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program of music, song ami stury
around the camp fire. Occasionally,
a social program or dance is planned
in the large dining r(jom used, when
necessary, as a recreation hall.

The reasonable rate is still another
factor in Camp Mather's popularity.
The rates are $2 per day for adults,
and $1.25 per day for children twelve
through fourteen, and $1 for children
two through eleven. Transportation

rates are the same as last season, i. e.,
$15.65 round trip for adults by rail
and stage, or stage direct. Persons
having their own machine, however,
may come in their car if they wish.

Opportunities for a most profitable,
restful or diversified vacation are also
e.vcellent reasons for selecting Camp
Mather for one's summer trip. The
opportunities include swimming, hik-
ing, horseback riding, baseball, bas-
ketball or volleyball games, campfire

programs, nature study, reading or so-
cial activities in the evening.

This year. 1930. marks the seventh
season for Camp Mather. The Play-
ground Commission is eager to have
every accommodation taken for the en-
tire season, and therefore invites any
one from San I'Vancisco who has not
been to Camp Mather to register and
become acquainted with the enjoyable
opportunities in this High Sierra

Bring New Industries to S* F* and Protect
Those Already Here, Urges Pres^ Cutler

Chamber^ s ISIew Officers Tackle
Job of Community Developm^ent

THE following officers were unanimously elected to
lead the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for
the ensuing year by the new Board of Directors at their
first meeting Thursday, June 19:

President. Leland W. Cutler ; First Vice-President.
L. O. Head ; Second Vice-President, J. W. Mailliard,
Jr.; Third \ ice-President. B. R. Funsten ; Treasurer.
Albert E. Schwabacher; Secretary, Miss Marie A.

Frederick H. Meyer nominated Mr. Cutler for presi-
dent. J. W. Mailliard, Jr., nominated Mr. Head for
first vice-president; Director Joseph S. Thompson nomi-
nated Mr. ^Mailliard for the second vice-presidency ;
L. H. Marks nominated B. R. Funsten as third vice-
president; Arthur M. Brown, Jr., nominated Albert E.
Schwabacher to succeed himself as treasurer, and Di-
rector Frank A. Somers renominated Miss Marie A.
Hogan as secretary.

In a brief speech President Cutler said :
"We are all taking jobs as w-ell as offices. Our first
concern is to find out what San Francisco wants. What
San Francisco wants, the Chamber of Commerce should
want. We twenty-one should be able to find out what
San Francisco wants and to do the job. Our biggest
job is to bring new, important industries here and to
protect those that are already here. If we can't, we
ought to turn the job over to someone else who can."
Clay Miller, past president of the Chamber, who was
chairman of the Nominating Committee that named the
new Board of Directors, in addressing the Board after
it had elected its officers said :

"You have selected a leader w-ho will command a
loyalty and a cohesion which will reflect itself back into
the business of San Francisco. There is much work for
the Chamber to do — much criticism to withstand and

"The nominating Committee did not choose lightly
when it offered the names of this Board to the mem-

"We held at least seven meetings and we feel that
the Chamber has as a result a truly representative

group of San Francisco business men to make its poli-
cies and direct its affairs for the coming year."

Philip J. Fay, former Chamber president and mem-
ber of the Senior Council, offered the congratulations
of the Senior Council to the Nominating Committee on
the results of its work. He tendered to the president
and to the Board of Directors the support of the Senior
Council. The presidency of the Chamber of Commerce
of San Francisco is a position of serious responsibility
in our city." said Fay. "You have chosen a man quite
able to assume the burdens and problems of the office."

A. Emory Wishon, in a brief talk to the Board, said :

"W'e should be able to sense from this w'ide spread
group of directors, what San Francisco wants and to
bring it here each w^eek for discussion and decisions in
line with the best interests of San Francisco, the bay
area and California."

President Cutler announced that committee appoint-
ments would be made at a later date.

