Claudette Meier Papers

 Collection — Box: BSQAP0174
Identifier: BAQ067

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0174 1998

Documentation and biographical material about Jean Pon, the grandfather of Claudette Meier.

The main part of this collection are copies of letters that he sent to his niece Claudette Meier living in Bloomfield. It contains 40 pages of writings from 1969 to 1976 and some poetry.


  • 1998s


Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site.

Biographical / Historical

Jean (John) Urrire Pon was a Basque immigrant from the French Pyrenees to California. He worked as a sheepherder in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near Susanville, California for fifteen years. During his years as a shepherd, he became friends with Dominique Laxalt. In 1913, he married Anna Domecq in San Francisco. Anna was also from the Pyrenees region of France.

They and their business partners built the Oakland Lake Merritt Hotel. In 1929, he went broke due to the Great Depression. He borrowed money to raise sheep in the Los Gatos area. He then bought a bigger ranch in Cupertino for sheep and sowing fruit. After his retirement at age 80, he wrote his memoirs until his death in 1976. He had a son, Joseph Pon, who married Julia, a woman with Basque roots.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Documentation and biographical material about Jean Pon, the grandfather of Claudette Meier

A guide to the papers of Claudette Meier
Irati Urkitza Ansoelaga
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

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Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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