Alonzo Castle Monson

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Alonzo Castle Monson

Birthdate: (80)
Death: 1902 (80)
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Marcena Monson and Eliza Monson
Brother of Ann Eliza Morris; Marcena Monson; unknown Hamilton and Unknown Ludlow

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About Alonzo Castle Monson

Alonzo C. Monson was a Yale and Columbia Law graduate. At the age of 23 he was a postal clerk in New York City where his brother-in-law, Robert H. Morris, was the postmaster, and his brother, marcena Monson Jr., was the assistant postmaster. Four years later he went west to Claifornia and became a judge. The San Francisco Alta claimed, "No more capable or efficient judge ever sat upon the bench in California." In 1857 he started his journey back east and sailed on the S. S. Soora after losing his house and his money in a famous poker game. He was lucky to survive the trip. At Panama he transferred to the S. S. Central America which headed straight into a hurricane. By the evening of Thursday, September 10th, "the seas were so rough that most people were sick in their cabins. Judge Alonzo Castle Monson later recalled that "the evening games of cards and other pastimes for diversion and amusement usual in the cabin were dispensed with. This must have been a disappointment to the judge, an inveterate gambler. Earlier during the voyage, Commander Herndon had been Monson's partner at whist; but on this night the commander had more important matters on his mind." (Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea) The storm instensified, the ship began to take on water causing its engines to fail and the passengers were forced to bail water, but without success. "Knowing the situation was hopeless, Captain William Lewis Herndon managed to hail a passing ship, the brig Marine, and one hundred persons, including all but one of the women and children aboard, were safely transferred to the other ship. Time and conditions would not allow for any more transfers, however, and shortly after 8 pm on September 12, the Central America began making its quick descent to the bottom of the ocean....In all, 153 persons were rescued, while approximately 425 lost their lives. Also lost were hundreds of bags of mail and the $1,219,189 in gold." (Columbus-America Discovery Group vs. Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co., 1992)

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Age 80