A collection of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and family bible of the Robert G. Dean family. Family bible which contains some
family information, oil and gas certificates, diaries written by Robert G. Dean, scrapbooks, letters to his wife, ledgers,
and 1836 Hooper’s Dictionary. Also of importance is a remembrance plate to R.G. Dean from the Veale family and a Senate Report
of the Commissioner of Patents of 1860 for agriculture for the 36th Congress second session.
Robert G[arwood] Dean (1831-1920) was a land owner in East Contra Costa County. He was also involved in mining, managed the
18,000 acre John Marsh rancho, was president of the Bank of Brentwood, farmed wheat, was an agent for Balfour Gurthrie & Co,
and was instrumental in the establishment of Liberty High School in Brentwood. Robert G. Dean was the author of the “East
Contra Costa County” chapter in F. J. Hulaniski’s The History of Contra Costa County California, 1917. He married to Jerusha
H. Martin in San Francisco and they had no children, though they raised a foster son, George O Wilson.
Contact the Contra Costa County Historical Society for publication permission.
Collection is open for research.