Very Important Passengers

San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.

Atwill & Co.

The Grand Plaza, San Francisco.The Grand Plaza (right), published by Atwill & Co., San Francisco.

Lettersheet entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1850 by Joseph F. Atwill and clients, office of the District Court of the northern District of the State of California.

In the letter, the Hall Stage office can be seen, the Union Hotel and the El Dorado Hotel.

The letter contents describe a '49er coming home. He states he would like to bring a parrot, but they all talk French or Spanish and his parrot must speak English.

April 22, 1854, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

MUSICAL -- A correct musical taste is in a fair way of being successfully cultivated in our community by the introduction of the compositions of the best masters. Several new pieces have been laid on our table by Atwill & Co., of No. 155 J Street.

November 2, 1856, The Wide West, San Francisco, California

Atwill & Co. Advertisement from The Wide West November 1856.

September 28, 1856, Wide West


ATWILL A CO. BEG TO inform their numerous patrons throughout the country, that all orders for A. & Co. must be directed to 172 Washington street, SAN FRANCISCO, as several shopkeepers are pretending to be connected with A. & Co., copying their advertisements, signs, &c, &c., causing many complaints to be received relative to inferior quality of Goods and exorbitant prices charged.

San Francisco during the mid-1800s.

Naval Order of the United States.

The Naval Order of the United States The Naval Order of the United States. has a history dating from 1890. Membership includes a wide range of individuals, many with highly distinguished career paths. When it was established, the Founders provided "that any male person above the age of eighteen years who either served himself, was still presently serving, or was descended from an officer or enlisted man who served in any of the wars which the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue or Privateer services was engaged was eligible for Regular membership." Today, the Order is a "by invitation only" society, and includes men and women who have served or who assist in accomplishing its Mission, including research and writing on naval and maritime subjects.

The San Francisco Commandery meets the first Monday of each month in San Francisco, California and holds two formal dinners each year:

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