The Charles P. and Delphine Squires Papers from 1882 to 1964, with bulk dates from 1905 to 1964, contain book and short story manuscripts, articles, press releases, newspaper clippings, and radio scripts written by Squires and his wife, all relating to their early life in Las Vegas. Also included are report cards, certificates, Parent Teacher Association material, Mesquite Club records and church activity materials.
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Scope and Contents Note
The papers contain the family history of Las Vegas, Nevada pioneers Charles "Pop" Squires, owner and editor of the Las Vegas Age and member of the Colorado River Commission (CRC), and his wife, Delphine, who helped found Christ Church Episcopal and the Mesquite Club. The papers date from 1882 to 1964 with the bulk of the material from 1905 to 1964 and include miscellaneous items relating to early life in Las Vegas, book and short story manuscripts, articles, press releases and radio scripts written by Squires and his wife, and correspondence, including some from President Herbert Hoover. Also included are report cards, certificates, and Parent Teacher Association (PTA) materials, Mesquite Club records, and church activity material.
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Materials remains in original order.
Biographical / Historical Note
Charles Pember "Pop" Squires (1865-1958) came to Las Vegas in 1905, and quickly established himself as a community leader and prominent businessman. He is best known as the publisher of the Las Vegas Age newspaper, which he edited for almost forty years.
Born in Wisconsin, Charles Squires lived in Los Angeles for many years, where he was active in real estate. He married Delphine Anderson (1868-1961) on July 21, 1889. The Squires moved to Las Vegas in 1905, and Charles acquired hotel, banking, lumber, and utility interests before purchasing the Las Vegas Age newspaper in 1908. The Age provided him a forum to become influential both in Las Vegas and the state of Nevada.
Active in the Republican Party, Squires received several appointments to government posts; the most distinguished was membership in the Nevada delegation to the Colorado River Commission. He was a founding member of the Nevada Sate Press Association, and wrote numerous historical articles. His community activities included serving as the director of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Master of the local Masonic Lodge, member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club, and the Elks Lodge. He and Delphine wrote many historical articles together, including a history of Las Vegas.
Delphine Squires was an early member of the California Congress of Mothers (CCM), a forerunner of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and she established a branch of the CCM in Las Vegas in 1907. In addition, she was a founding member of the Christ Church Episcopal, she was active in the Federated Women's Club, Eastern Star, and Mesquite Club, and helped to found the Las Vegas Library.
Charles P. and Delphine Squires Papers, 1882-1964. MS-00009, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Papers were donated in 1985 by the Southern Nevada Historical Society; accession number T2 (MS9).
Collection was processed in 1995 by Marie Imus. In 2017 Joyce Moore revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.
Some of the photographs in this acquisition were removed from the collection and placed in the Squires Family Photographs, 1905-1964. PH-00002. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.