Here's what happened to Ron MacLean on Sunday, July 21, 2002:
I arose early for another Sunday corkscrew hunt at a local flea market. I asked over and over again "Any corkscrews" only to hear the dreaded "No" reply. Frustrated and ready to leave, I made one last stop at a card table set up behind a van. I was in heaven! I quickly snatched up the two bar tools shown above and dug into my pocket for the payment. The only thing missing from my prize was a corkscrew.
I got home and searched every site I know for "E. W. Teackle." All I could find out was on Events of 1864 San Francisco History:
"1864 April 24. An attempt was made to burn the Golden Era office. . . .E. W. Teackle attempted to kill J. Walter Walsh in front of the Bank Exchange."
and in another file:
"1870 July 2. Walter Walsh thrown from a buggy and killed San Francisco newspaper 1852... 1886... Golden Era (moved in 1886 to San Diego)"
The pair of gentleman's implements has each ivory handle engraved E.W. TEACKLE. The silver plated forked tip steel blade of the cheese/fruit bar knife is marked W. PRICE S.F. (San Francisco 1859-1889) The polished steel wire breaker and lethal looking ice pick are each marked M. PRICE S.F. (San Francisco 1859-1889). Price is one of three famous San Francisco cutlery firms. The other firms were Schintz and Will & Finck.
Was there a corkscrew in Teackle's bar tool set? If so, where is it?
Teackle's tools were found in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area. How did they wind up there? Did Teackle flee California for Canada?
What weapon did Teackle use on his murder attempt on Walsh?
Can anyone furnish any information on Teackle?
email Ron Maclean
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