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Aaron H. Rountree, reminiscences of early days and old settlers in Montgomery County, Illinois

 Collection — Box: 74
Identifier: MS-SC1304
Scope and Contents Typed transcripts of the articles with an introduction re: the 52nd birthday of Montgomery County. The articles discuss the first settlers who came to the area, describes the first dwellings they built, their dress, the food they ate, the first school, the first government and those elected, the first blacksmith, the first store, the first Lutheran church, the first store and the first mill. Anecdotes re: life on the prairie and some of its hardships. Biographical sketches of many of the first...
Dates: Created: 1873

Alonzo Smith letters

 Collection — Box: 80
Identifier: MS-SC1411
Scope and Contents Letters to Harmon T. Gallup in Michigan. Letter, 1853, describes torrential rainfalls, snow fall "12 or 15 feet" that killed men, animals and caved in houses, and an avalanche. Gives the prices of provisions. Describes the living conditions of many of the miners. Describes California as the "rufist place of all" with "drinking gambling charousing cheeting cussing and swaring lying they say Sunday never got any farther than Acapulco". Letter, 1854, gives a description of sluice mining.
Dates: Created: 1853 - 1854

Elihu Springer papers

 Collection — Box: 82
Identifier: MS-SC1445
Scope and Contents Approx. 25 letters mostly to his father and two diaries, 1840-1843, give a vivid picture of his life as a circuit preacher. He describes the towns he visits, the people he ministers to, the dwellings in which he and his family live, his problems with his horses, the poor payment he receives, lack of adequate clothing and the sickness he, his family and his parishioners suffer. He talks about the conference he attends every summer and the problems he endures with every change of circuit. He also...
Dates: Created: 1834 - 1878

Gaius Paddock diary

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1131
Scope and Contents Diary kept at the age of 84 gives a daily account of his activities, people he interacts with and the weather. Also writes about the past and mentions articles or books he has written. Several speeches and reminiscences he wrote re: a Lincoln-Douglas debate, a trip from eastern Illinois and cheese making.
Dates: Created: February 9 - December 31, 1920

Harriet Newton Terhune reminiscences of pioneer days in LaSalle County

 Collection — Box: 70
Identifier: MS-SC1258
Scope and Contents Handwritten memoir. At the age of 92, recalls trip from New York via covered wagon and passing through Chicago "one house only", building their house on the prairie, problems getting supplies, what they ate, maintaining a tinder to start fires, and starting a prairie fire by accident, making candles, stage coaches passing by, and seeing the first passenger train.
Dates: Created: March 27, 1918

Jason Robbins papers (Rushville, Illinois)

 Collection — Box: 75
Identifier: MS-SC1311
Scope and Contents Four letters to Jason Robbins discuss Illinois land, its fertility and beauty. Discuss land, crop and livestock prices. Mention trip from Ohio and family back there. Some anecdotes about life on the prairie and the people settling there.
Dates: Created: 1835 - 1836

Lucy Maynard papers

 Collection — Box: 59
Identifier: MS-SC1021
Scope and Contents Letters to family in both Illinois and Massachusetts from Canton and LaHarpe, Illinois. Discusses the family, the crops, the houses, the natural vegetation, and the differences between the way things are done in Illinois and in Massachusetts such as cooking and the differences between people from different states.
Dates: Created: 1834 - 1845

Ramey brothers letters

 Collection — Box: 69
Identifier: MS-SC1230
Scope and Contents Letter, June 8, 1860 from Glenwood, Ia. describes the life and land in Iowa and Nebraska and the endless stream of pioneers coming into those states. Left Nebraska due to lack of jobs. Working in Iowa. Some family news. Letter Aug. 1864 to brother Joseph, from Alfred mentions, brother George "150 days on the battlefield marching and fiting all the time", his job prospects and the possibility of coming home. Letter June 16, 1886, from Elmer in Englewood Kansas, discusses the land he owns in...
Dates: Created: 1860 - 1886

Reminiscences of pioneer life in Illinois, ca. 1830-1860

 Collection — Box: 70
Identifier: MS-SC1257
Scope and Contents Typescript of reminiscences of life in Illinois during the 1830's and 1840's. Gives some genealogical information about his family in Scotland and their first coming to the U.S. Relates stories of living on the prairie, the extreme cold of 1832, building their first house, living off the land and among the Indians and numerous related problems. Recounts stories of bees, wild hogs, rattle snakes and rabid dogs. Tells about building the first school, the teachers, and anecdotes about attending a...
Dates: Created: Undated.

Susan (Short) May papers

 Collection — Box: 58
Identifier: MS-SC1019
Scope and Contents Genealogical notes on the Short family. A remembrance of her early life in Bristol. Recounts their life on the farm, building their house, the prairie, their move into Chicago and subsequent cholera epidemic that made her father return to the country, the schools, and their neighbors.
Dates: Created: Undated