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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 family.

Charles M. Coleman was the youngest child of Theodore and Jennie Coleman, who came to Pasadena from Lake County in Northern California in 1886.

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 fascinated him.

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 Wilson.

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 War.

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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