Susanne Bransford came to Park City in 1884 to visit relatives and friends and met Albion Emery the Postmaster. Susie, to her friends, became a hat maker. Soon after meeting, she and Albion were married and moved to Salt Lake City. They scrimped and saved their money and eventually had $8,000 which they invested in the Mayflower mine.
R. C. Chambers who managed a local mine had an interest in the Mayflower which eventually became the Silver King. Chambers not wanting anyone to know about his involvement in the Mayflower arranged to put his interest in Albion Emery's name. When Albion died suddenly in 1848 his interest in the Silver King mine went to his wife. After a long court battle between R.C. Chambers and Susanne Bransford Emery, it was determined that Susie would inherit her husbands entire estate, which made her a millionaire. History says Susie was making $1,000 a day back in 1848. Which in today's money would be $30,303.30 or $909,099.00 per month. Susanne Bransford Emery became one of the richest women in the world and was single. Husband number one was dead. Three more to go.
Her next husband is Dr. Holmes and we will talk about him in the next edition of this blog.