Nathan W. Stowell Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Eric Steiger, November 4, 2008.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Nathan W. Stowell Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1852-1925
Collection Number: mssStowell papers
Creator: Stowell, Nathan W.
Extent: 167 items in 3 boxes + 2 oversize folders and 1 rolled item
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists primarily of field notes, maps, and business records related to Nathan W. Stowell (1851-1943) and his land development and irrigation interests in the Cucamonga area, Los Angeles, and the Imperial Valley in Southern California.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Nathan W. Stowell Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from N. Kovach, 1943, and February and April 1945.

Biographical Note

Nathan W. Stowell (1851-1943) was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, on December 15, 1851. He learned engineering and hydraulics in New England before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1874. In Southern California, he worked on numerous irrigation and land development projects, including Rialto, Corona, Cucamonga, Ontario, East Whittier, and the Imperial Valley. He founded or took leadership positions in several companies, which included the Stowell Cement Pipe Company, the Cucamonga Fruit Land Company, the Cucamonga Land and Improvement Company, the Ontario Power Company, the Pacific Sewer Pipe Company, the California Development Company, and the Imperial Valley Water Company Number 1. Stowell worked closely with George and William Chaffey, Canadian brothers involved in the irrigation development of Ontario, California and the Imperial Valley.
Stowell retired from his Imperial Valley interests in 1902, and thereafter became known for his work in and around Los Angeles. Among these projects was the twelve-story Hotel Stowell, which was completed in 1914. Stowell died in Los Angeles on April 3, 1943.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of field notes, maps, and business records related to Nathan W. Stowell and his land development and irrigation interests in the Cucamonga area, Los Angeles, and the Imperial Valley. Included are copies of the field notes from Los Angeles area surveyors Henry Hancock, George Hansen, and William P. Reynolds from the 1850s to the 1870s, as well as copies of maps and plats from the Cucamonga and Los Angeles areas. Business records include seven volumes consisting of deeds, articles of incorporation, and lawsuits related to Stowell’s interests in the Cucamonga Company, the Cucamonga Water Company, the Cucamonga Fruit Land Company, and the Cucamonga Water Company. Most of these volumes include an index listing the individuals and corporations that are included. Subjects in the collection include: history of Southern California business enterprises and capitalists, irrigation, real estate development, and real property. Individuals who appear in the collection include the land and irrigation developer George Chaffey, Imperial Valley developer C. R. Rockwood, and the surveyor William Rich Hutton. The Southern Pacific Railroad Company and the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Los Angeles also appear as subjects in the collection.
Also included are documents relating to the court cases N. W. Stowell vs. Rialto Irrigation District, California Development Co. vs. Imperial Land Co., et al, and J. B. McPherson, et. al vs. Cucamonga Fruit Land Co.
There are 14 oversize items, including 12 maps, Field Notes by Henry Hancock, and a rolled Tabulation of Measurements of Water Development at Red Hills, Cucamonga.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by folder title.

Indexing: Added Entries

Hancock, Henry.
  • Author of item in Reports and Notes (1852-1871). Box 1 (12).
Hansen, George, 1824-1897.
  • Author of item in Reports and Notes (1852-1871). Box 1 (12).

