Death of George S. Ladd; Founder of EC&M


Publication: Daily Evening Bulletin

San Francisco, CA, United States
vol. 68, no. 98, p. 2, col. 3-4


Sad News Received from London This

Morning - Brief Sketch of the


Frank Jaynes, Superintendent of Western Union Telegraph Company, received a dispatch from London yesterday morning announcing the death of George S. Ladd, who was prominently connected with telegraph and telephone companies on this coast. The following is a brief sketch of the gentleman's life.

George S. Ladd was first employed as a telegraph operator at Iowa Hill, Cal., in 1855, and owing to his great ability was afterward in the services of the Sacramento, Stockton and California Telegraph Company. In the year 1870 he was Secretary of the California State Telegraph Company and continued as Secretary and Superintendent up to 1866, when the California State Telegraph Company was purchased by the Western Union Telegraph Company. Subsequently he was appointed Assistant General Superintendent and served until the year 1869. He afterward was engaged in the business of manufacturing electrical instruments and supplies and formed the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Company and Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company.

Mr. Ladd always took the lead in electrical enterprises while on the Pacific Coast, and his loss will be deeply felt by the telegraph and telephone companies. He has been in bad health for quite a while, and was advised by his physicians to go to Carlsbad, Germany. He proceeded as far as London, accompanied by his wife, but was unable to proceed any further, and passed away this morning.


Keywords:Electrical Construction & Maintenance Company
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:June 25, 2008 by: Bob Stahr;