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Inventory of the Tugwell ("Tug") McDaniel Collection, 1944-1972
MS 9  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tugwell ("Tug") McDaniel Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1944-1972
    Collection number: MS 9
    Creator: McDaniel, Tugwell
    Extent: 1 document box
    Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Shelf location: Big Four Building or off-site storage. Please contact the Library in advance of your visit.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    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 Senior Curator. 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

    [Identification of item], Tugwell ("Tug") McDaniel Collection, MS 9, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.

    Collection Description

    The collection consists of a scrapbook containing letters, pamphlets, magazine articles, photographs, clippings, and ephemera, mostly pertaining to Mr. McDaniel's rescue of the child in 1944. In addition, there are some items dealing with his later careers with the Southern Pacific and the State Legislature.

    Historical Background

    Tugwell ("Tug") McDaniel was born in Kentucky, and in 1926 began his railroad career as a brakeman on the Florida East Coast Railway. During and after the Second World War, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in California, holding the positions of brakeman, conductor, assistant trainmaster, and trainmaster. From 1950 until his retirement from the railroad in 1968, he was in charge of Southern Pacific's San Francisco commuter train operations.
    In April 1944, McDaniel rescued a child playing on the tracks from the path of an oncoming cab forward locomotive and train near Dutch Flat, California. For this action he was honored by the railroad and Governor Earl Warren. The incident also generated much publicity and became the subject of a number of newspaper and magazine articles and radio programs.
    In later years, McDaniel served as an assistant sergeant-at-arms for the California State Legislature.