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SP-UP Unmerger 1912-1913

Feb. 20, 1848 E. H. Harriman born in Hempstead, N.Y. http://www.bookrags.com/E._H._Harriman 1867 Trans-Pacific trade was pioneered when the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. dispatched the 300-foot steamship Colorado from SF to Yokohama and Hong Kong. (SFEC, 11/22/98, p.B1)...

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