Charles L. Stilson (1844-1922) was a businessman in Chico, California. The collection contains twenty-three letters, the majority
of which are written to Stilson by the aunt who raised him, Elizabeth L. Stilson. The letters discuss life in Chico, family
news, and Stilson's business dealings.
Charles L. Stilson was born August 10, 1844 in Goshen, Indiana to Abner and Melissa Denham Stilson. After the death of his
parents in 1847, Charles and his two brothers went to live with their aunt and uncle, Elizabeth L. Dickerson (b. circa 1824-1825)
and James Stancliff Stilson (b. 1811) in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
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