Throwback Thursday: San Francisco Headline Edition: Oct.21-27

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No more BART drama for now but only time will tell.

This year's BART debacle may have pissed of the entire Bay Area, but in hindsight, history and San Francisco headlines reveal that BART has been generating controversy since its creation 40 years ago.

Another trend this week in history? If it bleeds -- it leads. Let's take a look at the annals of history for this week here in our haven city of controversy by the decades.

The 1900s:

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: Oct. 23, 1900

Headline: "School Girl Ends Life: Mildred Hinckley, trying to escape worry. Takes draught of posion."

Maybe it was the Halloween spirit of the month that makes newspapers from the turn of the century seem obsessed with death, but that is highly doubtful. This article graced the front page of the daily and the story reads like a melodramatic young adult novel. Here is the opening paragragh:

"Mildred Hinkley, a sixteen year-old schoolgirl, took carbolic acid yesterday morning just outside of Golden Gate Park, near the chain of lakes. A few hours later she died at the Receiving Hospital. She left no note; there were no identification marks on her clothing, so for hours she lay in the morgue labeled 'Jane Doe.' Then someone came who had known her and word was sent to the home where her mother was waiting and wailing."

According to the article, Hinckley committed suicide when she failed win an expected award for academic excellence.

The 1920s:

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date: Oct. 23, 1929

Headline: "S.F. Coolness Hits 90, and More Today!"

Talk about an extreme case of Indian Summer. This week recorded the second hottest day in S.F. history at the time.

"Those earnest propagandists who keep telling the world, 'It's always cool in San Francisco!' had quite a time proving their point yesterday. But as the thermomether soared to 90 degrees, making it the second hottest October day in history and the second hottest day in 1929, they took refuge behind the old saw 'It isn't the heat --it's the humidity.'"

Just imagine not having indoor heating and conditioning. Oh the horror!

The 1940s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Oct. 22, 1948

Headline: "Woman Suicide Off Bay Bridge"

Again with the glorification of death. Looks like this was still a trend. This article above the fold is a news brief and the only surprise is that it wasn't about the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide location in the United States.

Here is the article in it's entirety:

"A young woman, believed to be Mrs. Marion I. Brown, 23, of 2750 Del Monte Avenue, El Cerrito leaped to her death from the Bay Bridge at 7 o'clock last evening.

Mrs. Jesse Backus of 436 Paige Street, told the police she was midway between the tunnel and the San Francisco end of the bridge when the car ahead of her stopped suddenly.

She said the woman driver leapt out, climbed onto the rail and plunged over head first. Mrs. Backus said she saw her hit the water, come up once and then disappear. It was the twenty-second suicide from the bay bridge.

On the seat of the car, the police found a purse containing a driving license for Mrs. Brown. Her husband Peter, an employee of a Richmond research corporation, was at home bathing their 2 year old son, Donald, when news of the tragedy hit him. He said his wife had left the house at 6:40 o'clock to go to a cleaning establishment. He said they had been married seven years and had had no difficulties.

The 1970s

Publication: The San Francisco Examiner

Date: Oct. 23, 1975

Headline: "BART Rehiring 55 Employees"

Back in the day, BART only ran until 8 p.m. Lame right?

In 1975, BART was going to begin a new late night service in November that would last until midnight and it meant that it would rehire 55 employees that were furloughed during a labor dispute. But this new avaiabilty in hours for us riders would mean a cutback of schedules for BART drivers.

The solution: another strike.

Looks like we haven't learned from our past, have we?

The 2000s

Publication: The San Francisco Chronicle

Date Oct. 25, 2002

Headline: "It's Just Child's Play: Rout leaves Giants a win from title"

The World Series battle between NorCal and SoCal -- sort of.

The San Francisco Giants won game five against the Anaheim Angels -- all while not having the home field advantage. The paper projected another win for the Giants and saw the team bringing home their first trophy since being relocated in the City by the Bay.

Sadly, the Angels won the next two games in the series and claimed the title of World Series Champions. But eight years later, we claimed the title in a grand fashion and wasn't it swell!

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