe had not thrown a punch. Conn then slid a punch off Joe’s left elbow. Conn’s nose was red and Joe started aiming his left at Billy’s face but most of his punches were light ones. Billy threw a right to the body after Joe had worked him against the ropes. They sparred cautiously but Joe faked several lefts and Conn, challenging him to come in and fight was waving his hands in a circle as the round ended.

I scored this round even.


Joe came out first and once more stood in the middle of the ring as Conn danced around him. Conn sent a left to Joe’s right cheek and then flicked a couple of light lefts to Joe’s body. Louis missed with a left and Billy bounced a right off the champions gloves. Louis seemed to be setting Billy up for a right. Billy drove a hard left to Louis’ stomach. Louis came back with a light left to Billy’s face. Another Louis left caught Conn’s gloves as he was dancing around the champion. Conn was faking with a light left and bounced a right off Joe’s shoulder. Joe missed a left and right. They traded light lefts to the body. Conn tried to go in with his left but Joe ducked it as the round ended.

I gave this round to Conn.


Once again they started sparring around in the center of the ring without trying any hard punches. They clinched as the champion missed a right and in the infighting Louis got in several blows to Conn’s stomach. Joe drove a left to Conn’s nose. He flicked another left off Billy’s forehead. Conn was dancing around Louis. Louis drove a hard right to Billy’s head and followed with a left before Conn could get out of a neutral corner in which Louis had followed him. Louis drove a flurry of rights and lefts to Billy’s head. The action stowed. Joe sent several more lefts to Billy’s face then missed a hard right. The champion hit Conn in the nose with a left as Billy slipped to the canvas. Joe backed away and the crowd cheered his sporting gesture. They were in the middle of the ring as the round ended.

I gave this round to Louis.


Billy’s face was marked up as he came out for the fifth. Joe tried a left to the face but Conn shook it off. Louis was doing the leading and once more was keeping his right cocked as he tried to bring Conn in close with light lefts. They were doing a lot of feinting but little punching. Joe missed a right to the stomach but got home a left to Billy’s jaw. He shot another left to Conn’s forehead. Joe drove a hard swinging blow to Conn’s jaw. He came back with another hard right to the head and had Billy against the ropes with a series of hard rights and lefts. Billy missed a left and then tapped Louis lightly on the head with a right. Conn missed another left and Louis was short with a left jab. Joe got in a hard right to Conn’s kidneys and Conn came back with a hard right to Louis’ stomach as the round ended.

I gave this round to Louis.


They sparred cautiously with Louis hooking several light lefts to Conn’s chin. Louis feinted with his right and Conn came in with a light left and right to Joe’s body. Louis was short with a left and a right. The champion grazed Conn’s hair. Conn was obviously trying to box and keep out of range. Louis reddened Billy’s left eye with a right hook. Billy bounced several light lefts off Joe’s head and Louis then drove Billy away with a right to the heart. Louis missed a right and Conn drove a hard left to Louis’ chin. Conn slipped to one knee as he landed the blow and Referee Eddie Joseph stepped in between them to clear off Conn’s gloves. Joe threw a left and right to Conn’s face and then missed with a hard right as the round ended.

I gave this round to Louis.


There was some dispute whether Conn had slipped or had fallen from a left hook in the latter stages of the previous round.

Conn opened the seventh with lefts and rights to Joe’s head but they were light blows. Conn drove a fairly hard right to Louis’ right cheek. Louis missed a right to Conn’s body and then tagged Billy with a right to the nose. Louis bounced a hard right off the back of Conn’s head. Joe threw several lefts to Conn’s face. Conn drove a left to Joe’s body and the champion came back with a right and left to Billy’s head. Louis got Conn against the ropes and landed several body blows. Conn drove a hard left to Louis’ head but took two rights to his own in return as the round ended.

I gave this round to Louis.


They were coming out of their corners much slower than in the opening rounds. Joe laid a light left on Billy’s right ear Conn was short with a left and a Louis left grazed Billy’s head. Louis drove a swinging left to Billy’s chin and Conn came back with a right which Louis caught partly on his glove. Joe drove a hard right to Conn’s chin and came back with a series of rights and lefts to Conn’s head. Joe caught Conn in the left eye with a vicious right. Blood began streaming down Conn’s cheek. Louis drove two hard rights in a row to Conn’s head as he floored the challenger for the count at 2:19.


