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since 1910. He was appointed secre-
tary of the Department of Electricity
by Mayor Rolph in 1922. For a time he
was an instructor of electricity in the
Oakland and Alameda High Schools,
and at present is an instructor at the
Polytechnic Evening High School.


Seer rial y-Inspector
Department of Electricity

Major Collins Takes Over Registrars Office

1 nr^HE appointment of Charles J^ Col-
JL lins as Registrar of \'oters has
given great satisfaction to those citi-
zens who are familiar with the impor-
tance of the service. The Election Com-
mission, in the general opinion, has
made a wise selection as the ofSce is
most important, and, at this particular
time of elections, is subject to great
scrutiny. Upon the purity of the ballot
good government depends.

Under former Registrar J. Harry
Zemansky absolute confidence was felt
in the accuracy of the count and re-
turns were promptly published. After
his great experience of many years of
service to find a well-qualified succes-
sor was not an easy task, but it was
solved in the selection of !Major Col-
lins. He takes this high executive posi-
tion with manifest advantages beyond
his undoubted ability as a man of im-
portant business affairs. He has had
the necessary training and for years
has been in close touch with the depart-
ment. In the first years he was a mem-
ber of the Commission on Elections.
and for several years prior to his ap-
pointment as Registrar was President
of the Commission.

Correct Counts in Election

San Francisco has enjoyed the dis-
tinction for hal f a century for correct
counts in her elections. .Accuracy of the
count has never been disputed. It is a
matter of considerable pride with us
that our elections have always been
conducted with strict fairness.

Careful selections were made that
efficient men and women be chosen as
assistants and in the hundreds of ap-
pointments to tempurary places on elec-


San Francisco's ne^ly appointed

Registrar of I'oters

tion days there has always been uni-
form efficiency shown.

ilajor Collins has the experience, the
familiarity with the position and as im-
portant as any other consideration, the
executive ability to make good — to
fully maintain the prestige and eminent
reputation that for years past has dis-
tinguished our office of elections.

The Major has been in business for
more than thirty years in this city. He
has prosi)ered with our prosperity. He
was burned out in the "fire," and, like
manv other citizens, lost all but he

stayed with the old town, like Mayor
Rolph and the bulk of our devoted peo-
ple. In the fire days he witnessed,
with admiration, the zealous relief la-
bors, the many self-sacrifices of our
Alayor — then only a simple citizen with
no thought of official place.

Major Collins has been a staunch
friend of ^layor Rolph's since earlv
times. He believed in his efficiency and
integrity and the years have justified
liis belief. He was one of the sponsors
for the Mayor in his first election and
has been consistent and faithful toward
the policies of advancement that the
Mayor has introduced from time to

In the Publishing Business

The printing and publishing business
has been Major Collins' vocation as his
life work here. He saw a good oppor-
tunity for a newspaper in the Mission
District and years ago began the pub-
lication of The Mission Enterprise.
Great results followed and he invested
in Mission real estate.

In the city's social life he has always
taken an active part. He possesses an
agreeable personality that gives him
readv welcome among people of every
class. The Irish societies hold Major
Collins in eminent consideration and
thev made this evident some years ago
when, at a St. Patrick's day convention,
of all Irish societies, he was chosen
president of the day, an office that holds
good for a year following.

Besides his membership in many fra-
ternal, social and improvement clubs.
Major Collins also is a member of the
I'ress Club of this citv.




Mills Field, San Francisco's
Twenty- four Hour

Air Harbor l

Photo by Boye

Cliairinan .lirport Committee

SOME cities are famous for their
good water harbor and others
for their air harbor, but San Fran-
cisco is doubly so, as in addition to
the finest water harbor in the world,
the Municipal Airport at Mills Field,
when fully developed, will provide
an air harbor to match the fame of
the San Francisco Bay.

The importance of airports was
early recognized and San Francisco
was one of the first cities to take
the lead in establishing a strictly
Municipal Class A field on May 7,
19J7. There were, of course, many
airports in the United States, but
they were owned by the x'\rmy,
Navy, commercial or private con-

Supervisors Had Foresight
Establishing an airport is seldom
an easy task, and especially when
considering the terrain around this
city, so that the selection of Mills
Field and its developments, present

and planned, reflect great credit to
Supervisor Milo F. Kent, chairman,
and Supervisors y\ndrew J. Galla-
gher and Frank J. McGovern of the
city's airport committee, for their
foresight and efforts.

To place a field on a twenty-four
hour basis great attention was paid
to night lighting and therefore the
Sperry Gyroscope Company, having
the greatest experience in search-
light manufacture and who have
supplied the United States Army
exclusively for sixteen years, were
called upon to furnish the field flood-
lights and revolving beacon.

