Black and white film photography (2018 portrait) by Michelle Kilfeather
Alyce Murphy turned 100 this May. The third-generation San Franciscan spent her early life in a tiny, crowded house behind St. Luke's with her grandmother after her mom died when she was very young. It was from that home that Alyce experienced the Great Depression and got into her fair share of mischief, as young kids are wont to do.
In Part 1 of this very special podcast, Alyce talks about the Mission back in the 1920s and 1930s, watching people go in and out of St. Luke's, going to Playland and Sutro Baths (where her dad was a manager), and she compares going out for a Saturday night walking down Mission Street to getting dressed up for a trip downtown to her favorite store—the Emporium.
Alyce walked across the Golden Gate Bridge when it opened in 1937. She worked as a toll taker on the Bay Bridge shortly after it opened.
In Part 2, Alyce talks about the bridges, meeting her husband, raising her family, other jobs she had, and the 1989 earthquake. She also reflects on living all 100 of her years in San Francisco, and talks about why she never left.
We recorded this podcast at Alyce's home in Noe Valley in May 2018.