Pomin Family Papers

Identifier: NC1387

Scope and Contents

The Pomin Family Papers primarily consist of photographs relating to the Pomin family in the form of portraits, casual portraits, group family photographs, and photographs of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area. In addition to the photographs, some personal correspondence, business correspondence, and ephemera is also included.


  • circa 1855-circa 2018


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical / Historical

The Pomin Family emigrated from the Alsace-Loraine region of Germany in the late 1850s or early 1860s. They eventually settled in Tahoe City, California in 1862 where the family worked and owned property.

John Ernest Pomin (1855-1919), who was born in Germany, married Jennie Fick (1855-1934) in 1875 in Sacramento, California. They had five children: Margaret (1876-1937), Ernest Henry (1878-1970), Frank (1879-1935), Ida (1881-1953), and Janet (1884-1958). Ernest John worked for the Bliss family as the captain of the Steamer Tahoe from 1890 until he retired in 1917. Ernest Henry (nicknamed Ernie) also worked for the Bliss family as the chief machinist for the Lake Tahoe Railway & Transportation Co., the narrow gauge railroad that ran between Tahoe City and Truckee, California. Frank, the second son, owned and operated Pomins, a vacation resort at Lake Tahoe, as well as acted as the first postmaster of the Lake Tahoe Basin post office (established in 1914 or 1915 and discontinued in 1942).

Other Pomin family memebers include: Northrup Mathewson Felter (1883-1957), wife of Ernest Henry; Harry M. (1903-1974), eldest son of Ernest Henry; Stanley, Sr. (1905-1992), yougest son of Ernest Henry; Marian E. Snyder (1881-1936), wife of Frank; Herbert Sydney Watson (1882-1953), husband of Janet; William C. (1876-1931); Etta Bray (1877-1957), wife of William C.; Nellie (1912-?); and Vivian (1911-1996).


2.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 shared box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Pomin Family emigrated from the Alsace-Loraine region of Germany in the late 1850s or early 1860s. The family lived, worked, and owned property at Lake Tahoe, California. The collection primarily contains photographs relating to the family, as well as some correspondence and other ephemera.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Photographs; 2) Documents; 3) Carol Van Etten Genealogical Research

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dorothy Pomin and Carol Van Etten in March 2020.



Guide to the Pomin Family Papers
Jessica Maddox
December 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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