PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE
Colemans connected to Lowe 's railway, PG&E
Pasadena Star-News (CA) - Sunday, August 8, 2010
Author: Sid Gally
Musicians Alice and Sarah Coleman have been discussed in historical
features in the Star-News, but there was much more to the Coleman
Charles M. Coleman was the youngest child of Theodore and Jennie
Coleman, who came to Pasadena from Lake County in Northern California
Charles, who was then 9, remembered the family coming down the coast to
San Pedro on the steamer Orizaba, by train to Los Angeles, then by
horse-drawn stage to Pasadena, where the golden oranges on trees
Theodore was editor of the Pasadena Star and later the Pasadena News. Jennie became a school teacher.
Charles remembered hunting with Arturo Bandini and his hounds, playing
tennis at the Columbia Hill Tennis Club, and frequently hiking up Mount
He worked on the construction of Professor T.S.C. Lowe 's Mount Lowe Railway.
Charles was president of the Tournament of Roses Association in 1903.
His year had no football game as they couldn't find any team to play
then-powerhouse Michigan. A small crowd at Tournament Park was
entertained by polo.
Charles followed his father into the newspaper field. He was city
editor of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Examiners; city editor and
managing editor of the Seattle Post Intelligencer; and city editor of
the San Francisco Chronicle.
Charles went with the publicity department of San Francisco's Pacific
Gas & Electric Corp. He was the author of the 1952 centennial
history of "PG&E of California." Surprisingly, there are Pasadena
connections in this history.
He tells of Professor Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe becoming an
inventor of gas manufacturing processes as a result of making gas for
his balloons when he was chief aeronaut of the Union Army in the Civil
His processes and the companies born out of his patents were involved
in many of the companies that became part of PG&E. Of course this
is the same Lowe whose mountain railway above Altadena Charles Coleman
had helped to build.
Coleman tells about investors W. G. Kerkhoff and A. C. Balch developing
hydro-power companies that became part of PG&E. Kerkhoff gave large
amounts to Caltech in Pasadena to build laboratories, and Balch and his
wife funded the Athenaeum.
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