Paul Garrard Lane

Paul Garrard Lane and
Franc Sterling Lane

Palisade, Nevada & Nome, Alaska

Paul G. Lane Family Portrait - 1902
Franc, Paula, Dan and Paul Lane family portrait 1902

Paul Garrard Lane, Palisade, Nevada

1873-1909: Paul Garrard Lane was born in Crescent City, CA. He married Franc Sterling in Detroit in 1896. Franc was working at the Utica mine office in Angels Camp when they were introduced, her Uncle Frank Campbell was an old friend of Paul's father Charles D. Lane.

For many years Paul and Franc lived on the remote Lane Ranch near Palisade, Nevada ranching and moving stock. His stock included cattle, driving horses, saddle horses, winning race horses and even some polo ponies.

Palisade Nevada, Humboldt River
Humboldt River, Palisade, Nevada

Tragedy struck in June 1909, when Paul and his cousin Silas Woodson Hays lost their lives while prospecting for gold on Devil's Creek near Susitna Station, Alaska. Their raft cracked up in the rapids and they drowned in the high water. Native people found Paul and buried him on the river bank. Shortly after, his family had Paul exhumed and moved to the cemetery in Seward, where he rests in peace.

Paul G. Lane, Detroit portrait    Paul G Lane and Franc Sterling Lane, Detroit
Paul Lane, Detroit portrait and Paul and Franc Lane in Detroit around 1908


Envelope from Nome to Palisade, Paul Lane to Franc Sterling

Paul Lane's Nevada and Alaska letters home 1901-1906

New Indian River Station Postcard of Ram, from Paul G Lane New Indian River Station Postcard from Paul G Lane

Post card from New Indian River Station, June 9, 1909 "Arrived at 12 noon Not even a tent here Send four of each of boat pictures & of big dog. Start for V.C. (Valdez Creek) tomorrow. Paul"



Trotter and Steve, Lane Castle Ranch, Pine Grove NV
Paul Lane's Trotter and Steve, Lane Ranch, Pine Valley, NV

San Francisco Call, January 19, 1903
Thoroughbreds at Auction - The thoroughbreds from the stock farm of Paul G. Lane of Nevada will be sold at auction to-night at William G. Layns'a Occidental Horse Exchange. The sires represented are Bright Phoebus, Joe Ripley, Fresno, John Happy, Midlothian, Grinstead, Cyrus, Sir Modred and Islington. In addition to a choice collection of mares Joe Ripley will be sold. A polo pony by El Rio Rey la also in the collection.Courtesy of California Digital Newspaper Collection

Pace Horse, Lane Castle Ranch, Pine Grove, NV
Paul Lane's Pace Horse, Lane Ranch, Pine Valley NV


Paula Lane, Hay Ranch NV
Franc Lane with barn cats and spaniel friends at Lane Ranch, Pine Valley NV






Tragedy struck the Lane family June 31, 1920 when
Paul G. Lane's oldest son, Dan G. Lane and
his young cousin also named Paul Lane and
another passenger (not related to the
family) were killed in this early airplane crash.

"The wreckage of the airplane in which Pilot Dan Lane,
Paul Lane, 10 his cousin, and H.L. Tucker, 52 Macondray street,
were dashced to their death yesterday at the Marina. The
demolition of the machine was completed by the fire caused
by an explosion of the gasoline tank following the crash. Below
are two of the victims, left, Paul Lane; right, Dan Lane, the pilot".

To read SF Examiner July 1, 1920 article transcript CLICK HERE

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