John and Anna Stofella Collection

TITLE: John and Anna Stofella Collection

DATE RANGE: 1900 – 1920 


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

PROVENANCE: Donated by Emma O’Brien and Norma Folly, daughters of John and Anna Stofella in 1969.

COPYRIGHT: The Yuma County Library District owns the copyright to this collection.

RESTRICTIONS: This collection is unrestricted.   

CREDIT LINE: John and Anna Stofella Collection, Y-MS 41, Yuma County Library District

PROCESSED BY: Benjamin Findley, August 2014

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:  John and Anna Stofella immigrated to the United States sometime in the mid to late 19th century from Europe (their precise point of origin differs between sources). John spent some time as a miner in California before opening a general store and saloon in Yuma. Built near the railroad, the saloon was a popular place for railroad workers.  In addition to his mercantile efforts, John Stofella also loaned money and took mortgages as security.  John Stofella died in 1914 leaving the store to his wife, Anna, who managed the store until her own death in 1925.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: This collection contains materials concerning John and Anna Stofella focusing on the general store that was operated from 1899 to 1925. The biographical material includes photocopies of a Stofella family scrapbook, as well as materials relating to historical preservation of the Stofella store building. The financial folder contains an assortment of bills and checks. The collection also contains a number of ledgers used in the operation of the general store. Materials are organized by document type and chronologically within.


Box Folder Title Dates
1 1 Biographical 1909 – 1999, n.d.
  2 Correspondence 1918 – 2005
  3 Financial Records 1899 – 1921, n.d.
  4 Legal Records 1916
  5 Small Ledger (Mortgage Account Book) 1904 – 1912
  6 Small Ledger (Account Book) 1906
  7 Small Ledger (Account Book) 1910 – 1912
2 Oversize Ledger (Account Book) 1909 – 1911
  Oversize Ledger (Account Book) 1913 – 1914
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