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Acorne family letters, 1915-1973, bulk, 1915-1919 and 1942-1945

 Collection — Box: SPC.00041
Identifier: SPC-00041

Scope and Contents

Personal letters of Melville G. "Curley" Acorne and John B. "Jack" Acorne, as well as undated letters, postcards, newspaper clippings, funeral record collected by the Acorne family.


  • 1915-1973
  • Majority of material found within 1915-1919 and 1942-1945


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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Collection does not circulate and may be photocopied or photographed by arrangement only.

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Melville G. "Curley" Acorne

Melville G. (Curley) Acorne (Apr. 4, 1898-July 13, 1973) came to Petaluma, California in 1908 from Humboldt County, California. A man of many talents, he worked as a driver for a bakery, was employed by the Petaluma SIlk Mill, the Corlis Engine Works, and the Pioneer Hatchery--all before entering World War I. Upon his return, Acorne managed the Merritt Ranch and then went to work for the Poehlmann Hatchery. In 1925, he became owner of AA Electric Hatchery, located at 1106 Petaluma Boulevard North, near Shasta Avenue. (Source: Rinehart, Katherine J. Petaluma : a history in architecture. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, 2005, page 51). Curley Acorne was married to Beatrice Marian (Boman) Acorne (June 12, 1898-Jan. 26, 1973) and had two sons, John B. Acorne and Robert Edwin Acorne (July 5, 1920-Aug. 7, 2009).

John Burton "Jack" Acorne

Jack Acorne (July 17, 1922-Jan. 30, 1952) was the son of Melville G. "Curley" Acorne and Beatrice Marian Acorne. He served in the Marine Air Corps during World War II and remained in the Reserves following his discharge after the war. He worked as a salesman with the Gene Paige Motor Company in Petaluma and was married to Helen Acorne. They had a son shortly after the end of the war, Michael J. Acorne. Acorne died at age 29 of stomach wounds incurred in a suicide attempt in Cypress Hill Cemetery on January 24, 1952 after he cashed $1,000 in bad checks, including one to his employer. Acorne was never charged prior to his death.


0.7 linear feet (1 archival box)


This collection contains letters from Melville G. "Curley" Acorne to his wife Beatrice Marian (Bomani) Acorne, 1915-1919; and letters from John B. "Jack" Acorne to his parents Melville G. and Beatrice M. Acorne, 1942-1945. Collection also includes undated letters, postcards, newspaper clippings, funeral notice for Curley Acorne.

Arrangement of the collection

Organized into three series:

Letters from John B. "Jack" Acorne to his parents Melville G. and Beatrice M. Acorne, 1942-1945
Letters from Melville G. "Curley" Acorne to his wife Beatrice Marian (Bomani) Acorne, 1915-1919
Miscellaneous documents, 1918-1973
Acorne family letters, 1915-1973 bulk, 1915-1919 and 1942-1945
Processed by Sonoma County Library staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Geoffrey Skinner.
Published Dec. 20, 2019
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (Dacs)
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Finding aid written in:English

Repository Details

Part of the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library Repository

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