The Fowler Pope Train Engineer Diary Collection (1876) – Contents

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Series I. Diary

One (1) Diary

Series Scope and Content Summary:

This collection consists of one (1) black leather bound diary approximately 4.5×3” in size, published by A.L. Bancroft and Co.   Diary entries date from January 1st 1876—December 15th 1876. This diary was written by Fowler Pope, an engineer for the South Pacific Coast Railroad Co. Entries detail Fowler Pope’s home life such as attending church (possibly the First Congregational Methodist Church) and his work on trains such as fixing train engines. Some sample entries include “Monday, January 3, 1876 Worked all day on engine in shop. Billie Johnson helped me. Tucker was sick. We worked at fitting the bonnett down on the ring on top of the smoke stack making it much better. Had rain so the train did not run.” and “Wednesday, January 5, 1876 Run Santa Cruz all day on construction. Tucker fireman.12 We ran up sight of Powder Mill where we worked near all day. J.M.Tucker fired up in AM & as he was not well he walked back home & let Fred Tucker fire for him.” The diary is in good to fair condition with all pages still bound and intact but with some cracking of the leather binding and warping of the pages.

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