The DAVID JACKS PAPERS include correspondence, primarily business; legal and official documents in the form of leases, bills
of sale, transfers of title, and court actions; financial papers; maps; clippings and printed materials; and photographs,
photostats and prints. There are also some notes from various sources and interviews which Arthur E. Bestor, Jr. made in connection
with his biography of David and Lee L. Jacks. This was printed in a limited edition by Stanford University in 1945.
David Jacks was born in 1822 in the village of Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. In 1841 he followed two older brothers across
the Atlantic. He was a clerk, for a short time, at Williamsburg, N.Y., and in the mid 1840s, was a wheelwright at Ft. Hamilton,
N.Y. In 1848 news of the discovery of gold in California reached the East Coast. Young Jacks became an accountant for a sutler
attached to the 3rd Regiment of Artillery. This outfit left New York in November or December of 1848, went around the Horn
and landed in San Francisco in April of 1849. Jacks spent the remainder of that year working at the Presidio and became naturalized
as U. S. citizen in December.
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