Susie Van Kirk

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Understanding the Scottish Syndicate/Evans, et al. debacle that wrested thousands and thousands of acres of virgin redwood forests in northern California from the public and into the hands of private timber companies is a serious challenge.

To have any understanding of what Evans and his associates were doing, considerable time must be spent on the Courthouse’s fifth floor, reviewing pages, pages, and pages of records that transferred the public domain to David Evans, then James Walker in San Francisco, and through a number of involved transactions, into the hands of modern timber companies. This report will go over the findings. Bulk dates concern the late 19th century.


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