Autobiographies of a man and woman, Oskaloosa, Kansas, late 19th century
Two separate autobiographies, the first by a farmer born near Oskaloosa, Kansas, and the second by a woman, possibly his wife.
- late 19th century
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1 volume (Unpaged ; 29 cm.) : Handwritten in blank account book.
Scope and Contents
These autobiographies are brief accounts of the lives of a farmer born near Oskaloosa in 1863 and a woman who may have been the farmer's wife. There are two separate accounts. The first is written by a man, perhaps Charles E. Decker, and treats his life from about 1871 to circa 1903. The man's account relates his childhood on the family farm, his efforts to acquire a formal education, his first business venture, and his subsequent life.
The second account, perhaps written by Monica S. Lowman Decker, relates the woman's marriage to Charles B. Decker, the birth of a child, Ruth, and the woman's life with her husband on a farm purchased after Charles' trip to Alaska during the gold rush. The woman describes the farm house, and relates an incident involving black farmer laborers on her family farm.
RH MS D177
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Lynn Bretz, 1976
On cover: Handy Account Book
- Guide to the Oskaloosa Collection
- Autobiographies of a man and woman, Oskaloosa, Kansas
- lgg 15 November 1976 mg 2004
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Oskaloosa Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS D177, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas