You never know, in this type of research, what clues you might come across. When searching for Charles David Komaroff, I came upon a clipping from the February 18, 1920 San Francisco Chronicle column Personals and Hotel Gossip, announcing that along with Pierre S. du Pont and Mrs. du Pont et al, “C. D. Komaroff and D. McColl, importers and exporters, Shanghai, and party” had also registered at the Hotel St. Francis the previous day. My research showed that in fact, he, his wife and their two children had left Shanghai January 25, arrived in Vancouver and Seattle on February 9, in-transit to New York by way of San Francisco. Donald McColl, a notable Scottish passenger, had been the General manager of the Shanghai Street Railway, and was traveling on the Empress of Asia with his two grown daughters and the Komaroff family.
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