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Mary Isabel Cobb Payne diary

Call Number: RH MS C92


Mary Isabel Cobb Payne's diary for the year 1953, with some loose items removed to a separate folder. Payne wrote spottily, usually brief notations about comings and goings of family members, friends who called, family events (i.e. births, anniversaries, buying land, etc.), church or club events (i.e. P.E.O. meetings, church socials, etc.), some expenses paid, etc. March and June were the months most used in the diary. The volume also appears to contain a draft of Payne's speech accepting or declining the Kansas Mother of the Year award.


  • 1953


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Biography of Mary Isabel Cobb Payne (1891-1976)

Mary Isabel Cobb was born in Wagoner, Oklahoma on August 12, 1891. She married Loyal Frederick Payne (1889-1970, born in Tecumseh, Nebraska), he was Professor and Head of Department of Poultry Husbandry at Kansas State Agricultural College which became Kansas State University. They lived in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas from 1921 until their deaths.

The Paynes had seven children: Kenyon Thomas, Loyal Cobb, Martha (Payne) Howe, William Vanzile, Nelle Ruth (Payne) Nutter, Ellen Isabel (Payne) Paullin, and Edith (Payne) Darling. In 1953, Mary Cobb Payne was nominated the Kansas Mother of the Year. In 1969 Mary Cobb Payne and Loyal Payne gave the Goodnow House to the State of Kansas as a State Historic Site.

[Information provided by family.]


1 volume (1 volume + 1 folder) : Volume front cover states Things to Remember 1953 Poultry Vaccines Drugs, Disinfectants, Consultation Vineland Poultry Laboratories Vineland, New Jersey ; Volume measures 20 cm tall.

Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS P970

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