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Jarboe family papers

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 294

Overview

The Jarboe family papers, dating from 1865 to the 1950s, document the history of an upperclass, educated family over a period of three generations. The family lived throughout Kansas and Oklahoma and were involved in banking, the mercantile business, farming, and gold prospecting.

Dates

  • 1865 - 1950

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Henry Lee Jarboe (1839-1920)

Henry Lee Jarboe, also known as Lee, was born December 19, 1839, in Ralls County, Missouri. His father was James M. Jarboe. On September 20, 1861, at the age of 22, he joined the 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company H and served as quartermaster until his discharge in 1865. After his discharge, he moved to Burlington, Kansas, where he lived until his death.

The first correspondence in the Jarboe collection is between Lois Adaline Webster and Lee Jarboe dating from August 1869. They were married September 14, 1869. Lee established the Burlington Dry Goods Store in Burlington in 1865. He also helped establish the town's first bank under the name Jarboe, Garretson, and Co., which opened for business on April 16, 1870. The bank was later reorganized and reopened under the name of Burlington National Bank on April 29, 1872.

Jarboe appears to have retired by the early l890s and was struck with cancer in the late 1900s. He died October, 9, 1920 at the age of 81.

Chronology of Henry Lee Jarboe's life:

1839
Born in Ralls County, Missouri
1842
Moved to Warsaw, Illinois, with parents
1847
Moved to Muscatine, Iowa, with parents
1858
Moved to Rochester, Iowa, with parents
1860
Moved to Muscatine, Iowa, with parents
1861-1865
Served in the 11th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, Company H
1865
Moved to Burlington, Kansas, and opened a dry goods store
1869
Married Lois Adaline Webster
1870
Opened first bank in Coffey County, "Jarboe, Garretson, and Co."
1872
Bank reorganized under the name "Burlington National Bank"
1873
Son Frank born
1874
Son Harry born
1876
Daughter Maude born
circa 1890s
Retired
1920
Died of cancer

Biography of Lois Adaline (Webster) Jarboe (1848-1927)

Lois Adaline Webster was born January 19, 1848 in the city of Vermont, Illinois. She was the first of 8 children born to Isaac Kinsey Webster and Jane Anderson Webster. There is little known about Lois before her marriage to Henry Lee Jarboe in September 1869. After the wedding she moved with her husband to Burlington, Kansas, where she lived until her death.

It should be noted that correspondence from her family and friends in Illinois addressed her as Addie or Ada. Only her husband and children addressed her as Lois.

The Jarboe collection contains Lois' personal correspondence with her children and grandchildren. In her letters she speaks of family concerns and social events in and around Burlington. The collection also contains marching patterns or processional diagrams, and speeches given by Lois in the Order of the Eastern Star, an organization in which she was active.

A family tree for the Webster-Jarboe family is available at ksrl.kc.webster-jarboefamilytree.pdf.

Chronology of Lois Adaline Jarboe's life:

1848
Born in Vermont, Illinois
1869
Married Henry Lee Jarboe and moved to Burlington, Kansas
1873
Son Frank born
1874
Son Harry born
1876
Daughter Maude born
1927
Died

Biography of Frank Webster Jarboe (1873-?)

Frank Webster Jarboe was born April 11, 1873, in Burlington, Kansas. In 1892, at the age of 19, he left Burlington and went to Fredonia, Kansas, where he worked as a bookkeeper for a canning company. He returned to Burlington in 1894 but was evidently unemployed. He held many jobs including banking, farming, and ownership of a hardware store, but he rarely kept a position for more than two years. He also traveled a great deal, including taking a dog sled trip through British Columbia and a mining trip to Nicaragua.

The Jarboe collection contains a large amount of Frank's correspondence. However, despite his many jobs and travels, his letters most often speak of his daily routine activities and his health. Additionally, the collection contains a large amount of correspondence to Frank, nearly all of it being from women, although he never married. The collection also contains the business records from Frank's hardware store and his personal financial materials.

