Sister's Inn Collection

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
Robert E. Kennedy Library, Rm 409
San Luis Obispo, California 93407
(805) 756-2305

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sister's Inn Collection
Dates: 1950 - 1982
Collection Number: MS0189
Creator/Collector: Annabelle Thelma Hughes Warren Alice Edna Hughes Bowers Sister's Inn
Extent: .5LF, 1 box
Online items available
Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
San Luis Obispo, California 93407
Abstract: Photographs related to the Sister’s Inn restaurant located in San Luis Obispo, California and owners Annabelle Warren, Alice E. Harris, and James Bowers. Magazines and newspaper clippings related to model and actress Annazette Williams Chase.
Language of Material: English


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Sister's Inn Collection. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Information


Biography/Administrative History

The Sister’s Inn restaurant was located at 208 Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo from the early 1950s to mid-1960s near what was then known as Japantown. The restaurant was owned by the Hughes sisters Annabelle Thelma Hughes Warren and Alice Edna Hughes Bowers. Sister’s Inn was one of the few African-American owned businesses in the area during this time period. Prior to opening Sister’s Inn, the sisters owned and operated Annabelle’s Café located at 190 Higuera and later at 142 Higuera circa 1950 – 1952. Annabelle Warren also owned Club Morrocco, a local tavern located at 538 Higuera Street circa 1968 – 1970. By 1971 Annabelle’s occupation in the city directory listing had changed to ‘retired’. Alice E. Bowers was formerly married and widowed from Army Private Arthur Leon Harris (b. 15 Aug. 1915 – d. 30 November 1958). Alice’s second husband, James Cassewey Bowers (b. 7 January 1914/1917 – d. 11 January 2009) was a US Merchant Marine. Annazette (Annacetta) Williams, Rosa Lee Williams, Alice Williams, and Ron Williams, descendants of the owners, attended San Luis Obispo High School. The siblings were all active and successful members of the high school drill team, drama, and other school activities. Alice Williams, the eldest sibling, was head majorette of the drill team and was later invited to audition for the Ramettes, the cheer team for the Los Angeles Rams. Rosa Lee was also head majorette, and Annazette tied for head cheerleader. After graduation, Annazette moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in acting and modeling. She was featured in magazines as an artist, model, and actress. Annazette starred in multiple films including The Greatest, The Toy, Truck Turner, and The Mack. She also appeared in multiple television movies and series between 1964 and 1984.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sister’s Inn Collection contains photographs relating to the Sister’s Inn restaurant of San Luis Obispo, California, including the restaurant owners and the owners’ family and friends. The collection also contains photographs, newspaper articles, and magazine articles featuring model and actress Annazette (Annacetta) Williams Chase as well as newspaper articles featuring Annazette and her sisters Alice Williams and Rosa Lee Williams.

Indexing Terms

African-American History
Black History
Small Business
Annazette (Annacetta) Williams
Alice Edna Hughes Bowers
Annabelle Thelma Hughes Warren
San Luis Obispo
Newspaper Clippings

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