This collection contains one manuscript, 19 letters, and 30 pieces of ephemera related to
Thomas H. Hansbrow (1826-1868) of Sacramento, California. Most of the correspondence and ephemera relates to the various pumps
Hansbrow designed for mining, steamers, agriculture and railroads. The manuscript is the 1921 memoir of Hansbrow's brother-in-law,
Samuel A. Randel, with sections which relate to Hansbrow's marriage and travel to California in 1849.
Thomas H. Hansbrow's early life is a bit obscure, but he was born in 1826 and was a
tinner before he traveled from Illinois to the gold rush in California. There he ran
a stove and hardware store and invented a pump, which won awards at the World's Fair
of 1862. He was a rather important figure in Sacramento during the 1850s and 1860s,
serving as the Superintendent of the City Water Works and as a member of the Board
of Supervisors. He was a director of the California State Agricultural Society and
served as a state assemblyman from 1865-1866. He died in 1868.
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