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Register of the Cottle Family Papers, 1852-1968
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cottle Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1852-1968
    Collection number: Mss191
    Creator: Francis Marion Cottle III
    Extent: 1.5 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], Cottle Family Papers, Mss191, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Cottle, Zora (1837-1894)
    Cottle, Francis Marion (d. 1916)
    Cottle, Francis Marion, Jr. (d. 1971)
    Kennedy family
    Cottle family
    Cottle, Edward (1650-1710)


    Agriculture -California -Stanislaus County -History
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Ferries -California -Stanislaus River
    Ranchers -California -Stanislaus County
    Oakdale (Calif.) -History -Sources


    The Cottles were Oakdale, Stanislaus County (Calif.) ranchers from the early 1850s. Zora Cottle (1837-1894) settled with his wife, Catherine, and nephew, Francis Marion Cottle (d. 1916) on the Stanislaus River. They purchased an interest in a ferry and ran large herds of cattle. Francis Marion Cottle married Harriet L. Kennedy (1869), purchased his own land and raised fruit. A son, Francis Marion Cottle Jr. (d. 1971) served in World War I. He was employed by the Westend Chemical Company when the family ranch was lost during the Great Depression (1934).

    Scope and Content

    The Cottle Family Collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed materials, photographs, legal and financial documents, and postal memorabilia -stamps and cancelLed envelopes. The majority of correspondence tells news of family and friends. Financial documents include a detailed account of John Loving's outfit for his trip to California in 1853, and tuition receipts for Zora Cottle's children's schools.