MS 165 Asher Family Day Book

Summary Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection
Asher family
Asher Family Day Book
MS 165
Date [inclusive]
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
The collection consists of a day book belonging to the Asher family, recording personal and professional information activities and accounts for 1912-1913.

Preferred Citation

Asher Family Day Book, MS 165, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

Josephus Marion Asher (1833-1912) arrived in San Diego in 1869 and was the first commercial nurseryman in the area, providing buyers with fruit trees, shrubs, and vines from his Fruit Vale ranch in Paradise Valley. Asher was married to Sarah Haley Clark (1844 – 1913) and they had eight children, including Josephus Marion Asher, Jr. and Robert H. Asher (hermit of Palomar).

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of the Asher family day book for 1912-1913, recording personal and professional activities and accounts. Beginning at the day book’s front inside cover, there is an index listing the book’s contents in alphabetical order by account name with its corresponding pages. The accounts are generally arranged with entries by date and with notations in credit and debit columns. The accounts record business activities for the nursery as well as family spending accounts and purchases, such as dairy and poultry records. The book also includes records of personal accounts such as letters sent and received and taxes paid by the family throughout the year. There are also some intimate details of personal life including the deaths and burials of Josephus Asher, Sarah Asher, and Mary Elizabeth Asher.

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Contents are arranged as stated in the alphabetical index of contents on the book’s inside front cover.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection July 12, 2012

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101

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The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials.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

Processing Information

Collection processed by Amanda Hughes on July 12, 2012.

Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Asher family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Paradise Valley (Calif.)
  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • San Diego County (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Asher, Josephus Marion
  • Asher, Mary Elizabeth
  • Asher, Sarah Haley


  • Account books
  • Agriculture — Accounting
  • Horticulture
  • Nurseries (Horticulture)

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Collection Inventory

Asher Family Day Book, 1912-1913

Entries of Interest:

Alphabetical Index of Contents (inside cover and pages following)

Death and funeral arrangements of Josephus M. Asher (page 1)

Accounts, death and funeral arrangements of Sarah Asher (pages 2-3)

Death and funeral arrangements of Mary Elizabeth Asher (page 12)

Green house records (page 98)

Records of letters sent and received (pages 122-129, 134-137)

Dairy records (pages 148-166)

Poultry records (pages 190–215)

Record of taxes paid (page 259)


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