Something to remember, as we enter a new year: Yesterday's history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift, that's why it is called "the present". [Via]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Calling any '06 San Francisco quake survivors

Calling any '06 San Francisco quake survivors read the headlines of the San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, February 7th, 2009.

It seems Herbert Heimie Hamrol was the last known survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, since he was the only one to show up at the 102nd anniversary luncheon event held to honor survivors of the 1906 earthquake.

Since Heimie death at 106-year-old on Feb. 5th, 2009, two more survivors Bill Del Monte, 103, and Jeannete Scola Trapani, 106 have turned up, saying they had not participated in anniversaries because it was too much trouble for them.

It's a good thing historians were calling Herbert Hamrol "the last known" survivor of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake when he died this week, because two more have popped up from oblivion - and there may be others out there.

At the annual quake commemoration in 2000 held at 5:12 a.m. at Lotta's Fountain to mark the exact moment the quake began, there were 16 survivors.

After reading this article, I shook my head in disbelief that there was no mention of Annie Olivares (currently 105 yrs old) a Prescott-Oakland Point resident since her parents moved from San Francisco to escape the 1906 earthquake.

I met Annie in January 2006, after looking over an application submitted by her daughter Esther Olivares, for some rehab work needed as part of Rebuilding Together Oakland annual April Rebuilding program, also known as Christmas in April. As a volunteer House Captain, it was during this project Annie told me stories about the 1906 earthquake. Although she stated she was 3 years old, she “remembered the fire and devastation occurring around her.”

After some phone calls to organizer Lee Houskeeper Annie will be participating April 18th , the 103rd anniversary luncheon honoring the 1906 earthquake survivors at John's Grill in San Francisco.

If you know someone who is a survivor of the 1906 earthquake, give Lee Houskeeper a call at (415) 777-4700. Transportation and other assistance will be provided to survivors.

Reference: Rebuilding Together Oakland archived story

Pictured: 103 year old homeowner Annie Olivares with her two daughters and House Captain Marcus Johnson.

“Annie Olivares remembers fishing across the street from the house she grew up in and still lives in to this day. "

"She is “forever grateful for all the time and hard work” from her team from Holliday Development and her House Captain Marcus Johnson. Her team replaced rotten flooring, windows, built a wheelchair ramp, painted inside and out, and made her home a safe and clean haven.”