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Register of the Conant Collection of Central Valley Land Papers, 1861-1872
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These documents all pertain to public lands in the central San Joaquin Valley. Virtually all of them represent holdings in eastern Stanislaus and Merced counties. Most date from the 1860s---the period of wheat cultivation and railroad expansion in that region. With few exceptions they represent the acquisitions of two men: Lewis M. Hickman and John W. Mitchell.
A native of Delaware, L. M. Hickman spent much of his life in Stockton. Hickman's name first appears in the Stockton Directory (1856), where he is listed as operating a hardware store with H.D. Saunders. This firm, which was located on Main Street between Hunter and El Dorado, sold cutlery, tin, copper, sheet iron, stoves and miners' tools and performed "all kinds of job work done at shortest notice." During the 1850s Hickman was a member of the Protection Hook & Ladder #1 volunteer fire fighters. In 1857 he was a founding member of the Stockton Episcopal Church.
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