Things I did not put in typewritten post: It actually took me some digging to find out what I know about 'the young lawyer', Simon Conner Moesley. Thanks to his rather thorough sister, there were solid leads on his grave marker, which led me to the archives of his alma mater, and in the end, I learned quite a lot about the man.
The 'magnate' is Frank Augustus Miller and more can be learned about his inn which is still in operation here.
The scientist is Hrista Stamenkovic who was an engineer who made great advancements in structural reinforcement in earthquake-plagued regions. His research is still the standard and available for purchase.
Being so close to All Hallows and Dia De Los Muertos, I hope this doesn't creep too many of you out.