The twenty-four-inch revolving
beacon with automatic lamp changer
is located on the roof of a hangar
forty feet above the ground.

Floodlight Illumination

Two Sperry eighteen-inch high
intensity arc three-purpose flood-
lights illuminate the field. Each one
of these floodlight units, which is
remotely controlled by a push but-
ton at the office desk, spreads the
light into an eighty-degree fan that
gives 1,000,000 candlepower on the
field. Each unit covers approxi-
mately fifty acres, and with the two
lights in operation, overlapping, the
field is illuminated into a 160-degree

fan of light. The lights may bi
trained along the runways if di

The spread lens door on eithe
floodlight may be folded back within
a few seconds and the unit can be
elevated and locked into a forty-five-
degree angle position, forming a
powerful ceiling light. A ceiling
light is of great importance whert
there are low-hanging clouds. The
height of the ceiling can be tele-r'
phoned or telegraphed to various
other airports and the informatioit
given to the pilot before they take-
off for Mills Field. 1,

The beam of the Sperry Flood-=*
light Unit with the door folded back
is 30,000,000 candlepower. Ifl
slightly hazy weather, or when there
are low-hanging clouds, and a plane
is expected, this light can be used'
as a hand-rotated emergency beacon,
throwing its powerful 30.000,00$
candlepower spot on the cloud:
which ma_v help the pilot find thi
field, probably saving \aluable life
and property. Within a few sec-
onds, the door may be again put
into position and the light turned
back into a floodlight unit. WitlJ
these types of floodlight units, th4'
safety factor of night landings xi
highly increased. <

IV est Coast plane coming to a landing at Mills Field




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San Francisco


By Thomas P. Lydon

Chief Food Inspector, Department
of Public Health

THE restaurants of San Fran-
cisco have in the past achieved
ai jivorld-wide fame for the excellence
abd variety of the viands offered pa-
trons, and although the changing
years have altered the old type of
restaurant and added new ones, the
city can still claim the honor of
being a bountiful host when it comes
to the question of satisfying the de-
mands of the inner man.

There are approximately 2000 res-
taurants in operation in this city,
the sanitary supervision of which is
under the control of the food inspec-
tion division of the Department of
Public Health. .,,j .

Eating Places Grouped

Under the general classification
restaurant, the following types of
eating places are grouped : Cafeteria,
sandwich shop, grill, malted milk
stand, coffee shop, fountain lunch,
lunch counter, dairy lunch and the
type of eating place long familiar to
us under the designation restaurant.

San Francisco is essentially a city
of cosmopolitan character, and by
reason of this fact it would be safe
to say that a traveler from any clime
would be successful in a search for a
restaurant ca])able of supplying him
with a dinner prepared in accord-
ance with the customs of his native

The sanitation of the restaurants
of this city is one of the most im-
portant functions performed by the
Food Inspection Division and the
sanitary supervision exercised over
this particular group of food hand-


ling places by this division is
enforced by virtue of the power C(jn-
ferred on the Board of Health in two
major city ordinances adopted b)-
the Board of Supervisors for the
purpose of regulating the conduct
and maintenance of restaurants and
other food-purveying establish-

Sanitation Problems

Increasingly, year by year, the
drift of population toward the cities
becomes more pronounced, and the
resulting congestion in the large ur-
ban communities creates new and
acute problems in sanitation for the
municipal health authorities to grap-
ple with, particularly those arising
from conditions inseparable from
the housing and feeding of large
masses of people in circumscribed

As a large proportion of a city's
working population must, by the
\ ery fact of their employment in
neighborhoods remote from their
homes, consume at least one meal a
day in a public eating place, and,
therefore, come in more or less inti-
mate contact with one another, the
avenue for transmission of disease
is wide, and in the interest of public
health it is essential that the sani-
tary control maintained over such
establishments should be a rigid one.

Food Materials Wholesome

The raw materials delivered at the

door of the restaurants are in sound

wholesome condition, and in the

case of meat, poultry, fish and milk


ir//o, IIS President of the San Fran-
cisco Board of Health, stands solidly
behind the Board's Inspectors to see
that San Fra'nciscans are assured
wholesome food at all times.


ins])ected and passed by inspectors
of this department as fit for humati
consumption ; therefore, on delivery
the responsibility for the continued
wholesomeness of the food supply
rests with the restaurant personnel.
The human factor plays an impor-
tant part in the success or failure of
many enterprises, but in no line of
commercial activity is this fact more
strongly evident than in the opera-
tion and maintenance of a public
eating place. In the restaurant in-
dustry the human equation is repre-
sented by its staff, principally those
persons in charge of the kitchen,
which may be considered the hub of
the establishment. Slipshod meth-
ods in handling, preparation and
storage of food result in waste and
spoilage, are a serious menace to
public health, and obviously an eco^
nomic loss easily preventable if em;
ployees are skilled and have a prop©
knowledge of sanitation.

