Felix Tracy, bio, b. 1829 New York
[Sacramento & Shasta Cos.]
The agent for Wells, Fargo & Co., at Sacramento, was born at Moscow, Livingston County, New York, March 19, 1829.Left New York for California March, 1849, arriving at San Francisco, September 18th of the same year, where he engaged in merchandising until 1850.He then went to the mines, working for a time on the North Fork of the American River; afterwards in the vicinity of Downieville.In the Summer of 1850 when he entered the employee of Sam. W. Longton’s Express, as Messenger, between Marysville and Downieville, a position full of incident and adventure, a portion of the route being at times only passable by means of snow-shoes, employing and traveling in company with Indians.In June, 1852, he entered the service of Adams & Co. as Messenger between Shasta and Marysville; made one or more trips as Messenger to Portland, Oregon, and also a trip in the same capacity between San Francisco and New York City; upon his return from this trip he entered the San Francisco office as clerk, and shortly after was sent by the company to Salt Lake City to establish an express and stage line between Los Angeles and St. Louis.This was the first express ever carried into Utah Territory.But in consequence of the failure of Adams & Co., in February, 1855, the enterprise was necessarily abandoned.Mr. Tracy, being left entirely without means by the failure of the company, was so fortunate as to secure the position of Clerk of Quartermaster's Department under General Steptoe, then in command of the troops then stationed at Salt Lake, and so worked his passage back to California.Arriving in Shasta in July, 1855, he was appointed by the Pacific Express Company their agent at that place, then one of the most flourishing mining towns in this State.Upon the failure of this company, in the Summer of 1857, he entered the service of Wells, Fargo & Co., at Shasta, with which company he has remained until the present time, a period of nearly twenty-one years.Mr. Tracy took charge of the Sacramento office in March, 1868, and is probably the oldest expressman in California, having been engaged in this business, with less than three months' interim, a period of nearly twenty-seven years.While living in Shasta, Mr. Tracy served that county two terms as its Treasurer.In Sacramento he occupied the position of School Director for the city two terms, and for three years was President of the Board.Mr. Tracy is respected and trusted by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.He has long been a prominent leader in the Presbyterian Church, and last year went as delegated from this State to the General Assembly held at Chicago.Though modest and retiring, Mr. T. is a first-class businessman, and so recognize not only by the firm he has so long and faithfully served, but by all with whom he has done business during his long residence in California.