MS 10 Walter Bellon Papers

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Bellon, Walter
Title
Walter Bellon Papers
ID
MS 10
Date
1912-1974
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
Abstract
This collection contains Walter Bellon’s personal memoirs, his observations on the San Diego Stingaree District (including Chinatown), and details of his travels in Baja California.

Preferred Citation

Walter Bellon Papers, MS 10, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Walter Bellon (1881-1972) was born in Trenton, New Jersey. Moving to San Diego in 1908, he went to work for the San Diego Health Department. In 1910, serving as Health and Sanitary Inspector, Bellon was tasked with the difficult and dangerous job of organizing the cleanup San Diego’s Stingaree District and Waterfront. Bellon resigned in 1922 and went into the plumbing business. He re-entered public life in 1936, being elected to the County Board of Supervisors where he was selected Chairman of the Board during the 1937, 1941 and 1942 terms. In addition to his political career Bellon was an avid marksman and recounts his interactions and hunting expeditions in Baja California in essays spanning 1911-1920.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains Walter Bellon’s personal memoirs, his observations on the San Diego Stingaree District (including Chinatown), and details of his travels in Baja California. Included in this collection are Walter Bellon’s typed manuscript and memories and anecdotes from his time with the Health Department. Bellon’s sketched street and property maps of San Diego’s Stingaree District are included along with his certificate of appointment as a Special Police Officer. Also of note are travel documents from and accounts of Bellon’s time spent hunting in Baja California, including receipts, firearms license documents and personal essays.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged by series:

Series I: Memoirs

Series II: Stingaree District

Series III: Baja California

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection May 2013

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 760413 (drawing).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Vanoni on March 6, 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Al Hotel Palacio
  • Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
  • Stingaree District (San Diego, Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hellyer, David
  • Martinez, Marcus

Subject(s)

  • Canneries
  • Hunting
  • Local government

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Overall, this collection is in fair condition. Bellon’s essays and anecdotes are written primarily in pencil; take care to be mindful of fading and need to photocopy originals. (February 2013).

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Memoirs

Box-folder
“Walter Bellon Manuscript”1:1
Handwritten Letter to Grace Hall re: manuscript1:2
“This is My Life” – handwritten autobiographical outline1:2
Military anecdotes – handwritten notes1:2
“Stupid and ______ Events Often Occur in the Field of Sports (Hunting)” – handwritten essay 19281:2

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 Series II Stingaree District

Box-folder
Bellon’s map of Stingaree District Buildings (1 of 2)1:3
Bellon’s map of Stingaree District Buildings (2 of 2)1:3
Note from Elizabeth MacPhail re: errors on map 19741:3
Certificate of Appointment/Oath of Office re: Special Police Officer 19131:3
“Associated Charities of San Diego”- handwritten essay 19151:4
“Hate”- handwritten essay1:4
“Fish Cannery Odors”- handwritten essay1:4
“This Oriental Coolie Grew Rich Where Others Failed”- handwritten essay 19491:4
“This Building Was Once the Seat of City Government”- handwritten essay1:4
Chinatown – handwritten notes1:5

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 Series III Baja California

Box-folder
“A Man of 12 Wives – 2 Living Under the Same Roof”- handwritten essay 1911-19121:6
Brief handwritten anecdote about young couple and flashlight1:6
Handwritten Letter to David Hellyer, Inter-American Editor of San Diego Union re: trip to Sonora1:6
“Tijuana Baja Calif”- handwritten essay1:6
Ojos Negros Hunting Trip with Marcus Martinez – handwritten essay 19201:6
“The Man I Once Knew – Don Ramon” – handwritten essay1:6
“A Few Remarks About the Spoilers of Baja California”- brief handwritten anecdote1:6
Travel Recommendation from the President of The Common Council of the City of San Diego 19131:7
Introduction (of Bellon) Letter to Dr. Muinioza; Health Offices, Nogales, Sonora1:7
Firearms License for Baja California 19121:7
Firearms License – Receipt 19121:7
Handwritten Receipt for J. Murray Loop 19121:7
Handwritten Receipt for $6.50 19121:7
Bank de Sonora – Deposit, Bellon 19121:7
Al Hotel Palacio – Receipt, Bellon 19121:7
Al Hotel Palacio – Receipt, $68.25 19121:7
Al Hotel Palacio – Receipt, $41.501:7
Certificate of Copyright Registration (in envelope) for Bellon’s map of Baja California. 19131:7
Envelope containing “Calling Cards – Baja Residents”1:7

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