NEW YORK, June 19. -- (U.P.) -- Battered Billy Conn announced in his dressing room tonight after being knocked out by Champion Joe Louis, that he was retiring from the ring "for good."

This fight may have been the first championship prizefight to be shown on television.

Washington Evening Star, 20-June-1946

Variety, 26-June-1946

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ready With the Bottled Goods -- June 17, 2021


Lubbock Avalanche, 30-June-1921

The Lubbock Creamery had an interesting variety of sodas that they were ready to put in "a car load of empty bottles." I like Orange Crush. I didn't know it went back that far. Delware Punch sounds interesting.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Coca-Cola -- Every Little Movement Means More Thirst -- June 15, 2021


Imperial Valley Press, 17-June-1921

Two Coca-Cola ads to enjoy as we move towards the summer. The gentleman above seems to be working up a sweat starting his automobile with a hand crank. I like the checked trousers on the gentleman below. 

New York Evening World, 28-June-1921

Monday, June 14, 2021

California Republic Proclaimed 175 -- June 14, 2021

June 14 is Flag Day and it is also the 175th anniversary of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, in Sonoma, where foreigners, mostly American and some Californios, led by William B Ide rose up against the Mexican government of California and declared a California Republic. Some time around this date, William L Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, created the original Bear Flag, which the rebels raised on a flagpole in the Sonoma Plaza on 15-June-1846. 

The California Republic faded away when the rebels learned that the United States had declared war on Mexico in June. The original Bear Flag burned in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco. The California state flag is based on the Bear Flag.

I took the photo of the second Bear Flag monument in Sonoma Plaza on 08-April-2010. I have not been able to find the name of the sculptor.

Flag Day 2021 -- June 14, 2021

Happy Flag Day, everyone. 

Here we see Captain Marvel leading the Marines ashore in an amphibious assault on a South Pacific island. He proudly carries a really big flag. 

Captain Marvel, the Big Red Cheese, made his debut in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett. Fawcett had earlier published the humor magazine Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. The Captain was Billy Batson, a boy who worked for radio station WHIZ. An ancient wizard gave him the ability to become adult Captain Marvel by saying the word "SHAZAM." Captain Marvel, often drawn by CC Beck, was Superman's greatest competitor until National Periodicals (DC) won a lawsuit alleging that Captain Marvel infringed on Superman's copyright. At the same time, most superhero titles were dead or declining. DC revived Captain Marvel in the 1970s.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Pulp -- Doc Savage -- June 13, 2021

Tomorrow is Flag Day, so I thought I would post the cover of the July, 1942 issue of Doc Savage.

Doc Savage was a pulp character who debuted in 1933. Doctor Clark Savage, Jr was a many of many talents, mental and physical. He gathered a team of aides including Monk, Ham, Johnny, Renny and Long Tom. Each had his own unique talents. His cousin Patricia turned up in many stories. Doc and his team had many adventures fighting evil around the world. Lester Dent created the characters and wrote many of the novels.

I first got to know Doc Savage from reprints that Bantam Books did in the 1970s. I often spent what little money I had at Canterbury Corner on Geary or Green Apple Books on Clement buying copies.

George Pal produced a bad movie in 1975. I saw a still in Famous Monsters of Filmland and immediately knew that they had done a poor job with Doc's aides. I went to see it anyway.

DC did some comic books in the 1980s.

I never heard the NPR recreation of the radio show.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Is This Aviator Hoaxing Nation By His Secrecy? -- June 11, 2021


Detroit Times, 29-December-1909

Walter Tillinghast claimed to have built and flown a flying machine. I think he was stretching the truth.


New Englanders Think Wallace E.
Tillinghast, Expert Mechanical
Engineer, Has Wonderful Air ship -- Flights Concealed.

Young Inventor Says He Has Gone
Faster Than 120 Miles an Hour
In His Strange Craft.

