Truckee River Pollution Incident, 1908

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Truckee River Pollution Incident, 1908
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Long letter adressing pollution at Floriston caused by the lumber mill there that killed fish, caused serious environmental damage, and was the subject of a major lawsuit.

Eight-page letter from San Francisco attorney W. E. F. Deal addressed to Nevada Attorney General Richard C. Stoddard regarding pollution of the Truckee River, principally by the Floriston Pulp & Paper Co. at Floriston, CA, November 25, 1908. On the letterhead of W. E. F. Deal, Mills Building, San Francisco, and signed by Deal. Original letter. Very good condition.

Born in Maryland on March 8, 1949, William E. F. Deal arrived in California in September 1859, and Nevada in May 1863. He was admitted to the Nevada Bar in March 1865 and became a prominent mining attorney in Virginia City. He was elected a UNR Regent from 1894-1902 and was administrator of the multi-million-dollar John W. Mackay Estate in 1902. Deal moved his legal practice to San Francisco in 1900 and died there in 1924.

An important detailed letter on early pollution of the Truckee River by a prominent pioneer attorney who had large businesses and law offices for decades on both sides of the Sierra.

Date: Location: Carson City, Nevada HWAC# 59507