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Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers MSS.312
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Description
The Dorothea Reddy Moroney Papers consists of correspondence, reports, magazine articles, a photocopy of a Quitclaim Deed, a United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey Preliminary Geologic map with Sections of the Northeastern part of the SEIAD Quadrangle, Siskiyou County, California, and a United States Department of the Interior, Chromite Deposits near Seiad and McGuffy Creeks Siskiyou county California, Geological Survey Bulletin 948-B, 1949.
Background
Dorothy Reddy Moroney was known in Siskiyou County, California as the “Chrome Queen” due to her success in the chrome mining industry. Dorothea Reddy (November 26, 1909-Feburary 7, 1974) was the daughter of Dr. John F. (Francis) Reddy (1866-1933), and Mary F. Cowley. She married William Moroney, and became Dorothea Reddy Moroney. According to a Time Magazine article from November 16, 1942, her father died leaving $23,000 in debts and some long-abandoned mining claims assessed at precisely $10. Dot, as the article called her worked first in a Seattle department store, then in San Francisco, then in Washington as a $30-a-week typist for the old NRA. During this time she researched the locations of her father’s mines, ousted claim-jumpers, and sold one mine to Baltimore’s Rustless Iron & Steel Corp. for $75,000. According to the article, this is the deal that won her the title “Chrome Queen”.
Extent
0.5 Linear feet 1 Box containing 3 Folders
Restrictions
No restrictions.
Availability
Collection is open for research without restriction.