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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

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

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

Lyman Meacham letter

 Collection — Box: 59
Identifier: MS-SC1023
Scope and Contents July 24, 1879 letter to General John A. McClernand regarding his service in the Black Hawk War and his remembrance of the wilderness of the prairie when he first traveled through it. Sent in response to a request for information re: men who had served in that war.
Dates: Created: July 24, 1879

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