Guide to the Page Scribner Bunker Papers, RG 167

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: December 2003

Date Span:

1.5 cubic feet.

Number of Boxes:
3 document boxes.

Type of material:
Personal correspondence and photographs.

Physical condition:
Some aging.

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 Major.
  • 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, Alabama.

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