(Editor's Note -- Either Wallace K. Tillinghast, the Worcester, Mass., inventor, has made the greatest airship in the world or he is a great hoaxer. The strange moving lights seen by thousands of persons in New England were made by his airship, Tillinghast says. Yet he is unwilling to exhibit it by daylight, and has given only flimsy excuses for his secrecy. Why does Tillinghast hesitate to show his invention to the public? And why did he suppress news of his great test if, as he says, he really flew from Boston to New York in less than five hours? Whether Tillinghast is a joker or not, he's an interesting chap, and our Worchester correspondent has written the following story giving some new facts about him and his machine.)

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 29. -- The claims made for his new airship by inventor Wallace E. Tillinghast are no more startling than the airship's design. There Isn't an airship anywhere like it.

"I can fly as no one has ever flown before," he said to The Times correspondent here. "My airship will make 120 miles an hour. It can be stopped in midair, and is as safe -- even safer -- than an auto. When I get good and ready I will show it to the world."

The fact that not once, but several times, people in a dozen cities have seen strange moving lights in the sky, seems to bear out what Tillinghast says. But even his closest friends do not know why he has kept hisu wonderful invention such a secret.

Who Is Tillinghast? Does his record indicate that he would perpetrate a hoax on the world of aeronautics?

Decidedly it does not. He is a Chicago "Tech" school graduate, an expert mechanical and electrical engineer. He has seen service with the Northern Pacific railroad, the Westinghouse concern and Allen & Redd of Providence. While at the last named place Tillinghast invented a heat regulator for steam and hot water systems, which is making him a fortune. He patented it and manufactures it at a good-sized factory here. In all his previous inventions and work he has had no secrets. Why does he shelter his aeroplane so cunningly?

The one remarkable feature about the machine is the way it keeps itself right side up in any kind of a wind. It has two giant "feelers" like an insect’s antennae. These are of rigid frames of steel, 33 feet long, and at the end of each is a box kite. No matter how the wind blows, these kites right themselves and the machine to which they are attached. They can be raised or lowered. When there is no opposing wind, they are lifted to an angle of 43 degrees.

"If I am taking night flights over Boston and New England that’s my business." said Tillinghast. "I will not say that I am or that I am not. I have gone faster than 120 miles an hour. I can go faster again. I have had this machine perfected long enough to take more than 150 flights. And where some of those flights took me will surprise a lot of people when I get ready to talk."

One of the wonderful features of the machine is its car. Bleriot and Latham have their seats above the rigid spread of wings. Tillinghast sits below his plane, in a little cubbyhole protected by an automobile windshield. Inside is his wonderful engine. He has made application to patent it, he says. It is lighter than that of the Wright brothers and far more powerful. It generates enough electricity for his front searchlight and a red tail-light which will serve to warn aviators of the future, who may be on his trail, of the peril of collision.

That his claims are well-founded -- well, you don't know what to believe. There is an airship. That's sure. Thousands have seen it. Here in New England they believe in Tillinghast.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Jack Johnson Killed in Auto Crash, 75 Years -- June 10, 2021


Dayton Daily Bulletin, 10-June-1921

Jack Johnson was one of the greatest heavyweight champions. Racists hated that he was African-American, and that he regularly defeated white boxers. Some people believe that the fight where he lost the title in 1915 might have been fixed.

I was tweeting with a friend recently and we decided that Jack Johnson vs George Foreman would have been a heck of a fight.

75 years ago today, on 10-June-1946, Jack Johnson died in an automobile accident.

The Dayton Daily Bulletin was an African-American owned newspaper.


RALEIGH, N. C., June 11.— Jack Johnson, the first Negro ever to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world, died at St. Agnes hospital here today following an automobile accident early this afternoon near Franklinton.

Dr. W. D. Allison said that Johnson, who was 68 years old, died of internal injuries and shock.

Fred L. Scott, a Negro companion said he was accompanying the former champion to New York from Texas, where Johnson recently had concluded a personal appearance tour.

As the heavy automobile approached the city limits of Franklinton, about 20 miles north of Raleigh on highway U. S. No. 1, Scott said Johnson apparently lost control of the car on a curve. The car went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole, hitting on the left side where Johnson was sitting.

Johnson won the heavyweight championship in 1908 at Sidney, Australia, when he scored a technical knockout over Tommy Burns of Canada in the fourteenth round. The Galveston, Tex., native who was christened John Arthur Johnson, thus become the first Negro heavyweight champion in history.

After holding the title for seven years, during which he defended his crown against many challengers including former champion Jim Jeffries, Johnson was defeated by Jess Willard in Havana, April 15, 1915.

