History Of The "Old High School" 1828-1840
by Charles Wells Chapin

the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Company in New York, and an officer of several minor railway companies comprised within the systems of the Chicago & Northwestern and the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Companies. He was, born in Springfield, Mass., March 26, 1826.
        President Sykes is possessed of great executive ability, and in the management of the various roads which have come under his supervision he has given his large experience without stint, and has discharged the duties imposed upon him with fidelity and great care. He has the single purpose of serving the interest of the public, but is not unmindful of that watchfulness necessary to keep and better the service of the various companies which he represents, bringing the most satisfactory results to both the stockholders and the public.

        LINVILLE J. HALL. — When about fifteen years of age he entered the printing office of the Springfield (Mass.) Gazette, then published by Josiah Taylor. In 1844 he was a compositor on the Daily Republican, then established by Samuel Bowles, Sen. Afterwards be was a compositor on Zion's Herald, Boston, Mass. From thence he went to Cabotville, now Chicopee, Mass., and was employed on the Cabotville Chronicle. He was a printer for about twelve years. While engaged in Hartford, Conn., upon John C. Fremont's report of the Rocky Mountains and California in 1848, he was seized with the spirit of adventure, and in November joined the organization of the Hartford Mining and Trading Company. In Feb., 1849, he left East River, New York, in the ship "Henry Lee," for voyage to California via Cape Horn. The ship was well provisioned and freighted with merchandise. The company had a paid up capital, including the ship, of $37,000. During the voyage of seven months he printed a book of eighty-eight pages containing a description of scenes aboard ship and along shore, which he distributed to the one hundred and thirty

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