San Francisco Great Quake recovery began in tents
University of California Library Photo
By Pat Murphy
April 5, 2006
San Francisco renewal began after the 1906 earthquake with making
babies in tents, Great Quake tent baby Norma Norwood grinned Tuesday.
And the 99-year-old Norwood beamed that she still has great gams,
a lifelong San Franciscan who followed in her father's bar business
to become a saloon hall dancer.
Want me to show you my gams, Norma Norwood offers
Her father's Hamburg Saloon located at 416 Kearny
Street was destroyed by the fire and the family home on Hawthorne
Street had been lost to the quake.
"I was a saloon hall dancer," Norwood
told the Sentinel in a gathering of survivors at venerable John's
"I took dancing lessons and I danced from the
time I was six-years-old until I graduated from grammar school.
"You want me to show you?" laughed Norwood.
Survivors gathered for yet one more annual convocation
organized by Taren Sapienza for the past 30 years.
This year marks the 100th
anniversary of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake immortalized
in world mind, movies, and living memory.
Della Bacchini, only one-year-old at time of the 1906 Earthquake,
remembers "my father lifting me up and carrying me away"
Herbert Hamrol also recalls being carried down stairs by his mother
to escape their damaged Sixth and Clementina Street home.