VIPS in San Francisco during the 1800s

Mr. Lavenu

Arrived on the SS Brother Jonathan
February 2, 1853

February 3, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

The Brother Jonathan brings about 350 passengers, among whom are Mr. Miska Hauser, the distinguished violinist, accompanied by Mr. Lavenu, the celebrated composer and director.

February 9, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Miska Hauser

Our citizens will have the first opportunity this evening of listening to the performances of one of the greatest musical celebres of the time -- Miska Hauser. He comes to us laden with the encomiums and lavish praises of European and American audiences, and announces this evening an exhibition in which his famous powers as a violist will be well tried. We refer the reader to the programme of performance. Miska Hauser makes his appearance in San Francisco Hall, and is supported by some excellent talent, Mr. Lavenu, the distinguished pianist, among the performers.

The program included "Gold Fever Gallop" - Expressly arranged for Grand Orchestra and Piano, executed by Mr. Lavenu and "My dream is now no more of thee," composed by L. Lavenu.

Conductors of the performance were Messrs. Geo Loder and Lavenu.

Daily Alta California, March 8, 1853

This celebrated violinist has left on a tour to Benecia and Sacramento. It is his intention to give concerts in Benecia, and three or four in Sacramento. We must again reiterate our high appreciation of this distinguished performer, as we think him second to none we ever had the pleasure of listening to. We congratulate our friends of the places above mentioned on the possession of so choice and refined an entertainment as will be offered by him. We shall anxiously look for his return amongst us.

On January 19, 1856, Mr. Hauser was reported by the Australian and New Zealand Gazette to be "enchanting the community by his admirable performances on the violin. "

On December 19, 1859, the Sacramento Daily Union reported that L. H. Lavenu, who officiated in California as Musical Director to Kate Hayes, died recently in Australia.

The Annals of San FranciscoTales of Early San Francisco.Stories of Early 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 Mission and 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.

San Francisco, You're History!
A Chronicle of the Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, and Performers Who Helped Create California's Wildest City
San Francisco Artists.California Performers.
J. Kingston Pierce
Seattle-based writer Pierce presents a fascinating view of a variety of colorful people and events that molded the unique environment of San Francisco. He chronicles historical highlights: the Gold Rush, earthquakes, and fires and introduces the lives of politicians, millionaires, criminals, and eccentrics.

Click for a Selection of California History BooksCalifornia History.
including the "Historical Atlas of California," with nearly five hundred historical maps and other illustrations -- from sketches drawn in the field to commercial maps to beautifully rendered works of art. This lavishly illustrated volume tells the story of California's past from a unique visual perspective. It offers an informative look at the transformation of the state prior to European contact through the Gold Rush and up to the present. The maps are accompanied by a concise narrative and by extended captions that elucidate the stories and personalities behind their creation.

Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San FranciscoArtistic Life in Early San Francisco.
Birgitta Hjalmarson
Artists in early California.With a handful of wealthy Gold Rush barons as indulgent patrons, an active community of artists appeared in nineteenth-century San Francisco almost overnight. A subculture of artistic brilliance and social experimentation was the result -- in essence, a decades-long revelry that purportedly ended with the 1906 earthquake. Witness Jules Tavernier, hungry and in debt, accepting a stuffed peacock and two old dueling pistols in payment for a Yosemite landscape; Mark Twain as reluctant art critic.

Publications About San Francisco, including Infinite City
What makes a place? Rebecca Solnit's reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabitants, Solnit offers views that will change the way we think about place. She explores the area thematically -- connecting, for example, Eadweard Muybridge's foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcock's filming of Vertigo. She finds landmarks and treasures -- butterfly habitats, murders, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She details the cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore, South of Market . . . This atlas of the imagination invites us to search out the layers of San Francisco that carry meaning for us.


The Project

Maritime Nations, Ships, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Ship Passengers and VIPs sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s.






DALevy @

Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; CDNC: California Digital Newspaper Collection; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; and Maritime Museums and Collections in Australia, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, etc.

Please inform us if you link from your site. Please do NOT link from your site unless your site specifically relates to immigration in the 1800s, family history, maritime history, international seaports, and/or California history.