April 18, 2012Some residents of San Francisco meet today at a fountain located at the intersection of Market St. and Kearny to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. The fountain was donated by the legenary actress and comedienne Lotta Crabtree. Known as "Miss Lotta the San Francisco Favorite" the young Ms. Crabtree performed in the mining camps of northern California and went on to major acclaim on the stage earning up to $5,000 a week. Her mother wisely invested her earnings (demanding payment in gold) and when Lotta died in 1924 she left $4 million in a charitable trust that is still going today.
About fifteen years ago I bought an original photo of Lotta Crabtree at the Argonaut Booksstore on Sutter. I have posted the photo over on our True West Facebook page. You can access it right here.
Also working on several new characters. Here's one—Jennie Burns—who will be featured in an upcoming Graphic Cinema on Wyatt Earp.