Guide to the Pleasants Family Papers

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Geographical (By Place)--California--Los Angeles Area History--California History--Los Angeles Area

Guide to the Pleasants Family Papers

Collection number: MS-R44

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://special.lib.uci.edu
Processed by:
Phil Brigandi
Date Completed:
2001
Encoded by:
Adrian Turner
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pleasants family papers,
Date (inclusive): 1856-1973
Date (bulk): (bulk 1860-1869, 1920-1940)
Collection number: MS-R044
Creator: Pleasants family
Extent: 2.9 linear feet (8 boxes and 1 oversize folder) 231 digitized objects
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises the personal papers of J.E. Pleasants and his first and second wives, Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants and Adelina Pleasants, and includes diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, negatives, and photographic prints. J.E. Pleasants' long association with the Santa Ana Mountains and Santiago Canyon, cattle ranching, and beekeeping are all documented. The diaries and correspondence of Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants provide a glimpse into life in Southern California in the 1860s. Adelina Pleasants' work as a writer of Southern California and Orange County history in the early 20th century is also represented. The collection contains some tintypes, cabinet cards, and a carte-de-visite album documenting a number of Southern California pioneers, including members of the Carpenter and Wolfskill families.
Language: English.
Selected digitized images from this collection.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to fragile originals is restricted when preservation photocopies are available.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Pleasants Family Papers. MS-R44. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, ca. 1966-1996, as part of the Don Meadows Papers (MS-R01). Meadows acquired the Pleasants Family Papers as part of William McPherson's files in the early 1960s and held them as a distinct entity within his larger collection of Orange County and Southern California research and ephemera files.

Processing History

Processed by Phil Brigandi, 2001.

Biography/Organization History

Biographies

J.E. Pleasants

Joseph Edward Pleasants, known to his friends as Ed, was born in Missouri in 1839, the son of James and Lydia Pleasants. His mother died in 1848 and in 1849 he traveled with his father across the continent to the California gold fields. In 1851 the family moved to Solano County, settling in what is still known as Pleasants Valley. In 1856 J.E. moved to Los Angeles County to attend a private school taught by H. D. Barrows on the William Wolfskill ranch. From 1861-1866 he served as Wolfskill's foreman on the Rancho Lomas de Santiago in the Santa Ana Mountains, where he made his headquarters in a small wooden building in what is now Irvine Regional Park. He married Mary Refugio Carpenter in 1868 and settled in Aliso Canyon. Following the discovery in 1874 that their first home site was located on the Rancho Cañada de los Alisos, the Pleasants family moved to upper Santiago Canyon.
After the death of his wife in 1888, he sold his ranch to Helena Modjeska, a noted Shakespearean actress, and the upper part of the canyon became known as Modjeska Canyon. Modjeska incorporated the Pleasants cabin into Arden, her new home, which still stands as of 2001. J.E. married Adelina Brown, a schoolteacher who had been boarding at his house, in 1890 and, after living briefly in Silverado Canyon, they moved to nearby Williams Canyon in 1892.
Beginning in the 1860s he raised cattle, horses, Angora goats, and kept bees. He seems to have abandoned the cattle business in the 1880s and turned more and more of his attention to beekeeping as the years went on. He was active in the early years of the Orange County Fair, beginning in 1890, and often officiated at horse races, which earned him the honorary title of "Judge." In 1902 he was appointed the first Orange County Bee Inspector, a position he held until 1927. By the early years of the 20th Century, he was recognized as an important link to the early history of Southern California and his recollections often appeared in print, sometimes under his own name and sometimes in articles written by others. He died on June 13, 1934, at the age of 95.

Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants

Mary Refugio Carpenter, known throughout her life as Refugio, was born in Los Nietos, California (near Whittier in Los Angeles County) on July 4, 1845, the daughter of Lemuel Carpenter and Maria Dominguez Carpenter. Her father, an early American settler and landowner in Los Angeles County, eventually lost his land to debt and committed suicide in 1859. Mary Refugio and J.E. Pleasants began a long courtship in the early 1860s, culminating in their marriage on July 15, 1868. Refugio's brother, Francisco (Pancho) Carpenter, was a partner with J.E. in some of his earliest ranching ventures. Mary Refugio often suffered from poor health, and she eventually died of tuberculosis on January 26, 1888, at just 42 years of age. The Pleasants had no children. Her diaries, written between 1860 and 1865, provide a personal glimpse into the Pleasants' lives, and portions of them have been published by Frances Meadows, along with her extensive research notes.