Following the nominations and election of officers,
the Board immediately went into a discussion of a num-
ber of problems before it. As a result President Cutler
appointed Arthur M. Browne. Jr.. and Joseph S. Thomp-
son as members of the Citizen's Charter Revision Com-
mittee. A committee for Chamber cooperation in the
State-wide Grape Control Sign-Up Campaign to or-
ganize the marketing of California grapes under the
aegis of the Federal Farm Board was appointed with
L. H. Marks, A. Emory Wishon and J. H. Threlkeld
as the personnel.

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Grand Central Provision Co.
Hams i Bacons i Eggs i Butter

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Received Daily

1103 Market Street

Near Seventh

Buv from firms that advertise with us






An Analysis

By Capt. Roy N. Francis, Superintendent

THE history of mankind from the
earliest times portrays an en-
deavor on the part of the human
race to increase the speed of trans-
portation. The advance of civiliza-
tion appears to be in direct ratio to
this increase in speed. Whenever,
therefore, we find a sudden upward
turn in the curve of man's advance-
ment, there we will find a newer,
swifter method of transportation
supplementing or supplanting the
older forms.

It would seem that when the race
had developed the ultimate possibil-
ity in any method, human inventive-
ness has come to the rescue and

some great improvement has once
more enabled us to go forward with
increased swiftness.

And so it is with the present age.
Until comparatively recently it ap-
peared as though man had reached
the limit in speed. True, greater re-
finements in the motor car, the loco-
motive or the electric motor ofTered
a slight increase, but it remained for
the invention of the airplane to
reveal a new realm of speed, one
with apparently limitless possibili-
ties. The motor car must have its
highways, the locomotive its tracks
and the operations of the steamship
are confined to bodies of water.

With the airplane there seems to
be but few if any limits. When we
discuss the friction of the air itself,
we find that already men of vision
are planning to utilize the heavens
above the strata of air, and in the
cold, still, frictionless space to pro-
pel their rocket ships at marvelous
rapidity, and no one questions the

Increasing Airplane Speed

The engineers of the aviation pro-
fession are increasing the airplane
speed approximately 25 per cent
each year. What the ultimate may
be no one knows. Today's prophecy




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upon Mayor James Ralph, Jr. Typical of the personnel is Frank J. Klimm, chairman of the Board of Health and

member for several terms. Mr. Klimm is representative of the type of men selected for important positions.


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President, Board of Health






April 25.1930.

I;Ir. E.Jaok Spauldlng,

Supervisor, City of Ssin Francisco,

San Francisco. California.

My dear Mr. Spaulding:

The visit to Seui Francisco by The
Provisional Wing has resulted in most favorable
comment on all sides, largely due to your efforts
and the efforts of your associates in careful
planning and wholehearted cooperation in making
the myriad arrangements necessary to the visit of
so large an organization. Our stay in California
has been extremely pleasant due to the wonderful
hospitality shown by the City of San Francisco and
for which it is justly fajnous.

Again I thank you for your many kind-
nesses and the splendid arrangements afforded me
and all the members of The Provisional Wing who
had the pleasure of visiting San Francisco.

Sincerely yours.

.^ W.E.Gillmore

Brigadier General, A.C.

Conyralidations on a job ivell done!

is the realization of tomorrow, and
each new invention but leads to an-
other. With these facts in mind, we
may discuss the functions of the air-
plane in the province of transporta-
tion and apply cold logic to our
analysis. Studying the present
methods of land or sea transporta-
tion, we note great restrictions as
previously pointed out. None of
these prescribe the bounds of avia-
tion. To this great branch of trans-
portation, the three dimensions of
space are open with equal facility,
and air-line routes impossible with
older methods are the normal
routine of the air dispatcher, .-\via-
tion would appear to be the biggest
thing in transportation of the future.
We must consider, therefore, that
the airport has the same relation to
a city as its harbor and its docks.
San Francisco has greatly developed
during the past fifty years or more
l)ecause of its fortunate location on
the greatest harbor of the world, and
the fact that that harbor is the
logical shipping point to and from
a vast territory. What is true of its
harbor is equally true of its airport.

