The following "Local Notes" appeared in The Daily Transcript's Jan. 1, 1915, issue:
A program of interesting events, including a big parade, marked the opening of the Panama-California International Exhibition today. At the music pavilion this afternoon an immense audience was present to hear Mme. Sehumann-Heink and Ellen Beach Yaw sing.
Upton Sinclair will speak at the Open Forum on Sunday afternoon, his subject being "After the War."
The San Diego Rowing Club's Annual New Year's regatta today was one of the most successful and interesting ever held. Besides the regular plunge at noon, there were boat races and aquatic events of all kinds to entertain the large crowd present.
The opening of the race track at Tia Juana today was attended by an immense crowd of people. Hundreds of northerners came in on the trains and by automobile to be present at the revival of the racing game in Southern California. Governor Cantu of Lower California was present with his band of sixty musicians.
A movement has been started to build a large concert hall in San Diego for the use of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and other musical organizations. It is proposed to erect the building in a central location, and at a cost of about $50,000.