The collection primarily documents Eppie's Great Race almost entirely through scrapbooks dating from 1974 through 2015. It
also documents the race's creator, Eppaminondas "Eppie" Johnson, who was a Sacramento restaurateur and philanthropist. The
scrapbooks contain programs, photographs, clippings, and other items related to Johnson and the race.
Eppaminondas "Eppie" Johnson was a Sacramento restaurateur, philanthropist, and the creator of Eppie's Great Race. He was
born in Astoria, New York, on May 7, 1928, to Greek immigrant parents George and Anastasia "Fotini" (Mousmoules) Johnson.
After his parents divorced, Johnson's father moved to Reno, and then to Sacramento in 1947 where he opened the Del Prado restaurant
on Stockton Boulevard and was a well-known restaurateur and philanthropist. Johnson attended New York University and University
of Nevada in Reno then joined the army. After he was discharged, he moved to Sacramento in 1950 and began working in the Del
Prado with his father. Johnson began a catering company, then in 1964, opened his first restaurant, Eppie's, at 3001 N Street.
This was the first of many Eppie's in a chain of restaurants Johnson opened throughout Northern California and Nevada. He
later opened restaurants in Sacramento and Stockton called Eppaminondas. He also purchased tennis clubs in Davis and Sacramento.
9.6 Linear Feet
(3 oversized boxes, 1 half-manuscript box, 2 unboxed scrapbooks)
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