Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw Legal Papers, 1886-1898

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw legal papers
Creator: Holsclaw, Elizabeth F.
Inclusive dates: 1886-1898
Extent: 14 items
Abstract:
The Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw legal papers are comprised of 14 documents and letters concerning the ownership of a farm in Cherry County, Nebraska. Loan applications, deeds, court records, and abstracts describe Arthur L. Holsclaw's purchase of the land in October 1886; foreclosure proceedings initiated by E. S. Ormsby and the American Investment Company of Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1892; and the farm's subsequent changes in ownership until April 1898.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1989. M-2456.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw Legal Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Arthur L. Holsclaw was born around 1851, and married his wife, Elizabeth, in Marion County, Iowa, on November 24, 1875. They had six children: Clinton, Audrey, James, Ira, May, and Roscoe. In mid-1886, Holsclaw and his family moved to a farm outside Valentine, Nebraska. Following Arthur L. Holsclaw's suicide on April 10, 1890, the American Investment Company sued Elizabeth Holsclaw for her husband's unpaid debt and repossessed the Holsclaw farm.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw legal papers are comprised of 14 documents and letters concerning the ownership of a farm in Cherry County, Nebraska. Loan applications, deeds, court records, and abstracts describe Arthur L. Holsclaw's purchase of the land in October 1886; foreclosure proceedings initiated by E. S. Ormsby and the American Investment Company of Emmetsburg, Iowa, in 1892; and the farm's subsequent changes in ownership until April 1898.

The first 4 items pertain to Arthur L. Holsclaw's purchase of a small farm near Valentine, Nebraska, and document his loan agreement with E. S. Ormsby of the American Investment Company of Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company provided Holsclaw with a $400.00 loan for the purchase of the farm (October 1886-May 1887). Included is a detailed description of the land and buildings, and an estimate of the financial value. Three documents (April 4, 1892-April 6, 1895) concern the American Investment Company's foreclosure proceedings on the Holsclaw farm and the related lawsuit against Arthur's widow, Elizabeth Holsclaw, for her husband's unpaid loan. One of these items is a notarized copy of a jury's inquest on the body of Arthur Holsclaw, stating that he killed himself by cutting his throat with a razor.

The remaining 7 deeds, abstracts, and letters concern the ownership of the farm following its repossession by the American Investment Company (1895-1898). The company first sold the farm to C. F. Bliven and his wife Lilla, and later transferred the property to William R. Abbey of Philadelphia. Abbey subsequently sold the property for $35.00.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cherry County (Neb.)
    • Farm foreclosures.
    • Farm mortgages.
    • Farm ownership.
    • Real property--Nebraska.
    • Suicide victims.
    • Widows--United States--Nebraska.
    Contributors:
    • American Investment Company.
    • Holsclaw, Arthur L., ca. 1851-1890.
    • Holsclaw, Elizabeth F.
    • Ormsby, E. S.
    Genre Terms:
    • Civil court records.
    • Deeds.
    • Depositions.
    • Legal records.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Mortgage deeds.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   50, Small Collections  
    Elizabeth and Arthur Holsclaw legal papers [series]
    Folders   18-19  
     October 6, 1886-April 15, 1898