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Moses Family Diary

Identifier: SC 00733

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Scope and Contents

Farm diary of the Moses family of Springdale, Leavenworth County, Kansas.  It is not clear which family member kept the diary. On one of the last pages, the names and sometimes birth dates of Moses family members are listed: Elizabeth Luvenda Moses, Sarah Elizabeth Moses, Lewis Alfred Moses, Lizzie Moses.

The following description was provided by the seller: "The diary has a pre-printed section with a calendar for 1877, Almanac, List of U.S. Presidents and Principal Events During the American Centenary, Population of States and Territories, and etc. The diary records daily work being performed on the farm, such as slaughtering, plowing, hauling and selling crops.  Other topics are health, weather, crops, and trading homemade butter for household necessities, such as molasses, tobacco, Mentions a Colonel Abernathy that purchases loads of corn throughout the year from the family to feed his animals, other acquaintances (plow/crop hands, friends of the family) and church matters." Other places mentioned are Walnut Creek and Winchester.


  • 1877


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2009.170


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