Tacoma Times, 04-July-1912

Jack Johnson fought Fireman Jim Flynn for the second time on 04-July-1912 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, earning a TKO in the 9th. Fireman Jim's later claim to fame is that he was the only boxer who ever knocked out Jack Dempsey.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Toonerville Trolley -- The Skipper is Too Good a Fisherman -- June 9, 2021


Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 16-May-1921

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 05-April-1921

Monday, June 7, 2021

Douglas Campbell 125 -- June 7, 2021


Alaska Daily Empire, 31-August-1918

Douglas Campbell was born 125 years ago today, on 07-June-1921. He was a native of San Francisco and was the first American ace who flew in American-trained units. His father was later president of the University of California. On 05-June-1918, he scored his sixth victory. Badly wounded in the engagement, he did not fight again. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 

Eddie Rickenbacker was America's Ace of Aces in World War One. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Alan Winslow was not an ace, but he shared Campbell's first victory, the first official victory by American pilots in an American unit. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 

All three men were members of the famous 94th Aero Squadron, the "Hat in the Ring" squadron.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Bill Lange 150 -- June 6, 2021


1897 Spalding Baseball Guide

Bill Lange, an outfielder from San Francisco, was born 150 years ago today, on 06-June-1871. For some reason, his nickname was Little Eva. He played his whole major league career with the Chicago National League club, which went through several names before it became the Cubs. Lange retired at 29 after the 1899 season and went into business in San Francisco. His nephew Highpockets Kelly played for the New York Giants.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Laura Bromwell, Champion Loop Maker -- June 5, 2021

Twin City Review, 17-June-1921

Laura Bromwell was the first woman in the United States to get a pilot's license after World War One. On 15-May-1921 she set a record by performing 199 loops. On 05-June-1921, while performing stunts, she died in a crash. You will notice that the newspaper item about her looping record is dated weeks after death and more than a month after she set the record. from the Mt Vernon Ohio Democratic Banner, 07-June-1921

Laura Bromwell, One of
Best Known Pilots, Killed
In a Fall
Motor Stopped Causing Plane
To Fall To the Earth;
Other Details

[By Associated Press to The Banner]
MINEOLA, N. Y., June 6 -- Miss Laura Bromwell, holder of the loop- the-loop record for women and one of the best known women pilots in the world, was killed at Mitchell field yesterday afternoon.

Miss Bromwell was flying at an altitude of about 1,000 feet when the accident happened. She had just completed one loop and was about to make a second when something went wrong with the plane and it crashed to the ground.

Miss Bromwell, whose home was in Cincinnati, was 33 years old.

She established her loop-the-loop record on May 15 last, when she executed 199 loops in an hour and 20 minutes. That same afternoon she piloted her airplane over a two-mile straightaway course at the rate of 135 miles an hour.

Military observers who witnessed the flight declared that the girl's airplane motor stopped abruptly as she was making the upward turn of the loop. Suddenly the machine fell back ward into a tail spin and dropped like a plummet onto a road just outside the field.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Ford Quadricycle 125 -- June 4, 2021


125 years ago today, on 04-June-1896, Henry Ford test drove his first automobile, the Quadricycle. The original vehicle is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan ( 

I know Henry Ford was a bad guy in his anti-Semitic views and the way he treated his poor son, but I have always admired his engineering ideas. One that he held from his very first car, the Quadricycle, was that autos should be built lightly but strongly. 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Krazy Kat -- I Can Wrinkle His Bean -- June 3, 2021


Washington Times, 12-June-1921

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Poor Ignatz is foiled again. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 03-June-1918

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Zane Grey Week -- 02-June-2021

Motion Picture News, 21-May-1921

Zane Grey was a popular Western novelist in the first half of the Twentieth Century. I had read about movies made from his stories, so I took a few novels out from the Anza Branch Library. It turns out that he was not a very good writer, but he did produce interesting characters and descriptions.

