Passengers: San Francisco 1800s

SS Golden City

February 28, 1865
SS Golden City
W. F. Lapidge, Commander
From Panama

February 28, 1865, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


The P.M.S.S. Co's steamer Golden City, W. F. Lapidge, Commander,arrived at 9:30 a.m. yesterday. The following re her memoranda and passenger list. NGC Chart 2614WP. Manzanillo.

The Golden City sailed from San Francisco January 23d at 10:55 a.m.; January 29th, at 7 a.m., arrived at Manzanillo; discharged and received freight, and sailed at 9:50 a.m.; January 30, at noon, arrived at Acapulco; received fresh supplies and sailed at 3:10 p.m.; February 4 at 2:40 a.m., exchanged signals with the Pacific Mail Company's steamer Sacramento, bound up; February 5th, at 9:20 a.m., arrived at Panama.

Returning, the Golden City sailed from Panama at 9:20 p.m., February 13th; February 14th, at noon, passed the Panama Railroad Company's steamer Guatemala, bound down; February 15th, at 9:55 a.m., passed Pacific Mail Company's steamship Golden Age, bound down; February 19th, at 4:20 p.m., arrived at Acapulco; received fresh supplies and sailed at 8 p.m.; February 20th, at 2:55 a.m., exchanged signals with Pacific Mail Co.'s steamship Constitution, bound down; February 20th, at 2:30 p.m., passed steamer Moses Taylor, bound down; February 23d, at 11:50 a.m., 18 miles northwest of Point Lazaro, passed the steamer John L. Stephens, bound to San Francisco. Service Afloat. Sloops of War.

The Atlantic Mail Steamer North Star, on her down trip, when about 20 miles from Aspinwall, broke her shaft at 6 a.m. of the 13th. 90 miles Northward of San Jose de Guatemala, passed the remains of a wreck on the beach.

Left at Panama, U.S. sloop-of-war St. Mary's, and American Ships W. Lord and Emily Farnham, and a French barque; at Acapulco, Pacific Mail Company's steamer California.


F.W.G. Bellows
Senator Hardinge
L. L. Baker and Wife
J. D. Hooker
B. Price
A. A. Egery
J. R. Robbins, wife and daughter
Mrs. P. Owens & sister
Robt. Mitchell
W. Shiels
Mrs. Page and two chn.
Miss Shannon
Mrs. Whipple and child
Edwin Bryant
Capt. F. O. Nelson & wife
Geo Willington & wife
J. Boothly and wife
W. P. Carr
J. Burmington, wife, son and daughter
S. Schonwasser & boy
L. Ridge and wife
Mrs. Nagle, son and 2 children
Capt. Page
Mrs. W. West and 2 children
J. T. Fisher and family
A. B. Fisher and wife
J. H. Plunkett
J. C. Bolton

R. E. Clemens
C. R. Meigs and wife
J. A. Eaton and wife
Miss S. Hoage
H. R. Tompson
Chas Porter
Wm. M. Loyd
H. Thyarks
N. Heath and wife
Mrs. Taylor
E. W. Church and wife
Miss Ada Bowen
F. H. McCormick
Z. E. Etkin
C. W. Jenks
H. Schell
Mrs. A. C. Bidwell & children
Miss Hildebrand
Mrs. Hanford and child
W. Bellamy
Henry Putnam
Right Rev. Bishop Hill, wife and 3 servants
Two Missses Woods
A. Kingscote
G. Sutro and wife
S. Kurrland & servant
Mr. Walker
T. Ellis

and 300 others

Madame Vestvali

Among the passengers on the Golden City is Madame Vestvali, who, after having achieved a great success as a prima donna contralto in all the great cities oi note, has acquired such proficiency in the vernacular as to undertake leading characters in the English drama whicb, in their enaction, have put to shame the endeavors of actors of celebrity. She comes under engagement to Thomas Maguire, Esq., who has secured her services at a very large outlay. Madame Vestvali enjoys a reputation in private life which her numerous acts of disinterested charity have adorned. We are permitted to give publicity to a little incident illustrative of her character, which occurred on the Golden City, our information being derived from a gentleman, a fellow citizen well and favorably known, not alone to ourselves, but the whole community.

Mrs. Frances Waldron and Daughter

Among the passengers was a Mrs. Frances Waldron and daughter. Her history was a romantic one— the usual tale of unrequited love and desertion. She had travelled from New York to Guayaquil in search of her husband, who was in business there, and found that he had proved unfaithful. Her pleadings that he should provide for tbeir daughter were unavailing, and the mother, in her distraction, attempted suicide by taking sulphuric ether. She survived the effects, long enough to reach Panama and take passage on the Golden City for this port, but the effects of the poison had taken too strong a hold on her system. and notwithstanding the unceasing efforts of Dr. Gordon, the Surgeon of the steamer, Mrs. Waldron died at sea on the 23rd of this month, leaving her daughter, eleven years of age, to the cold charities of the world. The passengers, among whom were a large proportion of returned California with that liberality which has rendered California famous in the world, took prompt, and efficient means to provide for the little charge, and a subscription, amounting to nearly a thousand dollars, was taken up for her behalf, and Mr. Nolan, the first officer of the ship, adopted her. In addition to the money so contributed, Mad. Vestvali tendered a benefit. the whole proceeds to be given to the little waif of the Golden City, and we have no doubt but that our residents will respond to so noble a cause as only San Franciscans do.

