Bernal Heights Historical News StoriesThrough the Articles and Databases on the San Francisco Public Library's Web site, BHP has tracked down a treasure trove of San Francisco Chronicle news stories relating to Bernal Heights. Click on the links below to read stories about the goat thieves, young hooligans, and heated political meetings in Bernal in the late 19th and early 20th century.
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1882: A young man and his friends are caught skinning a dead horse.
1891: Taking pot shots at birds will get you in trouble.
June 1891: A young girl stays at a friend's house -- but her parents insist she was kidnapped.
April 1891: A shoemaker dies of pneumonia, weeks after being attacked.
1892: Watch out for the drunks on Alabama Street.
February 1920: NoCo versus SoCo.
December 1892: Beware the Army Street pickpocket.
of 95 cents in February 1893.
April 1893: The home of a Holly Park plumber burns down.
May 1893: A drive-by shooting -- involving a horse and cart.
July 1893: A conflagration on Kosciusko Street (now Anderson), south of Cortland.
Just one line -- but a very descriptive one.
August 1894: Police arrest two Bernal boys in a case of mistaken identity.
September 1898: Rounding up Bernal's goats may cause problems.
August 1896: Young Frank Quinlan loves to throw stones. Neighbors get up a petition against him.
April 1914: Tomasa Street suffers at the hands of a six-year-old pyromaniac.
March 1916: After a night's drinking on Cortland, a Folsom Street man decides to "clean up the town."
Churches and Schools
October 1893: The birth of St. Anthony's.
October 1910: The public school opens for the evenings.
December 1912: A list of children who received diplomas.
June 1898: A tragic laundry accident on Wool street leaves six children motherless.
February 1916: Bernal Avenue resident's son has scarlet fever.
April 1892: The demise of the reservoir-keeper's wife.
March 1916: An accident at Cortland and Mission.
January 1917: A grandson of the Bernals claims a remnant of the old rancho.
November 1920: Recruiting sailors at 515 Cortland.
July 1920: A Civil War veteran living on the original Bernal rancho is not exempted from payment.
1906 Earthquake News
May 1906: A month after the earthquake and fire, thousands are still camped out in Precita Park.
Politics and Activism
August 1881: A meeting of the Bernal Heights Independent Municipal Reform Club, or of "Kilkenny cats"?
Two weeks later, Bernal residents, who are apparently "much neglected and are difficult to please," meet some candidates and pull them to pieces.
October 1882: Bernal Heights Democrats offer to "sit down on" some invaders from 23rd Street. Many harsh words are eloquently exchanged.
August 1891: The Bernal improvement clubs battle interlopers.
June 1894: Bernal residents agitate for a firehouse on the hill.
October 1900: Bernal Republicans organize to support state senatorial candidate Richard Welch.
February 1910: More streetcars, that is -- and the residents of Costa Street and Holladay Avenue want fire engine access from San Bruno Avenue.
November 1910: Paving Folsom Street and cleaning up Bernal (Precita) Park.
June 1920: Founding the Bernal Community Council.
July 1920: The efforts of the Bernal Community Council get a health center -- and maybe a branch library.[top]