Joe Emerson letters  1884-1885
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is primarily made up of incoming personal letters to Sarah L. Park of Higginsport, Ohio, and some of her relatives. A small number of documents and financial records are also present.

The Correspondence series (around 250 items) contains letters to various members of the Park family. The bulk of the series is comprised of incoming personal letters to Sarah L. Park, who corresponded with friends and family members throughout the latter half of the 19th century. Sarah's siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends wrote about their daily lives in Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois, discussing topics such as education, marriages and deaths, and farming. In a letter from the "Modiste Mansion" in Smithville, Missouri, P. M. Evans discussed local customs and the Modiste family's slaves (March 26, 1859). Few of the 15-20 letters from the Civil War era directly mention the war. Later items include a series of letters from Amelia Park to her daughter Dollie, written in the early 20th century. The Documents and Accounts (5 items) concern land ownership in Ohio and the administration of Francis M. Park's estate.

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