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Arthur D. Fowler Papers

Identifier: BC225


Hardin, Illinois farmer, apple grower and preacher. Fowler was an energetic supporter of prohibition. He also worked sporadically as a salesman of domestic goods and sewing machines. During the later part of his life he hitchhiked extensively throughout the country. Married to Flora Dell Hadley with whom he had 12 children.

Correspondence, diaries, business record books, news clippings and pamphlets. Topics include the temperance movement, apple farming and the Fowler and Hadley families. Details of Fowler’s travels are revealed in his diaries, while letters from family members intimate the concerns of rural life. Calhoun County justice of the peace of records from 1935-1937 and school district records from Scott County, District 34, 1882-1907 are also included.

Published material, photographs, postcards, and a newspaper were transferred from the collection.


  • 1885 - 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1952


1.36 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

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