Contents 1 Personal 2 Vocation 2.1 Gold Rush 2.2 Los Angeles 2.3 Public service 3 Legacy 4 See also 5 References


Personal[edit] Caswell was born January 3, 1828, in Taunton, Massachusetts. About 1845, he moved to Fall River and, in 1849, to Wareham, where he was married to Mary Bradford Gibbs the same year. They had one daughter, who died around 1878, and a son, William M. Caswell.[3][1] He and his family moved to San Francisco, California in the early 1850s and to Los Angeles in the mid−1860s. For many years, Caswell was a trustee in the local American Unitarian Association church.[4] In May 1895, the Caswells made a trip to Europe, returning aboard the RMS Campania of the Cunard Line.[5] Caswell felt a heart pain in the morning of February 3, 1898, but went to work as usual. At midday, though, he returned to his home at the southeast corner of West 5th Street and Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, the site of the present day Los Angeles Central Library he helped found.[6] Later that afternoon, he collapsed and died in a greenhouse in his garden.[4] "The news spread rapidly and many friends of the family hastened to the Caswell residence to offer their condolences and any assistance they might render." Interment was February 6 at Rosedale Cemetery.[3][7]


Vocation[edit] Caswell was in the mercantile and freight forwarding businesses in San Francisco, California. Gold Rush[edit] During the late California Gold Rush, he went to gold fields in Nevada County in 1855, leaving his family in San Francisco. He became a mining engineer and miner, pioneering in the use of hydraulic mining for gold in the Malakoff Diggins area in the Sierra Nevada. Los Angeles[edit] He and his family moved south to Los Angeles in 1865 or 1866. He opened a general merchandise store with John F. Ellis at the corner of Los Angeles and Arcadia Streets downtown.[3][1] In 1887, Caswell was appointed by a Superior Court judge as a special administrator in the estate of wealthy Los Angeles landowner and entrepreneur Remi Nadeau, whose will was being contested by Nadeau's son, George A.[8] Santa Susana Mountains oil Caswel, J.F. Ellis, and H.C. Wiley filed a mining claim for the Towsley Petroleum Mine in December 1876, located in the Santa Susana Mountains east of the Pico Canyon Oilfield near Newhall Pass. 2½ years later, in August 1879, they received a mineral lode patent from the U.S. government, which gave them title to the oilfield.[9] Los Angeles City Water Company In 1878, he became auditor of the Los Angeles City Water Company,[3][1] In 1890, he was arrested "on three charges of violating the water ordinance, charging higher rates than those fixed by the Los Angeles Common Council. He was taken before Justice Austin, where the cases were set for trial, and was released on his own recognizance.[10] There is no record of the disposition of this case. Public service[edit] Caswell was elected to the Los Angeles Common Council, the governing body of the city, on December 6, 1869, and served until December 9, 1870.[11] In 1872, Caswell was chosen to the first board of trustees of the Los Angeles Library Association, which was just then being organized to found the Los Angeles Public Library System with branch libraries.[12][13] He served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1872–74, representing the 1st District. From 1875 to 1878, he was clerk to the Common Council.[1]


Legacy[edit] Caswell is honored with a plaque in the interior of the Los Angeles Central Library, stating: [14] In honor of the founders of the Los Angeles Public Library. The first board of trustees 1872–1878. John G. Downey – president; H.K.W. Bent; Samuel Bradford Caswell; R.H. Dalton; W.B. Lawlor; W.H. Mace; J.R. McConnell; Harris Newmark; A.W. Potts; Ygnacio Sepulveda; George Hugh Smith; George Stoneman; T.W. Temple, 1925. Being Dead They Yet Speak.


