LEWIS M. CLEMENT In most big organizations there is an assistant upon whom the chief relies to carry out plans. Such a man was Lewis Clement, assistant engineer during the location and construction of the Central Pacific. He was born at Niagara in the the province of Ontario, Canada, in August 1837, and after a long and useful life, died at Hayward, California, October 29,1914. He had married Charlotte Crysler on February 1 > 1858, and she followed the wandering engineer, as many another wife did in those days. Clement was educated at Jesuit College in Montreal, and at the age of twenty, was employed by the Montreal Waterworks. Additional engineering experience was gained on the Welland Canal and also on the Pott Dover and Hamilton Railroad. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was a telegraph operator at St, Louis, from which he crossed the plains to California on a 149 day trip, arriving in the fall of 1861. In 1862, he joined the Central Pacific under Judah and was soon placed in charge of locating the road, on which he worked until its completion. When Judah died and Montague succeeded him, Clement continued as assistant chief engineer in charge of site location up the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and down the eastern side to the Truckee River. One notable feature of the work was his location of the line around a steep mountain cliff called Cape Horn, about three miles from Colfax. Clement continued on the location across Nevada and Utah, and in several letters, Stanford working from Salt Lake, mentions the work done by "Clem" over the Promontory Mountains. He also designed the emigrant sleeping cars built at the Sacramento shops. In 1879 Clement's name appeared as superintendent of track, but in 1881 he left Southern Pacific and, for two yeais, acted as engineer on the California division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad of the Santa Fe System. Returning to San Francisco Clement spent several years building cable railway systems in San Francisco and Oakland. In his later years, he was frequently consulted by railroad people and was of special assistance to Stanford in erecting the buildings for the new university at Palo Alto.

Courtesy of the Lynn D. Farrar Collection.

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