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Register of the Lodi (Calif.) Police Registers, 1913-1955
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lodi (Calif.) Police Registers,
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1955
    Collection number: Mss276
    Extent: 3 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], Lodi (Calif.) Police Registers, Mss276, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    The city of Lodi was incorporated in 1906. At that time the city had a population of about 3,000. Lodi sits astride the Mokelumne River in a region of vineyards and orchards. During the period represented by this collection it was a modest manufacturing and farming community. Principal businesses included: the Super Mold Company [retread tires] (1927); the Pinkerton Foundry (1934); the Guild Winery (1936) and General Mills (1947).
    Before Lodi's incorporation law enforcement in the area was the concern of the San Joaquin County Sheriff. From 1906 citizens elected a City Marshall, H.B. Coleman, who also served as tax collector. Coleman resigned (1920) and was replaced by appointee R.B. McClure (1920-1922), who, though not obliged to collect taxes, doubled as Street Superintendent. Ferdinand Christiansen was next elected City Marshall and Street Superintendent (1922). He became Lodi's first Chief of Police (1927). At the time of Christiansen's election Lodi had a population of about 8,000. Following Clarence Jackson's election as Chief (1934), the department grew substantially and by 1937 there were five men on the force. Lodi's population in 1940 was about 13,000.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of the Lodi (Calif.) Jail Registers [6 vols.] dating from October 1913 through June 1955; the City Recorder's Record Book dating February 1913 through 1922; and, the Lodi Traffic Arrest Register dating July 1946 through October 1952.