Dr. John W. Winkley Collection

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Contra Costa County Historical Society
724 Escobar Street
Martinez, California 94553
(925) 229-1042

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dr. John W. Winkley Collection
Dates: 1940-1970s
Collection Number: 1987.16
Extent: 1 box
Repository: Contra Costa County Historical Society
Martinez, California 94553
Abstract: The collection includes newspaper columns, letters and typewritten history manuscripts written by Dr. John W. Winkley, as well as historical information about the Contra Costa County Historical Society. The collection was donated in 1987 by former CCCHS board member Roy Bloss, a longtime resident of Alamo who passed away in 2012.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Dr. John W. Winkley Collection. Contra Costa County Historical Society

Biography/Administrative History

Winkley, a Methodist minister, had a popular column in the Oakland Tribune newspaper in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The column was titled “The Knave” and included stories of Winkley’s travels throughout the west and Midwest. The letters and manuscripts in the collection are from Winkley’s time as a board member and newsletter editor for the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Born in Indiana in the 1880s, Winkley graduated from Boston University in 1908, became a Methodist minister and settled in Auburn, California before moving to Contra Costa County. He lived into his 80s.

Scope and Content of Collection

The materials are filed in 17 folders in one box. The folders are as follows: Folder 1—Chapter 1: The Romantic Sierras; Chapter II: Ministerial Gold Diggers; chapter III: The El Dorado Trail Folder 2—Chapter IV: The Auburn Trail Folder 3—Chapter V: The Yuba Trail; Chapter VI: The Feather River Trails Folder 4—Chapter VII: The Trinity Trails; Chapter VIII: The Amador Trails Folder 5—Chapter IX: The Calaveras Trails Folder 6—Chapter X: The Tuolomne Trails Folder 7—Chapter XI: The Mariposa Trails; Chapter XII: Indians, Orientals, and Others Folder 8—Sierra Profiles Folder 9—Autobiographical Articles Folder 10—Monographs Folder 11—Miscellaneous Papers Folders 12, 13 and 14—Oakland Tribune: “The Knave” columns Folder 15—Oakland Tribune: “The Knave” (Alameda County) columns Folder 16—Oakland Tribune: “The Knave” (Contra Costa County) columns Folder 17—Oakland Tribune: “The Knave” (western desert trip) columns

Indexing Terms

personal papers
Winkley, Dr. John W.
newspaper clippings

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