I thought I might join with producer Benjamin B Hampton and have a Zane Grey Week. Please visit over on my movies-mostly blog: Big V Riot Squad

Motion Picture News, 04-June-1921

Norwich Bulletin, 02-June-1921

Tomorrow: Fighting Blood. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tulsa Race Massacre 100 -- Day 2 -- June 1, 2021

Daily Ardmoreite, 01-June-1921

100 years ago today, on 31-May-1921, a white mob in Tulsa, Oklahoma attacked the black-owned Greenwood District, destroying businesses, burning houses and killing people of color. The Tulsa Race Massacre may have been the worst single instance of racial violence in US history.  No one knows how many African Americans died. "Frisco" refers to the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway.

Race War Rages in Tulsa Following Arrest of Negro Charged With
Assaulting Young White Girls; Number of Dead Increased With Late
Reports: Torch Leaves Fiery Trail Through "Little Africa" of the
Northeast Metropolis; State Troops Hold Muskogee Negroes at Bay


State Troops Patrol Streets of
Tulsa While Negroes Flee From
Burning Homes and Surrender to
Armed Guards; Over 3,000 Are
Now Held in Prison Camps


Tulsa, Okla., June l.-- At 9 o'clock, 3,000 negroes had been gathered at convention hall under guard. It was filled as was also the police station. The remainder of those gathered up are being taken to the baseball park. All are under armed guard.

The national guard got into action about 11 o'clock last night about an hour after the battle began at the house, when a detachment appeared at the police station under command of Major Rooney. After driving away the crowd which had broken into the store of a sporting goods house, to obtain arms and attempting to disperse them from the block in front of the police station, the guardsmen made flying trips in trucks and automobiles into outlying districts.

Later detachments were quartered in various parts of town to suppress possible, outbreaks and a large squad with a machine gun, was sent to the end of Admiral Boulevard, with instructions to hold it at all hazards against a reported invasion of 500 blacks from Muskogee, which failed to materialize.

At 7:30 this morning, the entire south side of the negro quarter, on either side of Archer, extending from Boston east to Elgin, was a mass of flames.

Following the fighting last night, white men everywhere were heard threatening to wipe out "Little Africa" forever, with the torch. The first attempt was made at 1:30 last night, when two houses at Archer and Boston, which had been used as a garrison by more than 50 negroes burst into flame.

An alarm was sent in and the fire department dashed to the scene. An attempt to lay hose was quickly stopped by 50 armed white men who had assembled and the fire equipment was returned to the station. While the crowd turned again to exchanging shots at long range with the negroes who were slowly retreating to the north and east behind the buildings of the district.

The start to make good the threat in earnest to burn negro town, was at 6:40 o'clock this morning. Almost simultaneously fire began to steal from the windows and doors of the deserted shacks along Archer and soon dense clouds of smoke were enveloping the entire district. Under the smoke veil, armed men scouted in automobiles and as soon as their cordon tightened about the place where the negroes were stationed and occasional firing gave warning that the fight was still on.

Negroes remained in many of the burning homes until they were enveloped by fire and threatened to fall. Then they could be seen by scores, darting from doors with their hands upraised and crying "Don't shoot," as they dashed through the smoke to surrender and be taken to the prison camp established at convention hall.

State troops under command of Adjutant General C. F. Barret arrived here at 9 o'clock to take charge of the riot resulting from a race war when armed negroes and whites engaged in battle. At this hour the situation was reported quieter so far as actual firing was concerned, but fires were raging in all parts of the negro section of the city. The flames were spreading and threatened to wipe out a considerable portion of white residence districts in the Standpipe and Sunset Hill sections. It is believed the whole negro section will be wiped out.

Six white men are known to have been killed. It is estimated that fifty negroes, men and women and children, have been killed. Scores have been wounded.

Three thousand negroes had been segregated in prison camps where they are under armed guards.



(By the Associated Press)

Muskogee, June 1. -- Company A, Muskogee and Company B of Wagoner, Ola., national guards, were ordered at 9:45 a. m. to proceed at once to Tulsa. A special train is being made up.

Tulsa, June 1. -- A war between negroes and whites, starting over the arrest of a negro charged with an assault on a white woman, had continued early Wednesday morning and national guard troops were ordered to Tulsa to aid in controlling the various factions The exact number of killed and injured was not known but the killed were believed to total almost a hundred.

Rowland was spirited out of town at 2 o'clock this morning by deputies from Sheriff  O'ccullough's office. They refused to divulge his whereabouts.