Adelina Pleasants

Mary Adelina (or Addie) Brown was born in Petaluma, California in the 1850s, and came to Los Angeles County at an early age. From 1886-1888 she taught school in Silverado Canyon, boarding with J.E. Pleasants and Mary Refugio in their home. Following Mary Refugio's death, Adelina and J.E. were married in the fall of 1890. Adelina was devoted to her new husband and wrote most, if not all, of the articles that appeared under his by-line over the years. She also wrote extensively under her own name, specializing in Orange County and Southern California history and natural history. In 1931 she wrote the principal historical sections for a three-volume History of Orange County, California (Los Angeles: J.R. Finnell & Sons), but sales were poor during the Depression years and she received little compensation for her work. Most of her later writings appeared in various Orange County newspapers, including the Santa Ana Register. She was active in the Orange County Historical Society and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Following her husband's death, Adelina made her home in Orange, where she died on May 10, 1943.

Chronology

1839 J.E. Pleasants born in Missouri.
1845 Mary Refugio Carpenter born on July 4th in Los Nietos, California.
1849 J.E. Pleasants crosses the continent to the California gold fields.
1850s Adelina Brown born in Petaluma, California.
1851 The Pleasants family settles in Solano County, California.
1856 J.E. Pleasants moves to Los Angeles County to attend a private school on the William Wolfskill ranch.
1859 Overburdened with debts, Lemuel Carpenter (father of Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants) commits suicide.
1859 J.E. Pleasants makes his first trip into the Santa Ana Mountains.
1861 J.E. Pleasants moves to Santiago Canyon to serve as foreman of the Rancho Lomas de Santiago.
1864 Trying to escape the drought, J.E. Pleasants spends almost a year on the Mojave Desert herding cattle and horses.
1865 Mary Refugio Carpenter is granted a teaching certificate.
1868 J.E. Pleasants and Mary Refugio Carpenter marry on July 15th and settle in Aliso Canyon. J.E. Pleasants begins keeping bees about this time.
1874 Learning their homesite is actually on the Rancho Cañada de los Alisos, a neighboring rancho, the Pleasants move to upper Santiago Canyon. J.E. Pleasants begins raising Angora goats about this time.
1879 J.E. Pleasants serves as president of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association.
1880 J.E. Pleasants elected president of the Southern California Beekeepers Association.
1884 J.E. Pleasants goes to New Orleans to supervise the California bee exhibit at the World's Industrial and Cotton Exposition.
1886 Adelina Brown begins teaching school in Silverado and boarding with the Pleasants.
1888 Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants dies on January 26th.
1888 J.E. Pleasants sells his ranch to Helena Modjeska and moves to Silverado Canyon.
1890 J.E. Pleasants helps to found the first Orange County Fair Association.
1890 J.E. Pleasants and Adelina Brown marry.
1892 The Pleasants move to Williams Canyon.
1902-1927 J.E. Pleasants serves as Orange County's first Bee Inspector.
1920 J.E. Pleasants elected president of the California State Bee Keepers Association.
1920 J.E. Pleasants made an honorary member of the new Orange County Historical Society.
1930 J.E. Pleasants' recollections published by Touring Topics magazine.
1931 Adelina Pleasants publishes her three-volume History of Orange County (Los Angeles: J.R. Finnell & Sons).
1932 Adelina Pleasants publishes a series on "The Old Spanish Families of Orange County" in the South Coast News.
1934 J.E. Pleasants dies on June 13th.
1934 Adelina Pleasants moves to Orange.
1937 Adelina Pleasants publishes a series of historical features in the Santa Ana Register.
1943 Adelina Pleasants dies on May 10th.

Bibliography

J.E. Pleasants

Published Biographies

Armor, Samuel. History of Orange County, California (Los Angeles: Historic Record Co., 1911), 112-114.
Armor, Samuel. History of Orange County, California , 2nd ed. (Los Angeles: Historic Record Co., 1921), 218-219.
McPherson, William. "Joseph Edward Pleasants, '49er," Orange County History Series 3 (1939): 41-50.
Pleasants, Mrs. J.E. History of Orange County, California , Vol. 2 (Los Angeles: J. R. Finnell & Sons, 1931), 154-160.

