This collection is comprised primarily of correspondence within the Treat and Everson families (1860-1908), who founded the
Elk Grove Building Company in 1876 with W. A. Chittendon. The company was responsible for the construction of many commercial
structures in the town.
Julius Everson was born in Cayuga County, New York, in 1833, the son of William and Catherine Everson. Julius farmed with
his family in New York until 1851, at which time he moved to Elk Grove, California. In 1873, Julius married Alvira Treat,
the daughter of Catherine (Gage) Treat and Sullivan Treat, one of Elk Grove's early settlers. Julius and Alvira had two children:
Walter Terry and Lester Treat. Julius established himself as a successful businessman in Elk Grove. In 1876, Everson founded
the Elk Grove Building Company in partnership with W. A. Chittendon. The Company was responsible for the construction of
many commercial structures in the town, including the building later occupied by the Chittedndon & Everson general merchandise
store. Julius Everson died at his home in Elk Grove on December 1, 1900, after many years of failing health. Alvira Everson
passed away on January 15, 1917.