AUBURN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Guide to the Page Scribner Bunker Papers, RG 167
Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: December 2003
1.5 cubic feet.
Number of Boxes:
3 document boxes.
Type of material:
Personal correspondence and photographs.
Arranged into three series chronologically.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Page Scribner Bunker was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1875 the son of Oscar
Albion and Lois Evangeline (Harris) Bunker. He spent his childhood years in Menomonie, and was educated in local public
schools. He enlisted with the Wisconsin National Guard in 1894 and served during the Spanish-American War. He served in Cuba
and was later part of the Army of Puerto Rican Occupation. He returned to the United States in 1899 and attended the
University of Wisconsin, the University of Chicago and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of Montana in 1904. After gradaution he worked for the United States Forest Service and in 1914 was appointed
municipal forester of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the first such office in the United States. He returned to active duty
during World War I, where he was promoted to captain in the United States Army and retired as colonel in 1919. In 1920 he was
appointed to the Land Appraisal Service, United States Interstate Commerce Commission which took him to several states doing
land appraisals. After graduate work at the state foresty office at Texas A & M, he was appointed as the first State
Forester of Alabama in 1924, a position he held until 1938.
Scope and Content:
Consists primarily of correspondence received by Bunker from family members, associates,
friends and relatives. Includes photographs of family members, and a variety of work notes, bills, letters, cards,
genealogical items, and business letters.
Biographical timeline:April 1, 1875 - Born at Menomonie, Wisconsin.
1875-1903 - Childhood, education in public schools of Menomonie, and study at the University of Wisconsin, the University
of Chicago, and the University of Montana. Married Louise Sachs-De Witz on June 5, 1897.
1904 - Receives B.A. from U. of Montana.
1904-1911 - Engaged in forestry work, locations unknown.
1912 - Forestry Office, Kalispell, Montana.
1913 - Missoula, Montana.
1914-1918 - Municipal Forester at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, considered to be the first municipal forester in the United
States. Enters active military service in the United States Army from the reserves as a Captain, and is soon promoted to
1919 - Most of this year spent on active duty at the Augusta Arsenal, Augusta, Georgia.
1920-1922 - Accepts position with the Land Appraisal Service of the Interstate Commerce Commission. This job will take him
to a variety of state locations. Among these were: Plant City and Tampa, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dayton and
Greenville, Ohio; Wheeling, West Virginia; Carlyle, Olney, Salem, Belleville, and Lawrenceville, Illinois. He divorced his
first wife in 1920.
1923 - Worked in State Forestry Department, College Station, Texas and did graduate work at Texas A & M.
February 14, 1924 - Appointed State Forester, State of Alabama, with office at Montgomery, Alabama.
1924-1938 - Continued in office as State Forester. On March 23, 1935 married Ethel (Crenshaw) Weland at Birmingham,
Accession number: 97-114
Series I: PERSONAL MATERIALS
1. Biographic Information
Series II: FORESTRY CAREER
3. Genealogical Items
4. Bills, Dues Notices, and Miscellaneous
6. Social notes, Cards, etc.
7. Legal Correspondence, re: Divorce, 1919-1920
8. Notice of Initiation, Freemasonry, Mar. 27, 1920
9. Letter, R. Parke, Montgomery, 1933
10. Letter, Dr. Dan J. Coyle, May 11, 1933
11. Letters, Jack M. Neff, 1912-1917
Series III: FAMILY AND PERSONAL LETTERS
12. Letters, J. F. Cronin, 1918-1919
13. Letters, C. L. Emmons, 1914, 1919
14. Letters, re: Forestry Positions, 1919-1921
15. Telegrams, Forest Service, Washington, DC, Jan. 1920
16. Land Appraisal, U. S. ICC, Apr.-June 1921
17. Miscellaneous Notes, Land Appraisal & Forestry
18. Letter, June 27, 1924, with missing Inclosure
19. Letters to State Forester, 1931, 1933
20. Letter, J. H. Eddy, with Inclosure, Jan. 27, 1932
21. Letter, C. H. Schaeffer, Div. Forester, Aug. 19, 1932
22. Letter, Pauline Carmichael, ca. 1930
23. Alabama Dept. of Forestry, 1927
24. Alabama Dept. of Forestry, 1931
25. State Commission of Forestry, 1935
26. Dept. of Conservation, and Division of Forestry, 1939
27. Letter, Lois Burch (Mother), Apr. 5, 1908
28. Letters, 1911-1912
29. Letters, 1913
30. Letters, 1918
31. Letters, 1919-1921
32. Letters, 1923-1924
33. Letters, 1932
34. Letters, Page, Jr., (son), 1913-1933
35. Letters, Eileen, (daughter), 1913-1933
36. Letters, Louise, (daughter), 1912-1919
37. Letter, Louise, (mother) to Page, Jr., Oct. 21, 1931
38. Letter, Aunt Mary, Jan. 21, 1924
39. Letters, Ina, (sister), 1919, 1924
40. Letters, Frank, (brother), 1924, 1934
41. Letters, Frank to mother, Lois Burch, 1924
42. Letter, C. W. O. Bunker, July 1, 1922
43. Bunker Family Association, Reunion Minutes, Jan. 17, 1921
44. Letter, Willis Bunker, 1920
45. Letter, Adelaide C. Bunker, (cousin), Mar. 29, 1920
46. Letters, Effie M. Bunker, (cousin), 1920
47. Letter, Eva E. Bunker, ca. 1919
48. Letters, Clara L. Meader, (cousin), 1919-1920
49. Letter, "Skeets", Mar. 26, 1919
50. Letters, "Muffett" (Mary Allen), 1919-1920
51. Letters, 1921
52. Letters, 1923
53. Letter, G. Erle Ingram, Apr. 2, 1905
54. Letters from friends, 1919
55. Letters, Charles H. Morse, 1918-1919
56. Letter, F. W. Pierce, Apr. 20, 1920
57. Letters, Richard P. Dean, 1917, 1921