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Register of the Stockton Police Arrest & Jail Records, 1884-1901
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stockton Police Arrest & Jail Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1884-1901
    Collection number: Mss25
    Creator: Michael J. Canlis
    Extent: 3.5 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], Stockton Police Arrest & Jail Records, Mss25, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    The Stockton Police Department was founded in 1850. During the period represented by these records, the depart ment was made up of thirteen officers, a captain and a chief. From 1885 until 1890 the police station was located between Hunter and Market Streets. Later the department was housed on the first floor of the county courthouse. The city and San Joaquin County shared a jail on Market Street between Hunter and San Joaquin until a new jail---later referred to as "Cunningham's Castle" for long-time County Sheriff, Thomas Cunningham---opened at the corner of San Joaquin and Channel Streets (1893). This facility was equipped with a basement emergency hospital.
    Stockton Chiefs of Police did not hold office long during the late 19th century. W.N. Edwards was Chief from 1884 through 1886, B.F. Rodgers held office during 1887, O.G. Langmaid was Chief in 1888, W.S. Fowler held the office from 1889 through 1890, Isaac H. Robinson was Chief in 1891-92, Samuel Henry had the honor in 1893-94, Milton H. Kingsbury was Chief in 1895-96 and John D. Gall was Chief from 1897 through 1901.

    Scope and Content

    I. STOCKTON CITY POLICE ARREST BOOKS **Each Arrest Record Book contains the following information: arrestee name, date, offense, arresting officer name, list of property of arrestee
    II. STOCKTON CITY JAIL RECORDS **Each record contains the following information: arrestee name, date of arrest, date of discharge, offense, arresting officer name, remarks