Captain's Orders--Mission Station, 1910-1911

For all of you Mission District aficionados out there, as well as our SFPD-obsessed followers, here are some sample pages from a singular (yes, we have only one of them in the SFPD archives) volume of Captain's Orders from Police District No. 4, Company "D," Mission Station, just over 100 years ago. Henry Gleeson served as Captain.

The orders are delicately bound in a basic black binder.

The index, useful for looking up officers mentioned in the orders, is fascinating also for the way it reflects both the racy ("craps shooting") and the banal ("days off") aspects of life on the beat.

Index to Captain's Orders, Mission Station

J.A. Corbeil gets the go-ahead to sell his holiday notions on Mission & 17th.

Officer Biernan captures a hold-up man one week later, Sunday morning.

"No Female Patrons" that phrase we know from the liquor permit applications, resounds here.

In the new year of 1911, "Babe Curtin, a Safe Cracker, is at large."

Because the San Francisco Police Department Records are still being processed, some volumes may not yet be available for public use. Please contact the San Francisco History Center with questions at 415-557-4567.

All images are from  the San Francisco Police Department Records (SFH 61), courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.