Finding Aid for the Zahniser Papers,
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION:
Origination/Creator:† † Zahniser, Ellis
Title of Collection:††††† † Zahniser Papers
Date of Collection:††††† † 1882-1932
Physical Description:† .50 linear feet
Identification: † MS-003
Repository:††† ††††††††††† †Carlsbad City Library Carlsbad History Room Special Collection,
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †Carlsbad, CA
Abstract: ††††††††††††††††††††† The Zahniser, 1882-1932, consists primarily of correspondence to Zahniser from family members when he arrived in California. Also included are materials related to Zahniserís business career.
RIGHT AND RESTRICTIONS:
Access Restrictions:†† Collection is open for research.
Copyright:††††††††††††††††† The copyright interests in this collection remain with the
creator. For more information, contact the Carlsbad History Room.
Acquisition Method: This collection was donated by Gary Nessim.
††††† Ellis Colton Zahniser, a Carlsbad business man, owned the Red and White Meat Market on First Street later known as State Street during the late 1920s and 1930s. He was originally from Oklahoma, and moved to California in the mid 1920s. His father Norman and brother Clyde remained in Wann, Oklahoma and a brother Karl and his wife Lucille moved to Newhall, California, two sisters Mrs. E.C. Reynolds lived on Elm Street in Carlsbad and Mrs. Guy Maddox lived in Long Beach California.
†††† On June 12, 1932, Zahniser was shot five times while in his store by J. Frank White over a money disagreement. White was killed on State Street by Sheriffs deputies. Zahniser married Mrs. Golda Lester on July 16, 1934.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
††††††††††† The Zahniser Papers, 1882-1932, consists primarily of the incoming correspondence to Ellis Zahniser, a Carlsbad business owner who, in 1932 was shot on State Street five times by an irate fellow citizen over a money dispute.
††††††††††† The collection consists of three series: Personal Correspondence (Series I), Business Papers (Series II) and Harvey Kendall Correspondence (Series III). All Series are further divided chronologically.
††††††††††† Series I: Personal Correspondence, 1923-1932, contains personal letters to Zahniser. While the bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to Zahniser from Eula Thompson, a small number of other letters are from his father Norman and Aunt Eula. Series II: Business Papers, 1920-1931 includes materials related to Zahniserís Bank Statements and business. Series III: Harvey Kendall Correspondence, 1882-1911, the majority of letters are to Sadie Harvey Kendall of Painesville, Ohio.
Series I: Personal Correspondence, 1923-1932
Folder 1: Incoming Correspondence, 1923, 1 item
Folder 2: Incoming Correspondence, 1925, 1 item
Folder 3: Incoming Correspondence, 1929, 28 items
Folder 4: Incoming Correspondence, 1930, 11 items
Folder 5: Incoming Correspondence, 1931, 9 items
Folder 6: Incoming Correspondence, 1932, 1 item
Series II: Business Papers, 1920-1931
Folder 7: Oil and Gas Leases, 1920, 1 item
Folder 8: Letter of Recommendation, 1921, 1 item
Folder 9: Benefit Fund, 1922, 1 item
Folder 10: Employment letter, 1923, 1 item
Folder 11: Stock purchase statements, 1924, 2 items
Folder 12: Bank Statements and Business leases, 1929, 8 items
Folder 13: Restaurant Equipment Receipts, 1930 1 item
Folder 14: Bank Statements, 1931, 1 item
Series III: Harvey Kendall Correspondence, 1882-1911, 33 items
Folder 15:1882-1887, 5 items
Folder 16: 1888, 7 items
Folder 17: 1891-1895, 11 items
Folder 18: 1896, 6 items
Folder 19: 1903-1911, 3 items