At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, San Francisco and the Bay region was rocked by a tremendous earthquake. Less than 100 miles away, the ground under Lodi also recoiled in the pre-dawn hour.
Farmer Adolph Eddlemon looked out his window and saw a tree swaying so much it touched the ground on both sides. His father, George Eddlemon, could not understand why the cow he was milking would not stand still. Edwin M. Haven, a 50-year-old Lodi seed dealer, wrote in his diary that memorable Wednesday: