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Washington Jefferson Mowry journal

 Collection — Box: 62
Identifier: MS-SC1083

Scope and Contents

Journal describes experiences along the way. Vividly describes several bouts of seasickness among the passengers during rough waters, the passengers and their different nationalities, several tales of drunkenness among various passengers and workers and the boat trying to pass through thick ice near Mackinack and being forced to remain there due to ice. Describes the stops at Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago. Traveling by stage he describes the prairies and the towns of Naperville, Aurora and Dixon. On the return trip he describes an elegantly decorated cabin and more tales of drunkenness.


  • Created: April 20 - June 1847


Biographical / Historical

Resident of Middlebury, Ohio who traveled on business to LaGrange, Illinois in 1847. He went by steamboat from Cleveland to Chicago and then by stagecoach to near LaGrange, then walked the last length of the journey to the home of the Brandenburgs. The next day he started his return trip, taking the same routes.


1 Volumes (1 volume) ; 15 x 21 cm

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