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Eleanor B. Sloan and Mrs. Yndia S. Moore, Mrs. Sadie S. Schmidt, and Historian Ray Brandes; Mrs. Elsie M. Knight and Mrs. Lorine W. Garrett of the Sharlot Hall Historical Museum at Prescott; the late Mrs. Alice B. Good and Mrs. Marguerite B. Cooley of the Arizona State Library and Archives at Phoenix; Miss Haydée Noya of the Department of Manuscripts and Mrs. Frances King, both of the Huntington Library; John Barr Tompkins of the Bancroft Library; Mrs. Ella Robinson of the Southwest Museum Library at Los Angeles; Ruth Rambo of the Museum of New Mexico Library at Santa Fe; Mrs.
Even now the railroad was a fait accompli from New York to Philadelphia and well across Pennsylvania, which had more trackage than any other state. The future was plain to see. No wonder financiers, engineers, and dreamers were gripped by the craze to build a railroad. Any railroad. To anywhere. Albert, in the autumn of his life, would have a minor role in charting the course for one of the last lines to be built, but that was far off, in time and miles, in the still almost unknown Southwest. The Siebers were carried westward by this reeking marvel to an inland town called Lancaster, in a county of the same name, one of the border counties of southern Pennsylvania.
It is reported that he became the first volunteer policeman in Minneapolis,24 and if this information is correct, he may have served during this period. When he reached enlistment age, however, he lost no time. Early on March 3, 1862 (since 1862 was not a leap year, his eighteenth birthday had come on Saturday, March 1, and he had to wait until Monday for the enlistment office to open), he marched his mother to the place of recruitment and she gave her written consent, whether reluctantly or not the record doesn't state, but she gave it.