Dated between 1852 and 1910, the bulk of the collection consists of personal and business correspondence addressed to Faxon
Dean Atherton; business records generated by Atherton, his agents, and associates in Valparaiso and California; and real estate
records for land owned by Atherton in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties. The collection also includes
personalia and ephemera collected by Atherton family members; court documents and probate records; income, state, and county
tax documents; and other papers.
Faxon Dean Atherton was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1815. He began his commercial career in 1830 as an apprentice to
his brother-in-law, Boston merchant Charles T. Ward, and started his own hauling business in Boston in 1832. Atherton first
came to the Pacific Coast in 1833, securing a position with Loring & Co. at their ship chandlery firm in Valparaiso, Chile,
the following year. Around 1835, he met George Henry Bowen, who would become his business partner and lifelong friend.
2 boxes, 1 volume
(1.5 linear feet)
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