For 1906 earthquake survivors, a day to rememberBy Mike Kepka - The City Exposed
San Francisco Chronicle
The 1906 earthquake forever changed San Francisco. Thousands of lives were lost as structures collapsed and fires raged days after the shaking stopped.
Future generations will rely on photographs to understand what happened 106 years ago Wednesday. But for now there are still four survivors left to remind us that the San Francisco spirit is unquenchable.
Two of the remaining survivors, George Quilici, 107, and Winne Hook, 106, were honored Tuesday in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis. After being greeted by Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, they were the stars of a parade featuring the 45-member marching band from George Washington High School.
The festivities ended at John's Grill, site of the annual survivors' dinner. This event grows smaller each year, but all the more significant.
Then and now: Two photo galleries remind us of the quake's enduring legacy. The first includes many never-before-seen archival images of the devastation. The second set of images, taken yesterday, showcase the remaining survivors and others who have kept alive the annual survivors' ceremony.
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