Register of the Snook (James) Reminiscences, 1916-1987

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Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2404
Fax: (209) 946-2810
URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
© 1998
University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.



Register of the Snook (James) Reminiscences, 1916-1987

Collection number: Mss283

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
1996
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Snook (James) Reminiscences,
Date (inclusive): 1916-1987
Collection number: Mss283
Creator:
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Snook (James) Reminiscences, Mss283, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

James Snook spent most of his life in Stockton and San Joaquin County (1916-1987). Snook's father, a biologist, taught at Stockton High School. Snook's memoirs describe his boyhood with trenchant wit and in great detail (1916-1930). He also describes family summers spent in La Jolla, where his father carried out marine biological research (1916-1923), and, at Silver Lake, where the father was camp naturalist at Stockton's Municipal Camp (1924-1930). Later, Snook attended the University of California (1930-31) and the College of the Pacific (1931-32) until financial pressures forced him to leave school.
After working at various jobs in Stockton, Snook joined the Army (1942) and spent much of the War in Italy (1944-46). Following his wartime service, Snook returned to Stockton where he sold farm properties (1946-48) before finding a job with the gas department at Pacific Gas and Electric.

Scope and Content

James Snook's writings describe his adult life in great detail. Snook devotes over 250 pages to his wartime experiences alone, while his miscellaneous vignettes, anecdotes and stories about life in northern California (1916-1986) occupy more than 300 pages. Snook began these four binders of writings in about 1989 and worked on them until 1994.

CONTAINER LIST

 

BOX 1: JAMES SNOOK REMINSICENCES: LIFESTORY & WORLD WAR II

 

I. "His story"

 

Early years [before Stockton]..........1

 

Stockton (1916-23).....................3

 

La Jolla summers (1916-23)............24

 

Friday Harbor, Washington (1923)......29

 

Stockton (1924-30)....................35

 

Silver Lake (1924-30).................51

 

Stockton High School (1926-30)........59

 

University of California (1930-32)....68

 

College of the Pacific (1932-33)......81

 

Pacific Marine Station, Dillon Beach (summer 1933)...82

 

Various jobs in Stockton (1933-41)....88

 

Selling farm properties (1946-48)....101

 

Farmwork in Merced (1948)............104

 

PG & E gas line worker in Stockton (1948-1977)...106

 

Travels (1950s-60s)..................137

 

Heart attack (1984)..................158

 

"The very special summer of 1929" [a trip thru the West]...separate pagination

 

"Pump test stories"..................separate pagination

 

II. "War years"

 

Induction..............................4

 

Boot camp [Ft. Ord and Camp Cook, Santa Maria]...6

 

Officer's Candidate School [Camp Hood TX]...25

 

Tank Destroyer Battalion [Brownwood TX]...33

 

Sailing to Europe.....................88

 

France [Battle of the Bulge, 1944]....93

 

Italy [Pisa].........................104

 

Italy [Japanese American 442nd Infantry]...130

 

Italy [Genova].......................140

 

Italy [Parma]........................148

 

Italy [Genova].......................159

 

Italy [Roma].........................171

 

Italy [Viareggio]....................183

 

Italy [Firenze]......................199

 

Italy [Napoli].......................209

 

Italy [Milano].......................250

 

Switzerland..........................252

 

Return home..........................258

 

BOX 2: "MISCELLANY, VOLS. 1 & 2" [this listing includes chiefly those anecdotes specific to Stockton or northern California]

 

Vol. 1

 

Stories about my son, Bobby............1

 

Talking about the weather [in San Joaquin County]...14

 

Boat and train rides..................32

 

Cars & driving........................48

 

Stretching the dollar.................97

 

Scouting.............................114

 

Earthquakes..........................133

 

Movies...............................138

 

Dining in San Francisco..............148

 

Bicycles.............................152

 

"A couple of stupid incidents".......157

 

Savings & Loan Co. Bank Holiday......158

 

Subway sidewalk......................160

 

Boat w/ airplane engine..............161

 

Signs................................162

 

Sleeping bags........................164

 

Root beer............................173

 

Black soldiers.......................174

 

Grain & the Harris Combine...........181

 

The big crop.........................186

 

The butcher wagon....................187

 

Spraying the beans...................195

 

The glass works......................201

 

Walking downtown.....................202

 

How we sold the 1962 Pontiac.........204

 

More scouting stories................213

 

Dinner for 700.......................216

 

Drilling for water...................219

 

2035 Lucerne Ave.....................221

 

Vol. 2

 

Jury duty............................263

 

Pfeffernuessen.......................285

 

Music in my life.....................289

 

The fleet came in....................312

 

The rattlesnake......................314

 

My father & the football team........315

 

How to start a Model T...............318