Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Gideon I. Chalker Papers
Creator: Chalker, Gideon I.
Inclusive dates: 1904-1932, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Papers include diaries, typed transcriptions of diaries, photographs, biographical materials, and materials related to Chalker's work as a Free Methodist minister.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1619

Access Restrictions:

Gideon I. Chalker Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Gideon I. Chalker Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical, and then chronological.



Gideon I. Chalker (1862-1932) was the son of Gideon S. and Mary S. Chalker. Gideon I. married Dora Vandevente (1861-1939) with whom he had a son, Linn E. (Jack) Chalker (August 3, 1897-1962). Linn eventually married Gertrude Benson.

Gideon farmed in Emerson Township (Gratiot County, Michigan) He was appointed an elder in the Free Methodist Church of the East Michigan Conference in 1911. Gideon also worked as a minister in Lupton; Alpena; West Branch, 1909, Porter; Bethany and Wheeler townships of Midland and Gratiot counties, 1911; the Livingston Circuit, (Fowlerville area); and Sandusky, Michigan, 1915. He also worked with the Gratiot County Road Commission in Ithaca, 1917-1932. (This information is from the collection and the paper of Linn E. Chalker, which are also housed at Clarke Historical Library.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of Chalker’s Diaries and some typed Transcriptions of the Diaries, 1904-1932. A few Photographs, Biographical Materials, and materials related to his work as a Free Methodist minister complete the collection.

Subject Terms

    • Chalker, Gideon I.
    • Chalker, Linn E.
    • Free Methodist Church of North America.
    • Farmers--Michigan--Gratiot County.
    • Ithaca (Mich.)--History.
    • Emerson (Gratiot County, Mich. : Township)--Genealogy.
    • Emerson (Gratiot County, Mich. : Township)--History.
    • Gratiot County (Mich.)--History.
    • Gratiot County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Gideon I. Chalker Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1911-1932, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Diary Transcriptions, 1904-1928
    Box   1 F   3
    Diary, January 1904-September 1908
    Box   1 F   4
    Diary, October 1908-July 1912
    Box   1 F   5
    Diary, August 1912-June 1916
    Box   1 F   6
    Diary, June 1916-December 1927
    Box   2 F   1
    Diary, January-December 1928; January-December 1929
    Box   2 F   2
    Diary, January-December 1930
    Box   2 F   3
    Diary, January 1931-December 1932
    Box   2 F   4
    Pastor's Yearly Record and Ritual, 1914-1916
    Box   2 F   5
    Photographs, undated