Prescott & Eastern Railroad Company signed by George Washington Kretzinger
Stock issued to and signed on verso by George Washington Kretzinger (1844-1913), American lawyer. At the outbreak of the Civil War, an underage George W. Kretzinger enlisted in the Missouri 7th cavalry, also known as the Black Hawk cavalry. After being captured and paroled, Kretzinger came to serve as counsel for a variety of railroads. The youngest general counsel of a railroad company in the nation, Kretzinger argued and won two prominent cases: The Chicago and Iowa Railroad vs. the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad and the Chicago, Pekin and Southwestern railroad vs. the Chicago and Alton railroad. In addition, Kretzinger served as general counsel for and the director of the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway Co. since its incorporation.
The Prescott & Eastern Railroad was a non-operating subsidiary of the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway. Following a number of mergers, the Prescott & Eastern was merged into the AT & SF, which ultimately abandoned the P&E.