The L. A. Winchell Papers span 1881-1931 and contain correspondence, printed material, research notes, notebooks, photographs
primarily of the Millerton area, postcards, a roster of early settlers in Fresno County, diaries of Jedediah S. Smith and
Harrison G. Rodgers annotated by Winchell. Also included is 46-chapter typewritten manuscript of the History of Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley. Most of the information concerns the areas of Fresno County and the Sierra Nevada, however some notes on other counties are
included. Of special interest are notes on local Indians, robberies, and "Fresno's firsts," such as the first post office
and fire department.
L. A. Winchell was born in Sacramento in 1855 and moved to Millerton with his family in May 1859. In 1874, the family moved
to Fresno after it was named the new county seat. Winchell was the son of Elisha Cotton Winchell, an early superior court
judge and first Co. Superintendent of Schools.
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