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Register of the Lockeford (Calif.) Charitable & Temperance Papers, 1860-1895
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This collection consists of two boxes. Box one contains minute books & account books for the Sons of Temperance Live Oak Division Number 29, dated 1860-1865. Box two contains correspondence and printed matter, including ritual books, circulars and “admission cards,” among other business-related documents and publications relating to the temperance movement.
The first temperance society in the Lockeford area, The Dashaways, was established there at the instigation of Dr. Dean Jewett Locke in the late 1850s. This society had been founded by Frank Whitney, a San Francisco fire chief, and An Illustrated History of San Joaquin County (1890) asserts that Dr. Locke had been a San Francisco member since 1850. The impetus for founding a local chapter may have derived from a rash of alcohol-related killings that had taken place in the Lockeford area in 1855. The Dashaways are represented in this collection by one songbook. Their order was supplanted in January 1860 by the creation of the Live Oak Division no. 29 of the Sons of Temperance.
Collection is open for research.