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Materials relating to the Swett family : Swett family history and 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire description, 1994.
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Materials relating to the Swett family: Swett family history and 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire description, 1994


Swett, Wilber M.


Swett, John Emery.


Online Archive of California


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.


1906 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-nd
Sweet family -- Archives
Swett, Lee -- d. 1932
Swett's Tavern.
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906 -- Personal narratives
Ophthalmologists -- California -- San Francisco
Disaster relief -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
Physicians -- California -- San Francisco
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco
Fires -- California -- San Francisco
Women physicians -- California -- Tiburon
Diseases -- California
San Francisco (Calif.)


Wilber M. Swett description of San Francisco earthquake and fire also available in digital format: accessible through Online Archive of California.
Materials relating to the Swett family, BANC MSS 95/123 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
John E. Swett, a descendant of Capt. Benjamin Swett and Hester Weare, is a emeritus professor of neurobiology. His father (identified only as Wilber) and his grandfather Wilber M. Swett were ophthalmologists in San Francisco from 1900-1970.
In English.


Family histories.

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9 pages