The Chester Harvey Rowell papers measure 1.25 linear feet and date from 1882 to 1937. The
collection predominantly consists of correspondence to Rowell's family, in particular, to
his sister, Cora. These are personal letters in which he reveals his feelings about his
current place of employment or his opinions about the various places he has traveled.
Also included are Rowell's marriage announcement and editorials from the Fresno
Morning Republican and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Chester Harvey Rowell was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1867. In his youth, he went
to Europe to study and travel. After his return, he taught at a small college in Kansas
for a year and then came to Fresno, California, to be a high school instructor in
mathematics and German. After two years in Fresno, Rowell joined the faculty at the
University of Illinois, where he remained for a year. He returned to Fresno in 1898 to
become the editor and manager of the Fresno Morning Republican, positions
he maintained for twenty-two years. In 1912, on the death of his uncle Dr. Chester Rowell
the founder and president of the board of directors of the newspaper, Rowell became
president of the board. After leaving Fresno, Rowell became the editor and director of
the San Francisco Chronicle.