Related Material

Meadows, Don, ed. The Cattle Drives of Joseph E. Pleasants from Baja California in 1867 and 1868 (Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1965).
Pleasants, William J. Twice Across the Plains, 1849 & 1856 (Fairfield, Wash.: Ye Galleon Press, 1981).
Sleeper, Jim. A Grizzly Introduction to the Santa Ana Mountains: A Boys' Book of Bear Stories (Not for Boys) (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.: California Classics, 1976).
Stephenson, Terry. "Old Hunter Series," Santa Ana Register (1919 May 24 and 31). Articles available in Orange County Newspaper and Magazine Clippings Collection (MS-R81).

Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants

Related Material

Meadows, Frances M. "Diary of a Young Girl in the 1860s," Downey Historical Society Annual 3 (1968-1969): 39-67.
Meadows, Frances M. "Diary of Mary Refugio Carpenter for the Year 1861," Downey Historical Society Annual 4/5 (1969-1971): 29-78.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises the personal papers of J.E. Pleasants and his first and second wives, Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants and Adelina Pleasants, and includes diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, negatives, and photographic prints. J.E. Pleasants' long association with the Santa Ana Mountains and Santiago Canyon, cattle ranching, and beekeeping are all documented. The diaries and correspondence of Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants provide a glimpse into life in Southern California in the 1860s. Adelina Pleasants' work as a writer of Southern California and Orange County history in the early 20th century is also represented. The collection contains some tintypes, cabinet cards, and a carte-de-visite album documenting a number of Southern California pioneers, including members of the Carpenter and Wolfskill families.
The collection is organized in the following four series:
  • Series 1. Biographical material, 1857-ca. 1979. 0.6 linear ft.
  • Series 2. Correspondence, 1855-1946. 0.8 linear ft.
  • Series 3. Manuscripts and research notes, ca. 1901-ca. 1939. 0.6 linear ft.
  • Series 4. Photographs, ca. 1860-ca. 1949. 0.8 linear ft.

Related Collections

The Don Meadows Papers (MS-R01) in Special Collections and Archives, UC Irvine Libraries, include Frances Meadows' complete handwritten transcriptions of the Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants diaries and her extensive research notes on the people and events mentioned in the diaries and correspondence. The Orange County Newspaper and Magazine Clippings Collection (MS-R81) contains copies of a number of articles by Adelina and J.E. Pleasants.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Pleasants, Joseph E. (Joseph Edward), 1839-1934--Archives.
Pleasants, Mary Refugio Carpenter--Archives.
Pleasants, J.E., Mrs.--Archives.
Carpenter family--Archival resources.
Wolfskill family--Archival resources.
Ranching--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
Bee culture--California--Orange County--Archival resources.
Santa Ana Mountains (Calif.)--History--Archival resources.
Santiago Canyon (Calif.)--History--Archival resources.
Orange County (Calif.)--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Photographic prints--California--Orange County--19th century.
Photographic prints--California--Orange County--20th century.
Cartes-de-visite--California--Orange County--19th century.
Cabinet photographs--California--Orange County--19th century.
Cabinet photographs--California--Orange County--20th century.
Tintypes--California--Orange County--19th century.
Card photograph albums--California--Orange County--19th century.
Diaries--California--Orange County--19th century.
Negatives--California--Orange County.
Artifacts--California--Orange County.

Occupations

Historians--California--Orange County.
Ranchers--California--Orange County.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Pleasants, Joseph E. (Joseph Edward), 1839-1934.
Pleasants, Mary Refugio Carpenter.
Pleasants, J.E., Mrs.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Biographical material, 1857-ca. 1979.

Physical Description: 0.6 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of material relating to J.E. Pleasants and both his wives, their lives, families, and associations. It includes diaries, legal documents, and genealogical data. The diaries of Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants provide an especially interesting perspective on the life of a teenage girl in Southern California during the 1860s. Other topics documented in this series include beekeeping, cattle ranching, the Orange County Fair, and the Orange County Historical Society.
This series is first arranged first by individual and type of material followed by more general family material, including genealogical material on the Pleasants family added by Don Meadows in the 1960s and 1970s. Topical files represent activities and organizations important in the lives of these individuals.
Box 1 : 1

Carpenter, Lemuel (father of Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants). Legal documents, 1857

Box 1 : 2-3

Pleasants, Adelina

Box 1 : 2

Bird watching notes, ca. 1900-ca. 1910

Box 1 : 3

Funeral notice, 1943

Box 1 : 4-5

Pleasants, J.E.

