Category Archives: Caroline Carlisle

The Inez Burns Story, Part X

As they drove through the magical redwood forest on the narrow road, Joe Burns often blurted out, “Oh, heck, let’s take a chance,” before negotiating a hairpin turn without knowing for certain if another car was coming in their direction–an … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part IX

(Photo: Posting with unidentified relatives, Inez Burns, third from left, her husband, ex-San Francisco Assemblyman Joe F. Burns at far right, wearing the hat). …When the money was rolling in, Caroline Carlisle recalls, her middle-aged grandmother Inez Burns was “happy … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part VIII

(Photo: Inez L. Burns’ “million dollar hands”–as she called them–enabled her to purchase this home in Atherton, occuped by her son, his wife [seen here] and their children, including Caroline Carlisle.) Inez Burns also invested in property, paying cash for … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part VII

Inez Burns was the first to admit that she was not a businesswoman. But she did accumulate more cash than she knew what to do with–and because hers was an illegal business–she was unwilling to use the banks. She hid … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part VI

Maintaining her youthful appearance was of great importance to Inez Burns. Designers were summoned to her home on Guerrero Street and told to bring the latest fashions including expensive furs, diamond, ruby and emerald jewelry. To protect her fair skin … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part V

(Photo: Caroline Carllisle, at left, with unidentified friend on horse given to her by grandmother Inez Burns) During the long career of Inez Burns, she was a self-described “chameleon,” using names such as “Amy Dutch”–and camouflaging her illegal work by … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part IV

Note: For a recap on this story, please reads Parts I-III below. We don’t know precisely when Inez Burns began her career as an abortionist but by 1922 during Prohibiton, she was “practicing” on her own–and earning a lot of … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part III

Attractive to men, Inez married three times before finding a soulmate in the tall and handsome Joe F. Burns, who grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District “as one of the boys”–many of whom became police officers. Later, some of … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part II

Born in Philadelphia in 1886, Inez L. Burns often spoke of her family’s extreme poverty forcing her to work as a child employee in a pickle factory. How much truth there was to that story we cannot know for certain … Continue reading

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The Inez Burns Story, Part I

Photo:Inez Burns poses after “Sun Portland”, the gelding boarded at her 1000-acre La Honda ranch, wins big at the Seattle track. In the early 1940s La Hondans instantly recognized the big, shiny black limousine winding its way on the narrow … Continue reading

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