Margaret Taverner was an educator in Stockton, Calif.From the late 1940s through 1961 she
was a counselor, then Associate Dean of Women at Stockton [Junior] College. During most
of that time Miss Taverner carried out research on the Gold Rush era writings of Bret
Harte and Mark Twain. She was particularly interested in the relationship between the
prose of these two writers and the locales which inspired it. Miss Taverner died in 1961
or 1962. Her mother, Mrs. G.M. Taverner, and a friend, Miss Ina Marmon, gave Margaret
Taverner's notes to Holt Atherton in 1967.