Box 1 : 4

Diaries, 1857-1865.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1 : 5

Biographical material, 1926-1934 and undated

Box 1 : 6-9

Pleasants, Mary Refugio Carpenter

Box 1 : 6

Diaries, 1860-1865.

Physical Description: 6 items.
Box 1 : 7

Teaching certificates, 1865-1866

Box 1 : 8

Association material, ca. 1860-ca. 1879

Box 1 : 9

Obituary, 1888

Box 1 : 10 - 2 : 4

Pleasants family

Box 1 : 10 - 2 : 1

Artifacts

Box 1 : 10

Catholic medallion, undated

Box 1 : 10

Crucifix, undated

Box 1 : 10

Glasses, undated.

Note

Possibly belonged to J.E. Pleasants.
Box 1 : 10

Lady's fan, undated

Box 2 : 1

Printing plate, portrait of J.E. Pleasants, ca. 1920

Box 2 : 2

Documents, deeds, receipts, water filings, and other materials, 1889-1941

Box 2 : 3

Ephemera, 1917-1941 and undated

Box 2 : 4

Genealogical material, ca. 1960-ca. 1979

Box 2 : 5-11

Activities and associations

Box 2 : 5-6

Beekeeping

Box 2 : 5

Notes, correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials, 1885-1935

Box 2 : 6

Published material, 1885-1932

Box 2 : 7

Bancroft Library, U.C. Berkeley, undated

Box 2 : 7

Bowers Museum, 1941-1942

Box 2 : 8

Cattle sales and brands, 1864-1941

Box 2 : 9

Native Daughters of the Golden West, 1931-1935

Box 2 : 10

Orange County Fair Association, 1890-1899

Box 2 : 11

Orange County Historical Society, 1920-1934

 

Series 2.  Correspondence, 1855-1946.

Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of correspondence to and from J.E. Pleasants and both of his wives. The general incoming correspondence in this series includes a number of condolence letters written after J.E. Pleasants' death in 1934 and an interesting letter dated January 7, 1857, signed only "Carlos," describing the aftermath of the Walker filibuster expedition to Central America. The letters filed by name represent individuals from whom several letters have survived or other prominent correspondents. Recipients are identified when this information is not clear from the letters. Frances Meadows sorted, identified, and dated much of the earliest correspondence. Her holographic notes in the Don Meadows Papers (MS-R01) contain additional information on these correspondents and the topics discussed. The arrangement of this series begins with general incoming correspondence, followed by the correspondence of specific individuals.
Box 2 : 12

General incoming correspondence, 1855-1946 and undated

Box 2 : 13 - 4 : 10

Individuals

Box 2 : 13

Allison, Polly, 1860-1861

Box 2 : 14

Ball, J.E., 1860

Box 2 : 15

Barrows, Henry D., 1905-1913

Box 2 : 16

Bartlett, W. G. (Billy), undated

Box 2 : 17

Bixby, Amelia (to Adelina Pleasants), 1922-1941

Box 3 : 1

Bryant, Susana Bixby, 1930

Box 3 : 2

Blee, Harry and Ida, 1922-1941

Box 3 : 3

Butler, Kathy, 1931-1935

Box 3 : 4

Cardwell, H. C., 1856

Box 3 : 5

Carpenter, Benjamin (to Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants), 1869

Box 3 : 6

Carpenter, Frank P., 1864-1870

Box 3 : 7

Carpenter, Henry, 1864

Box 3 : 8

Carpenter, Isabella, 1864-1877

Box 3 : 9

Carpenter, Lola, 1868-1876

Box 3 : 10

Dodson-Schoneman, Florence, 1927

Box 3 : 11

Ellis, Arthur M., 1931

Box 3 : 12

Evertsen, John D. K., undated

Box 3 : 13

Fisher, George D., 1857-1868

Box 3 : 14

Gardner, Margaret, 1930-1932

Box 3 : 15

Gifford, E. W., 1937

Box 3 : 16

Guicado, Juan Francisco (to Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants), 1861

