E Clampus Vitus

E Clampus Vitus is a men-only organization which flourished in the California mining camps during the Gold Rush days. After many years of being dormant, it was revived in the early 1930's, and has chapters throughout the West. It has been described by Carl Wheat, a San Francisco historian who helped to revitalize it, as the "comic strip on the page of California's history."
Chapters local to Santa Cruz are:

Branciforte #1797 P.O. Box 605 Felton, CA 95018
Monterey Viejo #1846 P.O. Box 4912 Salinas, CA 93912
Mountain Charlie #1850 P.O. Box 23564 San Jose, CA 95153
Source:
  • Men Will Be Boys: the Story of E Clampus Vitus by Lois Rather. Rather Press, 1980.

    Last Days of the Late, Great State of California by Curt Gentry. Putnam, 1968.
  • The chapter map website gives links and locations of E Clampus Vitus chapters.
Date: Undated
Type: ARTICLE
Coverage: California
Identifier: FF-ECLAMPUS

Collection

Citation

“E Clampus Vitus.” Men Will Be Boys: the Story of E Clampus Vitus by Lois Rather. Rather Press, 1980. Last Days of the Late, Great State of California by Curt Gentry. Putnam, 1968. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/4496. Accessed 13 Dec. 2018.