Letter to the Guscetti Brothers

 Collection
Identifier: 2017-55
Collection contains one letter written in 1911 by L. Guscetti to his brothers R. and W. Guscetti in Loyalton, California. Author discusses working on the Truckee River Power Canal for Stone and Webster, contractors hired by the Truckee General Electric Company to complete the project and the fire that burned Stone and Webster's warehouse and office space to the ground on May 16, 1917, the day prior to the letter being written.

Dates

  • May 17, 1911

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 items)

Overview

Collection contains one letter written in 1911 by L. Guscetti to his brothers R. and W. Guscetti in Loyalton, California. Author discusses working on the Truckee River Power Canal for Stone and Webster, contractors hired by the Truckee General Electric Company to complete the project. Guscetti also mentions the fire that burned Stone and Webster's warehouse and office space to the ground.

Biographical Note

L. Guscetti, possibly Louis Angelo Guscetti, writes to his brothers, R. and W. (possibly Ralph and William) in Loyalton, California. In May 1911, Guscetti worked in a "carpenters gang on a flume." The flume to which he referred is the Truckee River Power Canal, which was constructed to divert water to the Verdi Power Plant. This plant along with four others were all planned around 1910 and were operational within a few years. They were intended to supply power to Virginia City and the growing Reno area.

Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation served as the contractor for Truckee General Electric Company's flume project. This was the company Guscuetti worked for. In his letter, Gusceitti tells his brothers about a fire that took place the night before he wrote the letter, May 16, 1911. The warehouse and office space the Stone and Webster company occupied at the time was a former lumber planning site, the California and White Pine Plant. The building burned quickly and destroyed all supplies and building materials stored there as well as two box cars loaded with flume lumber.

[Biographical information compiled from Fred Holabird notes from purchase.]

Arrangment

Unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. in July 2017.

Creator

Title
An inventory to the Guscetti Brothers Letter
Status
completed
Author
Jessica Maddox
Date
August 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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