Facilities Carefully Studied

Rail and steamship facilities are
carefully studied and ample terminal
space provided for necessary growth.
These things are as a matter of fact be-
cause their obviousness are grasped
by the lay mind. With our airport,
the very newness of the science of
a\iation, prevents in many cases the
realization of its future possibilities
and the fact that we must plan now
for that future. In other words the
same foresightedness and optimism
should be shown with our airport
as has been and is demonstrated in
connection with our harlior and

San Francisco is fortunate in that
we seem to have an ideal location.
one that cannot be duplicated any-
where in the Bay region. Careful
studies of meteorological conditions
dictated the choice of Mills Field for
our airport site and several years of
operation have confirmed this

Growth of San Francisco

The growth of San Francisco is
towards the peninsula and every

year will see the center of popula-
tion move nearer the airport. More-
over room that was sadly needed for
expansion has now been secured and
ample facilities may be planned.
We must not overlook also the great
advantage of water facilities, af-
forded by the location of the airport
on the bay shore. Through this for-
tunate circumstance San Francisco
can create an airport second to none
in accommodations, since air craft
of every type and description,
whether airplane or hydroplane can
be readily dealt with.

The opening of the Bay Shore
Highway and future improvements
to this and other traffic arteries give
quick and ample access to all points
in San Francisco or surrounding
territory. There are few if any cities
of major importance that are so well
served in this respect.

That we are rapidly getting air-
minded as a people was clearly dem-
onstrated during the recent army air
maneuvers when a record-breaking
multitude enjoyed the spectacle at
Mills Field. Every Sunday the field
is visited by thousands and the
number is constantly increasing. A
visit to Mills Field aflford to the citi-
zens of San Francisco a new form
of amusement, one with ever chang-
ing interest and keen enjoyment.
Those who have visited the field
leave firm in the conviction of its
future and with this growing senti-
ment behind our municipal airport,
we may face its future with the.
greatest optimism.


Ma3ors from more than fifty nortliern
California cities gave Mayor James Rolph,
Jr., a tremendous ovation and reception
when he appeared as speaker at the regu-
lar meeting of the Mayors' Conference
of Northern California at Santa Rosa last

Introduced by ^layor C. H. Christen-
sen of Palo Alto, president of the con-
ference as the outstanding mayor of the
Ignited States, Mayor Rolph proved his
popularity by the tremendous and con-
tinued applause that greeted him through-
out his talk.

Taking as his subject the needs of Cali-
fornia, he showed what concerted action
on the part of municipal authorities can
do to bring about the solution of the
many problems that confront us. Roads
must be built, water conservation put into'
effect, and a more general understanding
of the pressing wants of the various cities
and counties he understood. We should
work for the entire state, he declared,
since what affects one city or district
affects the entire people of California.

.■\t the conclusion of his remarks he
was presented with a beautiful bouquet
liy the executives of Santa Rosa who,
through City Attorney Wallace L. Ware,
expressed their love and esteem for the
chief executive of their neighboring city.

Official Publication for City and County of San Francisco
Endorsed by the California Society of Pioneers

San FRkNCisco



1093 Market Street Phone Market 8438

Business Manager

Editor and Gfneral Manager

Advertising Manager

Volume 1\'

JUNE. 1930

Number 6


Assessor's Office Louise M. O'Hara

Auditor's Office J. Everett Sharp

Board of Education

D. P. Hardy and Mrs. Harriet Leaman

Board of Health Edward M. CofTey

Board of Pubhc Works Sid Hester

Bureau of Engineering L. T. McAfee

Bureau of Supplies Ivj- Perkins Cerke!

City Attorney's Office Edmond P. Bergerot

Civil Service Commission James J. Maher

Civil Service Association Edward M. Coflfey

Coroner's Office Jane Walsh

County Clerk Howard Gudelj

Dept. of Electricity Joseph P. Murphy

District Attorney Henry Goldman

Engineers' Union J. L. Slater, Jr.

