Saw James Roosevelt There

NightSceneBjorn Palenius

Saturday July 1, 1939. “Out early and paid the bills. Jeanne and I went to Fort Winfield Scott to see the fleet come in. It was an impressive sight. Nite: To the Plant. Then to Marc’s. Home and Sherry.”

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Sunday July 2, 1939. “Frances, her sons, and Marc here. Drove to the Fair at nite. Saw the puppet show, backstage, etc…” News, Theodore Roosevelt’s head is dedicated at Mount Rushmore.

James_Roosevelt-crop as Smart Object-1 James Roosevelt II (December 23, 1907 August 13, 1991) was the oldest son of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a United States Congressman, an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an aide to his father, the official Secretary to the President, a Democratic Party activist, and a businessman with varied interests.

Monday July 3, 1939. “Marc, Frances, Sam and I to Vanessi’s. Grand dinner – James Roosevelt was there. Then to Jacopetti’s. Met Harry Dixson. Then to Izzy’s. The town is full of sailors – grand time.”


Tuesday July 4, 1939. ” Quiet 4th. Home all day – sherry – lunch for the crowd. Ralph and Scotty called in the afternoon. Nite: all to Fisherman’s Wharf for spaghetti feed. Swell ride around the waterfront and to the Presidio.” News, Lou Gehrig gives his “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth” farewell speech.”

Tobacco-Road_souvenir_1935_front-cover as Smart Object-1

Wednesday July 5, 1939. “Jeanne and I with Zella to the matinee of Tobacco Road. Frances and kids left late afternoon. They left a dozen wine glasses for me. Tony dropped in. To bed early.”

Thursday July 6, 1939. “Lovely day – Took Bijou and walked to the beach and back. Then Jeanne and I walked to the library and back. Nite: Gina and John Waldron here. Sherry and Seagrams. Quite a nite. Sam to bed at 2:30. The rest of us at daylight.”


Friday July 7, 1939. “Took Gina and John to look at houses…”


“…Nite: Sam and I shopped for party tomorrow night. Lots of grub, 4 quarts of gin, 1/2 gallon of sherry, 1 dozen mixers.”

Saturday July 8, 1939. “Jeanne and I cleaned house and prepared for the party. The Rosses, Marc and Bessie, Palmer, Gina and John, Rene, and later Francisco was here. Edith, Shelton, quite a party. Broke up at 4 AM. Bessie and Marc here all night. Kitten finally came out.”

Marc Messinger

Sunday July 9, 1939 “Up at 8 AM because of Marc. Tony stopped in. Beer Breakfast. Marc and Bessie to golf links. Marc back in the evening and stayed all night. Jeanne went to the Fair.” An old map is required to see where this was located. The numbers along Sutter today are different–no 7244, or even close to it.

I am Dan Soderberg, award winning documentary film maker and phototgrapher specializing in architecture, historic preservation and nature.

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