George Crippen Business Records, 1878-1927 (MSS 728)

Extent: 1.4 Linear feet (2 archives boxes, 7 oversize folders)

Business records of George Crippen, early San Diego businessman and investor. The records document the George Crippen Investment Company and Crippen's partnerships with brother-in-law Frank S. Jennings, including the Point Loma Investment Company. Materials include bond and real estate sales documents, water investment documents, correspondence, and local and federal tax information.

George H. Crippen began buying properties in San Diego in the late 1800s, founding the George Crippen Investment Company shortly thereafter. During that time he also conducted several joint investments with brother-in-law Frank S. Jennings. In the early 1900s, Crippen and Jennings formed the Point Loma Investment Company, which sold land lots in San Diego and surrounding counties, and managed taxes for various people as well as for the City of San Diego.

The George Crippen Business Records are arranged alphabetically by business venture. The bulk of the records are tax documents that show how Crippen's real estate holdings changed through the years. Also included are papers relating to real estate transactions and correspondence between Point Loma Investment Co. founders and their clients regarding transactions. Of note are real estate agreements from the Point Loma Land Loan and Town Company, an early land developer in San Diego, and Alonzo Horton, a prominent San Diegan.

Container List


Box 1 Folder 1
Bivins, Mary, Estate of - In Probate Court County of Alameda, 1883

Bond flyers

Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 3
Stevens and Company
Box 1 Folder 4-5
Certificates of real estate sales and grant deeds, 1888-1912
Box 1 Folder 6 Oversize FB-203-01
Certificates of real estate sales - Miscellaneous , 1878-1893
Box 1 Folder 7
Conklin, N.H. - City tax receipt, 1891

George Crippen Investment Co

Box 1 Folder 8 Oversize FB-203-02
Capital Stock tax receipts, 1917
Box 1 Folder 9 Oversize FB-203-03
Federal tax returns, 1913-1927
Box 1 Folder 10
Horton's Addition land grant deeds, 1897-1910
Box 1 Folder 11
San Diego City tax receipts, 1907-1911
Box 1 Folder 12 Oversize FB-203-04
State and County taxes, 1908-1912
Box 1 Folder 13
Horton's Addition - State and County taxes, 1903-1909
Box 1 Folder 14
Horton's Meeting Int. - San Diego City tax receipt , 1903-1904
Box 1 Folder 15
Hospital of the Good Samaritan - San Diego City tax receipts , 1901-1903

Jennings and Crippen

Box 1 Folder 16
Agreements to sell land, 1912-1919
Box 1 Folder 17
Jamacha Irrigation District Assessment, 1894-1895
Box 1 Folder 18 Oversize FB-203-05
San Diego City tax receipts, 1888-1902
Box 1 Folder 19 Oversize FB-203-06
State and County tax receipts, 1888-1902
Box 1 Folder 20
Miscellaneous real estate notes

Point Loma Investment Co

Box 1 Folder 21
Bank book, 1917-1922


Box 1 Folder 22
Box 1 Folder 23
Box 2 Folder 1
Box 2 Folder 2
Box 2 Folder 3
Box 2 Folder 4
Box 2 Folder 5 Oversize FB-204-01
Federal tax returns, 1912-1927
Box 2 Folder 6
San Diego City tax receipts, 1909-1917
Box 2 Folder 7
Semiannual interest statements, 1914