Exposition Auditorium James L. Foley

Fire Department Lieut. Fred Jones

Justice Courts Robert W. Dennis

Mayor's Office Edward Rainey

Municipal Railway Eugene W. Clisbee

Municipal Carmen's Union Edward D. Vandeleur

Office Employee's Assn William T. Bonsor

Parks and Museums W. M. Strother

Per Diem Men's Assn F. J. Ferguson

Playground Commission Veda B. Young

Principals' Association _.. Susie A. Ward

Public Library Anne M. Farrell

Public Administrator Henry Boyen

Recorder's Office Daniel McGloin

Registrar's Office George L. Sharp

Retirement Board John W. Rogers

San Francisco Hospital Mrs. Mae H. Noonan

Sealer of Weights and Measures Mrs. M. Dolan

Sheriff's Office W. J. Martenson

Superior Courts Henry J. McGrath

Tax Collector's Office Homer Warren

Treasurer's Office Sidney Smith

In This Issue


Editorial — Mayor James Rolph Jr 129

A Story of a Busy Executive 131

By Charles Jacobs
Bernal Cut 134

By Clyde E. Healy
Popular Camp Mather 137

By Veda Beresford Young
Bring New Industries to San Francisco and
Protect Those Already Here, Urges Presi-
dent Cutler 139

Future of Mills Field 140

By Captain Roy N. Francis

Frank J. Klimm, President Board of Health. .. 141


San Francisco Leads in Play Days 144

By Veda Beresford Young

San Francisco Water Department 146

M. M. O'Shaughnessy, City Engineer 148

Nelson A. Eckart, General Manager San
Francisco Water Department 151

L. T. McAfee, First Assistant City Engineer.. 152

Leonard S. Leavy, Purchaser of Supplies 155

Ralph W. Wiley, Chief Department Electricity 156

Monthly Report Construction 158

By Charles H. Sawyer
San Francisco Municipal Directory 160-170





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By Veda Beresford Young

Secretary, Playground Commission

CALIFORNIA is taking the lead
in play days. This is to be ex-
pected because of the forthcoming
Olympic Games in 1932.

The Playground Commission is en-
couraging the plan, and held the first
Annual Girls' Play Day at Funston
Playground June 7, 1930. Over five
hundred children from the San Fran-
cisco playgrounds, dressed in middies
and bloomers, and wearing arm bands

s3'mbolic of their ovv^n playground col-
ors, were represented. The program
included a parade with a uniformed
band, and basketball, volleyball and
outdoor baseball games. At noon an
intermission period for luncheon was
held. In addition to the competitive
sports there were the circle and gen-
eral games for the small children. The
day's program was quite successful,
and was the means of cementing a

closer friendship and understanding
between the playground children of

this city.


The Annual Boys' Track and Field ill
Meet held at Jackson Playground last
month received the greatest entry of
any previous meet, since over eleven
hundred entered. Edison Playground
won the meet, with Mission, Jackson





San Francisco's playgrounds are ample and readily accessible. Thousands of children enjoy healthful exercise and recreation amid

suitable surroundings. l'ie<ws shoiv girls' play day u-ith basketball and volleyball games.

and Helen Wills Playground placing
second, third and fourth, respectively.


The annual tennis tournament held
under the Playground Commission's
auspices has just been completed with
the following results :

City Champions

Class 1 — Eleanor Shaughnessy, of
Ocean View Playground.

Qass 2 — Janet McCubbin, of Ar-
gonne Playground.

Class 3 — Emelia Freedman. of Pre-
sidio Heights Playground.

Class 4 — Eleanor Ressighini. of
North Beach Playground.

Qass 5 — .\gnes \'edmar, of Jackson


Class 1 — Joseph Hunt, of Argonne

Class 2 — Allen Mendelson. of Julius
Kahn Playground.

Qass 3 — \\'illiam Ashley, of Rich-
mond Playground.

Class A — William Grant, of Fun-
ston Playground.

Class 5 — Elihu Shapiro, of .Ar-
gonne Playground.

