DeSanno, Alma The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN May 11 1906, Pg 7
mm m rrnA 1 STORY OF THE QUAKE Victim of San Francisco Disaster Formerly Sang in St. John's Churclf Here. HER NERVES ARE SHATTERED Miss Alma de Sanno Stops in In dianapolis to Rest. With nerves affected until she la almost prostrated and with a heart full of pity for tho poor people who have been un able to get awny from the stricken city Miss Alma de Bun no, who ten years ago was a soloist In St. John's Church, this city, and who for the last six years has .Jived .with her parents In San Francisco, Is. resting here a few days before resum ' frig her journey to New York, where she ; Is to rejoln tlie Metropolitan Opera Com- Com- pany, . ' Miss de Sanno arrived in Indianapolis yesterday evening from San Francisco nnd Is staying at the Dcnlson. "See , my watch,"' said she, taking the . dainty gold and diamond .studded time ' piece from tho table. "It stopped at ex actly 6:13 o'clock that dreadful morning and I have never been ablo to start It since. It Just won't run." MIsb do Sanno Is one of the "original l-ioroaora l-ioroaora l-ioroaora sextet.- sextet.- no made a mm tut on ss a soprano. She and her parents formerly lived in Indianapolis. As a pretty girl of 16 sho sang solos in St. John's Church, nnd her sweet voice, will be remembered by many. MIps . do Sanno was playing with the Metropolitan Opera Company at the Grand Opera House in Han Francisco at the time of tho earthauako. "Our company," said she, "was giving a uanquet m tne grillroom or me raiuco Hotel that night In honor of tho mayor of- of- tho city. Our banquet wns whh prolonged prolonged and we were ubout breaking up when the carthqunkc came. It seemed to me wo Wero lifted straight up lir tho nlr ana wiRivint aown wmi n crasn. i naa experienced experienced these shocks before, as had several several other members of tho company, and we advised tho crowd to remain In tho room. I supppse there wore seventy girls In tho crowd, but none was Injured. Oh. the horror of It all! It sickens mo now to think of It. I have not slept for iwo weens arm it was ennur get out or Snn Francisco or go mad." Miss Dc Sanno's parents lived on Van Ness flvenuc in San Francisco. Sho soya she started to her home that morning as soon as she could get through the streets.. About tho time the family recovered recovered from tho fright and settled down again tho officers came along and put a load of dynamite under the dwelling to Rtop tho raging fire. : "The city won't be nnythlng like It was for fifty years to come." the young woman lamented. "All tho sweet old romance Is gone."