I'll be posting Halloween drawings by my wife, Isabella Bannerman, this week. You can purchase an original drawing, like the one above, for $150, or a signed print for $60. To order, write Isy at email@example.com.
I ran across this monument in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park (Baker Street between Oak and Fell). It is a frequent target of graffiti vandals and the city is going to put a fence around it. McKinley, the 25th U.S. President, was shot twice by anarchist Leon Cgolzosz in Buffalo, NY on September 6, 1901. He died on the 14th. While the treatment he received was sub-standard for the time—famed Buffalo surgeon Roswell Park was out of town in Niagara Falls—many believe his pancreatic necrosis was beyond the ability of medicine of the time. Incredibly, the residence McKinley died in, the Milburn House, was torn down in 1957 and turned into a Canisius High School parking lot. (There is now a Math and Science Building there.) A sign marks the location on Delaware Avenue. McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music during the Pan American Exposition. The site, now a grassy median on Fordham Drive, has a small marker. Buffalo has an enormous McKinley Monument in Niagara Square across from City Hall. The monument in San Francisco by Robert Ingersoll Aitken is smaller but beautifully designed.
In a hard-to-find grove in Golden Gate Park, my sons and I found this beautiful memorial stone to "sons and daughters" lost in World War I. Surprisingly, I could find no signage directing one to it. Look for it in the Heroes Grove, which is opposite the de Young Museum between Kennedy Drive and Fulton Street. I asked several park employees where it was. They had never heard of it. My great grandmother, Sara Curry, was a WWI Gold Star Mother from Plains, PA. You can pick up her story here.