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1906 Quake Survivor Dies at 107



    1906 Quake Survivor Dies at 107
    ** FOR USE ANY TIME WITH 1906 EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY STORIES** FILE **A section of San Francisco, looking east across Grant Avenue toward Yerba Buena Island, shows the ravages of the great earthquake that occoured Wednesday, April 18, 1906. The quake measured 8.3 on the Richter scale igniting fires that proved far more disastrous. Like residents of Dresden, Germany bombed during World War II and last year's victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, San Franciscans saw their city wiped out in a matter of days. (AP Photo)

    Jeanette Scola Trapani, one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, has died at age 107.
    Dolores Legge told the San Francisco Chronicle that her mother had been suffering from pneumonia and passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills on Monday.

    A funeral Mass will be held Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

    "My mother was married in that church," Legge said. "We wanted to bring her back to San Francisco."

    Trapani had clear memories of the disaster, even though she was only four years old at the time, Legge said.

    "She vividly remembered the terrible smell of the smoke from the burning city and how she and her family had to live in a tent in the Presidio," Legge said.

    The April 18 cataclysmic quake was followed by days of fire that left much of San Francisco in ruin.

    Trapani was born on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill on April 21, 1902 and she was raised in the city. She married Vincent Trapani in 1929, and they remained married until his death in 1996.