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Duncan Matheson
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1865
Nova Scotia, Canada
Death: Oct. 25, 1942

Duncan Matheson (1865-1942)

Duncan Matheson, son of William and Isabella Douglas Matheson, was born in Pictou county, Nova Scotia, October 26, 1865. He came to California in December, 1881, worked on the construction of the Elk River Railroad in Humboldt county, and later with the California Redwood Company. Having a desire to see the world, he visited New Zealand, Australia, and India. Returning to California in 1887, He was with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and became roadmaster in 1895. In 1900 he joined the San Francisco police department. Passing number one on all his tests, he served in every grade and rank of the department. In 1921 as Detective Captain he charged silent screen star Fatty Arbuckle for the murder of Virginia Rappe. He retired as captain of detectives on September 2, 1929. His service to the Bay Area culminated in his becoming the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco.
Created by: ROA
Record added: Dec 26, 2011
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