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Alex Haas and San Francisco Earthquake

This news article corroborates a family story about Alex Haas. According to Connie Dannenbaum Levey (Haas' granddaughter) the relief camp mentioned in this article was at Alta Plaza in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. Immediately following the earthquake, Alex hopped on a horse just like his cavalry officer days from the Civil War and began organizing the refugees. . . or so the story goes.

18 Oct 1906 New Orleans Times-Picayune



Was in Charge of One of the San Francisco Relief Camps.


Colonel A. M. Haas, the distinguished Louisianan, who established Haasville and Bunkie, naming the latter after his daughter, is in the city on his annual visit. For the past several years Colonel Haas has resided on the Pacific coast, because of his health, but he comes here once a hear to look after his extensive plantation, timber and mercantile interests in this State, which are managed by his sons. Colonel Haas is now at the St. Charles Hotel, but he expects to leave to-morrow to visit Haasville and Bunkie.


Colonel Haas was in San Francisco during the earthquake, and he was among the first to go to the assistance of those who were made destitute by the catastrophe. He was given charge of one of the relief camps, and, in appreciation of the good work he did, he was written a letter of congratulation by Captain Benton, the United State Army officer in command of the camps.

Owner/SourceNew Orleans Times-Picayune
Date18 Oct 1906
Linked toAlexander Murdoch HAAS

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