San Francisco Newspaper, 12/24/1880 (83559)

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San Francisco Newspaper, 12/24/1880   (83559)
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Long article about William Sharon of the Comstock. Daughter of Nevada Senator has title California Girl Lady Hesketh, Was Miss Sharon Wedding an event of 1880 London, July 31.— Lady Hesketh was one of the well-known titled American women in London. She was Florence Emily, daughter of the late William Sharon, who was one of the 49ers & at one time Senator from Nevada. Her husband, Sir Thomas Hesketh, is the seventh descendant of his line. The wedding of Florence Sharon to Sir Thomas Hesketh took place at her father’s magnificent home at Belmont, near San Francisco, in 1880 and was on a scale characteristic almost of royalty. Sharon, who had made many millions of dollars out of the development of the Comstock lode in Virginia City, who had founded the Bank of California with W. C. Ralstoon & D. O. Mills, and who had built the Palace hotel at San Francisco, was then considered one of the richest men in the world, and he determined to have a ceremony & reception in honor of his daughter’s marriage to the wealthy young baronet that should leave its mark for lavishness in the social history of California. Special trains were run from the Southern Pacific station at Fourth and Townsend streets, to convey the guests to the scene. And there were thousands of these guests. They came from all over California. Every public official, all the members of the Party. Bohemian & Union clubs, & other social organizations, the officers of the army, the navy & the militia, members of the legislature. Congressmen—everybody. The grounds had been decorated at heavy expense & with considerable display of taste, & presented a beautiful sight when the people arrived. Sharon, himself, was on hand, all smiles. After the ceremony there was a reception & a supper. (Sacramento Union, August 1, 1909.) From the Salvatore Falcone Collection.

Date: 1880