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Mack, Silas W. (fl. 1906) to Clara W. Mack

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08697 Author/Creator: Mack, Silas W. (fl. 1906) Place Written: Monterey, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 20 April 1906 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes to his mother in Canada describing the San Francisco earthquake. Says half of the chimneys at the Hotel Del Monte crumbled and damaged the roof. One chimney crashed through a newlywed's room and killed both the bride and groom. Reports there is over a $1,000,000 in damages, 350,000 people are homeless, and countless dead, mostly resulting from the fire that erupted after the quake. Continues to discuss the damages that took place and also mentions San Francisco is under martial law. Worries about the market falling due to people withdrawing their money from the banks. Assures her he is alright and tells her not to worry about him.

People: Mack, Silas W., fl. 1906.
Mack, Clara W., fl. 1906.

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Keywords/Subjects: Disaster, American West, Geography and Natural History, Death, Refugees, Firefighting, Military Law, Habeas Corpus, Banking, Economics, Finance

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform