LONG, Claude

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LONG, Claude (fl 1850s), good friend, traveling companion and partner of Justinian Caire. They set sail with a cargo of merchandise and together in March 1851, they founded a commercial house in San Francisco, stocking hardware and luxury goods. They established their firm at 178 Washington Street, but hardly had the stock been shelved, when in one day it all reduced to ashes in the San Francisco fire of May 1851. They young Frenchmen immediately set about to replenish their merchandise from France. The 1852 Directory lists Caire & Long at 178 Washington Street, between Montgomery and Kearney. In 1856 the partnership was dissolved, but the two men and their families remained friendly as do their descendants to this day. [Caire 1993 (:37-38)]