J. H. "Harry" Mathers was a surveyor for railroad and mining companies
in the American west (primarily California) and Baja California. The collection is composed entirely of correspondence between
various members of the Mathers family.
J. H. "Harry" Mathers was a surveyor for railroad and mining companies in the American west (primarily California) and Baja
He moved to California from the Midwest in the late 1880s in search of work. He obtained a job with a railroad company
in Baja California in 1889 surveying a line between Ensenada and the Gulf Coast and moved his family, including his wife Nettie,
to Escondido, California. In the 1890s, the Mathers family moved to Chicago Park, California, near the mining town of Grass
Valley. The family remained in Chicago Park for about a decade. Around the turn-of-the-century the family relocated to Los
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