The chief factors to be considerei
in any study of the potential dan
gers to public health that may h<
said to exist in public eating place:
are as follows: First, the health
the employees ; second, sterilizatioj
of utensils, dishes and glassware
third, the purity of the food supply
and fourth, methods of i)rei)aration

Food Handlers' Examination
The Board of Health has und
consideration a proposal submitto
by the health officer to draft a ne\
food control ordinance containing a
section providing for medical exam-
ination of all food handlers to insure


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their freedom from communicable
disease before plying their avoca-
tion. The necessity for the provi-
sion is apparent when we recall that
a recent outbreak of typhoid fever
was caused by a typhoid carrier em-
ployed in a food-handling establish-

Sterilization of dishes, glassware
and utensils is an efficient safeguard
against the transmission of disease,
provided, however, that in the wash-
ing and cleansing of these articles
the sterilizing temperature as em-
ployed in the dishwashing process is
212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Disease-Carrying Utensils

Many investigations have proved
that improperly sterilized glassware,
dishes and utensils have caused the
germs of diphtheria, septic sore
throat, the disease known as "trench
throat," scarlet fever, etc., to be
transmitted from one person to an-
other, not alone in public eating
places, but in soda fountains and
other soft drink establishments.

The legislation enacted by the
Board of Supervisors for the pur-
pose of controlling the operation
and maintenance of restaurants and
other food-purveying establishments
embody provisions that insure the
proper sanitation of all premises
used in the manufacture, sale, dis-
tribution and preparation of food
and drink, and also prescribes the
standards of purity which foodstufTs
manufactured or prepared therein
must attain.

Sanitary Requirements

Under the provisions of the ordi-
nances heretofore mentioned the
Board of Health has formulated a
set of sanitary requirements drafted
for the purpose of safeguarding the
public health in every way and thus
assuring the patrons of public res-
taurants that they can dine in peace
and comfort amid attractive sur-
roundings, be served good food pre-
pared in a sanitary kitchen, with due
regard to their health and welfare.

The sanitary requirements deemed
necessary for the proper sanitation
of a restaurant insist that the prem-
ises selected shall be rat-proof; the
floor of the kitchen shall be water-
proof and properly drained ; that the
walls and ceiling of the kitchen
shall be painted with two coats of
lead and oil paint light in color ; that
all plumbing shall be installed in
conformity with the provisions of
the plumbing law ; that the kitchen
shall be adequately lighted and ven-
tilated -, that all smoke and cooking
odors shall be carried from the
])remises by means of ]>roperly in-

stalled ducts ; that proper lavatory
and toilet facilities shall be provided
for the employees of both sexes ;
that proper refrigerating and steril-
izing equipment shall be installed;
that food in the process of prepara-
tion shall not be exposed to contam-
ination ; that all openings into the
premises shall be properly fly-
screened and that finally, on compli-
ance with the requirements, the
premises be maintained in a sani-
tary condition at all times.

Sanitation Certificate

The restaurants of this city are
operated under sanction of a "Cer-
tificate of Sanitation" issued only on
compliance with above requirements
and renewable annually, subject to
re-inspection and rated as to sani-
tation on the basis of the score-card
system used in the inspection of
dairy farms and local milk process-
ing plants.

The restaurant industry as a

whole seems to appreciate the fact
that establishments conducted in
conformit}' with sanitary require-
ments invariably attract the more
desirable patrons. Restaurant
owners' organizations throughout
the country are, therefore, keenly in-
terested in measures that will im-
prove their business, and judging
from the articles published in their
trade journals, intensely interested
in the subject of restaurant sanita-
tion. In response to a suggestion
offered by a body of restaurant own-
ers in this city, the health officer has
directed that a sanitary survey be
made of the public eating places of
San Francisco with especial refer-
ence to the sterilizing processes in
vogue and the efficiency of the re-
frigeration employed. This survey
will also cover sanitary conditions in
the various types of soft drink
stands and soda fountains in opera-
tion throughout the city.

A "Judge" of Good Fish

Charles Burke, fisherman for fifty
years by choice, and deputy county
clerk for a quarter of a century or
more by necessity, added to his
laurels recently by calling the bluflf
of Judge Michael J. Roche of the
Superior Court.

