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Diary of Maude Egbert

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS B77


Five-year diary kept by Maude (Mrs. C.J.) Egbert of Clyde, Cloud County, Kansas. The diary provides a regular accounting of her life as a farm wife during World War II. Activities or events she notes typically include sewing, entertaining and visiting friends and family, cooking, house cleaning, canning, personal health, some farm activities (like threshing), acquiring a swarm of bees, creek and river flooding, and the weather. Throughout the diary she calls her husband "Dad." Later years in the diary are not well filled out, and sometimes Maude filled in blank year rows with entries that are out of order (1948 before 1947, for example).


  • Creation: 1943 - 1948


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Biography of Maude Egbert

Maude or Maud Egbert was born on October 7, 1878 in Missouri and married C. John Egbert in 1895. They had two children, Orville Brown and Olive Ruth and farmed land near Clyde, Cloud County, Kansas after moving from Missouri.

Orville served during World War I and married Esther Egbert around 1920 or 1921. They had two daughters, Doris and Mary. They lived in Cloud County and also farmed.

Olive married Theodore Steinmetz and had three daughters, Carolyn, Martha, and Frances. They lived in nearby Junction City, Kan. Frances was called "Teddy" after her father and often visited her grandparents at the farm. All of Maude's children and grandchildren are frequently mentioned throughout her diary.

Maude Egbert passed away July 14, 1955, and her husband John passed away May 21, 1961.


1 volume ; 18 x 12.5 cm

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frances (Teddy) McGraw, 2015.


Guide to the Maude Egbert collection
Diary of Maude Egbert
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Repository Details

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