Fred Dressler Records

Identifier: 98-31

Scope and Contents

The Fred Dressler Records contains legal materials, correspondence, property records, account ledgers, minutes, bylaws, financial documents, reports and stock certificates for businesses owned or managed by Dressler. Companies, individuals and organizations represented include the William F. Dressler estate, Plymouth Land and Stock Company, Smith Valley Creamery, West Walker Ditch Company, Sweetwater Ranch, Yparraguirre Brothers (company), Taylor Grazing Act, George S. Simpson Ranch, Red Lake (California?), Isador Cohn Ranch, John W. O'Banion Ranch, Western Cattle Marketing Association, American National Red Cross, Carson City Chapter, and the Boy Scouts of America, Carson City Troop no. 1. Also includes the following court cases: Pacific Livestock Company, plaintiff, vs Thomas Rickey, Antelope Valley Land and Cattle Company, and Harriet Estes, et al., defendants W. F. Dressler, plaintiff, vs Thomas Hay, defendant and the United States of America, plaintiff, vs Al. C. Miller, William Dressler, et al., defendants.

The records of Frederick H. Dressler are unprocessed but are available for research. The kinds of records found in the collection include legal materials, correspondence, property documents, time books, account ledgers, minutes and bylaws, payroll ledgers, yearly statements, bills, invoices, receipts, reports of governmental agencies, legislative bills, and stock certificates.

Topics include:

Court cases: U.S.A. vs. Al. C. Miller, William Dressler, et al.; W.F. Dressler vs Thomas Hay; Pacific Live Stock Co. vs Thomas Rickey, Antelope Valley Land & Cattle Co. And Harriet Estes, et al.

William F. Dressler estate Plymouth Land and Stock Company

West Walker Ditch Company

Smith Valley Creamery

Sweetwater Ranch

Yparraguirre Brothers

Taylor Grazing Act

Property owned by F.H. Dressler

George S. Simpson Ranch

Red Lake

Isador Cohn Ranch

John W. O'Banion Ranch

Western Cattle Marketing Association

American Red Cross, Carson City Chapter

Boy Scouts of America, Carson City Troop No. 1


  • 1864; 1906-1949
  • Majority of material found within 1912 - 1943



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 Note

Frederick (Fred) Hugh Dressler was born August 3, 1898 to William (Bill) Frederick Dressler (1871-1946) and Margaretta Ann Park Dressler (1873-19--). His paternal grandfather, August Frederick Dressler arrived in the Carson Valley of Nevada in 1860 from Muhlhausen, Germany. August homesteaded some land and accumulated other property throughout the Carson and Smith Valleys; eventually the family had upwards of 80,000 acres. Bill Dressler was the first president of the Nevada Livestock Production Credit Union and helped found the Federal Land Bank. He had a dairy herd, developed previously unused scrub land, built a dam at Mud Lake, drilled wells, built canals (the Plymouth Canal in Smith Valley and others), developed a creamery and flour mill, and served twenty-eight years in the Nevada state legislature. Bill and Margaretta donated part of their land to the Washoe Indians because the latter had no lands of their own; this gift became the community of Dresslerville.

Fred graduated from Douglas County High School in 1918, where he met his wife, Anna E. Neddenriep (died 1987). They married in 1920 and had two children: Frederick William Dressler and Luetta Dressler Bergevin.

Fred assumed his parents' business interests and assumed responsibility for the ranch at an early age. He served as secretary of the West Fork Water Association and West Fork Farmers' Union and as livestock loan inspector for the Carson, Mason and Smith Valleys. He served on the local school board from 1932-1957, was president of the National Cattlemen's Association, was a member of the Nevada State Board of Agriculture, and inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Among his many honors were: Nevada Cattleman of the Year, 1954; Distinguished Nevadan Award from the University of Nevada, 1960; Citizen of the Year for Carson Valley, 1969; National Golden Spur Award, 1980.

Dressler was very active in many organizations.

Fred Dressler died March 26, 1996 at the age of 97.

For additional information on Dressler, consult his oral history: An Interview with Fred Dressler, conducted by R.T. King of the University of Nevada System, Oral History Program, 1984.


14 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials



Includes legal materials, correspondence, property records, account ledgers, minutes, bylaws, financial documents, reports and stock certificates for businesses owned or managed by Fred Dressler (1864; 1906-1949). Created by Fred Dressler who was active in many organizations.


Although the collection has not been processed, an inventory has been created to aid researchers in use of these materials. From this inventory it is possible to discern much of the content of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the executor of the Fred Dressler estate in 1997.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Special Collections Department photo archive as collection number UNRS-P1984-23


An Inventory to the Records of Frederick H. Dressler
Susan Searcy and Rebecca Richards
September 1998
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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

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