YEAR 1861

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Ah You photographed in 1861.

1861 San Francisco City Directory
Albert W. Bee

Cotton Kingdom by Frederick Law Olmsted

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3047, 1 January 1861
Important events in 1860

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3071, 30 January 1861
Charles Stebbins accused F A Bee of wanting to control telegraph lines like a dictator.
Charles Stebbins was the President of the Missouri and Western Telegraph Company.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3075, 4 February 1861
PLACERVILLE AND HUMBOLDT TELEGRAPH COMPANY
Note: this article is interesting because it describes an investigation of F A Bee’s accounting by M. R. Elstner, late Secretary of the Placerville and Humboldt Telegraph Company.

February 2, 1861 Mountain Democrat
Transcription
February 9, 1861 Mountain Democrat
Letters regarding Western Union and Bee brothers
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February 16, 1861 Weekly Mountain Democrat – column 5 and 6
Letter from F A Bee and telegraph
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Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3075, 4 February 1861
Refutation of charge that newspaper had dealings with Major Bee in Washington, DC

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4011, 7 February 1861
Daily Alta clarified relationship with Mr. Bee.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3078, 8 February 1861
Complaint about Major Bee regarding “Associated Press”

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3079, 9 February 1861
F. A. Bee's response to Charles Stebbins
Note: I found this letter to be very interesting because it also mentions the Pony Express.
AND
Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3079, 9 February 1861
A related article

Overland Telegraph
Major A. W. Bee is mentioned in the Overland Telegraph published in 1869, "The parties represented by Mr. Sibley met at Rochester, New York, and concluded upon a series of propositions, which they submitted to the Pacific companies through the agency of Mr. J. H. Wade and Major Bee."

I found the following information about Pony Express

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 20, Number 3087, 18 February 1861
Last days of Lola Montez

March 5, 1861
Committee on Commerce and Navigation hearings regarding money collected from immigrants arriving in California
This hearing is interesting because it showed that bonds were required for Chinese passengers and lists of Chinese passengers were compiled.

April 13, 1861 Weekly Mountain Democrat
Important Telegraphic Consolidation
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Placerville and Humboldt Telegraph Company at this city of Tuedsay last evening, the proposition of the other Companies of this State to consolidate the lines into one Company was agreed to, and Messrs. McCrellish , Gould and Tucker of San Francisco, Directors of the Company, were authorized to sign the articles of agreement. The principal object of the union of the Telegraph interest of this State is the formation of a Company with capital and energy to build the great overland line on the central route to the Missouri river during the coming summer. The Placerville and Humboldt Company is to receive $80,000 in the stock of the consolidated Company, pay for wire and other property not in use at the present, and $1,500 in money. This arrangement took effect on the first day of April, and the Mountain line is now in charge of Mr. Gamble as Superintendent, whose business qualifications and extensive knowledge of telegraph matters will doubtless inaugurate an improvement in the working of the line between this city and Carson Valley. We understand the change of affairs of the Company give universal satisfaction to the stockholders in this place.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 21, Number 3137, 17 April 1861
Incorporation of Overland Telegraph Company

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4087, 25 April 1861
Civil War began.

Records of California Men in the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1867

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 21, Number 3148, 30 April 1861
Pacific Telegraph Company formed in Rochester, NY.(Albert Bee)

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4093, 1 May 1861
Pacific Telegraph Company formed in Rochester, NY. (Albert Bee)

Barlow Bee lived in Rochester, New York according to he 1861 City Directory, and worked as a harness maker.

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4103, 11 May 1861
Speedy construction of Overland Telegraph

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 21, Number 3206, 8 July 1861
James Street, general agent of the Overland Telegraph Company

The Pony Express ended on October 24, 1861.

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4267, 25 October 1861
Completion of transcontinental telegraph - message from Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Utah

October 26, 1861
A.W. Bee transmitted message from San Francisco to Cyrus W. Field in New York.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3302, 28 October 1861
Letter from citizens of Placerville to Nevada Territorial Legislature regarding railroad


NY Times October 30, 1861

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3305, 31 October 1861
Completion of Overland Telegraph line

New York Times 1 November 1861
Pacific telegraph company – AW bee resignation

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3307, 2 November 1861
Pony Express discontinued.
Engraving of Pony Express rider and construction of telegraph line
November 2, 1867 Harper's Weekly Illustrated article
Daily Alta California, Volume 83, Number 77, 15 September 1890
History of Pony Express written in 1890

November 6, 1861 merger of Overland Telegraph Company and California State Telegraph

Marysville Daily Appeal, Volume VI, Number 112, 10 November 1861
History of Pacific Telegraph

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3315, 12 November 1861
Companies used to connect telegraph lines

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3320, 18 November 1861
Nevada Telegraph Act

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 22, Number 3324, 22 November 1861
Stebbins and progress of telegraph

Daily Alta California, Volume 13, Number 4298, 25 November 1861
Daily Alta California’s financial relationship with Overland Telegraph



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