Officers said the black would be given a speedy trial just as soon as the situation quiets down to permit it, and the case will be transferred to another jurisdiction if it is found impossible to try it here. They gave assurance he would be fully punished if found guilty of the charge.

Rowland is accused of attacking an orphan girl in an elevator.

Adjutant General Barret has taken up headquarters at the city hall and announced that Col. B. H. Markham. Oklahoma City, would be in command of field operations.

Two companies from Muskogee and one from Wagoner were ordered by Barrett to entrain at once. Another company will arrive from Oklahoma City at 1 o'clock. Martial law has not yet been declared and only developments will determine if it is to be invoked, Barrett added. He is working under direction of the sheriff, the mayor and chief of police until such time as he deems it necessary to change command, the adjutant general said. The troops are to be stationed at once in the negro district.

In a fresh outbreak in the Standpipe Hill district in the extreme northern section of the black belt, Mrs. S. A. Gilmore, 225 East King street, a white woman, was shot in the left arm and side, at 7:30 o'clock. Mrs. Gilmore was standing on the front porch of her home when she was picked off by a black sniper, one of a score or more barricaded in a church.

Hundreds of armed white men are being rushed to the district in automobiles. An open battle is believed imminent.

A white girl was reported killed on North Peoria in the vicinity of a refinery. The report could not be verified at 10 o'clock. At 10 o'clock it was reported two carloads of negroes from Muskogee had passed Kendall college, located in the eastern part of the city.

A 20 year old white boy, thought to be named Olson and living at Sapulpa died at 8:30 o'clock, following a battle an hour earlier at the Frisco depot in which negroes are reported to have been killed. Olson's body was removed to undertaking parlors where it awaits positive identification.



Oklahoma City, June 1. -- Martial law will be invoked In Tulsa unless the situation there is relieved, and under control within the next hour or two, governor Robertson said at 11:45 o'clock following long distance conversation with officials at Tulsa. Attorney General Freeling will go to Tulsa this afternoon.

"The situation at Tulsa seems peculiar to me," Governor Robertson said. "With power vested in all city and county officials there to deputize and put into the law enforcement every citizen of the city if necessary, I cannot understand how this trouble was allowed to get such a start."

Conversation with Adjutant General Barret was to the effect that it was impossible for the fire department to enter the negro section and that the flames were raging unabated.

Would Mean Firemen's Life

Tulsa, Okla., June 1. -- "We can't use the equipment we have and for that reason have not asked for fire apparatus from other cities," R C. Alder, fire chief, said at ten o'clock this morning.

"It would mean a fireman's life to turn a stream of water on one of those negro buildings. They shot at us all morning when we were trying to do something but none of my men were hit. There is not a chance in the world to get through that mob into the negro district.

"We have five lines protecting the warehouses on the Katy railroad and I think we have them saved. If the wind should change the white residence section east of the negro district would be menaced.

"The fire has swept Greenwood street, where the negro business section was located and is sweeping around the hill north. So far the white residence section on the north has not been touched."

Chief Alder indicated that he was prepared to call for outside assistance in case it became necessary.


Officers Spirit Brute
Accused of Crime to Place
of Safety; Street Car
Traffic Suspends; Business
Houses Close



(By The Associated Press)

Tulsa, June 1. -- Pandemonium reigns throughout Tulsa today, following a night of rioting between the whites and blacks, which had its inception when a negro shot a white man in the crowd which had assembled about the county jail in which was confined Dick Rowland, a negro charged with assault upon a white girl.

A full half hundred negroes are been rounded up and are now held under a strong guard. Fires are springing up in all sections of that portion of Tulsa settled by negroes and known as "Little Africa."

State troops from Oklahoma City, arrived on the scene early this morning and the situation is reported well in hand, by the mayor and chief of police, both of whom, however, have appealed to citizens to remain within doors and not to gather upon the streets.

Stores remain closed throughout the morning, while street car and interurban traffic is at a standstill, and railway trains are detoured around the city. Strongly armed bodies of men are guarding all the roads which lead out of and into the city.

While it is known that several white men have died from bullets fired by negroes, it is estimated that fully half a hundred blacks have been slain, and it is generally conceded that this number will be materially augmented before the smoke of battle finally clears away. Information as to the exact number of fatalities is unavailable at the present hour, but it is known that many, both whites and blacks, have been wounded, some of them seriously.