Box 3 : 17

Hantsche, Mary R., 1934-1941

Box 3 : 18

Johnson, Washington, 1860-1864

Box 3 : 19

Junkins (?), Caroline, 1884-1888

Box 3 : 20

Junkins, Emma J., 1912-1919

Box 3 : 21

Lawler, Ella, 1934-1935

Box 3 : 22

McPherson, William, 1926-1936

Box 3 : 23

Miller, George R., 1867

Box 3 : 24

Page, Dr. Benjamin M., 1888-1898

Box 3 : 25

Pittam, Veola J., 1938

Box 3 : 26

Pleasants, Adelina (to William McPherson), 1926-1936

Box 3 : 27

Pleasants, Eliza (Lizzie), ca. 1860-ca. 1869

Box 3 : 28

Pleasants, Harvey, 1860

Box 3 : 29

Pleasants, James M., 1868-1871

Box 3 : 30

Pleasants, J.E., 1860-1886

Box 3 : 31

Pleasants, Lucy E., 1859-1863

Box 3 : 32

Pleasants, Maggie, 1889

Box 3 : 33

Pleasants, Mary Refugio Carpenter, 1864-1888

Box 3 : 34

Pleasants, Nancy, 1859

Box 3 : 35

Pleasants, Sarah M., 1860

Box 3 : 36

Pleasants, William J., 1860-1868

Box 3 : 37

Puck, Charles, 1931

Box 3 : 38

Reavis, W. Elmo, 1921-1943

Box 3 : 39

Reavis, W. S., 1867

Box 3 : 40

Rumble, Josephine, 1935

Box 4 : 1

Sackett, B. R., 1860

Box 4 : 2

Sacred Heart Mission House, ca. 1930-ca. 1939

Box 4 : 3

Turrill, Charles B., 1927

Box 4 : 4

Wolfskill, Francisca, 1860-1876

Box 4 : 5

Wolfskill, John, 1857-1859

Box 4 : 6

Wolfskill, Joseph C. (to Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants), 1857-1866

Box 4 : 7

Wolfskill, Joseph W., 1858-1864

Box 4 : 8

Wolfskill, Juana, 1859-1861 and undated

Box 4 : 9

Wolfskill, Magdalena, 1860-1862

Box 4 : 10

Wolfskill, Lewis, ca. 1865

 

Series 3.  Manuscripts and research notes, ca. 1901-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 0.6 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of notes, manuscripts, and typescripts (some incomplete) for articles written by J.E. and Adelina Pleasants, along with notes and material from Adelina's historical research files. Of special interest is the prospectus for her 1931 History of Orange County. Most, if not all, of the articles published under J.E.'s name were written by Adelina. This series is arranged by author, then by the titles of articles or the topics of research notes and files.
Box 4 : 11-18

Pleasants, J.E.

Box 4 : 11

"El Camino Real," manuscript, 1921

Box 4 : 12

"Counted shots," Los Angeles Times, 1931 December 4.

Scope and Content Note

Describes an encounter with bandits in Santiago Canyon, 1863.
Box 4 : 13

"A Fourth of July at San Fernando Mission in 1856," manuscript, ca 1930

Box 4 : 14

"A Mining trip to the Colorado in 1859," typescript, undated

Box 4 : 15

"In Pioneer days. a visit to Santiago Canyon sixty years ago," typescript, ca. 1931

Box 4 : 16

"In the earlier days. An early settler tells of stock raising in years past," typescript, undated

Box 4 : 17

"Life in the mines in 1849," typescript, undated

Box 4 : 18

"Tiding over a dry year on the Mojave in 1864," manuscript and notes, ca. 1930

Box 4 : 19-38

Pleasants, Adelina

Box 4 : 19

"Alpine vegetation in our mountains," typescript, undated

Box 4 : 20

"The Birds of California," manuscript, ca. 1901

Box 4 : 21

"The California thrasher," manuscript, ca. 1901

Box 4 : 22

"California's debt to Spain," typescript, undated

Box 4 : 23

Cattle industry in 19th century California, incomplete typescript, undated

Box 4 : 24

"Henry Dwight Barrows," manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 25

"History of Orange County," prospectus, ca. 1931

Box 4 : 26

"In Old San Juan," incomplete typescript, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Concerns San Juan Capistrano.
Box 4 : 27

"Jedediah Smith's explorations to California," incomplete manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 28

"John Avas, Santa Ana pioneer," manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 29

"The Leap of Juan Flores," typescript, 1921

Box 4 : 30

"Modjeska Ranch," incomplete manuscript and notes, undated

Box 4 : 31

"The Old Round House," typescript, 1937.

