Title: H. Lester Taylor Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1887-1977
Collection number: MS 35
Taylor, H. Lester
Extent: 1 document box
California State Railroad Museum Library
Sacramento, California 95814
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Gift of Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Pacific Coast Chapter
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[Identification of item], H. Lester Taylor Collection, MS 35, California State Railroad Museum Library, Sacramento, California.
The collection consists of reminiscences and letters of H. Lester Taylor, an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad from
1906 to 1965. He began service with the railroad as a messenger and served as messenger for Edward H. Harriman after the 1906
San Francisco earthquake. Mr. Taylor spent most of his career as a station agent in Northern California, serving 42 years
as agent at South Vallejo.
Also in the collection are letters and other documents relating to James C. Wilder, Taylor W. Heintzelman, Southern Pacific's
Assistant Master Mechanic and later Superintendent of Motive Power, and William McKenzie, Assistant General Master Mechanic
of the Southern Pacific in the late 1880s.