Appeals were issued to the citizens by chief of Police Gustafson and Mayor L. F. J. Rooney in command of the local guard units to remain indoors. They expressed the hope at the same time that the situation was being gotten under control, and expected to have it well in hand with the arrival of more troops from Oklahoma City at 8:30.

Superintendent E. E. Obernoltzer announced that schools in the danger zone would not convene today. He said those remote from seats of trouble would continue as usual but no attempt whatever would be made to hold classes in sections where there might be danger to the pupils going and coming from the schools.

At 8:30 two white men killed in the riot had been identified.

Carl D. Lotpeisch, 28, Randall, Kansas, was shot through the breast and taken to a hospital at 6:30 o'clock this morning. He died shortly afterward.

An unidentified white man, about 28; light brown hair, light brown eyes, five feet ten inches, 160 pounds at undertaking parlor now.

F. L. Curry, age 26, and son of Judge F. Z. Curry, was slightly wounded in the neck by a flying bullet at Fifth and Boston, at 11 o'clock last night. He had stopped his car at the filling station at Fifth and Boston and was standing by it unconscious of the impending trouble when the battle at the court house broke and one of the first bullets struck him. His wound was pronounced not serious.

A. B. Stick, age 29, city clerk of Sapulpa, is near death from a bullet wound entering the back and going entirely through the body. Stick was standing on the Cincinnati avenue steps of a leading hotel watching the fight when a stray bullet struck him down.

G. T. Prunkard, aged 34, also of Sapulpa, a Frisco conductor was in the caboose of a Frisco train when shots fired by negroes at the crowd, went wild and pierced him in the right shoulder, chin and forehead. His wounds are not believed fatal, although very painful. The shots were from a shotgun and of a small size.

Lee Fischer, age 21, a truck driver, was shot in the left leg and thigh while at First and Cincinnati during the battle in that quarter at 10:20 last night. He will recover.

L. C. Slinkard, age 25, West Tulsa car inspector for the Frisco, was crossing Main street at the Frisco tracks, a few minutes before the first firing took place when a speeding automobile filled with armed negroes ran him down, fracturing his middle thigh and left leg.

Armed Whites Roundup Blacks

Tulsa, Okla., June 1. -- Firing continued here today after a night of race war.

Hundreds of armed white men were rounding up all negroes in the negro section of the city, segregating them under guard.

Innumerable fires also were burning in the negro section of the city.

No estimate was possible early this morning of the dead, but it was known that at least seven white men had been killed and scores wounded. The hospitals were filled to their capacity.

A number of negroes are dead and it is estimated that the total death toil may reach beyond a score. Talk of driving into "Little Africa," as the negro section of the city is known, was heard on all sides. As these threats were heard the torch was set to all sections on the district and fires were soon burning throughout the black belt.

The trouble began Tuesday night with the gathering of a mob of whites at the county courthouse, where Dick Rowland, a negro, was held on a charge of attempted assault on a white girl.

Soon armed blacks came on the scene after the whites and blacks had faced each other for some time, the first shot was repotted fired by a black when a white man attempted to wrest a gun from a negro. The whites were reported to have been unarmed.

A fusillade of bullets followed, which continued throughout the night. Stores were broken into and all guns and ammunition seized and passed out. All roads and bridges were under guard by armed posses. Street car service was suspended and business places were closed.

As the negroes were rounded up they were herded into Convention Hall under guard.

The police station was filled to overcrowding with blacks and it was then that they were taken to Convention Hall.

Automobiles were returning from the negro section loaded with men and women.

Gangs of negro men were driven in solid formation through the streets to places of safety where they could be guarded.

Reports were heard that Muskogee negroes were arming to come here, but a long-distance telephone message to the Tribune disproved it, and added that three companies of state troops were held in readiness to proceed here.

Reports were piling up as the morning wore on of additional fatalities, but definite information was un- available.

Governor Robertson Has
Declared Martial Law
To Control Tulsa Trouble

Oklahoma City, June 1. -- Martial law in Tulsa was ordered by Governor Robertson at 11:15 o'clock and Adjutant General Barrett placed in command of the city. The order was given over the long distance telephone and a proclamation to this effect is being prepared and will be issued immediately.

