2745 Laguna St

History of 2745 Laguna Street (Block 918)

2713 Laguna Street (1893-1894)
2711 and 2711 1/2 Laguna Street (1894-1902)
2719 and 2721 Laguna Street (1902-1905)
2745 Laguna Street (1905-Present)

The home currently numbered as 2745 Laguna Street first shows up in the 1893 San Francisco City Directory as 2713 Laguna Street, the residence of Jeremiah Donovan, an Irish-American, and his German wife Magdalena, aka "Lena". They ran a saloon, their previous residence, at the NW corner of Steuart and Folsom on the Embarcadero. The house was again listed as 2713 in 1894 but in 1895 the number had changed to 2711 1/2 Laguna. Also in 1895, Jeremiah rented the majority of the house to older newlyweds Abraham C. Springer and his wife Irene, giving them the house number 2711 Laguna St. This is how the house is listed in the 1900 Sandborn Insurance map and the 1900 Federal Census.

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2745 Laguna as listed by Bridge Properties in January 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Springer had previously lived at 313 Ellis and Abraham worked as a bookkeeper for Mack & Co from at least 1894 to 1906. He and Irene did not have any children but did periodically take in servants and roomers. In the 1900 Census a Miss Carrie Salera was listed with them as a servant. She was a 20 year old Italian-American from New York. Also that year a 78 year old German widow by the name of Lenhart Sair was living with them. Neither Lenhart or Carrie have been found in the city directories. Although it wasn't noted in the census, Lenhart may have been a relative of Lena's. Both were from German and in an 1899 advertisement for a housegirl, they advised "three adults in the family".

Jeremiah continued to run his saloon until at least 1894. In 1895 his occupation wasn't given in the city directory and in 1896 he is shown for the first time as a policeman. In the 1900 Census Lena noted that she had a child and that the child was still living, but they were not listed among the household.

The period from 1903 to 1907 was particularly tumultuous in the house. Things started off well in January 1903 when Jeremiah and Lena purchased a property around the corner, on the north side of Green Street, from Mr. and Mrs. William Wharff. The following month they hired an architect to construct a three story frame house for a little over $6800. Then that December everything began to go down hill. Jeremiah was accused of an unnamed crime. Although other officers were charged at the same time with murder and extortion, all apparently unrelated cases, Jeremiah was allowed to resign instead of being charged. The following year he didn't list an occupation and in 1905 he was excluded from the city directory all together. Then, in April 1906 half the city was destroyed by the largest earthquake to hit the city in recorded history, and by the fires that blazed for the next three days. Although the Donovan's and Springer's were lucky enough to keep their home, thousands of others had lost their homes and/or their jobs - everyone was effected. Abraham Springer's company, Mack & Co, was a wholesale druggist and import firm owned by Adolph Mack and located at 13 Fremont Street. Along with the rest of downtown, the office was destroyed. Adolph Mack survived and kept his company afloat for a few months but eventually had to fold and reorganize - the following year he opened an electric company. Abraham, in the mean time, was out of a job. In 1907 Abraham had a new job and a new home. He moved one block south to 2621 Laguna and purchased a film distribution company with G. A. Roth and Helen Jacobs which they renamed the Novelty Moving Picture Company.

Jeremiah, now out a tenant, moved back into the rest of his home and the house number finalized itself as 2745 Laguna Street. Jeremiah also got a new job as a watchman and gate keeper with the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company at wharf piers 23-25. He continued working for Am-Haw until at least 1908 and possibly until 1911. He didn't list an occupation in 1912 or 1913, from 1914 to 1916 he was listed as a blacksmith and in 1917 as a general laborer. In 1918 he was listed as a watchmen again, but the company wasn't given. In 1919, at the age of 52, he and Lena moved around the corner to 1888 Green Street, the home they had built back in 1903.

Today (Jan 2011) the house is still a single family home on the market with Bridge Properties of San Francisco.

Documentation

City Directories

Jeremiah Donovan
1893 - Donovan, Jeremiah, liquors, NW cor Folsom & Steuart, r2713 Laguna
1894 - Donovan, Jeremiah, liquors, 258 Steuart, r2713 Laguna
1895 - Donovan, Jeremiah, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1896 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1897 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1898 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1899 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1900 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1901 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1902 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2711 1/2 Laguna
1903 - Donovan, Jeremiah, policeman, r2721 Laguna
1904 - Donovan, Jeremiah, r2721 Laguna
1905 - (not listed)
1907 - Donovan, Jeremiah, watchman Am-Haw SS Co r2721 Laguna
1908 - Donovan, Jeremiah, gatekpr Am Haw SS Co r2745 Laguna
1909 - Donovan, Jeremiah, gatekeeper r2745 Laguna
1910 - Donovan, Jeremiah, watchman r2745 Laguna
1911 - Donovan, Jeremiah, watchman r2745 Laguna
1912 - Donovan, Jeremiah, r2745 Laguna
1913 - Donovan, Jeremiah, r2745 Laguna
1914 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Magdalene) blksmith, h2745 Laguna
1915 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Magdalene) blksmith, h2745 Laguna
1916 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Magdalene) blksmith, h2745 Laguna
1917 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Lena) lab h. 2745 Laguna
1918 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Lena) watchmn r2745 Laguna
1919 - Donovan, Jeremiah (Lena) r1888 Green

Abraham C. Springer
1894 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r313 Ellis
1895 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper r2711 Laguna
1896 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper r2711 Laguna
1897 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2711 Laguna
1898 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2711 Laguna
1899 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2711 Laguna
1900 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2711 Laguna
1901 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2711 Laguna
1902 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2719 Laguna
1903 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2719 Laguna
1904 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2719 Laguna
1905 - Springer, Abraham C., bookkeeper Mack & Co. r2719 Laguna
1907 - Springer, Abraham C., (Novelty Moving Picture Co) r2621 Laguna

Newspaper Articles

San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California) - February 8, 1899

GIRL wanted to do general housework. 1711 Laguna St.

San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California) - August 27, 1899

GIRL for general housework; 3 adults in family. 2711 Laguna St.; Call Monday

Census Records

1900 Census - 2711 Laguna Street, San Francisco, California

Springer, Abraham - born Dec 1857 in Indiana, parents born in Germany, married 5 years, a bookkeeper
Springer, Irene?, wife - born Oct 1869 in California, parents born in Germany, married 5 years, no children
Salera, Carrie, servant - born June 1880 in New York, parents born in Italy, single, a servant
Sair, Lenhart, roomer - born Nov 1827 in Germany, parents born in Germany, widow, retired

1900 Census - 2711 1/2 Laguna Street, San Francisco, California

Donovan, Jerry - born Sept 1861 in Massachusetts, parents born in Ireland, married 11 years, police officer
Donovan, Lena, wife - born Dec 1859 in Germany, parents born in Germany, 1 child-still living