April 18, 1906, San Francisco
shook violently from a 7.9 earthquake.
Damage was severe, but the ensuing fires were catastrophic and over half
of the city's 400,000 people became homeless while close to 3,000 died.
Following the earthquake, the homeless needed food and shelter but
fortunately for the city, army troops stationed nearby responded within hours.
Brigadier General Krauthoff, then a major, was the depot commissary
officer at the Presidio and under his supervision, food and supplies were
distributed to over 30,000 refugees during the relief effort.
Later, Brigadier General Krauthof was the primary proponent and
organizer of the
School, the first professional school whose function
was to instruct selected officers and enlisted men in the procurement,
processing, inspection, transportation, storage, and issuing of subsistence
supplies, and to supply the army with trained subsistence specialists.