Link Dennis's was a historic saloon at Seventh and Willow (1753 7th, it looks like) where Jack Johnson used to train.1

It appears that Link Dennis was a sort of agent for Jack Johnson: after Johnson returned from a trip to Australia, Johnson told reporters that anyone interested in fighting him could talk to Dennis.3

Link Dennis was also the spokesman for a benefit for Officer James Fenton, a police officer killed in 1908. Fenton died while arresting a thief in West Oakland. According to Dennis, the black community appreciated his impartiality and felt great sympathy for his widow and family.2


  1. Daniels, Douglas Henry. Pioneer Urbanites: A Social and Cultural History of Black San Francisco. University of California Press: 1990.
  2. "Oakland Police Department: A Tradition of Excellence." Turner Publishing Company, Jan 1, 2005.
  3. "JOHNSON TO WED A WHITE GIRL: States That Miss Lola Toy of Sydney Is to Be His Bride." San Francisco Chronicle: May 10, 1907.