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Finding aid of the Flood & O'Brien Letter C058850
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Flood and O'Brien Letter
    Identifier/Call Number: C058850
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: B001392
    Storage Unit: C058850
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (1 letter)
    Date: December 23, 1870
    Abstract: Letter from James Clair Flood and William Shoney O'Brien to James Graham Fair, dated 12/23/1870, regarding the deposit of five thousand dollars into the account of W.S. Hobart.
    creator: Flood, James Clair, 1826-1888
    creator: O’Brien, William Shoney, 1825 or 1826-1878

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Flood & O'Brien Letter. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The Bonanza Kings, also called the Silver Kings, was a nickname given to the four men (James Clair Flood, William Shoney O'Brien, James Graham Fair and John William Mackay) who started a stock brokerage called "Flood & O'Brien", more commonly known as the Bonanza Firm. In 1873, after gaining control of the Consolidated Virginia Mining Company, they discovered a large vertical ore body more than 1,200 feet deep which became known as the "big bonanza", making the four owners into some of America's wealthiest men.

    Scope and Contents note

    Letter from James Clair Flood and William Shoney O'Brien to James Graham Fair, dated 12/23/1870, regarding the deposit of five thousand dollars into the account of W.S. Hobart. Letter mentions that the instructions to deposit the five thousand dollars came from either J.G. Fair or J.W. Mackay.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

    Related Archival Materials note

    C012138: Rent roll kept by Lewis Cameron Fraser, Sr., the senior accountant for Flood, Mackay, Fair & O'Brien. Dated ?-1885, donated by Ruth Fraser.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fair, James Graham, 1831-1894
    Hobart, Walter S., 1839-1892
    Mackay, John William, 1831-1902
    Banks and banking.
    Mackay, Fair, Flood, and O’Brien