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Gertrude Von Stiers letters

Call Number: RH MS P810


This letter, written by ninety-three-year-old Lucas, Kansas resident Gertrude Von Stiers, is a memoir of her Mudge family's emigration from Iowa to Furnas County, Nebraska in 1879. She details their experiences as sodbusters, living in a dugout, and includes her recollections of Rayville residents in nearby Norton County, Kansas. Included is an accompanying letter from her married daughter Louise, recounting her own memories of Furnas County, Rayville, and of Rodenbaugh family members.


  • November 18, 1969, January 6, 1970


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Biography of Gertrude Von Stiers

Gertrude Adella Von Stiers was born in Breamer County, Iowa on October 2, 1876 to Dewitt Edwin and Sarah Mudge. In 1879, the Mudge family moved as homesteaders to Furnas County, Nebraska. Traveling with them were Gertrude's grandparents, Parker Stillman and Mary Mudge. The family lived in dugouts following their arrival, as did most of their neighbors. In 1896, Gertrude married Vanetta Samuel Von Stiers of Rayville (Norton County), Kansas. They later moved to the community of Wamego in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. In her later years, Gertrude Von Stiers lived in Lucas (Russell County), Kansas, where her married daughter Louise resided.


2 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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RH MS P810

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Von Stiers, Gertrude, b. 1876, Letter, Kansas Collection, RH MS P810, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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