Scope and Content Note

Concerns Alexander Adobe in Los Angeles, built in the 1840s.
Box 4 : 32

"Our earliest wildflowers," incomplete manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 33

Rancho era in California, incomplete typescript, undated

Box 4 : 34

"The River," manuscript, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Concerns Los Angeles River.
Box 4 : 35

"Santiago Canyon," incomplete manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 36

"The Serrano family," notes, manuscript, typescript, undated

Box 4 : 37

"A Summer outing in the San Bernardino Mountains," manuscript, undated

Box 4 : 38

"What happened to jay," manuscript, ca. 1901.

Scope and Content Note

Children's bird story.
Box 4 : 39-46

Research notes

Box 4 : 39-40

California history

Box 4 : 39

Clippings, ca. 1900-ca. 1939

Box 4 : 40

Manuscript notes, undated

Box 4 : 41

California pioneers, registration forms, ca. 1930-ca. 1939

Box 4 : 42

Condors, clippings, 1935-1937

Box 4 : 43

Golden Gate discovery and naming, correspondence, 1921

Box 4 : 44

Orange County history, clippings, ca. 1900-1942

Box 4 : 45

Palomares Adobe, Pomona, California, brochure and correspondence, 1940

Box 4 : 46

Poems, undated

Box 5 : 1-5

Research material from other sources

Box 5 : 1

Anonymous. Walter K. Robinson biography, manuscript, undated

Box 5 : 2

Junkins, Emma J. The Garey family, manuscript, 1900

Box 5 : 3

McPherson, William. Notes from an interview with J.E. Pleasants, undated

Box 5 : 4

Veraguer, Fr. Peter. Reminiscences of Agua Mansa, typecript, undated

Box 5 : 5

Works Progress Administration. Orange County plant life, typescript, ca. 1930-ca. 1939

Box 7 : 1 and FB-24 : 2

Restricted original material for which preservation photocopies have been inserted into the collection

 

Series 4.  Photographs, ca. 1860-ca. 1949.

Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of photographic prints and some tintypes representing many of the Pleasants' associations and activities, including many images of the Santa Ana Mountains, beekeeping, and cattle ranching. Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants' carte-de-visite album includes portraits of a number of Southern California pioneers, including members of the Carpenter and Wolfskill families. Adelina Pleasants was a longtime friend of the Fred Bixby family of Long Beach, which probably accounts for the large number of Bixby family photographs also included here. Many of these photographs are mounted on printed cards or are cabinet cards. In addition to the photographs the collection also contains more than 230 original negatives from the early 20th century. Contact prints were made for a selection of these negatives for which no contemporary prints were available. Notes inserted in the appropriate folders identify unprinted negatives relating to that topic. This series is arranged into three general areas: people, places, and subjects.
Box 5 : 6 - 6 : 5

People

Box 5 : 6-7

General, identified, ca. 1880-ca. 1949.

Physical Description: 23 items in 2 folders.

Scope and Content Note

Includes portraits of George Edgar, Andrew Joplin, Lemuel Robinson, Father Peter Sanchez, and Coleman Travis.
Box 5 : 8-9

Bixby family, ca. 1890-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 23 items in 2 folders.
Box 5 : 10

Hudley, Chet, ca. 1930-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 5 : 11

Pleasants, Adelina, ca. 1900-ca. 1949.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 5 : 12-13

Pleasants, J.E.

Box 5 : 12

Portraits, 1868-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 5 : 13

With others, ca. 1920-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 22 items.
Box 5 : 14 and 8

Pleasants, Mary Refugio Carpenter

Box 8

Carte-de-visite album, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Primarily prints except as specified. Includes manuscript notes on some individuals by Frances Meadows. Pages that are not recorded in this list do not contain prints.
Box 8

