Recollections : together with the geneology of the Mack Family from Inverness, Scotland, about 1665 and the letters of George Corydon Mack while crossing the plains in 1863 / 1929 / by Oscar Eugene Mack

O.E. Mack, around October 1885.
O.E. Mack, around October 1885. Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center.

Recollections of Oscar Eugene Mack, typed and bound, with newspaper clippings, photographs, and other ephemera pasted in. The recollections cover most of Mack's life, from his early childhood in Illinois, his voyage to San Francisco on the steamers Costa Rica and Sacramento and across the Isthmus of Panama, ranch life near Maine Prairie, and Westminster, California, his professional life, and major life events, including his marriage, and the birth of his children, to important world and local events. The inner workings of his many jobs are described in detail, including his time teaching, work in the subscription department of A. L. Bancroft & Co., time spent in the auditing and express money order departments of Wells Fargo & Co., work as an auditor with J.C. Nolan & Co., and his long career as a shoe salesman, selling to the trade. Includes a brief history of the Mack family in the United States, a typed transcript of his father's overland journal, and sixteen appendixes discussing a range of subjects, including, his guiding principles, human relations, Christianity, production and consumption, travels, and arithmetic. Of particular note are is his descriptions of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and the damage to buildings and infrastructure in Oakland, and the flora and fauna surrounding every community in which he lived.


[iv], 651pages : photographs ; 28cm

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