VIPS in the Port of San Francisco
Alexandre Zins's travels in California include travel with French artist Leon Trousset.
Los Angeles Herald, March 12, 1876
Los Angeles, California
THE NEW ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL
A Sketch of Its History and Construction
Erected to Vibiane, Saint and Martyr
The magnificent new Roman Catholic Cathedral in this city is receiving its finishing touches at the hands of the painters and carpenters, and as its construction marks a new era in the ecclesiastical history of this city we presume our readers will not object to an article giving some facts in relation to the history of this splendid structure. We have been at particular pains to procure the facts which we shall lay before our readers. . .THE ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS.
It would hardly be just to close this somewhat lengthy description without awarding a just meed of praise to those most immediately concerned in this important work, Mr. Kysor as the originator of the design and Mr. Mathews, his partner in his subsequent cooperation with him, which has been of the most cordial and agreeable character throughout, have added greatly to their already well established reputations, and can well afford to look with pride upon the result of their labors.
Mr. L. Messnier as Superintendent of the work has displayed an unflagging and persistent energy which entitles him to a high meed of praise. His share in the building of the cathedral will and must always be a source of satisfaction to him. For the past six months or more Mr. W. O. Burr, formerly of Oskaloosa, Jefferson county, Kansas, has acted as foreman of the carpenter work, in fact of almost all the details, and it is not too much to say that he has established for himself an enviable reputation as a faithful, intelligent and reliable workman, which will always stand him in good stead. The frescoing of the vault was done by Mr. Alexander Zins that of the altar space by Mr. Joaquin N. Amat, a nephew of the Bishop. Mr. Wm. Farrell of this city furnishes the gas fixtures. Nor must mention that the windows are the handiwork of a Californian, Mr. John Mullen, of San Francisco. . .
Sacramento Daily Union, September 21, 1887:
Post Office is holding letter for A. Zins, Artist.
The Annals of San Francisco
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855.
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included. Partial Contents: Expeditions of Viscaino; Conduct of the Fathers towards the natives; Pious Fund of California; Colonel John C. Fremont; Insurrection of the Californians; Description of the Golden Gate; The Presidio of San Francisco; Removal of the Hudson's Bay Company; Resolutions concerning gambling; General Effects of the Gold Discoveries; Third Great Fire; Immigration diminished; The Chinese in California; Clipper Ships; Increase of population; and Commercial depression.
Two Men at the Helm: The First 100 Years of Crowley Maritime Corporation, 1892-1992
Crowley Maritime started as a one-man operation, with nothing more than one 18-foot Whitehall rowboat to provide transportation of personnel and stores to ships anchored on San Francisco Bay. In the mid-1800s, the business was incorporated under the name Thomas Crowley and Brothers. Withing a few years, services grew to include bay towing and ship-assist services. By the turn of the century, Crowley's expansion continued by operating small barges to transport steel to Oakland and barrels of oil, ice, and other supplies to ships in San Francisco Bay. In July 1902, the San Francisco Call reported "The new launch Guide, owned by Thomas Crowley & Bros., made her first trip yesterday to the Farallon Islands and carried out her builders' highest anticipations. By 1912, Crowley had built a marine railway, dock and woodworking mill. Growth continues to this day.
A History of California
This comprehensive 19th century history of California, from its early times up to the Gold Rush was written "because there seemed to be a demand for a History of California which should sketch the main events of the country from its discovery to the present time. Beginning with Spanish priests, who enslaved indigenous tribes, millions rushed in and claimed the land after the Gold Rush. The material is abundant: log-books of ancient mariners; archives of the Government while the territory was under Spanish or Mexican rule; official reports and Congressional documents about the transfer to the United States; files of newspapers; scores of books of intelligent travellers; the oral evidence of natives, and early immigrants." These sources were the base materials for this publication.
When America First Met China:
An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
Eric Jay Dolin.
Ancient China collides with America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces our relationship with China back to its roots: the nineteenth-century seas that separated a rising naval power from a ancient empire. The furious trade in furs, opium, and bêche-de-mer -- a rare sea cucumber delicacy -- might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe. Peopled with fascinating characters -- from Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution to the The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, who considered foreigners inferior beings -- this saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky's Cod. Two maps, 16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white illustrations.
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
The author and politician Ignatius Donnelly was born in Philadelphia on 3 November 1831. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced. He went to Minnesota in 1857, was elected lieutenant governor in 1859, and again in 1861, and was then elected to Congress as a Republican, serving from 7 December 1863 until 3 March 1869. Besides doing journalistic work he has written an Essay on the Sonnets of Shakespeare, and his most enduring work, Atlantis, the Antediluvian World (New York, 1882), in which he attempts to demonstrate that there once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the straits of Gibraltar, a large island, known to the ancients as "Atlantis"; and Ragnarok (1883), in which he tries to prove that the deposits of clay, gravel, and decomposed rocks, characteristic of the drift age, were the result of contact between the earth and a comet.