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Materials relating to the Swett family: Wilbur M. Swett earthquake letter
Swett Family
Swett Family
Date Created and/or Issued
1906, 1994
Publication Information
TheBancroftLibrary, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000;
Contributing Institution
UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library
1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection: Selections from the Bancroft Library
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Part of: Materials relating to the Swett family, BANC MSS 95/123 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Swett family history information sent by John E. Swett to the "Ladies of Swett's Tavern" in 1994 consists of a letter about the name of the tavern with a typescript of a description by Wilbur M. Swett
Of the the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. John Swett's letter to the Swett Tavern ladies recalls his visit to the tavern and the ladies' interest in Swett family history.
He identifies Mr. and Mrs. Lee Swett who ran a store, post office, and tavern at Swett, South Dakota He describes his family starting with John Swett (born in 1590, Norfolk, England) and tells of Swett activities during the Revolutionary War and after.
More recent family history mentions California educator and distant cousin John Swett, and the author's own family. Wilbur M. Swett 1906 earthquake letter describes the earthquake and
Its effects on the city and on his house and medical practice in great detail. He gives an account of the condition of many specific San Francisco streets and neighborhoods, as well as mentioning the situation in Tiburon and Berkeley.
He describes organizing medical relief efforts with lady physician Dr. Scott in Tiburon, epidemics among the refugees, and the condition of his practice after the disaster.
9 p.
Family histories
BANC MSS 95/123 c: account
Disaster relief--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Earthquakes--California--San Francisco--Personal narratives
Emergency housing
Emergency medical personnel
Fires--California--San Francisco--Personal narratives
Physicians--California--San Francisco
San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906--Personal narratives
Sweet family
Women physicians--California--Tiburon

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