Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Name of wife of James Harvey Strobridge

From: "Bobbie Howder"

I am related to the wife of James Harvey Strobridge. She was my great-grandmother's sister. She was born in Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland. I am trying to find out her full maiden name ... I believe she was a Gavin. Would you happen to know her first name?

—Barbara Howder


Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Harvey Strobridge married Maria Keating in Auburn, about 1862. Whether or not she was a first, second or third wife, I do not know.
See "The Governor: Leland Stanford", page 244, the author is Norman Tutorow.

7/22/2009 9:43 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

"Hanna Maria Strobridge, wife of James Harvey Strobridge, Superintendent of Construction on the Central Pacific Railroad"

7/23/2009 12:26 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "John Snyder"

Regarding preservation efforts, has your group been in contact with the Texas State Historic Preservation Officer? If not, they should be:

Mr. F. Lawerence Oaks, SHPO
Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 12276
Austin, TX 78711-2276
512-463-6100 FAX: 512-475-4872

Deputy: Mr. James Wright Steely,
Dir Nat'l Reg Prog, 512-463-5868
FAX: 512-475-3122

Deputy: Mr. Stanley O. Graves,
Dir Architecture Div, 512-463-6094
FAX: 512-463-6095

And given that there are Transportation Enhancement Activity funds available for transportation-related historic preservation projects from the Federal Highway Administration via the state transportation departments, I'd suggest also contacting TexDOT:

TEA info here.

John Snyder
PS Preservation Services
1602 Nile Road
Summersville WV 26651

9/28/2009 2:14 PM  
Blogger Terry Tex Toler said...

Thank you, Mr. Snyder. RE: our preservation efforts, we won a TEA Grant back in 2001, but nasty County government politics came into play and, long story made short, the grant to restore the depot into a museum, visitor center, conference facility and remain a working depot for Amtrak, was rejected by the county commissioners.

The depot was named to the Great American Station Foundation's "10 Most Endangered Stations" list in 1999, and Preservtion Texas' "10 Most Endangered Places" list in 2007.

We are attempting to save, move and restore the structure now without any local government involvement or interference, but with wide community sentiment and support.

The THC is very familiar with our plight and will continue to assist us wherever possible. Our biggest hurdle is an affordable mover. We are confident about finding property as close to its original site as possible, so it continue to serve as a depot, so moving the building would be only a block or two. But it's a massive, long building that will require substantial shoring up, bracing, and breaking loose from a poured concrete foundation added over pier and beam wood flooring back in the 50s. So we've got our challenges, but if anyone out there reading this can help us locate a qualified mover who appreciates significant, historic American Railroad history and heritage, we'd welcome any and all sources!!! Thanks! my email, by the way, is

10/01/2009 6:24 PM  

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