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Charles Frederick Dorrance
  • Born: 18 Jul 1856, Rutland VT
  • Died: 1919

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked circa 1877-1879 as a jeweler and watchmaker in San Francisco CA
  • He was a partner in 1879-1880 with John R. Gardiner in Portland OR as GARDINER & DORRANCE.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Portland OR, listed as a watchmaker.
  • Notice: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review, in Apr 1880.
    A report from Portland, Oregon, says that John R. Gardiner, of Gardiner & Dorrance, has left for parts unknown. It has since transpired that during the four months sickness of Dorrance, Gardiner appropriated the receipts of the business, and disposed of the stock at ruinous prices. The money, it is said, was lost on cards and squandered on wine and women. The remaining stock has been attached by the creditors.
  • He worked as a jeweler and watchmaker after 1880 for a variety of firms in Portland OR, San Francisco, Stockton, Los Angeles, and Oakland CA.

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