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Guide to the John W. Snowball Papers, 1860-1905
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Biography
  • Correspondents
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John W. Snowball Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1860-1905
    Box Number: 490-493
    Creator: Snowball, John W.
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John W. Snowball Papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Pioneers--California--Yolo County
    Snowball, John W.
    McCulloch, Leutie Snowball
    Yolo County (Calif.)--History


    Business papers, correspondence, legal papers, notebooks and photographs.


    A pioneer settler of Yolo County, John W. Snowball was born October 2, 1827 in England. In 1832, he moved with his parents to Canada, then on to Boston in 1844 where he worked as a bookkeeper. In 1850, he arrived by ship in San Francisco. He moved to Folsom on the American River, where he successfully mined for gold. In 1853, he moved to Knight's Landing and established its first store. Also in 1853, he married Lucy Ann Knight, daughter of William Knight, founder of Knight's Landing. He served as Yolo County Supervisor from 1853 through 1855 and Associate Justice of the Court of Sessions for several years following 1856. In subsequent years, he was a stock raiser and land investor. He died on February 5, 1906.


    Major Correspondents

    • Fiske, Eugene A.

    Other Correspondents

    • Carpenter, James E.
    • Dickson, Lucius
    • Reed, Charles F.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • Photographs transferred to picture collection


    • Snowball, John W. Warehouse book, 1874-1905. Knights Landing, California. (CALIF** fHF 5681 L5 S6)