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“Crosby's Bus Service at Lukens 1909”
Artist: James Geddes


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Crosby’s Bus Service at Luken’s 1909
This sketch features two predominate businesses in the town of Auburn
1909. The Lukens family and the Crosby family were well known in
the 1800’s and the 1900’s. Guy and Earl Lukens moved into this
building when Placer County Bank was built and took their location.
Eventually Lukens moved again down to the corner of Kenmass Ave
and High Street. The Lukens were instrumental in the operations of the
volunteer fire department and were very generous with their time and
projects around Auburn. Walter Crosby was also a keystone of the Auburn
Fire Dept.

Walter’s parents came around the horn of south America in 1860
and settled in Auburn. His father, Charles became Sheriff of Placer County.
The Crosby family operated a livery stable from 1877 in their location in
Old Town Auburn. Their business burned during the Old Town fire
of 1905 but the Crosby business was rebuilt in the same location. Walter Crosby
was born in the family home adjacent to the Methodist Church on Lincoln
Way in 1876. Walter married Nancy Lukens and they lived their entire
lives in the family home. Walter passed in 1962 and he was also the brother-in-law of
Guy and Earl Lukens. When I was very young, I called Walter “The Marble Man.”

We lived across from the courthouse and Walter would walk past our
house every day with a pocket full of marbles that he shared with me.
A few years later I went looking for him and realized he lived in the house to the left
of the Methodist Church. The house was completely obscured by huge junipers.
Walter saw me peering in one day and invited me in. He would invite me into the
kitchen at the back of the house. I can remember how dark and cluttered the
house was on the way back to the kitchen. We would talk and Walter would
tell me stories of his childhood growing up in Auburn. I was 12 when he passed away. My mom
knew him and was perfectly fine with my visits. I will never forget the Marble Man!

James Geddes




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