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Old Posted Sep 16, 2014, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post

Here's a bit of a mystery (to me anyway...I've never heard of a Silver Republican Club)

Los Angeles 1909


Only one directory had any information on 'silver republican'.
The 1898 L.A. City Directory. -533 S. Main

It would be fun to locate this house in one of the early panoramas that we've seen from USC.
I've haven't found the building in any panoramas yet, but I'm thinking that this is the Main Street address, although no later than 1900. When I Googled the Silver Republican Club, I got a few references to a 1943 journal article by Harold F. Taggart which appeared in The Quarterly: Historical Society of Southern California, Vol. 25, No. 3. Luckily, I found a link to a PDF version of the article on From the article:

Soon after the [1894] election the Silver Republican Club moved into its new quarters, a two story frame house of 14 rooms at 533 South Main street, opposite the Burbank Theatre and near the Athletic Club and the Concordia Club. A reading room was equipped with magazines and newspapers, a second room was made into a library, a third fitted with billiard tables, and a fourth arranged for cards and other games, while the largest room became the assembly hall. The kitchen and dining rooms were put to their appropriate use; daily twenty or thirty of the members lunched at the club, although several complained that the club house was too far out. No liquor was served.

The Club didn't exist for very long. The article closes with the following:

On November 28, 1900, just before he left for the East, [Nathan] Cole made a statement to the newspapers, which marks the end of Silver Republicanism in California:
I believe the silver Republican organization will be abandoned and the party incorporated with the democracy. Personally I shall henceforth act with that party. I am satisfied it is the duty of silver Republicans everywhere to stand by the party which has made such a gallant fight for the principles and men so dear to our oragnization. Besides it may be necessary for us to become democrats in order to help hold that party in line with its own profession of faith. The democratic party has ceased to be conservative. It is radical and must continue so. If anything it must go forward. It cannot retrograde and live. I am still in favor of the Chicago and Kansas City platforms. I am still for [William Jennings] Bryan. I think he is the inspiring leader of democratic hosts and must continue to be their leader.
I also found this small piece in the 2 October 1897 edition of the Los Angeles Herald.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Could this be the old clubhouse to the left of The Brennan on the 1910 Baist map? In 1911 the Optic Theatre opened at 533 S Main. Two years later, the Brennan suffered a devastating fire - see post #11832 by tovangar2.

For anyone who's interested, USC has a zoomable version of the original picture.
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