Burke and Judge Roche have been
friends for years. Burke and the
judge were discussing chillblains.
Volstead, horse racing, baked ham,
and jail sentences, when the topic
of conversation naturally turned to

"Do you still fish?" Judge Roche

"Do I still fish?" snorted Burke,
"I have never missed a Svuiday fish-
ing in Marin county. Do I still
fish? I'm the best fisherman, ama-
teur or professional, in California.
I don't bar anybody and I can beat
'em all, salt or fresh water. I'm
going fishing again Sunday, and I'll
bring you one."

"Mmm," sneered Judge Roche in
his most judicial sneer (and when
a judge sneers, he sneers). "I can
eat all the fish at one meal you can

Judge Roche forgot the conversa-
tion. But bright and early one
morning Burke knocked at Judge
Roche's chamber door. He was ad-

"What you got in that bundle,
Charlie?" asked the Judge.

"Fish for your dinner," replied
Burke, "and you gotta do what you

said you'd do, eat 'em all at one

Burke then unwrapped sixteen
horse smelt, each weighing about
four pounds. "Here you be, eat 'em
at one sittin' tonight," he added.

After Judge Roche recovered his i
judicial calm he compromised with
Burke. The fish were stretched over
a series of meals. Judge Roche
even, toward the last, had to call in '
outside help to assist him in getting
rid of the piscatorial delicacies.

Burke refuses to take anybody |
with him on his fishing trips. He
will not disclose the secret of his
success other than that he reads
Issak Walton's Compleat Angler
every day, baits his hooks with j
whale meat, and winks at the hook. *


Removal of the last of the gas

street lamps in the district south of
Market Street, from Fifth to Anny
streets, and from Valencia to Potrero
streets, recently was ordered by the,
P>oard of Supervisors. In their place
the city ordered the installation of|
-HX)-candlepower electric lamps placed \
on ornamental standards with brack- -J
ets. Supervisor William P. Stanton, ?
chairman of the Supervisors' Lighting,!
Committee, said the change is the!
forerunner of numerous others that by"
the end of the year will replace all gas '
lamps by electricit}-.




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The City s Street Car System

By Frederick Boeken

Superintendent, Municipal Street Railway

THE Municipal Railway has forty-
three large type cars seating forty -
eight persons and costing $7700 each,
one hundred and twenty-five cars seat-
ing fifty and costing $7100 each, twen-
ty-one cars with a seating capacity of
thirty-two each, specially constructed
center entrance cars to be used C)n
Union Street with a maximum grade
operation of nearly fourteen per cent,
and costing $11,500 each; twenty 50-
seat cars costing $16,500 each, and
twenty-five 50-seat cars costing $19,200

Cars Built in San Francisco
Twenty of the large type cars were
built in San Francisco by the Holman
Car Company ( now out of business )
and forty-three by the Unioii Iron
Works of San Francisco.

The twenty-one center entrance cars
were built by the American Car Com-
pany of St. Louis, Missouri, with the
exception of one, which was built by
Meister & Sons of Sacramento, as a
sample car. This sample car was de-
signed by the engineers with the object
in view of procuring a car with air
brakes to operate safely on the steep
grades on Union Street, and to replace
the old hand-brake equipment which
had been operated on that street since
the replacement of the cable line due
to its destruction by the 1906 fire.

150 Eastern Cars

One hundred and twenty-five large
ty]5e cars were procured from the
Jewett Car Company of Newark, Ohio,
and twenty-five large type cars from
the St. Louis Car Companv, St. Louis.

The first forty-three cars that were
built for the Municipal Railway, in
1912 and 1913. are somewhat different
in design from the remainder of the
large type cars, being only eight feet
six inches wide, as against nine feet
two inches of the later cars purchased.
The seating arrangement of these for-
t)-three cars is also somewhat differ-
ent, having cross seats on one side in
the closed section and seating two
persons less per car.

Gray Colored Cars Unique

The gray color adapted for cars and
busses is unique in street railwav

All of the large type cars weigh ap-
proximately the same. 48.000 to 50.000
pounds each, and are equipped with
four motors rating from 40 to 50
horsepower each, which are quite nec-
essary in hill operation.

Superintendent, Municipal Railii-ay

THIS is the second of a ser-
ies of five articles by Mr.
Boeken that are dealing in
detail with the various depart-
ments connected with the oper-
ation of a street railway system
in general and the Municipal
Street Railway of San Fran-
cisco in particular. This and
the subsequent articles by Mr.

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