The Macomber Collection consists of one scrapbook of clippings, programs,handbills and
obituaries from the Montana-Idaho area(1885-1890) and two photograph albums, one
depicting Spanish American War scenes in San Francisco (1898) and the other depicting San
Francisco area sites and unidentified members of the J.H.Macomber Family.
J.H. Macomber (1836-1917), a Methodist minister and Civil War veteran, was U.S. Army
chaplain at Fort Custer, Mont. (1885-1887); Spokane Falls, Wash.(1889); and, Fort
Sherman, Ida. (1890). While Macomber was stationed at Fort Custer and Fort Sherman, his
family created a scrapbook detailing their lives there. Later Macomber was assigned to
the Presidio at San Francisco, Calif. (1898). Here the Macombers created photograph
albums depicting many ships, locations and activities identified with the Spanish
American War period. Macomber's daughter, Esther C. Macomber, was later an Elocution and
Physical Education instructor at College of the Pacific (1917).