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Register of the Fahey-Sloan Family Collection, 1880-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fahey-Sloan Family Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1960
    Collection number: Mss258
    Creator: Robert & Al Fahey
    Extent: 4 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], Fahey-Sloan Family Collection, Mss258, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Fahey, Dennis (1831-1914)
    Fahey, William (1871-1957)
    Fahey, John (1866-1950)
    Fahey, Lilly Sloan
    Sloan, William Albert
    Sloan, Elizabeth Haskell (b. 1870)
    Wheeler, Benjamin Ide (1854-1927)
    Hearst, Phoebe Apperson (1842-1919)
    Rowell, Joseph Cummings
    Fahey family
    Sloan family

    corporate name

    Yosemite Logging Company (Calif.)
    West Side Lumber Company (Calif.)
    Pratt Institute -History
    University of California, Berkeley -History


    Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915: San Francisco)
    Columbian International Exposition (1893: Chicago)
    Women librarians
    Lumber camps -California -Tuolumne County
    Libraries -California -History
    Oakdale (Calif.) -Social life and customs
    Women photographers -California
    Berkeley (Calif.) -Description and travel
    New York (N.Y.) -Description and travel
    Tuolumne County (Calif.) -Description and travel


    Elizabeth Haskell Sloan (b. 1870) came to California (c1895) after working as a stenographer for the Chicago Exposition, the Armour Institute and other businesses in the Chicago area during the mid-1890s. Although she had come initially to help her invalid sister, Clara, with the latter's three daughters, the sister soon died and Elizabeth Haskell helped place the daughters in foster homes. She then worked as University President Benjamin Ide Wheeler's secretary while attending the University of California (1900-1904). Sloan subsequently graduated from the Pratt Institute Library School (1906) and returned as a librarian to the University of California (1907-1914). She married her dead sister's husband, William Haskell Sloan, and moved with him to the Yosemite region where he was Superintendent of the Yosemite Logging Company (1914-1917). When Sloan became ill due to over work, they moved to Irvington, Alameda County, where they became prune farmers. After Sloan's death Elizabeth worked for the Pacific Rural Press and as associate editor for a local newspaper. One of William Sloan's daughters, Lilly, married a member of the Fahey Family (c1913).
    Irish immigrant, Dennis Fahey (1831-1914) was a pioneer stockman in Tuolumne County (1853). Three of his six children: John, William and Joseph established the West Side Market which supplied lumber camps and developed a strong retail trade in the Stanislaus and Tuolumne County region. The Faheys jointly owned 5,000 acres and more than 1,000 head of cattle. The brothers split their holdings in 1921. John Fahey's son, William, married Lily Sloan. Their oldest son, Robert (1914-1994), was a long time resident of Oakdale, a Stanislaus County Supervisor, developer and cattle rancher. He was an active member of a local social organization that called itself the "Bronco Boys."

    Scope and Content

    The Fahey-Sloan Collection includes family history materials and photographs. Several photo albums created by Elizabeth Haskell Sloan document the activities of the Yosemite Logging Company (1914-1917). Other albums created by Robert Fahey depict the activities of the Oakdale "Bronco Boys" club (1930s-1950s), his World War II career and his research on the logging industry in the southern Sierra. There is also an album of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (1915).