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Inventory of the Milo Hoadley Collection, 1849-1886
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Milo Hoadley Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1849-1886
    Creator: Hoadley, Milo
    Extent: 65 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection was purchased from Edwin Grabhorn in January, 1945.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Milo Hoadley Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Milo Hoadley, civil engineer, was born in Connecticut on July 25, 1809. In 1849 he came to San Francisco, where he found considerable opportunity to practice his profession, serving first as assistant, then as deputy, to County Surveyor William M. Eddy. After Eddy's election to the State Surveyor General-ship in 1851, Hoadley turned his full attention to former part time activities--making private surveys and working on the 160 acre tract near Lone Mountain to which he had squatter's rights. There, on the land later to be known officially as Hoadley's Addition, he began cutting wood for sale. During 1852 he and a C. McCartney were partners in a down-town wood yard.
    This enterprise was short-lived, and the years 1853-1854 found Hoadley filling the post of city engineer for establishing grades, with James H. Hoadley as his assistant. He next allied himself with the Water Works Company of San Francisco, one of the many organizations which, over the years, vied for the privilege of supplying San Francisco with water. This particular company seems to have existed chiefly on paper, and its engineer soon directed his energies elsewhere, officiating, in 1862-1863, as president of the City Board of Civil Engineers.
    In 1864, Milo, Silas, and James Hoadley formed Hoadley & Co., Dealers in Native Sonoma Wines, a business of some four years' duration. Then, in 1867, Milo Hoadley, James T. Boyd and John H. Turney organized the San Francisco Water Co., which, despite wordy battles in the water conscious seventies, was never able to displace the monopolist Spring Valley Company.
    The collection throws little light on Hoadley's activities during the next decade; the city directory lists him as civil engineer until 1887, in which year, on May 19, he died. He was buried in Lone Mountain Cemetery, not far from the rancheria on which he had settled 37 years before. In August, 1890, his wife Sarah, whom he had married in 1831, was laid to rest beside him.

    Subject Matter

    • A. Official and private surveys made in San Francisco city and county; 1849-1862
    • B. Land titles in San Francisco city and county
    • C. San Francisco water supply; 1852-1872

    Persons represented by more than two items

    • DOWD, Augustus Truman, 6 items
    • HOADLEY, James H., 8 items
    • HOADLEY, Milo, 14 items

    Interesting or Important Items

    • HOADLEY, Milo. Journal, written in San Francisco, containing entries about surveys, local politics, the wood business and Hoadley's Rancheria, the weather, prices, services at Trinity Church, etc. 1850-1852
    • HOADLEY, Milo.
    • Drafts of letters later published in The Daily Evening Bulletin about the building of a sea-wall for San Francisco, about corruption in the State Supreme Court, particularly in regard to land titles, and about the Water Works Company of San Francisco. 1856 (In HOADLEY, Milo & McCARTNEY, C. Account book. 1852
    • HOADLEY, Milo. A paper attacking the Spring Valley Water Co. and giving its history. 1870, Apr.<
    • HOADLEY, James H. Note book containing detailed plans and measurements of San Francisco streets. c. 1862
    • KOELS, Alphons Edward. Letter about the disappearance of the sons of Milo Hoadley and F.F. Low. 1871, July 12