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Autobiographies of a man and woman, Oskaloosa, Kansas, late 19th century

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS D177


Two separate autobiographies, the first by a farmer born near Oskaloosa, Kansas, and the second by a woman, possibly his wife.


  • Creation: late 19th century

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1 volume (Unpaged ; 29 cm.) : Handwritten in blank account book.

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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.

Physical Location

RH MS D177

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lynn Bretz, 1976

Physical Facet

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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Preferred citation
Oskaloosa Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS D177, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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