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Guide to the Isaac N. Casner Papers MS 275
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  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Isaac N. Casner Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 275
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1882 December 19-1924 June 19
    Abstract: This collection contains the personal diaries and papers of Isaac N. Casner, a ranch hand who worked in Texas, Oregon, and San Diego County, California in the late 1800s.
    creator: Casner, Isaac N.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Samantha Mills on August 22, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Isaac N. Casner Papers, MS 275, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Isaac N. Casner was born in Texas on March 7, 1857. He moved to San Diego County, California by 1888, where some of his family already lived on the homestead of Martin Van Casner in Ballena. He lived in San Diego County as least through 1902, working as a ranch hand on various ranches in the Ballena and Ramona areas. He worked for several notable homesteaders, including Charles Bailey, John Clevenger, William Wallace Littlepage, Madison D. Putman, Joseph Swycaffer, Samuel Warnock, William Warnock, and various members of the Casner family. He also had frequent dealings with the Verlaque family, one of the first families in Ramona and owners of the local post office and a general goods store. By 1908 Isaac owned and operated his own ranch outside Portland, Oregon.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the personal diaries and papers of Isaac N. Casner. There are 14 diaries dated 1882 to 1908. In these diaries, Isaac kept daily records of his work and recreational activities. He moved frequently from ranch to ranch, either living with his employers, his friends, or his extended family. He recorded a variety of work tasks related to horse, cattle, and sheep ranching, plowing and sowing grains, fruit farming, beekeeping, and even a brief stint in gold mining. He also recorded the activities he engaged in during his free time on the range or in town, and in periods of unemployment between work seasons. These included cooking, mending clothes, reading novels and magazines, composing songs, playing card games with friends, drinking, and gambling. Personal papers include a letter, grocery receipts, and financial notes.


    Collection is arranged into two series:
    Series I: Personal Diaries
    Series II: Personal Papers
    Diaries are arranged chronologically, and papers are arranged by subject.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Diary 1: The pencil writing is faded. Diary 6: The cover has split along the spine and detached from the pages. Diary 9: The cloth covering the spine has partially peeled off. (August 16, 2012)

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 990516.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bailey, Charles W.
    Barnett, M.
    Casner, Afra
    Casner, Fannie A.
    Casner, Isaac N.
    Casner, Lazarus Peter
    Casner, Martin Van
    Casner, William D.
    Clevenger, Ed
    Clevenger, John
    Daily, Tom
    Dalton, H.
    Hatfield, Antonio
    Hutchens, John
    Hutchens, Mary
    Hutchens, O. B.
    Hutchens, Tom
    Littlepage, Albert E.
    Littlepage, Charles P.
    Littlepage, Edith
    Littlepage, William Wallace
    McLeod, Charley
    Mulkins, John W.
    Parker, A. H.
    Poole, James F.
    Poole, William
    Putman, Jim
    Putman, Madison D.
    Roberts, Elex
    Sargent, Bell
    Sargent, William
    Sewell, Lonnie
    Sheppard, J.
    Shipp, William A.
    Stevens, Charles
    Strahan, Ernest
    Swycaffer, Jefferson Davis
    Swycaffer, Joseph
    Verlaque, J. A.
    Warnock, Samuel
    Warnock, William J.
    Woods, James M.
    Woods, Mace
    Bee culture
    Beef cattle
    Borrego Springs (Calif.)
    Cattle herding
    Escondido (Calif.)
    Fruit growers
    Gillespie County (Tex.)
    Gold panning
    Horses -- Training
    Lakeside (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Newberg (Or.)
    Portland (Or.)
    Ramona (Calif.)
    Randall County (Tex.)
    Receipts (Acknowledgements)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Vicente (Baja California, Mexico)