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Colgan business collection, 1869-1935 (bulk, 1880-1906)
SPC.00051
Collection Overview

Title:

Colgan business collection, 1869-1935 (bulk, 1880-1906)

Creator/Contributor:

Colgan Johnson, Elizabeth, 1835-1904, creator.

Creator/Contributor:

Johnson, Peter, 1834-1880, creator.

Creator/Contributor:

Colgan, Edward Power, 1823-1873, creator.

Creator/Contributor:

Colgan, Charles L., 1858-1908, creator.

Creator/Contributor:

Colgan, Abe L., 1866-1924, creator.

Creator/Contributor:

Colgan, Wesley G., 1897-1985, creator.

Abstract:

The collection contains account books and different types of invoices and receipts of businesses operated by three generations of Colgan family members: The Pioneer Hotel, the Colgan Bros. Blacksmithing and Horseshoeing Company, and Colgan's Super Service Station. All businesses were located on the same site at the corner of First and Main Streets in Santa Rosa.

Date:

1869 (issued)

Contents:

Box 1: Pioneer Hotel; Elizabeth Colgan Johnson - - Box 2: Colgan Bros. Blacksmithing - - Box 3: Colgan's Super Service Station.

Subject:

n-us-ca
Colgan family
Business enterprises -- California -- SantaRosa -- History
Hotels -- California -- SantaRosa -- History
Blacksmiths -- California -- SantaRosa -- History
Service stations -- California -- SantaRosa -- History

Note:

Repository: History & Genealogy Library, Sonoma County Library, Collection no. SPC.00051.
Tables of contents included in boxes.
This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library for access; for contact info and current hours, see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library
Access: No restrictions. Available for research during Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library business hours (see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library for current hours).
Finding aid available online via the Online Archive of California.
The Pioneer Hotel was founded as the Colgan House by pioneer Edward P. Colgan in 1853. It was Santa Rosa's first hotel and fourth building to be raised in the new downtown area. Also known as the Santa Rosa House and the Colgan Hotel, it located the first office of the Wells-Fargo Express. After Edward P. Colgan's untimely death in 1873, his widow Elizabeth, a native of Baden, Germany, took over the proprietorship, renamed the hotel and continued its operation for another ten years. Some years after Colgan's death Elizabeth was married to Peter Johnson, according to many reports an excellent step-father to her five sons and an active inn-keeper; in 1880 however it fell to her lot to wear the "weeds of widowhood again," her obituary states. The hotel was rented out to a Peter Dolan in 1884 and to a Mr. Richardson in 1885. A year later hotel operations seemed to have come to a halt when the Pioneer Laundry, one of two "White Laundry" businesses in Santa Rosa moved in, which, at the height of the anti-Chinese movement, ran the ad "No Chinese Employed. Strictly White Labor" in one of the 1888 local business directories. At the end of the century two of Elizabeth's sons George W. and Abe L. Colgan reclaimed the building and converted it into a blacksmith shop -- a business that continued well into the 1940's -- albeit not under Colgan ownership. The building itself was moved around the corner on to First Street in the early 1930's to make room for a service station operated by Wesley Colgan, son of George W. and grandson of Edward P. Colgan.
Materials in English.
Gift: Sonoma County Museum, 2015
[Identification of item], Colgan business collection, 1869-1935 (bulk, 1880-1906). SPC.00051, History & Genealogy Library, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA.
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

Type:

Archival materials

Physical Description:

3 (1.2

Language:

English

Identifier:

https://oac.cdlib.org/search?query=SPC.00051
SPC.00051

Origin:

No place, unknown, or undetermined

Copyright Note:

This collection is unprocessed. Please contact the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library for access; for contact info and current hours, see
Access: No restrictions. Available for research during Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library business hours (see https://sonomalibrary.org/locations/sonoma-county-history-and-genealogy-library for current hours).
Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

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