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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 20

1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS

Jeff Reichenberger writes: "I'm pleased Werner Mayer and Dave
Kellogg (volume 9, number 13, March 26, 2006) mentioned the
fine article in the Smithsonian magazine about the San Francisco
Mint and the earthquake. Coupled with the equally fine story in
the April Numismatist you really get a feel for the mint, the
fury, and the chaos there a hundred years ago.

A highlighted column within the Smithsonian article features a
group of survivors who get together every year on that day.
Centenarians now, all but one, who claims being conceived the
night of the earthquake! She says she danced at the saloon where
her father worked when she was six. Longshoremen threw nickels
and pennies at her feet. One wonders, what nickels? What pennies?
Perhaps 1912 S Liberty nickels, 1909 S VDB pennies, or how about
1894 S dimes....   Are there any centenarians in our group?"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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