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Tales from the Way Back Machine

The Chronicle brings us the fascinating first-person account of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Leonie von Zesch, 23 years old at the time, experienced the quake from her family's home at Sutter and Leavenworth, and went on to explore the damage in the rest of the city with her mother. Her diary was only found recently, by her 85-year old niece who hasdn't previously bothered to look through the box that Leonie had left to her. So a few things we can learn from this story: for Pete's sake, open boxes of old stuff, and when they tell you the gas main is broken, stop trying to light your stove. [SFGate]