Books Relating to Stockton California

We spent many fourth of July's Yosemite Lake seeing the fireworks. and listening to brass marching bands. During the summertime of 1954, I rode my bicycle all the way to Stockton High School for a look the "big" school that which I was going to attend. Stockton High was still was in all its glory with bronze plaques inset in front of it's main building by graduating classes of the past. Ours would be the Class of 1958, but we never got a plaque because the campus was turned into a junior high. I attended two grammar schools, but never moved from the same address. I "graduated" from three high school three times as the school district shifted from one plan to the next along with shifting the school boundaries. Stagg High School was still a set of paper drawings only while classes were held- on the Stockton College campus - in 1958. 

Stockton Memories by R. Coke Wood and Leonard Covello - A delightful pictorial history of the bygone days of Stockton. The book sells for $180.00, however Amazon  has some used editions for $7.50
Stockton Memories by R. Coke Wood and Leonard Covello
Charter and Ordinances of The City of Stockton - This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process
Charter and Ordinances of The City of Stockton
Central California Traction Company - Central California Traction had its origins in 1902 as a streetcar service in Stockton, CA. Conceived by Howard H. Griffiths to compete against Stockton's venerable, narrow-gauge Stockton Electric RR, Griffiths' vision became reality in 1905 with the incorporation of the Central California Traction Co
Central California Traction Company

Commodore Robert F. Stockton, An American Naval Hero - A reprint of the rare 1856 book 'A Sketch in the Life of Commodore Robert Field Stockton.' An unchanged, word for word reprint. 


Commodore Robert F. Stockton, An American Naval Hero
Downtown Stockton - Between 1850 and 1950, Stockton grew from gold rush depot to booming California metropolis. Capitalizing on its abundance of water and rich soils, Mediterranean-like climate, hard-working population, and efficient transportation system, Stockton quickly became an epicenter of the breadbasket of the world
Downtown Stockton: From gold rush depot to booming California metropolis
Downtown Turnaround - In the early seventies, Dan Cort sold his stereo and old Ford Fairlane for the $2,000 deposit needed to renovate a run-down Victorian. Thus began his career as a self-proclaimed, self-taught contra-developer. Against all odds and long before it was popular, Cort committed himself to preserving our architectural heritage and natural resources while others built new and wasteful sprawl developments. Cort asserts that the key to our survival is a back-to-the-future paradigm shift in which our deteriorating cities are revitalized and reclaimed for their practical lifestyles and community values. He guides the reader on a tour of several dramatic downtown re-adaptations of neglected buildings into quality mixed-use, residential, and commercial spaces. Replete with revelations, anecdotes, and hands-on, nitty-gritty information and techniques for creating your own prosperity while saving the environment, Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape, breaks open creative possibilities and is a must-read for builders and non-builders alike
Downtown Turnaround
Fat City - Billy Tully and Ernie Munger are two young men living in the Northern California delta town of Stockton. Their world is the violent one of boxing, but their struggles for survival are more universal than just any conventional story about men battling professionally in the squared circle. You do not have to be a fight fan to appreciate this arresting work.
Fat City
Filipinos in Stockton - The first Filipino settlers arrived in Stockton, California, around 1898, and through most of the 20th century, this city was home to the largest community of Filipinos outside the Philippines. Because countless Filipinos worked in, passed through, and settled here, it became the crossroads of Filipino America.  Yet immigrants were greeted with signs that read "Positively No Filipinos Allowed" and were segregated to a four-block area centered on Lafayette and El Dorado Streets, which they called "Little Manila." In the 1970s, redevelopment and the Crosstown Freeway decimated the Little Manila neighborhood. Despite these barriers, Filipino Americans have created a vibrant ethnic community and a rich cultural legacy. Filipino immigrants and their descendants have shaped the history, culture, and economy of the San Joaquin Delta area.
Filipinos in Stockton
In the early twentieth century—not long after 1898, when the United States claimed the Philippines as an American colony—Filipinas/os became a vital part of the agricultural economy of California's fertile San Joaquin Delta. In downtown Stockton, they created Little Manila, a vibrant community of hotels, pool halls, dance halls, restaurants, grocery stores, churches, union halls, and barbershops. Little Manila was home to the largest community of Filipinas/os outside of the Philippines until the neighborhood was decimated by urban redevelopment in the 1960s. Narrating a history spanning much of the twentieth century, Dawn Bohulano Mabalon traces the growth of Stockton's Filipina/o American community, the birth and eventual destruction of Little Manila, and recent efforts to remember and preserve it.

Mabalon draws on oral histories, newspapers, photographs, personal archives, and her own family's history in Stockton. She reveals how Filipina/o immigrants created a community and ethnic culture shaped by their identities as colonial subjects of the United States, their racialization in Stockton as brown people, and their collective experiences in the fields and in the Little Manila neighborhood. In the process, Mabalon places Filipinas/os at the center of the development of California agriculture and the urban West.

Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o American Community in Stockton, California
Sharing the Wealth - Alex Spanos - How refreshing to read a bio on someone so smart, straight forward and real...A great true story of rags to riches. Amazing how he started out and busted his butt for everything he has today. And with all of his money and power, he still lives in the town he grew up in, has helped his hometown alot and has all of his family working with him. Very inspiring and a true all American success story
Sharing the Wealth
Shopping at Giant Foods - From the 1930s through the 1970s, Chinese American owned supermarkets located outside of Chinatown, catering to a non-Chinese clientele, and featuring mainstream American foods and other products and services rose to prominence and phenomenal success in Northern California, only to decline as union regulations and competition from national chains made their operation unprofitable. Alfred Yee's study of this trajectory is an insider's view of a fascinating era in Asian American immigration and entrepreneurship. Drawing on oral interviews with individuals who worked in the business during its peak and decline, he presents an accessible history that illustrates how this once-thriving business fostered the social and economic integration of Chinese Americans into life in the United States. Yee demonstrates how Chinese American supermarkets were able to sell American groceries at reduced prices by using the cheap labor of family members and Chinese immigrants whose entry to the United States had been sponsored by their employers.
Shopping at Giant Foods
Stockton Album Through the Years - V. Covert Martin
Stockton Album Through the Years
Stockton Fire Engines Through the Years And the fire service in San Joaquin County - Horace Spencer
Stockton Fire Engines Through the Years And the fire service in San Joaquin County
Stockton Boyhood - Collection of illustrations for Stockton Boyhood including views of the town of Stockton, Calif. (based on old paintings), a carte de visite of Carl Ewald Grunsky and other views.
Stockton Boyhood
Stockton, Heart of The Valley - The southern region of the Great California Central Valley is termed the San Joaquin, and the northern region is called the Sacramento, both being named for their primary rivers. The entire California Great Valley is a desert prairie, geologically it's an ancient seabed situated in a trough enclosed between uplifted mountains to the East and West, about 450 miles in length and 90 miles wide in parts with the total area about the area of Egypt
Stockton, Heart of The Valley
Stockton's Historic Schools - Robert Bonita - A brief photographic history of the public schools of Stockton which were built between 1853 and the passage of The Field Act in 1933. Photographs of these early schools, some long since razed in the name of progress along with the majority of others demolished in conformity with enforcement acts passed by The California Legislature in 1959 and 1968, make up a large portion of this book. A brief history of the development of Stockton school system precedes the body of the book for those interested in Stockton's pioneer beginnings
Stockton's Historic Schools
Stockton Sunrise Port on the San Joaquin - Olive Davis - A colorful, comprehensive history of Stockton, its people, it's past and it's promise for the future that is sure to become a valued collector's item for generations to come, Featuring a lively narrative by author Olive Davis with carefully researched illustrations by Sylvia Sun Minnick. This book tells the story of a special place through unforgettable words and photographs. The book begins with stories of some of the valley's earliest inhabitants: Indians, explorers, trappers and of Captain Charles Weber's determination to build a city on his acquired Mexican land grant.
Stockton Sunrise Port on the San Joaquin

Stockton Terminal and Eastern  - The Slow, Tired, and Easy Railroad: The story of the Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad and its rough roadbed to success



Stockton Terminal and Eastern - The Slow, Tired, and Easy Railroad
Stockton in Vintage Post Cards - Stockton is a contemporary California city, where almost 300,000 people call home. However few people recollect the elements of its bawdy bygone days. impact by it's strategic waterways and productive soil, Stockton was an attraction to a succession of farmers,, miners, industrial entrepreneurs, shipbuilders and gold miners. Over the decades Stockton has developed from it's rough and ready ship harbor days to a transportation and agricultural, business center.
Stockton in Vintage Post Cards

Stockton (Then & Now) ($21.99) - Cities fly high, flame out and rise all over again. A new book containing Stockton photographs , compares historic locations with current-day images captured from a similar vantage point, to grasp a better understanding of needed rebirth.



Stockton (Then & Now)
Stockton through The Decades L. Covello & R.W. Hillman, 1981
Stockton through The Decades
Tales of a Gold Rush City - Before gold was discovered,, Charles M. Weber had a dream of creating a mercantile center in the center of vast ag­ricultural lands. Quite by accident, Weber became aware he owned the gateway to the gold mines. He was fortunate that that gold wasn't discovered in Tuleburg. With the exception of his interest in the Stockton Mining Com­pany (although never produced much gold). Weber never did much mining. However. he did resurvey his holdings and in September of 1848, renamed the town Stockton. ✓
Tales of a Gold Rush City