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Letters to Sunday Datebook, April 6

Regarding the Wayback Machine column of March 9 (Other cities, other places - 1906): There is an interesting connection between rural Marin County and Santa Rosa that occurred on the deadly April morning in 1906. Robert OBrien states that only one masonry building in Santa Rosa survived that day, but in fact at least two survived - both extant still. This second survivors story, and its connection to another building in west Marins village of Tomales, is interesting.
St. Roses Church, a 1901 Richardsonian Romanesque building on B Street near 10th in Santa Rosa, was designed by San Francisco architect Frank Shea, who also designed the similar 1900 stone Church of the Assumption at Tomales in west Marin.
At Santa Rosa, St. Roses priest, Father Cassin, acted as unofficial chief of construction. From the beginning Cassin felt uneasy about the buildings structural integrity, and he oversaw changes including a deeper foundation and steel reinforcement in the walls.
As OBrien wrote, when the quake hit a few years later, nearly every other masonry building in Santa Rosa was demolished. At St. Rose, the only damage was a few stones falling from a cornice. Tomales Church of the Assumption collapsed in a cloud of dust.
Ginny MacKenzie Magan, curator
Tomales Regional History Center
Even more on S.F. songs
Regarding the ongoing discussion of songs about San Francisco, here is one nobody mentioned: San Franciscan Nights, 1967, by Eric Burdon and the Animals. I loved this song when it first came out. Yes, it is a type of protest song, but what wasnt, back in 1967? Just thought I would throw it out there.
Linda Parker-Fedak, San Leandro
I dont understand how Aidin Vaziri, who makes his living from his musical knowledge, would omit the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter song Mission in the Rain. Not a surprise, but really a shame.
Ken Herrick, Richmond
Got the Blues for My Baby Down by the San Francisco Bay by Jesse Lonecat Fuller. He played a one-man-band setup he called the footdella. Great song. I first heard it as a college student more than 50 years ago, and I can still sing it (mostly).
Rima Kittner, Berkeley
I would add San Francisco Can Be Such a Lonely Town by Omar Sharriff (Dave Alexander), who played it at the San Francisco Blues Festival in 2007. In my opinion, whoever plays the exit music at AT&T Park could use it after a Giants loss. Its the flip side of I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
Charlie Weatherby, Novato
He left his heart in Lodi
Aidin Vaziris article on San Francisco songs was pretty interesting, but who cares about San Francisco! When I lived in that beautiful city right outside of Stockton, we had our own anthem and it could be heard in every bar on Sacramento Street: Oh Lord, Stuck in Lodi Again! Whenever I feel lonesome for that town, I get out my old Creedence Clearwater CD and remember the good old days. Leaving your heart somewhere pales in comparison to being stuck in a town you never want to see again.
Ralph Blumenthal, Orinda

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