R. E. Wood Scrapbook
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California State University, Chico2020
California State University, Chico, Special Collections Meriam Library
400 West First Street
Chico, California 95929-0295
Title: R. E. Wood Scrapbook
Collection Number: MSS 174
Creator/Collector: Wood, Romanzo E. (Romanzo Erastus),
Extent: Items: 1 Box Linear Feet: 1Online items available
Repository: California State University, Chico
Chico, California 95929-0295
Abstract: The Scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, advertisements and articles about and by R. E. Wood, landscape photographer and inventor.
Language of Material: English
Collection is open for research without restriction.
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
R. E. Wood Scrapbook. California State University, Chico
Thomas L. Rodgers, December 9, 1991
Romanzo Erastus Wood, or R. E. Wood, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts August 10, 1838. In 1859 he came west on the Oregon-California trial arriving in Napa County, California. Wood married Mary Elizabeth Olmstead Wade October 17, 1864 and had a daughter Cleo Emma. The Woods moved to Santa Cruz County in 1868 and settled at Troutdale Farm near Bear Creek just above the San Lorenzo River. Wood supported himself in a variety of ways: as an inventor of rodent traps, farmer, manufacturer of matches, brooms and knives. He wrote for the county newspaper the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Together with Mary they also travel around California putting on Lantern Stereoscopic shows and offering their services as landscape photographers. In 1881 they moved to Tahoe City. He wrote for the Tahoe Tattle and they continued their photography activities. They divorced in 1891. Wood married again to Phoebe S. Brown in 1892. He died April 1, 1925 in St. Helena, California.
The Scrapbook contains photographs, newspaper clippings, advertisements and articles about and by R. E. Wood, landscape photographer and inventor. The bulk of material is of Santa Cruz, but also includes Mount Shasta, Lake Tahoe, and Napa. Wood made booms and matches, invented gopher and squirrel rodent traps, Together with his wife Mary they put on Optical Lantern or Steroscopticon exhibitions, and offered their services as landscape photographers. He was a correspondent for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Tahoe Tattler newspapers. The original use of the book was of as a ledger, listing names with dates ranging from 1869 to 1873. Many pages were removed, and photographs and newspaper clippings of his columns and advertisements for their services and inventions were pasted over. Images from the scrapbook as well as other photographs are cataloged separately in the Historic Photograph collection. The scrapbook and photos of contains the images of Santa Cruz County, Napa County Lake Tahoe vicinity, Sonoma County, Bodie, Glenn County, Shasta County, Copper City, Monterey County, and Pacific Grove.
Photographers -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century.
Santa Cruz County (Calif.) -- History.
Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.) -- History.
Napa County (Calif.) -- History.
Shasta (Calif.) -- History.