SAN FRANCISCO – The last person who was alive in Northern California when the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 hit has died.
William A. "Bill" Del Monte died at a retirement home in Marin County Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday.
His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, who confirmed his death of natural causes, said he'd been doing "great for 109 years old."
Del Monte was just three months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buck board with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said.
Ruth Newman was the oldest remaining survivor of the earthquake before her death last summer. She was 113.
Newman was 4 years old when the quake struck in the early morning of April 18, 1906.