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 Emil William Billeb

Emil William Billeb

Death 15 Mar 1974 (aged 88)
San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 55448329 · View Source
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Emil Billeb was a photographer and miner during the heyday of Great Basin (Nevada and Eastern Sierra) mining camps. He tells the stories with charm and his great camera of the people, technology, and environment.

Author of "Mining Camp Days"

In the spring of 1908, Billeb traveled from Tonopah, seven miles by train, 35 miles by Concord stage, to find the once thriving town of Bodie diminished to a population of 300. The Bodie Railroad & Lumber Company was under new management and he was to be the representative. Both the railroad and Mono Saw Mill were in considerable disrepair, and would be refurbished to run much longer than most antiquated operations of it's kind would have. During Billeb's stay, the days of the "bad man of Bodie" were gone, but there were still plenty of shenanigans going on amongst those who lived and worked there..

Emil was instrumental in having a plaque dedicated to his father-in-law James Stuart Cain in the historic Ghost town of Bodie,

A member of the Ancient and Honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, preserving Western history, and the first Humbug of the Bodie Chapter 64 in Mono County in 1965.

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Emil William Billeb
birth: 10 June 1885 , ,
draft registration: from 1917 to 1918 Mono County, California,

United States Census, 1920

Emil W Billeb Head

birth: 1886 Germany
residence: 1920 Bodie, Mono, California, United States
immigration: 1892
spouse: Jessie D Cain Billeb
children: James W Billeb, Robert C Billeb

United States Census, 1930

Emil W Billeb Head

birth: 1886 Germany
residence: 1930 San Francisco (Districts 251-409), San Francisco, California, U S
immigration: 1893
spouse: Jessie D Billeb
children: James W Billeb, Robert C Billeb
other: Conrad B Cain

United States Census, 1940

Emil W Billeb Head
birth: 1887 Germany
residence: 1940 Assembly District 27, San Francisco, San Francisco City, San Francisco, California, United States
spouse: Jessie D Billeb
child: Robert C Billeb
other: Martha D Cain, Conrad B Cain, Florence Mccardle

California Death Index, 1940-1997

Emil W Billeb
birth: 10 June 1885 Other Country
death: 15 March 1974 San Mateo, California, United States

United States Social Security Death Index

Emil Billeb
birth: 10 June 1885
death: March 1974 San Mateo, California

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924

Emil Billeb
immigration: 10 May 1892

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  • Added: 26 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55448329
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