The tennis trophy will be awarded
to Argonne Playground for receiving
the greatest number of points for the

tournament. From the splendid show-
ing made by some of the winners,
there is no question that several future
state and national champions are being


The San Francisco E.i-aminer is
going to send a winner and an escort
to the National Plaj'ground and Rec-
reation Association Miniature Aircraft
Tournament in Atlantic City in Octo-
ber, 1930. The local contests to de-
termine the winner will be held as fol-
lows :

The indoor meet will take place in
the State Armory, Fourteenth and
Mission streets, on Saturday, August
23, and the outdoor meet at the sta-
dium in Golden Gate Park, near
Thirty-sixth Avenue and Fulton street,
on Saturday, August 30.


The Rochembeau Playground, at
Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth ave-
nues. Lake and California streets, is
being developed at present. A beau-
tiful building designed by Gardner A.
Dailey is being erected at this time.
In the fall the playground will be

A new building is being erected at
the Portola Playground at Hamilton.
Somerset and Silliman streets which
will house community center activities,
including dramatics, basketball and
social events. The neighborhood is

very pleased with the plans to expand
the playground program in their dis-

Three new school yards will be
opened under supervision this summer
in addition to those operated now.
They are the Gear\' School, located at
Gear)' and Cook streets : the Balboa
High School, located at Onondaga
Avenue and Cayuga Street, and the
\\'infield Scott School, at EKvisadero,
between Beach and North Point
streets. This will materially help to
relieve the danger of street play in the
districts adjoining these schools.


Actual work on the city's first
municipally owned street lighting
system on Hyde Street is progress-
ing following a brief but impressive
ceremony ^^'ednesday, June 25.

When complete, the new lighting
system will illuminate Hyde Street
from Market to California, with 76
poles, lights each of 600 candle
power, and 17 feet high.

C. M. Cook of P. Grassi Company,
builders of the reinforced concrete
standards, and Richard Flatland of
the Globe Electric Company, which
has the installation contract, aided
in the celebration, helping to break
the pavement with a compressed air
drill for the first conduit.




San Francisco Water

THE citizens of San Francisco and their descend-
ants will owe a vast debt of gratitude to the men
whose vision, executive ability and engineering skill
have made possible the accomplishments to date and
the completion in the near future of the vast San Fran-
cisco water project.

Many names are on that roll of honor, names such
as Ex-Mayor and U. S. Senator James D. Phelan,
whose vision and clearsightedness led him to personally
make the necessary filings on the Tuolumne River
water shed and thus secure for the people of (Greater
San Francisco pure mountain water for the ages to

Mayor James Rolph Jr. has insisted at all times that
this tremendous and important project be absolutely
free from political influence, and as a consequence we

find men of the type of M. M. O'Shaughnessy, Nelsoi
.\. Eckart, L. T. McAfee, C. R. Rankin, L. A. McAte.
and many others giving their best to the service of San

On March 3 the Spring Valley properties werr
formally taken over by the people of San Francisci
and Nelson A. Eckart was placed in charge. The fol
lowing report, covering the first quarter's operation o
the properties by the city, shows clearly what a profit
able business we have undertaken.

Already there is reason to feel that a reduction in
rates may be anticipated and that in the not too distant
future San Franciscans will be enjoying pure and abun
dant water at a rate comparing favorably with any mu
nicipality in the United States.



San Francisco Water Departmenty Department of Public Works


May 31, 1930

Earnings — This month

♦Water sales— S. F §555,335.70$

Water sales — Outside of

San Francisco 29,713.66

tRents from lands and

buildings 1.825.24

Interest on fund balances.- 1,013.70
Misc. non-oper. revenues... 70.50

Total earnings $587,958.80$

Expenses —

Operating expenses $1 10,1 14.07

Uncollectable water bills.... 487.18

Depreciation 5,000.00-

tTaxes 53.973.10

tHetch Hetchy Aqueduct

rental 20,833.33

tMisc. land rental 70.00

Bond interest 153,750.00

fAmortization of debt ex-
pense 4,057.36

Walnut Orchard expense.... 382.71
Agric. Division expense 1,783.39

Total expense's $350,451,14

Net income $237,.S07,66t

Appropriations foradditions
and betterments $111,000,00

Bal. for profit and loss....$126,507.66

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