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Register of the Van Buskirk Family Collection, 1892-1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Van Buskirk Family Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1985
    Collection number: Ms18
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Van Buskirk Family Collection, Ms18, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Van Buskirk, Charles Lever (1845-1920)
    Van Buskirk, Angela Crocker
    Van Buskirk, Charles R.
    Van Buskirk, Erle Lever
    Van Buskirk family

    corporate name

    Mokelumne River Manufacturing Company (Lodi, Calif.)
    San Joaquin County Women's Christian Temperance Union
    Lodi Political Study Club
    Lodi Anti-Saloon League
    Lodi Loyal Temperance Legion
    Fraternal Order of Eagles - Awards


    Businessmen - California - Lodi
    Temperance - California - Societies, etc.
    Parks - California - Stockton
    Agriculture - California - Lodi
    Japanese Americans - California - Lodi
    Church and social problems - California - Lodi
    Congregational churches - California - Lodi

    geographic name

    Lodi (Calif.) - Social life and customs
    San Joaquin County (Calif.) - History - Sources


    Lodi businessman, Charles Lever Van Buskirk (1845-1920), came to California in 1893. He and his brother, George, bought extensive timber lands in Calaveras and Amador counties with the intention of entering the lumber business. At the same time Charles Van Buskirk also acquired numerous corner lots in the city of Lodi, on which he erected the Lodi Opera House, the Van Buskirk Building, the Telephone Building, the Sentinel Building and the School Street Garage. He was also instrumental in obtaining for Lodi its first public library. Van Buskirk's civic-mindedness extended, as local historian George Tinkham writes, "[into] all matters pertaining to schools, charitable organizations, the paving of streets, building of churches and other institutions of public benefit." His was also a temperance advocate who worked to see Lodi free of saloons. Before he came to California, Van Buskirk married Angie B. Crocker, who shared his involvement in the temperance movement and was later President of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union (1914-1915). The Van Buskirks were also active members of the Lodi Congregational Church. They had two sons: Charles R., a Lodi vineyardist; and, Erle Lever, also of Lodi, manufacturer of the Van Pump. Charles R. gave park lands to both Lodi and Stockton (1950s).

    Scope and Content

    The Van Buskirk Family Collection consists of family business papers and biographical materials, including a ranch ledger of C.R. Van Buskirk (c1910), as well as records of various Lodi (Calif.) religious and temperance organizations to which diverse family members belonged (1895-1919). The collection also contains a file relating to the gift of land by Charles R. Van Buskirk to the City of Stockton for use as a park (1957-1976) and other clippings relating to his donation.of park land to Lodi and to his receipt of an award by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (1957).