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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: John C. Gore, Sr. family papers
    creator: Gore, John C., Sr.
    source: Gore family
    Identifier/Call Number: M1847
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1833-1952
    Abstract: Papers of John C. Gore and family, principally concerned with a property dispute in Rancho Pescadero (now Pebble Beach), California.

    Access to Collection

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], John C. Gore, Sr. family papers (M1847). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased, 2011. Accession 2011-140.

    Scope and Contents

    The Gore family lived on the 4400-acre Rancho Pescadero, California, (now Pebble Beach) and was involved in a land dispute with David Jacks and later the Pacific Improvement Company over this property. John C. Gore, Sr. had purchased the Rancho in 1852 from the widow of John Frederick Romie, who died while mining in Placerville in 1850. Romie had bought the land from Maria Madariaga four years prior. However, in 1860 Madariaga sold the land once more to investor David Jacks, who already owned the adjoining Rancho Aguajito. He also married the daughter of John Frederick and Maria Romie. Litigation over the two deeds to the former Mexican land grant began in 1860, made more complicated by Jacks' sale of the land to the Pacific Improvement Company in 1880. Included is a 150-page manuscript vellum-bound diary/journal, numerous manuscript letters, and notes dealing specifically with the dispute and subsequent legal proceedings between the Gore family and David Jacks, contemporary copies of pleadings and exhibits in the case, and a large quantity of other material related to the Monterey area, Rancho Pescadero, as well as family correspondence and documents.

    Related Materials

    Stanford Special collections also holds the David Jacks papers, 1845-1905 (M0068): https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082762 as well as several collections on the Pacific Improvement Company, including JL001 (https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082959) and JL017 (https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082958).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Pebble Beach (Calif.)
    Monterey County (Calif.) -- History.
    Law -- California -- Monterey County -- History.
    Rancho Pescadero (Barreto)
    Gore, John C., Sr.
    Gore family
    Jacks, David, 1822-1909
    Pacific Improvement Company