Mad. Vestvali is accompanied by Miss Lund, a relative. We feel assured, from what we know ef her dramatic abilities, that she will create a great sensation in our midst.

Later from Central America

By the Golden City, we have dates from San Juan de Nicaragua to the 26th ult.

On the 14th of July the Government of Nicaragua agreed to deliver General Barrios to the Government of Salvador, on the special condition that his life should be spared, and that in any trial for his conduct as President of the latter State, he should be held free from the sentence of death. A contract being signed to this effect, General Barrios was placed on board the Salvadorian brig-of-war Experimento, and sent to La Libertad.

We learn that the schooner Manuelita Planas, which took General Barrios from this port, and all the arms and ammunition found on board, have been confiscated by the Government of Nicaragua. ~ Panama Star

August 26, 1865, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.


Arrival of the Golden City— List of Passengers— Greenbacks— Bodies Arrived— Funeral of Nlsbet — Colfax and Bross— Case of Loehr— The Shenandoaa-- Reception of General Halleck— Eastern News— Arrivals— Drowned.

San Francisco, August 25th

The Golden City arrived at five o'clock this evening.

Panama. 1800s. San Blas. Native Indians at beach market.

The Golden City brings 222 packages United States mail, and 8,494 packages merchandise. She left in Panama the United States steamer Wateree, Cyane and store-ship Farallones. The Golden City came in during a dense fog and was abreast of Fort Point before seen, when salutes commenced, ending with the steamer Saginaw. The officers of the Department of the Pacific were at the landing to receive General Halleck and escort him to the Occidental, but no demonstrations of a formal nature occurred.


Major General Halleck, wife, child and two servants; James Street, Captain J. H, Spotts and family. Colonel Whittier, Major Taylor, A. A. Van Voorhies, Colonel R. N. Scott and family, A. G. Gllkison, M. Livingston, John Skae, John Fay and family, Mrs. John Mason, P. Kauer, P. A. Vallot, Samuel Thurber, A. Daily, Jr., Mrs. 0. Shipman. W. R. Dietrich and family, F. Mason, E. M. Wood, S. A. Wormser, Mrs. Wm.. M. White and daughter, S. Hoppman, S. Sachs, A. D. Lombard. Miss Kate Hall. L.P. Downitzer, W. S. Uhler, E. Godchaux, Major E. C. Kemble, M. H. Farley, J. Miller, Frank Bryan, H. W. Stein, L. T. Hunting and family, A. Warfield, Mrs. M. Hogan and child, Z. H. Reed and family, H. Ranken and family, O. S. M. Cone, H. L. Dodge and wife, F. B. Hatch, A. H. Ball, W. B. Cox and wife, Mrs. J. Moore and child. G. W. Baker. F. Friedman, P. K. Roots, A. Sancedo, L. L. Lewis, W. H. V. Cronise, John Turner, J. Peyser, J. E. Eldridge, P. B. Tompkins, Miss S. G. Hawley, Captain G. H. Weeks and family, A. Winship, J. H. Donohoe, L. C. Hanks, A. Dibble, D. C. Wager, G. K.Shiel, Mrs. M. O. Upham and child, Mrs. M. Daggett and child, J. J. Duncan, D. P. Baldwin, S. B. Pike, C. Green, M. W. Church and family, Miss R. Kenyon, A. A. Hand, J. S. Hunters, E. Snell, Mrs. Hantoon and child, child. Mrs. O. S. Calott and child, C. H. Collins, A. S. R. Hallowell, A. T. Hubbard, A. C. Beshap, Captain A. D. Johnston, Mrs. H. Pouitzett, Mme. Vestvaria, Catharine Sheehan, Sol. Sachs, A. Uhman, G. Warberger, Ida Beck, Miss C. Perth, J. E. Keyes, C. Roop, wife and sister; J. H. McClelland, Mrs. C. Goldberg and child, L. Beaucamp, G. F. Dietrich, M. Taylor, C. Grisbeck, J. Main, Anna E. Farwell, M. Philpott and wife, A. Boskowith, W. S. Ralph, James Delavan, A. Bernhard, Mrs. Feldin and two children, Mrs. Lafont, Mrs. M. Savage and daughters, J. H. Doane, Ann Robie, A. C. Palmer, Mrs. Palmer, Louisa Bryant, J. H. Thompson, A. Behr and wife, A. Levyshon, Mrs. J. B. Thompson, Mrs. Barton, Mrs. M. Burns, J. Connor, Mrs. Penn and son, A. L. Ostrom, John Morse, T. Patrick, Mrs. Ryan and two children, A. T. Lowry, F. D. Baker, L. Baldwin, Captain R. H. Homer, Maria Klatt, and 195 in the steerage.

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