Curtis family papers
Between the 1850s and 1870s, Joseph Russell Curtis (d. 1873) of Yarmouth, Maine, was a ship's captain, enduring the long absences imposed by life on the deep seas. His wife, Louisa J. Curtis (b. August 17, 1821) and children Oceana H. (b. 1845) and William (b. December 16, 1856), remained at home in Yarmouth, providing Joseph with a vital, if sporadic link to news of home. During her husband's absences, Louisa busied herself in various ways, firstly, in taking care of her children, but also joining a sewing society and keeping tabs on local news occupied her time as well.