Thursday, December 01, 2005

Charles W. Fox, leader of a CPRR Chinese work gang

From: "Linda Moorhouse"

... Are there any documents still in existence that would list the personnel that were involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. I am researching my family, and my Great-Grandfather always told us that he was a gang leader for a Chinese work gang and was present during the driving of the Golden Spike. His name was Charles W. Fox originally of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

Any information or direction you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Linda H. Moorhouse
Operations Manager
Jencons Scientific
Bridgeville Pennsylvania


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

You could review the existing payroll schedules from the CPRR at the California State Railroad Museum Library; these schedules, while not complete, do show most of the Anglo employees of the CPRR from 1863 to 1866.

Another suggestion would be to review the index cards on file at the California Room of the California State Library. These index cards reflect the names of people named in many Californnia newspapers from 1850 to 1900. If Mr. Fox was noted by a reporter during the period of construction, his name would be on a card.

One last suggestion would be to review the Great Registers of California to see if he was registered to vote. If he was, his physical description, address and other information would be available to you.

—G J Chris Graves

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12/03/2005 10:19 PM  

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