Indexing: Subjects

Chaffey, George, 1848-1932.
  • Subject in Business Papers (1806-1902). Box 1 (1).
  • Subject in California Development Company vs. The Imperial Land Company, et al.: Complaint by E. S. Ives, Edwin A. Meserve, and J.S. Chapman (1906). Box 1 (2).
  • Subject in Volume of Legal Documents: Cucamonga Company (1871-1886). Box 2 (5).
Farmers and Merchants Bank of Los Angeles.
  • Subject in Volume of Legal Documents (1869-1900). Box 3 (2).
Hutton, Wm. Rich (William Rich), 1826-1901.
  • Subject in Reports and Notes (1852-1871). Box 1 (12).
Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico).
  • Subject in California Development Company vs. The Imperial Land Company, et al.: Complaint by E. S. Ives, Edwin A. Meserve, and J.S. Chapman (1906). Box 1 (2).
Rockwood, C.R.
  • Subject in California Development Company vs. The Imperial Land Company, et al.: Complaint by E. S. Ives, Edwin A. Meserve, and J. S. Chapman (1906). Box 1 (2).
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Subject in Volume of Legal Documents (1902-1905). Box 3 (2).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Chaffey, George, 1848-1932.
Hutton, Wm. R. (William Rich), 1826-1901.
Rockwood, C. R.
Stowell, Nathan W.
California Development Company.
Cucamonga Company.
Cucamonga Fruit Land Company.
Farmers and Merchants Bank of Los Angeles.
Imperial Water Company.
Ontario Power Company.
Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
Business enterprises -- California, Southern -- History -- Sources.
Capitalists and financiers -- California, Southern -- Archives.
Irrigation -- California, Southern.
Real estate development -- California, Southern -- History -- Sources.
Real property -- California, Southern.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Imperial Valley (Calif. and Mexico) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Forms/Genres

Field notes -- California, Southern.
Letters (correspondence) -- California, Southern.
Maps -- California, Southern.

Additional Contributors

Hancock, Henry, 1822-1883.
Hansen, George, 1824-1897.
Reynolds, W. P. (William P.)


Collection Contents

Box 1

Business Papers – N.W. Stowell vs. Rialto Irrigation District

Folder 1

Business Papers (1896-1902). 3 items.

Folder 2

California Development Company vs. The Imperial Land Company, et al.: Complaint by E. S. Ives, Edwin A. Meserve, and J.S. Chapman (1906). 1 item.

Folder 3

Correspondence (1916). 4 letters.

Folder 4

Deeds: Nathan W. Stowell (1876-1877). 4 items.

Folder 5

Field Notes: Henry Hancock (1858). 4 items. 1 item in oversize.

Folder 6

Field Notes: George Hansen, 1824-1897 (1866). 1 item.

Folder 7

Field Notes: William P. Reynolds (1872). 1 item.

Folder 8

Formation of Ontario Power Company: [typed manuscript] [undated]. 1 item.

Folder 9

J.B. McPherson, et al. vs. Cucamonga Fruit Land Co., et al.: Statement Upon Motion for a New Trial by McKinery and Graff (1900). 1 item.

Folder 10

Maps (1852-1925). 12 items. In oversize.

Folder 11

N.W. Stowell vs. Rialto Irrigation District: Answer and Cross Complaint and Answer to Cross Complaint (1903-1904). 2 items.

Folder 12

Notes: [Nathan W. Stowell] [c. 1916]. 120 items.

Folder 13

Reports and Notes (1852-1871). 3 items.

Box 2

Survey Notebooks: Nathan W. Stowell to Volume of Legal Documents: Cucamonga Fruit Land Company and Cucamonga Water Company

Folder 1

Survey Notebooks: Nathan W. Stowell (1874-1899). 1 item.

Folder 2

Survey Notebooks: Nathan W. Stowell [c. 1916]. 2 items.

Folder 3

Tabulation of Measurements of Water Development at Red Hills, Cucamonga, Cal. (1904). 1 item. In oversize.

Folder 4

Town of North Cucamonga Record of Lots Sold (1887-1895). 1 item.

Folder 5

Volume of Legal Documents: Cucamonga Company (1871-1886). 1 item.

Folder 6

Volume of Legal Documents: Cucamonga Fruit Land Company and Cucamonga Water Company (1893-1899). 1 item.

Box 3

Volume of Legal Documents (1869-1892) – Volume of Legal Documents (1902-1905)

Folder 1

Volume of Legal Documents (1869-1892). 1 item.

Folder 2

Volume of Legal Documents (1869-1900). 1 item.

Folder 3

Volume of Legal Documents (1899). 1 item.

Folder 4

Volume of Legal Documents (1902-1905). 1 item.

 

Oversize

Physical Description: 14 items
Oversize Folder

Field Notes for Rancho Los Feliz by Henry Hancock (1858 September 1)

Oversize Folder

Maps (1852-1925). 12 items.

Rolled item

Tabulation of Measurements of Water Development at Red Hills, Cucamonga.