Monday, May 02, 2005

DO Mills Bank

From: "Brooke Adkins"

I was wondering if you could help me locate someone who is familiar with an oval shaped pewter tag that has the number 546 with a picture of the OD Mills bank on it. I was told it had to do with a savings account number. Thank You, Brooke


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce C. Cooper" BCC@CPRR.ORG

D(arius) O. Mills & Co. was a premier financial house in Sacramento in the early 1860's and was an original financial backer and stockholder in the CPRR. In 1864 Darius O. Mills joined with William C. Ralston (builder of the Palace Hotel) to found the Bank of California in San Francisco of which Mills served as president and Ralston was Cashier.

5/02/2005 10:14 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Per Stephen's reply below, the tag sounds like a key tag for a Bank of D. O. Mills safety deposit box.

Jim Henley, referenced below, is the head of the Sacramento Archive and Museum Collection Center (SAMCC). His e-mail address is:

It would no doubt help to include a photo of the tag in question.

Kyle K. Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum
111 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

My work address is:
My personal address is:

5/11/2005 10:37 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


It sounds to me like a key tag for a Bank of D. O. Mills safety deposit box.

Jim Henley might possibly have a sample at SAMCC.

Stephen E Drew

Chief Curator
California State Railroad Museum

5/11/2005 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My great grandfather and great-great grandfater were the secretary and treaqsures of DO Mills Bank in Sacramento. I have a five dollar note signed by both of them. I was born and raised in sacramento, as were my parents. I currently am president of America's oldest gold mining company, located in Alleghany, California. I would be most appreciative of any informationabout Henery and Frank Miller. (530) 287-3223. Michael Meister Miller

9/14/2006 9:19 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See: Henry Robinson Miller

August 24, 1835 - March 19, 1901

From: History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Oakland and Environs, J.M. Guinn, A.M. Vol II Historic Record Company, L.A., 1907 - ACQ3401 Santa Cruz Library Genealogical Society, p.542

9/14/2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin Bunker"

I, too, am a native (although ex-) Sacramentan. I have no direct knowledge of either Henry or Frank Miller, however, you might want to take the question online before RootsWeb, and perhaps spend some time ~ if you haven't already – at California State Archives at 10th & O Streets in Sacramento (look at Articles of Incorporation for the D.O. Mills Bank or Bank of California; also the Great Register of Voters). Have you contacted any of the archivists at "SAMCC" in Sacramento?
May I presume by your middle name that you are related to the Sacramento Meister family?
—Kevin V. Bunker, Portland OR

9/15/2006 8:39 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Chris Graves"

The old Bank of D O Mills at 6th and J St., Sacramento, was purchased by Security Pacific Bank in the early 1980's. As the Board Room of D O Mills was upstairs in that building, and as I was an officer in SPNB, we met regularly there.

Mr. Miller might enjoy going downstairs in that old bank to the floor where the steam boiler is located. Stacked against the wall are a great many old complete bronze teller cages, as well as other stuff from the 1910's. I'd bet those old cages weighed over 100 pounds each. Highly decorated, each cage had a 'deaths head' cast into them, noting the death of Mr. Mills.

Mr. Miller might also be interested in obtaining some original construction rail from the railroad built by D O Mills, William Sharon and Hume Yerington, called then the "Slim Princess" as it (Carson and Colorado) was narrow gauge. Running from Mound House, Nevada to Keeler, California, it was not too successful, a wag of the day pronounced it "built 300 miles too long, or 300 years too soon." That rail can still be found in Nevada, on private land, here and there. That rail was English, branded "Darlington. Iron. Co., Ltd., 1880, Steel."

—G J Chris Graves, NewCastle, Cal.

10/15/2006 2:58 PM  

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