Ellen Cook - The Only Woman In England To Have Survived The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Like a few articles on the site I came across this report purely by chance. It is from the Sheffield Star dated July 25th 1929 and it reports on the recollections of Mrs. Ellen Cook who was born in Sheffield but spent many years living in the USA. And it was whilst she was living in Larkin Street in San Francisco that she experienced the full horror of the earthquake. Over 3,000 people died and over 80% of buildings were destroyed in one of the USA's deadliest natural disasters. 

Ellen Cook's birthplace - the lodge at the corner of Collegiate Crescent and Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

There is a sad postscript to the story. Ellen never went back to the States to see her family. She died in Nether Edge Hospital in May 1940 and is buried in Sheffield's City Road cemetery. This is her burial record

Cook, Ellen (Widow, age 84).
Died at Nether Edge Hospital; Buried on May 18, 1940 in General Portion ground; Grave Number 13964, Section MM of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Osborne, Emily (Widow, age 75).
Died at 45 Charlotte Rd; Buried on May 3, 1933 in General Portion ground; Grave Number 13964, Section MM of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Osborne, William Henry (Traveller, age 71).
Died at Royal Hospital; Buried on October 8, 1932 in General Portion ground; Grave Number 13964, Section MM of City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.

Sources

The Sheffield Star dated July 25th 1939

Sheffield Indexers

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