The clippings Mrs. Dorrance has pasted over the index pages and most of the first 120
pages of the Stockton Furniture Factory's account books refer to society women,
causation, divination, electrical therapy, woman suffrage, phrenology, performing
artists, California tourist attractions and countless other delights. The anonymous
essays and addresses contained in the same volume range from descriptions of California
to a disquisition on food.
The rather obscure manufacturing firm first named in the title of this collection seems
to have existed in Stockton as early as 1879 and late as 1888. The earlier date is
clearly established by notations in the two account books which make up this collection.
The later date is inferred from a reference to the factory in the Stockton City and San
Joaquin Directory, 1887-88, which, although it contains no entry for the "Stockton
Furniture Factory," notes in passing that one Martin Schneider is a cabinet maker there.