June, 2021 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- June 1, 2021

The Cable Car Home Page will be 25 years old in November.

I just put the June, 2021 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The Mount Auburn Cable Railway's powerhouse and carbarn at Dorchester Street and Highland Avenue survived until the 21st Century. This image was taken in November, 2020, two months before the roof collapsed under a burden of snow. The building was demolished in February, 2021 (Source: Copyright 2019 Google).
2. On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A ten year update about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway, including images of the powerhouse before the roof collapsed in early 2021.
3. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: Links to current videos about Dunedin, New Zealand's Mornington Tramway and the Wellington Cable Car. Thank you to Bus Driver Nick for sharing his work.
4. Added News items about Cal Cable car 60 appearing in a movie and the pandemic and the return of the F-line

Ten years ago this month (June, 2011):
1. The picture of the month: Grip car 21 of Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway
2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "Articles of incorporation of the Mt. Auburn Cable Railway Company, of Cincinnati have been left with the Secretary of State." (Springfield Daily Republic. (Springfield, Ohio), Saturday, January 31, 1885)
-- "One hundred thousand dollars of stock for the Mt. Auburn cable road has been subscribed and paid up." (Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky), Monday, March 16, 1885)
-- "The board of public works of Cincinnati refused to grant privileges to the Mount Auburn Cable Railroad company to construct a cable road on Sycamore street to the Zoological garden." (Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky), Wednesday, June 10, 1885)
-- "The Mt. Auburn cable is expected to be ready for operation from Fourth street, Cincinnati, to Mt. Auburn within a month." (Springfield Daily Republic. (Springfield, Ohio), Saturday, August 27, 1887)
-- "TEN PERSONS HURT IN A CABLE CAR" (The New-York Tribune, Sunday, March 10, 1889)
3. Also on the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: Contemporary newspaper articles about Cincinnati's cable cars and the Vine Street Cable Railway: A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "...there are now in successful operation in Cincinnati three well-equipped cable railways..." (Perrysburg Journal. (Perrysburg, Ohio)), Friday, April 13, 1888). The three Hallidie-type cable car lines in Cincinnati. A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "Some Funny Bets" (The Hocking Sentinel, (Logan, Ohio)), Thursday, November 15, 1888). Two Vine Street conductors make an unusual bet on the presidential election. A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "KILLED ON A CABLE CAR/A Peculiar Accident Results From Carelessness." (St. Paul Daily Globe), Monday, July 15, 1889) A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "Her Pretty Teeth" (Wichita Eagle, Tuesday, October 29, 1889). Reprinted in many newspapers, this joke was set on a Vine Street cable car. A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- Powerhouse Destroyed (Daily Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky), Monday, March 21, 1892) A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway. Including magazine articles and contemporary newspaper articles:
-- "Yakey in Cincinnati." (The National Tribune), Thursday, August 10, 1893). A Vine Street employee keeps in touch with a conversation club in Washington, DC.
4. On the Australia/New Zealand page: Thanks to Ric Fisher, updated the Penang Hills Railway article to reflect the reopening of the rebuilt line and include his latest photographs

Twenty years ago this quarter (Spring, 2001):
1. Picture of the Quarter: Will Clark riding on cable car
2. Add more items to the Kitsch page, including stamps and magazine advertisements.
3. Add Selected articles from Manufacturer and Builder Magazine (1880-1884) to the Miscellany page.
4. Update How Do Cable Cars Work? page. Changed images to thumbnails. Added girder rail image from Randy Hees and other new images.
5. Bob Murphy provided a photograph of the Gertrude Street Cable Winding House, which I added to the Melbourne article. Peter Vawser provided additional information about Melbourne cable tramways.
6. Add links to Kavanaugh Transit site, North American Vintage Trolley Systems and many others.
7. Add News and Bibliography items about a truck knocking down Seattle's Iron Pergola.
8. Add News and Bibliography items about Angel's Flight runaway accident. Also updated the Los Angeles Area Funiculars page.
9. Move Kalakala article to my ferry web site.
10. Change toy cable car picture on the main page to car 51.
11. Move "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American (courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich) to another server.

Coming in July, 2021: On the Cable Car Lines in the UK page:  More about the Isle of Man's Upper Douglas Cable Tramway.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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