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Register of the Farmers & Merchants Bank (Stockton, Calif.) Scrapbook, 1915-1920
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Farmers & Merchants Bank (Stockton, Calif.) Scrapbook,
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1920
    Collection number: Mss274
    Extent: 0.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Farmers & Merchants Bank (Stockton, Calif.) Scrapbook, Mss274, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Guernsey, Frank A. (b. 1879)
    Wilson, Thomas Woodrow (1856-1924)

    corporate name

    Farmers & Merchants Bank (Stockon, Calif.)


    Bank buildings -California -Stockton
    Bank employees -California -Stockton -Photographs
    Banks and banking -California -Stockton
    Stockton (Calif.) -History -Sources
    Stockton (Calif.) -Pictorial works


    The Farmers & Merchants Bank of Stockton, Calif. was established in 1888 by Darius A. Guernsey, P.B. Fraser and D.S. Rosenbaum. These three men held successively the office of President of the Bank and were succeded (1916) by Darius Guernsey's son, Frank A. Guernsey (b. 1879). In that year the Bank erected a nine-story headquarters building at a cost of $500,000. Frank Guernsey also operated the Frank Guernsey Grain Company, as well as dairy and orchard properties on Rough and Ready Island. Although the Bank's new building endured, Frank A. Guernsey's banking career was relatively short-lived, for, by 1922 he had become a Vice President with the Union Safe Deposit Bank and, by 1925, both he and the Farmers & Merchants Bank had disappeared from Stockton directories.

    Scope and Content

    The Farmers & Merchants Bank Scrapbook chronicles the period of creation of the Bank's new headquarters building (1915-20). Approximately half of the scrapbook is devoted to photographs of the Bank staff and to various stages of the building process. The other half of the scrapbook is filled with clippings recounting events depicted in the photographs. Of special note are four photographs of President Woodrow Wilson standing on the back of a train car with Frank A. Guernsey. These pictures were taken at the time of Wilson's whistlestop tour of the United States on behalf of our membership in the League of Nations (1919).