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Register of the Travis-Cook family papers, 1851-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Travis-Cook family papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1851-1965
    Collection number: Ms20
    Extent: 0.5 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], Travis-Cook family papers, Ms20, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    personal name

    Louisa Travis Bridwell Reyner (1835-1907)
    Rhonda Jane Travis Bowers (1841-1914)
    Richard Travis (b. 1839?)
    John W. Bowers (1841-1898)
    Mary Ella Bridwell Cook (b. 1860)
    Clarence E. Cook (d. 1916)
    Francis "Frank" Reyner, Jr. (1874-1962)
    Clarice E. Cook Knowland Gilchrist (1902-1979)

    corporate name

    Bowers (J.W.) Company (Stockton, Calif.)


    Merchants - California - Stockton
    Contractors - California - Stockton
    Business records - California - Stockton
    Photographs - California - San Joaquin County
    Legal documents - California - San Joaquin County

    geographic name

    Banta (Calif.) - History - Sources
    Stockton (Calif.) - History - Sources


    Richard Travis came overland with his family to California in 1865. One of his daughters, Louisa (1835-1907), married Frederick Bridwell (d. 1872), while the other daughter, Rhoda Jane (1841-1914), married John W. Bowers (1841-1898), a fruit and vegetable dealer in Stockton. Travis' son, also named Richard Travis (b. 1839?), farmed for a time in Tracy, San Joaquin County, then moved to Stockton (c1900). Louisa and Frederick Bridwell had a daughter, Mary Ella (b.1860). After Bridwell's premature death (1872), his wife married Francis Reyner, a farmer of Banta, San Joaquin County (1873). Mary Ella kept Reyner's Banta property as late as 1936. The Reyners had a son, also named Francis, but known as "Frank" (1874-1962). He too farmed in Banta for most of his life. Mary Ella Bridwell married (1898) Stockton building contractor, Clarence E. Cook (d. 1916). Cook served as San Joaquin County Deputy Recorder from 1909 until his death. Following this marriage, the Cooks lived in Stockton. They had one daughter, Clarice (1902-1979), who married Joseph R. Knowland, publisher of the Oakland Tribune (1952).

    Scope and Content

    The Travis-Cook Family Papers contain Travis family genealogies; correspondence and other papers of Rhoda Jane Travis Bowers (1859-1914); business papers of John W. Bowers (1894-1895); correspondence of Richard Travis (1909-1910); correspondence and other papers of Mary Ella Bridwell Cook (1890-1936); correspondence of Clarence E. Cook (1900-1901) and his father William (1874); correspondence of Frank Reyner (1897-1898); the will of Mrs. Frank Reyner (1965); papers of Clarice E. Cook (1912; 1952); clippings and photographs.