MS 29 William Kettner Papers

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
Kettner, William
Title
William Kettner Papers
ID
MS 29
Date [inclusive]
1852-1981
Extent
0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Language
English
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract
This collection contains papers pertaining to the congressional career of William Kettner, as well as some personal papers and condolence letters sent to his widow after his death in 1930.

Preferred Citation

William Kettner Papers, MS 29, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

William Kettner was born November 20, 1864 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He moved to California at the age of 21 and pursued a variety of jobs, including mining in Julian, managing a hotel and the Free Press newspaper in Santa Ana, and driving a horse car in San Diego. In 1893 he married Ida G. Griffs in Visalia, California and pursued a career in real estate and insurance sales. He and Ida were divorced in 1904, and in 1905 he married Marion Morgan. They moved to San Diego in 1907, where Kettner established an insurance business and became involved with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

In 1912, Kettner was elected to Congress as a Democratic representative for the 11th District. He served for eight years and held positions on the Rivers & Harbors Committee and Naval Affairs Committee. His accomplishments included the acquisition of federal funds to dredge the San Diego Bay and make it serviceable for deep-draft ships, as well as funds to build the Naval Fuel Station on Point Loma, the Naval Radio Station near College Grove, and additional facilities at the Naval Stations on 28th Street and North Island.

Kettner played a key role in securing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the Naval Training Center, the Naval Hospital, the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, and other local military fixtures, firmly establishing San Diego as a home port for the U.S. Navy. Additionally, Kettner was involved with the Democratic County Central Committee, and several Masonic Orders including the Royal Arch Masons, the Scottish Rite, and the Knights Templar. He died on November 11, 1930.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains papers pertaining to the congressional career of William Kettner, as well as some personal papers and condolence letters sent to his widow after his death in 1930. Congressional papers include his certificates of nomination and election, correspondence, bills he introduced, and programs for events he attended. Personal papers include membership certificates (primarily for Masonic orders), copies of his marriage licenses, and some general Kettner family papers.

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Arrangement

Collection arranged by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection March 28, 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. Photocopies of correspondence from the Bancroft Library cannot be reproduced without permission from the Bancroft Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number 880128A.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Mills on March 28, 2013.

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

Corporate Name(s)

  • Knights Templar (Masonic Order).
  • Royal Arch Masons.
  • Scottish Rite (Masonic order).
  • United States. Congress Committees.

Geographic Name(s)

  • San Diego (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Kettner, Marion Morgan
  • Kettner, William

Subject(s)

  • Legislators — United States

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Comments

Some of Kettner’s congressional correspondence are photocopies of documents held by the Bancroft Library. They are watermarked as such, and cannot be reproduced without permission of the Bancroft Library.

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Collection Inventory

Box-folder
Congressional career: nomination and election, 1912 September 25-1916 December 19 and undated

Includes:

Certificate of Nomination dated September 25, 1912 (in Oversize Collections D9)

Certificate of Election dated December 18, 1912 (in Oversize Collections D9)

Certificate of Election dated December 19, 1916 (in Oversize Collections D9)

1:1
Congressional career: correspondence, 1912 November 11-1930 July 25 and undated1:2
Congressional career: bills and committees, 1916-1971 and undated1:3
Congressional career: public relations, 1913-19281:4
Organizations, 1900-1930

Includes:

Certificate of membership in the Scottish Rite, dated October 22, 1901 (in Oversize Collections D9)

Certificate of membership in the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, dated June 12, 1907 (in Oversize Collections D9)

Certificate of membership in the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar, dated June 12, 1907 (in Oversize Collections D9)

1:5
Condolence letters and memorial resolutions, 1930 October 30-1931 October 9 and undated1:6
Kettner family papers, 1852 June 8-1981 April 2 and undated

Includes:

Letter to John Kettner (written in German and English)

Copies of William Kettner’s marriage licenses

Award of merit to the Kettner family from the San Diego Historical Society

Kettner family genealogy

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