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Register of the Small Plains States Collections, 1841-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Small Plains States Collections,
    Date (inclusive): 1841-1938
    Collection number: Mss2
    Extent: 0.25 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Small Plains States Collections, Mss2, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points


    Fort Hays (Kan.) -History -Sources
    Droughts -Kansas
    Ness County (Kan.) -History -Sources
    Frontier and pioneer life -Kansas
    Farm life -Kansas
    Farm life -Illinois
    Smith Center (Kan.) -History -Sources
    Leon (Kan.) -History -Sources
    United States. Army -Military life -Documentation
    Hancock County (Ill.) -History -Sources
    Farm life -Minnesota -Mankato
    Cookery, American -Recipes
    Mankato (Minn.) -History -Sources
    Railroads -Texas
    Beaumont (Tex.) -History -Sources
    Kansas City Southern Railway Company
    Farmers -North Dakota -Correspondence
    Norwegians -North Dakota -Correspondence
    Farm life -Wisconsin
    North Dakota -History -Sources
    Wisconsin -History -Sources
    Farm life -Iowa -Wright County
    Women -Iowa -Scranton
    Wright County (Iowa) -Social life and customs

    Personal Names

    Sheldon, Dora Crabtree (1856-1946)


    Henry D. Crow was a homesteader at Bazine, Ness County, Kan. This collection consists of typescript copies of nine family letters describing the dismal financial situation and drought conditions of that time (1878-1880). [Ms2.C953]
    The Foys were a farming family, first in Illinois (1850s), then in Leon and in Smith Center, Kansas (1880-1900). John and Rachel Foy apparently settled in Hancock, Ill. before 1854. Evidence in the correspondence suggests that they had a nephew, William, who fought in the Civil War. John Foy was apparently living in Leon, Kan. by 1875. One "Lois," possibly a granddaughter of John and Rachel Foy was living in Palmdale, Calif. in 1895. A "Grandma" Foy [Rachel?] wrote to her children in "Equality" [not a Kansas town] as late as 1900. This collection consists of photocopies of seven family letters describing: farm life in Illinois (1854); a soldier's life in various Southern locations, including Savannah, Ga. and Ft. Griffin, Texas (1861, 1864, 1877); a California emigrant's life in Palmdale (1895); and, farm life in Smith Center, Kan. (1900). [Ms2.F796]
    S.H. Grannis was a Mankato, Minn. farmer and merchant (1840s-1870s). Little else is known of Grannis save that he was the maternal grandfather of Leland C. Case, founder of Westerners International and one-time editor of The Rotarian magazine. Case has identified this account book as having belonged to Grannis. The book chronicles payment for a wide variety of farmwork, other services, and houshold goods. The earliest entries date from 1841, but the book seems to have been used by several individuals for items dating as late as 1879. Toward the end of the volume are some recipes. [Ms2.G759]
    Herbert Jonté was a conductor on the Kansas City Southern Railway. This collection consists of orders advising the conductor on the Beaumont-Vidor (Texas) passenger run of times when other trains would be using the tracks. [Ms2.K16]
    Ole Tidemandson Kensrud and his brother Erik immigrated from Norway to America in 1867. They settled first in Iowa, then moved to West Mitchell, Wisc. (1876-1877), then to Fargo, N.D. (1878) and finally to Hillsboro, N.D., a few miles north of Fargo (1879). This collection consists of typescript translations by Anne Kensrud Thykeson of excerpts from letters the two Kensruds sent to relatives in Norway describing farm life on the Northern Plains. As many as sixteen letters are excerpted dating between May 1867 and March 1883. [Ms2.K36]
    Dora Sheldon (1856-1946) was born and raised in Wright County, Iowa. She and her second husband, Newton B. Sheldon, farmed in Scranton, Iowa (1880-1900). This collection consists of reminiscences by Mrs. Sheldon of her childhood and early married life in the form of letters to various relatives (1938). There is also a brief biographical sketch of Mrs. Sheldon by an anonymous relative. [Ms2.S544]
    Company A, 6th Cavalry marched 285 miles from Ft. Hays to Cedarville, Kan. and back during May and June 1872. Their purpose was to protect new railroad lines and cattle drives from marauding Indians. This collection consists of a report listing Company illnesses, injuries and treatments on that march. [Ms2.U58 C377]