Bernal History Project

Bernal Heights is a hilltop village, tucked away in the southern part of San Francisco. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound a neighborhood once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. From the 1860s legend of Widow O'Brien's cow to the current fight over the preservation of the branch library's murals, residents have tirelessly guarded and recorded their environment. Bernal is diverse, vibrant, and still evolving.


Bernal Heights from 26th and Fair Oaks 1921 - David Gallagher

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  • Fights Police and Hospital Attaches; Nine Are Injured March 14, 1916 San Francisco Chronicle

    When Frank Osgard, a mechanic living at 3900 Folsom Street, last night finished a little job of "cleaning up the town," as he expressed it, he had to his credit some nine victims, whose wounds ranged from bites and bruises to cuts and badly battered scalps. Osgard is himself nursing numerous injuries and is facing charges of battery, assault with a deadly weapon and malicious mischief.

    Entering the saloon of E.M. Silva at 807 Cortland avenue, Bernal Heights, Osgard, according to the police, assaulted three patrons he found in the place with his fists and with bottles. Two of these, Albert Williams and Francis Eastgard of 3900 Folsom Street, later had to seek treatment at the hospital for cuts and bruises. Policeman George Clark, who attempted to arrest Osgard, was kicked and bitten severely before he could get the handcuffs on his prisoner. Osgard, having been bruised in the affray, was taken by another policeman, John P. Carson, to the Mission Emergency Hospital for medical treatment.

    At the hospital Osgard decided he would not be treated. And then followed one of the most exciting fifteen minutes the hospital attaches say they have experienced in years.

    Osgard wrecked the operating table and threw all the instruments at the doctors. Then he attacked Arthur Lahey, ambulance driver, with a surgeon's knife and slashed his coat, just scratching his skin. With a chair he struck Steward James McKenna on the head and floored him. Then, picking up the operating table bodily, he hurled it at Drs. John F. Pruitt and Edward W. Smith and knocked them down. He thereupon leaped upon Policeman Carson again and bit him several times before he was handcuffed the second time.

    Then, when Osgard was securely handcuffed, the operating table was righted, he was held down on it, and his wounds were dressed by a somewhat shaky group of surgeons.

 

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