First edition of 1885 Pittenger book donated to historical society


Last updated 4/23/2022 at 4:49pm

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This is the title page of the book given to the Fallbrook Historical Society. It will be displayed in the Pittenger House.

FALLBROOK – "It was a serendipitous moment," said Frank Hollingshead, recalling the moment he found a weathered first edition of "Capturing a Locomotive: A History of Secret Service in the Late War," by Rev. William Pittenger, in a used bookstore in Los Angeles. He has since donated the treasure – dating back to 1885 – to the Fallbrook Historical Society.

"It was about a year ago and I had just given a talk for the Sons of the American Revolution at a Los Angeles Elks Lodge," he recalled. "I went into a used book store nearby and, as usual, I scanned the shelves for old books. I saw...

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