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Inventory of the Charles L. Stilson Papers
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  • Creator: Stilson, Charles L.
    Title: Charles L. Stilson Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1864-1885
    Extent: 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.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: MC248
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Biography

    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.
    Source:
    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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
    Chico (Calif.)--History
    Butte County (Calif.)--History

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed this collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles L. Stilson Papers, MC248, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.