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Posted by Norman Tutorow on Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 10:26:28 :

I cite your entry on Charles Crocker.

1. He was not one of the original incorporators of the Southern Pacific RR Co. The CP group took it over and then changed the incorporation to fit the new reality.

2. He married Mary Ann Deming in Mishawaka, Indiana.

3. The wedding was on November 25, 1852. Their silver wedding anniversary was held two days later than their wedding date because in 1877 their anniversary fell on a Sunday.

4. Crocker's comment to Benton about having married them the first time, etc., was pure fiction, or poor memory. Benton was in Sacto on that day in 1852 while CC was in Indiana.

5. Crocker was not president of the SPRR from 1876-1885. He was president in 1871 and then retired from the railroad and was replaced in late 1871 by CPH as president. Crocker became president again in late 1874, a position he held until his death in 1888. Upon his death, his son Fred
became president of the SPRR and remained in that position until his death in 1897.

6. Crocker did not change his residence to New York. He and most of his associates had houses in New York, but only CPH became a New Yorker.

For details, see my book:
"The Governor: The Life and Legacy of Leland Stanford, a California Colossus." Spokane: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004.

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