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Charles J. Astrue Collection
MS 721  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles J. Astrue Collection
    Dates: 1928-1953
    Collection Number: MS 721
    Creator/Collector: Astrue, Charles J.
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: Includes papers from Charles J. Astrue's executorship of the estate of Southern Pacific Maintenance of Way and Structures Chief Engineer William Jaekle, who died in 1934.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    This collection is open for research at our off-site storage facility with one week's notice. Contact Library & Archives staff to arrange for access.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Charles J. Astrue Collection. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Charles J. Astrue, 1986

    Biography/Administrative History

    Charles J. Astrue was born in Niles, California on June 12, 1888 and was educated at St. Mary's College in Oakland, California. He began working for Southern Pacific in May 1906 as a rodman, and later served as a levelman, transitman, and draftsman on the Western Division. From 1909-1912, Astrue was an office engineer and an assistant engineer on the Western Division in Oakland and with the Portland, Eugene & Eastern (then part of SP) for two years. During World War I, Mr. Astrue served with the U.S. Navy. When World War I ended, Mr. Astrue went back to work for the Southern Pacific in San Francisco as an assistant engineer, chief draftsman, office engineer, and in 1944 he became assistant chief engineer. Mr. Astrue died on January 15, 1979 in Marin County.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection includes correspondence, bills, receipts, and financial statements from Charles J. Astrue's executorship of the estate of Southern Pacific Maintenance of Way and Structures Chief Engineer William Jaekle, who died in 1934. Mr. Astrue also served as Co-trustee of the William M. Jaekle Trust with the Bank of Califoria until the Trust was dissolved in 1948. He was guardian of two of the four sons remaining to William Jaekle until they came of age. The William M. Jaekle Trust Fund files are arranged chronologically, Also includes reports, cost estimates for construction of proposed lines and track replacement, memoranda, correspondence, and maps from Mr. Astrue's time with Southern Pacific in San Francisco. Arranged alphabetically by file title.