Unidentified man (page 1), tintype, undated

Box 8

Joseph Cooper Wolfskill (page 2), undated

Box 8

John Wolfskill (page 3), undated

Box 8

Francisca Wolfskill Shepherd (page 4), undated

Box 8

Magdalena Wolfskill Sabichi (page 5), undated

Box 8

Luis (Louis) Wolfskill (page 6), undated

Box 8

José Guillermo (Joseph William) Wolfskill (page 7), undated

Box 8

Henry Dwight Barrows (page 8), 1868

Box 8

Moses A. Dow (page 9), undated

Box 8

Charles Sherman (page 10),undated

Box 8

Josefa Coronel (page 11), undated

Box 8

Unidentified child (page 12), undated

Box 8

Francisco Sabichi (page 13), undated

Box 8

Unidentified woman (page 14), undated

Box 8

Manuel Dominguez, Jr. (page 15), undated

Box 8

Unidentified women (pages 16-17), undated

Box 8

Adelaida Carpenter (page 18), tintype, undated

Box 8

Martha Reavis (page 19), undated

Box 8

Unidentified child (page 21), undated

Box 8

Tomás Dominguez (page 22), undated

Box 8

Unidentified man (page 23), undated

Box 8

Henry Carpenter (page 24), tintype, undated

Box 8

Francisca Wolfskill Shepherd (page 26), undated

Box 8

Mrs. Horn (page 27), undated

Box 8

Mary Refugio Carpenter Pleasants (page 28), 1868

Box 8

J.E. Pleasants (page 29), 1868

Box 8

Martha Elizabeth and Mary Ellen Miller (page 30), undated

Box 8

Sarah Pleasants Miller (page 31), undated

Box 8

George D. Fisher (page 32), undated

Box 8

Unidentified man (page 33), undated

Box 8

Mr. and Mrs. Horne (pages 34-35), undated

Box 8

L. W. Shrewsbury (page 36), undated

Box 8

Francisco (Frank) Carpenter (page 37), undated

Box 8

Unidentified woman (page 38), undated

Box 8

Elena Dominguez (page 39), undated

Box 8

Dr. Benjamin Page (page 40), undated

Box 8

George R. Miller (page 41), undated

Box 8

Father Farley (page 42), undated

Box 8

Luisa Ramirez (page 44), undated

Box 8

Unidentified individuals (pages 45-47), includes tintype, undated.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 8

Jefferson Davis (page 48), undated

Box 8

Robert E. Lee (page 49), undated

Box 8

Andrew Jackson (page 50), undated

Box 5 : 14

Portraits and diary, 1868.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5 : 15

Pleasants family relatives, ca. 1900-ca. 1910.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 5 : 16

Reavis family, ca. 1910-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5 : 17 - 6 : 5

Unidentified

Box 5 : 17

General, includes tintypes, ca. 1870-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 24 items in 2 folders.
Box 6 : 1-2

Children, ca. 1870-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 41 items in 2 folders.
Box 6 : 3

Groups, ca. 1880-ca. 1909.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 6 : 4

School groups, ca. 1910-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 6 : 5

Servicemen, ca. 1910-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 6 : 6-18

Places in California

Box 6 : 6

Kaweah, post office, ca. 1920-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 6 : 7

Long Beach, Bixby homes, ca. 1900.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 6 : 8

Mojave Desert, ca. 1920-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 6 : 9

Northern California, ca. 1890-ca. 1899, ca. 1920-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 6 : 10

Orange County, ca. 1900-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 8 items.
Box 6 : 11

San Bernardino Mountains, ca. 1900.

Physical Description: 10 items.
Box 6 : 12

San Diego County, ca. 1930-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 6 : 13-17

Santa Ana Mountains

Box 6 : 13

General, ca. 1900-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 22 items.
Box 6 : 14

Individuals and miscellaneous sites, ca. 1900-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 6 : 15

Homes, ca. 1930-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 6 : 16

Pleasants Ranch, ca. 1890-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 36 items.
Box 6 : 17

Seldom Inn, ca. 1910-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 6 : 18

Southern California, ca. 1890-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 6 : 19-28

Subjects

Box 6 : 19

Adobe buildings, ca. 1900-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 6 : 20

Beekeeping, ca. 1880-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 23 items.
Box 6 : 21

Birds, ca. 1920-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 6 : 22

Cattle ranching and cowboys, ca. 1890-ca. 1919.

Physical Description: 27 items.
Box 6 : 23

Dogs, ca. 1900-ca. 1909.

Physical Description: 14 items.
Box 6 : 24

Home gardens and yards, ca. 1920-ca. 1939.

Physical Description: 7 items.
Box 6 : 25

Homes, ca. 1890-ca. 1909.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 6 : 26

Horses and riders, ca. 1890-ca. 1929.

Physical Description: 26 items.
Box 6 : 27

Hunting, ca. 1900-ca. 1909.

Physical Description: 12 items.
Box 6 : 28

Orange County Historical Society, 1929.

Physical Description: 2 items.