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Littells and William Shockley with carriage

Littells and William Shockley with carriage
l-r W. A. Littell, W.H. Shockley, Mrs. Littell, unidentified man, road to left to mill
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Bradley Jeffreys2011-04-05 @ 04:08 PM
Mr. & Mrs. Walter A. Littell were my great grandparents. They were married in London in 1887, and lived in the superintendent's house at Candelaria (Pickhandle Gulch). This was their home for the first few years of their marriage. My grandmother was born in 1888 and this was her first home.
E.Geoffrey Jeffreys2011-04-06 @ 08:15 AM
Walter Albert Littell & his wife Justina Frances Theodora Littell (nee Simon) were my maternal grandparents. More pictures and a description of Candelaria can be found on pgs 444-447 of NEVADA Ghost Towns & Mining Camps by Stanley W. Paher. Walter Littell, my grandpa, was the mining engineer for the Candelaria Water Works & Milling Company and is leaning on the desk on the left of the picture at the bottom of pg 446. The house shown by Bradley may also be seen in the middle of page 446 and at the top of the street in the bottom picture on 445. I was told there were only "horse doctors" in Candelaria, so when my Grandma became enceinte, the mine superintendent's wife took Mrs. Littell to Oakland, California, where my mother was born in March, 1888. I do not think they returned to Candelaria, and if so, only briefly, as they lived on the top floor in a three-story apartment in San Francisco after mother was born. While there, Grandpa got on the elevator one morning with two other men and the cable snapped. The bones in Grandpa's left foot were badly broken and a
doctor set the foot in a plaster cast thereby making the bones all fuse together. That ended his career as a mining engineer. Luckily, Grandma had family connections in the banking business with headquarters in London and branches in Rio, San Francisco and in Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, and through her connections got Albert a job as manager of a new branch bank they had just opened in ______ in Spain. The family then moved to Spain where Grandpa managed the banks until 1906 when the San Francisco earthquake cost the bank to lose so much money that they had to close their Spanish branch banks. Grandpa then found a job in Venezuela managing the funicular railroad from Valencia to Puerto Cabello, and where my mother met and married my father, an English petroleum geologist, Geoffrey Jeffreys.

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