I have always wanted to know how Annie and Will met. How does a young woman from Knoxville, who went to school in Philadelphia, meet a young man from St. Louis? What if they met in Washington, D.C. in 1874 when Will was there to interview for a position on the Newton-Jenney Expedition and Annie […]
I presented a paper at the 2016 Mining History Association Conference in Telluride, Co. Here is my presentation.
1890s Will sold his interest in the Col. Sellers in 1895 to his mother Eliza, probably to finance his investment in the Southern Eureka Mine in the Tintic District in Utah. However that investment didn’t not pan out and in 1901, Will filed for bankruptcy and discharged almost $70,000 in debt. Around 1890 or so, […]
This summer, while looking at business directories for Pittsburgh, I found that the 1815 directory listed “Patrick James, mason” in Lawrenceville, PA, on the north side of Pittsburgh. The family lore never mentioned Lawrenceville. However, looking through the directory, I noticed that the masons and stone cutters (about five or six) were all located in […]
Now that you know who the players are, here is their (abreviated) story. Georgetown In 1876, Will was working as an assayer in Georgetown. He worked for one of the reduction mills, but I haven’t found a name. Then he was in partnership with a fellow St. Louisian, Frank Graham, who was a chemist. But […]