Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
William A. Craker Diaries,

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: William A. Craker Diaries,
Creator: Craker, William A.
Inclusive dates: 1915-1951
Extent: 2 cubic feet (in 3 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection consists of the diaries of William A. Craker, 1919-1951, son of missionaries to the Chippewa Indians, and later a farmer and Superintendent of the Leelanau County farm and home, later known as the Infirmary.

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
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

William A. Craker Diaries are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

William A. Craker Diaries, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

William Adelbert Craker was born on July 6, 1863, the eldest son of George A. and Mary Craker. His parents were missionaries to the Chippewa Indians at New Mission Presbyterian school under Rev. Peter Dougherty, a Presbyterian minister who settled in Omena, Michigan, in 1852. George left the Mission in 1866 to buy a farm for himself. He continued to work as an elder and Superintendent of the Sunday School of the Presbyterian Church in Omena until his death in 1915.

On February 22, 1887, William Craker married Miss Carrie A. LaBare (June 27, 1869-April 14, 1959). They then moved to Gladstone, North Dakota. While living in Gladstone, the Crakers had three children: Theta Adele (died 1955); Robert Lee (died in infancy); and George Leonard. After nine years, the Crakers returned to the family farm in Omena. There, another son, Clifford A., was born.

In 1909, William was appointed Superintendent of the Leelanau County farm and home for the aged, later known as the Infirmary. The Craker family lived on the County farm for eleven years, until 1920, when they moved to the family farm in Omena.

At that time, William was ordained an elder in the Presbyterian Church at Omena. He served from 1922-1952 as Superintendent of the Sunday School, elder, and teacher of Adult Bible class.

William, fondly called “Dellie” or “Granpa” or “Uncle Dellie” by his family, died on November 7, 1957 in Omena. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and many other descendants. (This information is from the collection.)

Omena was in Grand Traverse County (Mich.), 1852-1863. The county lines were then redrawn, so after 1863 Omena was in Leelanau County, Michigan. (This information is from Michigan Place Names.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists almost entirely of his diaries, 1919-1951, giving daily accounts of his activities, church attendance, work, and family. The entries are brief to moderate in length and detail. Also included is biographical information on Craker and a diary of Carrie Craker, 1920.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Craker, William A.
    • Leelanau County Infirmary--History.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Omena.
    • Diaries--Michigan--Leelanau County.
    • Omena (Mich.)--History.
    • Omena (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Leelanau County (Mich.)--History.
    • Leelanau County (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Leelanau County (Mich.)--Officials and employees.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    William A. Craker Diaries. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Diaries, Craker, Carrie Aseneth LaBare, 1920
    Box   1 F   3
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1919
    Box   1 F   4
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1920
    Box   1 F   5
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1921
    Box   1 F   6
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1922
    Box   1 F   7
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1923
    Box   1 F   8
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1924
    Box   1 F   9
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1925
    Box   1 F   10
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1926
    Box   1 F   11
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1927
    Box   1 F   12
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1928
    Box   1 F   13
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1929
    Box   1 F   14
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1930
    Box   1 F   15
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1931
    Box   1 F   16
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1932
    Box   1 F   17
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1933
    Box   1 F   18
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1934
    Box   1 F   19
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1935
    Box   1 F   20
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1936
    Box   1 F   21
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1937
    Box   1 F   22
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1938
    Box   1 F   23
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1939
    Box   2 F   1
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1940
    Box   2 F   2
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1941-1942
    Box   2 F   3
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1943
    Box   2 F   4
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1944
    Box   2 F   5
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1945
    Box   2 F   6
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1946
    Box   3 F   1
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1947
    Box   3 F   2
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1948
    Box   3 F   3
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1949
    Box   3 F   4
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1950
    Box   3 F   5
    Diaries, Craker, William A., 1951