Thursday, April 18, 2013
Commemorating the 1906 Earthquate
We did gather at Lotta's Fountain, but there was a bomb scare (Market St. was blocked off) and we had to find an alternate spot pronto; which was why Union Square was just fine! We improvised and our spirits were high - even mine at that ungodly hour!
For the first time, there was no survivor present to commemorate the day. There are at least three known 1906 quake survivors, and one of them, 107-year-old Winnie Hook of San Jose, was scheduled to show up Thursday morning. But at the last minute, it was decided she was too fragile to travel to the city, said event organizer Lee Houskeeper.
Ten minutes after the final notes of "San Francisco" faded, Police Chief Greg Suhr announced that the suspicious package on Market Street turned out to be a suitcase full of clothes. That freed up him and a half-dozen others to troop back to Lotta's Fountain to wedge the annual memorial wreath into the neo-Victorian sculptural filigree on top.