First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sunrise 6:31 am: Life spent on the fault line

There are new markers along the Dawn Joggers' Stanford campus route, all part of the Quake '06 Centennial Campus Walking tour. The DJs made a slight detour this morning to go by Memorial Church, which was almost completely destroyed by the 1906 quake. MemChu, as its colloquially called, was built between 1899 and 1903 by Jane Stanford, in honor of her late husband. It was rebuilt without the tower, part of the initial structure, and suffered damage again from the Loma Prieta quake.

The female DJ has spent much of her life living within a mile of the mighty San Andreas fault. She was at Candlestick awaiting the start of a World Series game between the Giants and As when it ruptured in 1989 and grew up hearing the story of her grandfather, Wilmer Hubbard, who was in San Francisco on the morning of April 18, 1906. Seems he caught a ferry to Oakland to first check on his mother and then walked to San Jose, a distance of about 30 miles, where the woman he was courting and would subsequently marry, Caroline Willams, lived with her parents.


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