James Barkley's notes about Horace Hamilton Minkler, and James Clark
My great grandfather, Horace Hamilton Minkler, track foreman for the CPRR, layed the last rail and final tie before they drove the golden spike, May 10, 1869. He appears in the A.J. Russell "champagne" photograph (see below). ... the track laying record ... 10 miles in a day ... was performed by a group of 8 Irishman under H.H. Minkler, track foreman, and George Coley, gang foreman ... April 28, 1869. H.H. Minkler came to California on the same vessel and worked with CPRR engineer Joseph M. Graham (who, on April 1, 1868, staked out what became Reno, Nevada). As shown on the January 1864 CPRR payroll, James Harvey Strobridge (age 37) and H. Minkler (age 35) worked for three weeks track laying out of Sacramento, California, and both appear together in the A.A. Hart stereoview #350 at Camp Victory, Utah on the day of the 10 mile record. H.H. Minkler layed track through Elko, Nevada, in 1869. The Depot Hotel and train station in Elko Nevada was owned and run by my great uncle James Clark, H.H. Minkler's brother-in-law. Minkler was married to Sarah Clark of Clark Station, and later became a farmer and Justice of the Peace in Kansas, later living in Missouri. Clark & Green were proprietors of the Depot Hotel in Elko, Nevada, and James Clark was proprietor of the Humboldt House, both meal stops on the Central Pacific Railroad. James Clark died on the same day that the Titanic sunk.
—James Barkley 3073 N. Main, St. Apt. 110, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
About whom David H. Bain wrote: "James Barkley, who has iron in his blood and steam in his nostrils, and history in his family tree."
CPRR Track Foreman Horace Hamilton Minkler.
A.J. Russell view at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869, detail.
CPRR Superintendent James Harvey Strobridge (left) and
Track Foreman Horace Hamilton Minkler (right).
A.A. Hart Stereoview #350, at Camp Victory, April 28, 1869, detail.
Transcontinental Railroad Centennial Poster, 1969:
"Centennial Celebration of the driving of the Golden Spike
Dedication of Golden Spike National Historic Site Museum and Visitors Center
Re-enactment of the Driving of the Golden Spike
May 10, 1969 / Promontory Summit, Utah ...
Centennial Celebration Commission"