Scope and Content
Stilson, Charles L.
Title: Charles L. Stilson Papers
Date (inclusive): 1864-1885
0.2 linear feet
Abstract: 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.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC248
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
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.
Stilson arrived in Chico, California in July 1863 and worked for several years in John Bidwell’s store. In 1868, he established
his own store with Charles L. Pond on Main Street. In 1886, he was appointed Butte County Clerk and elected to the office
for four successive terms. He was admitted to practice law in California in 1894.
He married Emma Dolliver (1848-1940) on November 6, 1871 in San Jose, California. They had two children, Eleanor F. (1879-1938)
and Lois W.
Charles Stilson passed away on April 12, 1922 in Chico, California.
Mansfield, George C.
History of Butte County, California: with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified
with its growth and development from the early days to the present.
Chico, CA: Association for Northern California Records and Research, 1996, c1918.
Scope and Content
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.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in two series: Correspondence and Ephemera.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Stilson, Charles L.--Archives
Stilson, Elizabeth L.--Correspondence
Butte County (Calif.)--History
Collection is open for research.
Sara Gunasekara processed this collection.
[Identification of item], Charles L. Stilson Papers, MC248, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University
of California, Davis.
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