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Finding aid to the Melville Schweitzer collection of California miscellany, 1846-1878, Vault MS 55
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Letters, records, and other documents collected by Melville Schweitzer, including material related to John C. Frémont's California Battalion of Mounted Riflemen and the Bear Flag Revolt; a handwritten history of Howard Engine Company No. 3, a volunteer fire department in San Francisco, giving a list of the men who served in the company; a letter book (1850) of James King of William, which includes a name index; six letters (1855-1878) to or from General Mariano Vallejo; and miscellaneous letters, receipts, deeds, and other documents (1850-1877). Battalion materials include financial accounts kept by quartermaster Jacob R. Snyder.
Melville Schweitzer was born September 7, 1875. As a businessman, he was involved in the importation of meats from the Far East, first with Schweitzer & Co. and later with F. E. Booth Co. He married his wife, Lolita Heyneman Schweitzer in 1908. They were both members of the California Historical Society. Schweitzer amassed this collection of materials with the intent of donating them to the California Historical Society. Schweitzer died March 11, 1932, in San Francisco, where he had been taken after having a stroke in his Sonoma home.
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