Friday, April 15, 2016

Print 'The Driving of the Golden Spike' for Cecil B. DeMille 1939 film

From: "Carol Johnson"

I have found in my house a paper tube that contains a print from May 10,1969 entitled The Driving of the Golden Spike, completed the railroad that helped to unify America. From Cecil B. DeMille's Paramount picture Union Pacific.

Can you give me a value of this? ...

—Carol Johnson

Cecil B. DeMille's Paramount picture Poster

G.J. 'Chris' Graves, R.I.P.

From: "Karen Triest"

... I'm not sure how many of you are friends, or were friends of Chris Graves.

I wanted to let you know that Chris passed away on April 14, 2016, of natural causes. Chris was a wonderful historian, and touched so many of our lives in positive ways. He diligently worked on genealogy cases, changing many lives for the better. Chris loved his home and yard, and kept everything so green and beautiful year round. It is a very sad loss for us all. Chris will be buried in the Newcastle Cemetery, on the hill where he has a view of the foothills.

Please feel free to forward to those who knew and loved Chris as I did.


—Karen Triest, Loving Daughter

Chris Graves at Bloomer Cut

Chris Graves

William Strang (1836-1880)

From: "Kirsten Brophy"

Do you have any biographical information, citations or references to a William Strang (NOT the Overland Park Strang); but a William Strang (1836-1880) who was the superintendent of the telegraph line installation for the St. Louis, Lawrence & Denver Railroad & Telegraph Company from c.1870-1879?

He lived in Cleveland, Ohio in 1870 and died in Ohio in 1880.

A family reference regarding the Native American lithic material he collected states that, “Collected on route of Union Pacific RR from St Louis to CO by William Strang, Superintendent of telegraph line construction.”

Any information you can share about William Strang would be most appreciated, thank you! ...

—Kirsten R. Brophy, RPA, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Stamford Museum & Nature Center