People of the Parks: Prison Staff
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, MCPherson/Weed Family Alcatraz Papers, GOGA 35178
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, Henry Family AlcatrazPapers, GOGA 40023
Montrose R. "Mac" McPherson, Correctional Officer on Alcatraz from 1942 to 1960, lived on the island with his wife, Mary, and step-daughter, Phyllis. The McPherson family first lived in 64 Building, and then moved to 'A' Building when Phyllis turned 18, where they paid $15 a month in rent and had a view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Mary was the Assistant Postmaster on the island.
Golden Gate NRA, Park Archives, McPherson Weed Family Alcatraz Papers, GOGA 35178
Prison Staff - Panel (pdf 6.8 MB)
Did You Know?
GGNRA owns two of these rare, wood-frame shacks, built in 1906 to shelter survivors of the famous San Francisco earthquake. Now located at the Presidio, these shacks once comprised 24 city blocks and at peak occupancy, housed a total of 16,448 refugees.