California Yankee : William R. Staats, business pioneer : manuscript, 1944.


Wilson, Carol Green, 1892-. California Yankee : William R. Staats, business pioneer : manuscript, 1944.

California Yankee : William R. Staats, business pioneer : manuscript, 1944.

Manuscript copy of Carol Green Wilson's biography California Yankee : William R. Staats, business pioneer (1947), which tells the story of William R. Staats (1867-1928) and his life in Southern California. Includes little personal information on Staats and instead focuses on his business dealings, including those with Henry E. Huntington, and his involvement in the development of Union Oil, Southern California Edison, Throop University (Cal Tech), the Mount Wilson Observatory, the Valley Hunt Club, and the Santa Catalina Island Yacht Club. It is also a detailed history of the economic development of Southern California, and Pasadena in particular, from the 1880s to the 1910s. Typewritten 1944 manuscript with handwritten editing notes. Originally titled, "So Many Worlds : A Business Explorer in the Promised Land."

1 typewritten manuscript, 306 pages.

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