Guide to the Shenk Family Papers, 1898-1940

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Guide to the Shenk Family Papers, 1898-1940



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Shenk Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1898-1940
Box Number: 451-455
Collector: Shenk family
Extent: 5 boxes
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shenk Family Papers, California State Library.

Access Points

Imperial Valley (Calif.) -- History
Real estate development
Mines and mining -- California -- Columbia
Methodists--California
Imperial Land Company (Calif.)
Portland Cement and Railroad (Puget Sound, Wash.)

Contents

Business and personal papers of John Wesley Shenk, Sr., John Wesley, Jr., Susanne, Mary, William W., and Edmund Shenk and Henry Wilson including correspondence, deeds, receipts, bills, and photographs.

Biography

John W. Shenk, Sr., a Methodist minister, and his sons were instrumental in the development of Imperial Valley. In 1900 John W. Shenk, Sr. purchased an interest in the Imperial Land Company, and in 1901 his family, except for son William, moved to Imperial Valley from Omaha, Nebraska. In 1913, the family moved to Los Angeles, maintaining an involvement in the land business in Imperial County.
John Wesley Shenk, Jr., to whom some letters in the collection are addressed, became Los Angeles City Attorney, Superior Court Judge, and was appointed to the California Supreme Court in 1924.
William W. Whenk eventually settled in Seattle, where he was a Methodist minister. His business interests there included cement and railroads. This collection includes the extensive correspondence with his father and brother John regarding their joint business dealings in California and Washington.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Fergusson, S. W.
  • Shenk, W. W.

Other Correspondents

  • Blattner, F. S.
  • Browne, G. , 1877-
  • Crail, Charles S.(for A Non-Partisan Organization)
  • Crane-Gartz, Kate
  • Creighton, J. H.
  • Dodson, George W.
  • Freeman, Edwin Wandesforde, 1860-
  • Gordon, Hugh
  • Graham, 'Leonard' & Stub
  • Holt, S. M.
  • Hunt, G.
  • Kuck, Arthur G.
  • McMillan, Raymond
  • Remington, W. H.
  • Richards, A. M.
  • Rockmel, Edward J.
  • Shenk, J. W. (Jr.)
  • Shenk, Marie
  • Shenk, Susanna C.
  • Senior, George
  • Sowers, Daniel H.
  • Sty[?], Thomas J.
  • Wells, Rex W.
  • Wilson, Henry

Container List

Box 451

Business papers, clippings, ephemera, legal papers, notes, photos, n.d.-July 7, 1928

Box 452

Incoming correspondence A-Ho

Box 453

Incoming correspondence Hu-W

Box 454

Outgoing correspondence 1901-1910

Box 455

Outgoing correspondence 1912-1928