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Wheaton & Luhrs file letter, 1889.
MANUSCRIPTSMCII : Box 32 : Folder 26
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Wheaton & Luhrs file letter, 1889
Wheaton & Luhrs


Ricioli, A., creator


Fox, George H.


Handwritten letter from A. Ricioli of Markham Mills to the San Francisco firm of Wheaton and Luhrs dated October 15, 1889, complaining that the firm has not sent the writer an accounting of his packed butter as promised. It is written in Italian and translated into English on the back.This letter was found the morning of April 18, 1906 on Bluxome Street in San Francisco by George H. Fox, where it had been blown with cinders and ashes from the city's burning produce district slightly over a mile away, and is enscribed as such by Fox on the front.


1889 (issued)


Wheaton & Luhrs.
Earthquakes -- California -- San Francisco, April 18, 1906
Fires -- California -- San Francisco -- 1900-1910


George H. Fox lived in Alameda but worked in San Francisco as a clerk and freight auditor for the Southern Pacific Railroad, a short distance from where he found this letter.
The commission merchant and wholesale produce firm of Wheaton & Luhrs was located in 1889 at 221-225 Front Street in San Francisco, where it had been for the previous ten years. In 1892 it became Wheaton, Breen & Co. and relocated to 101-107 California Street. In 1902 the company changed its name to Wheaton, Pond & Harrold, and was then located at 110-112 Davis Street. This was its status at the time of the 1906 earthquake and fire, and apparently documents from the predecessor firms' files were still in its possession. Wheaton, Pond & Harrold was listed in the 1907 San Francisco City Directory at the same address but not at all afterwards, which may indicate that the company did not resume business after the fire.
Wheaton & Luhrs.
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

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1 file folder; 14 5.8 x 9 1.2 in.






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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.