See also[edit] History of oil in California through 1930


References[edit] ^ a b c d e "Supervisor Samuel Bradford Caswell" (PDF). Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  ^ "Los Angeles Central Library". LIBR280 Library Research Blog LAPL. 6 May 2013.  ^ a b c d "Died Very Suddenly". Los Angeles Times. 4 February 1898. p. 7.  ^ a b "Sudden Death: Samuel B. Caswell Expires Without Warning". Los Angeles Herald. 4 February 1898.  ^ "Cunard Line Passenger List R.M.S. Campania 18 May 1895". Gjenvick-Gjonvik Archives.  ^ "Location of the Caswell home". Mapping L.A.  ^ "Death Record". Los Angeles Times. 5 February 1898. p. 14.  ^ "Nadeau's Will". Los Angeles Times. 17 February 1887. p. 3.  ^ Walker, Stan. "Brief History of Oil Development in Towsley Canyon". elsmerecanyon.com.  ^ "City Briefs". Los Angeles Times. 3 August 1890. p. 8.  ^ Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials,1850-1938, compiled under direction of Municipal Reference Library, City Hall, Los Angeles (March 1938, reprinted 1966). "Prepared ... as a report on Project No. SA 3123-5703-6077-8121-9900 conducted under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration." ^ "Classified advertisement". Los Angeles Daily Herald. 28 December 1873.  ^ "Los Angeles Public Library". Los Angeles Times. 5 December 1897. p. 14.  ^ "Lodwrick M. Cook Rotunda". Public Art in L.A.  v t e Members of the Los Angeles Common Council, 1850–1889 Cristobal Aguilar David W. Alexander David Anderson Cayetano Apablasa James Baldwin Pascal Ballade Peter Baltz Phineas Banning John Barre A.W. Barrett Joseph Bayer Samuel J. Beck Alexander Bell R.L. Beauchet Prudent Beaudry Martin V. Biscailuz O.H. Bliss John Bobenreith J.H. Book Edward C. Bosbyshell Dionisio Botiller Leonicio Botiller Narciso Botello J.G. Bower Andrew A. Boyle Levi Newton Breed Charles Brode Albert Brown John Henry Bryant S.H. Buchanan James D. Bullis Alfred Louis Bush Jesse Houston Butler Thornton P. Campbell Joseph G. Carmona George Carson Samuel Bradford Caswell Burdette Chandler Julian Chavez Caro W. Childs Ozro W. Childs Bernard Cohn Michael Thomas Collins T.B. Collins Antonio Franco Coronel Ygnacio Coronel Thomas J. Cuddy Eulogio F. de Celis Frank R. Day George Dalton Ygnacio del Valle William H. Dennison Henry Dockweiler Jose Maria Doporto Arthur McKenzie Dodson John Gately Downey Ezra Drown Bernard Dubourdin C.N. Earl James Edwards George Fall George O. Ford Stephen C. Foster John Frohling William Ferguson Simon A. Francis Jacob Frankenfeld Loring A. French Charles Gassen George Gephard Jacob F. Gherkins Edward A. Gibbs Ira Gilchrist Morris L. Goodman John Goller Thomas Goss Lewis Granger John Strother Griffin Joseph Lancaster Grant Elisha K. Green Jose Vicente Guerrero Ezra M. Hamilton Henry Hammel William S. Hammel, Sr. James Hanley Horace Hiller John Frederick Holbrook John Edward Hollenbeck Vincent A. Hoover Alexander W. Hope Charles E. Huber Joseph Huber, Sr. John F. Humphreys Joseph Hyans Arnold Jacobi Charles H. Johnson Charles R. Johnson Edward Wadsworth Jones John Jones John F. Jones John H. Jones Wilson W. Jones Matthew Keller Albert Fenner Kercheval George Kerckhoff John King Jacob Kuhrtz William Thomas Lambie William B. Lawlor Solomon Lazard Thomas Leahy Louis Lichtenberger C.C. Lips George R. Long John Lovell Obed Macy Oscar Macy Damien Marchesseault Luis B. Martinez Jose Mascarel Newell Mathews James Greer McDonald Daniel Michael McGarry Hiram McLaughlin Anthony McNally Lewis Meinzer Francis Mellus Jacob Metzger D.E. Miles Richard Molony William Norton Monroe Walter Scott Moore William Moore John P. Moran John Moriarty Moritz Morris Murray Morrison Elijah Moulton Joseph Mullaly Henry R. Myles John B. Niles Myron Norton Agustin Olvera H.K.S. O'Melveny J.B. O'Neil John Osborn William Osborn S.M. Perry William H. Perry William H. Peterson Nehemiah A. Potter James Wesley Potts David M. Porter Augustine Poulain William R. 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