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Congratulations on your first question, justCal! The cropped version of the Mission Dolores photograph was published in George Robinson Fardon's famous 1856 album. I have the cheap Dover edition. As you found, a larger version also appears in the works of Carleton Watkins. Both men have been credited with this image, but both reprinted the work of another, ...


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The Catacombs of Paris contain the remains of more than 6 million people, and much like the San Francisco situation the catacombs were established to alleviate overflowing cemeteries throughout Paris. These catacombs were built using defunct mines and quarries spread out underneath Paris, and millions of remains were moved there from cemeteries across the ...


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Normally it is difficult to provide evidence that something doesn't exist. I can offer this article on another website, Society of Private and Pioneer Numismatics, concerning early coins used in California (emphasis mine): There is some evidence that tokens were used in exchange for labor and goods. On September 3rd, 1846, a visitor to Sutter’s fort, ...


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Singapore: over 250,000 individual graves exhumed, and more will follow. Reasonably accurate estimates of the number of individual graves exhumed can be established for Singapore where more than 20 cemeteries have been cleared. By 1985, 21 cemeteries had been cleared, and an approximate 120,000 graves had been exhumed by the Housing Development Board. ...


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Most likely not. Or if she did, it wasn't because of "Three Days". Several accounts of "Three Days" give the impression that the eponymous weekend was concurrent with Xiola Blue being in California for her father's funeral. This naturally leads to the question of whether she actually attended the funeral, or if she was too otherwise occupied. In reality, ...


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One of the first students to be sent away for education may have been the son of José de la Guerra y Noriega, Juan José Noriega, who was sent to Liverpool, England for education in 1825. When he returned to California in c.1831 at the age of about 21 he was tutored in higher mathematics by Father Patrick Short who in 1834 jointly with William Hartnell, who ...


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A lawman's memoir describes the U.S. erecting in 1959 chainlink fences at canal crossings in Mexicali to prevent rabid dogs entering. There were plenty of cases of rabies in Texas at the time. Rabies is a real threat, though fears of its entering the country may have been overblown or even racialized. California may have asked for a fence, but it appears ...


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According to Cooper by Woolfenden & Elkinton, pp. 24-31: California's new governor, Luis Argüello, purchased Juan Bautista Rogers Cooper's ship Rover in December 1823. The vessel was loaded with seal pelts and sent to Canton, first making stops in Honolulu, Fanning Island, and Manila. It reached Canton in June 1824, returning to Bodega Bay by October 23,...


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To add to Aaron's answer: The first retail store keeper in Monterey was probably Don David Spence, born 24 October 1798 in the parish of Huntly, Scotland to David Spence and his wife Helen Stewart: (registration required to access this birth record. Due to copyright restrictions I am unable to post the image) Scotlands People He died 18 February 1875 in ...


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According to the book Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez By John Boessenecker (2012, p. 4), Anza started recruiting in Culiacán on March 28, 1775. I have the impression that he was only there for a few days at most. This page from the US National Park Service also mentions that Anza was at Culiacán in March, but then says: He continued ...


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In support of Aaron's answer: On 24th September 1825 John Begg in Lima wrote to McCulloch Hartnell & Co(in effect Hartnell, McCulloch was in Callao) advising them(him) of 6000 dollars cash and 15000 dollars worth of goods shipped to California on the Speedy: https://archive.org/details/documentos3305189994vall/page/n397/mode/2up (my transcription) ...


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The first two images below are samples from a book which appears to be a record of payments in kind made to soldiers in the San Francisco Presidio in 1817, which perhaps confirms the suggestion in the question that they were unpaid during the war. The document in the following images appears to show the payments made to the officers and men in the San ...


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Perhaps just partial answer, cum grano salis One thing that's amiss from the story is that Lisa Chester didn't plan and go to any funeral that related to her 'official father': Lisa Chester BIRTH 14 Oct 1968 DEATH 6 Jun 1987 (aged 18) BURIAL Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery Livonia, Wayne County, Michigan, USA PLOT TBE Sec 4 Lot 102 Gr 9 ...


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Well there's an account by one of the people involved. According to Jane Bainter, Farrell's housemate, Xiola Blue made the trip in order to visit Casey Niccoli and Perry Farrell. Bainter makes no mention of any funeral. Neither, notice, does the Guardian article that you hyperlinked to. Jane Bainter: Xiola Blue was another huge influence on Perry. More ...


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(Updated below with new information concerning the monument creator John Daniel.) I'm afraid that the best I have been able to do so far is narrow down the timeline for this, and provide a little more information concerning this monument. Lets look at what we can determine. We do have confirmation of the burial, From the book San Francisco or Mission ...


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Looking at events called "ball" as described by the locals, roughly at the time: While Mr. Leese was erecting his mansion, which seems to have been rather a grand structure, being made of frame, sixty feet long and twenty-five feet broad, Captain Kichardson was kindly proceeding across the bay to Sonoma, where he invited all the principal folks of the ...


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According to LeCount & Strong's San Francisco City Directory for the Year 1854, the U.S. Land Commission met in John Parrott's "Iron Building" at 148 California Street. According to Igler's Industrial Cowboys (2001): ... the four floors of his Iron Building conveniently housed the clerks, archives, and officers of the U.S. Board of Land Claims ...


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