Chronology of Frank Webster Jarboe's life:

1873
Born in Burlington, Kansas
1892-1894
Bookkeeper at Fredonia Canning Company
1898
Partner in Jarboe-Woolley Hardware and Implement Co.
1900-1901
Partner in Jarboe, Woolley, & Kelly Hardware
1902
Mined for gold in Corely Gold Mine, Nicaragua
1903-1904
Worked with a liquidating agency
1904-1906
Assistant Cashier at the Duncan National Bank at Duncan, Indian Territory [Oklahoma]
1905
Agent of New York underwriting agency in Duncan, Indian Territory
1908
Moved to Seattle, Washington
1909
Took a dog sled trip in British Columbia
1912
Moved to Wood, South Dakota, farmed
1917
Vice-President at First State Bank, Wood, South Dakota
1919
Moved back to Burlington, Kansas
unknown
Death date unknown

Biography of Harry Lee Jarboe (1874-?)

Harry Lee Jarboe was born July 20, 1874, in Burlington, Kansas. He worked as a banker throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. He eventually became president of the Drovers National Bank in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1901 he married Pearl(e) Haight and they had 3 children. His death date is unknown.

Chronology of Harry Lee Jarboe's life:

1874
Born in Burlington, Kansas
1897-1901
Cashier at Bank of Marlow, Marlow, Indian Territory [Oklahoma]
1901
Married Pearle Haight
1901-1902
Partner in Gilkey-Jarboe Hardware
1902
Son Lee born
1902-1910
Secretary-Treasurer at Chickasaw Trust Co., (Oklahoma State Bank) Chickasha, Indian Territory (Oklahoma)
1906
Son Wade born
1908
Daughter Lillian born
1910-1911
Jr. Vice-President at National Stock Yards Bank, National, Illinois
1911-1935
President, Drovers National Bank, Kansas City, Missouri
unknown
Death date unknown

Biography of Maude (Jarboe) Pratt (1876-1937)

Maude Jarboe was born March 21, 1876, in Burlington, Kansas. In 1894 she attended St. Mary's Institute, an academic finishing school, in Quincy, Illinois. She graduated in l896(?) and returned to Burlington. She married Ara Pratt in December 1901 and they had 3 children. Ara deserted Maude in 1927 and divorced her in 1928. She died of cancer in 1937.

The Jarboe collection contains Maude's correspondence to her family spanning the years 1890 through 1937. In her letters she discusses daily activities, her children, and her health.

Chronology of Maude Jarboe Pratt's life:

1874
Born in Burlington, Kansas
1894-1896
Attended St. Mary's Institute, Quincy, Illinois
1901
Married Ara Pratt
1902-1903
Lived in Kansas City, Missouri
1903-1909
Lived in Burlington, Kansas
1903
Daughter Lois born
1908
Son Lee born
1910-1916
Lived in Chickasha, Oklahoma
1912
Son Harry "Jarboe" born
1916-1919
Lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1919-1927
Lived in New Orleans, Louisiana
1927
Deserted by husband Ara
1928
Divorced
1937
Died of cancer

Extent

7 Linear Feet (8 boxes + 11 volumes, 5 oversize folders)

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence between family members and friends, centering on the years 1890 through 1920. There is also personal financial materials (i.e. checks, bank statements) from several family members; newspapers and newspaper clippings; statements of condition from banks across Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska; and photographs of family members and friends.

Also in the collection are some business records from the various businesses in which the Jarboe men were involved. However, these records are limited and do not give a complete insight into the day-to-day workings of the businesses. The strength of the collection lies in the family information. Through the correspondence the researcher is able to make an in-depth study of family life in Kansas and Oklahoma during the turn of the 19th century to the 20th.

The bulk of the collection is housed at RH MS 294. Oversize materials are located at RH MS S5, and newspapers are located at RH MS R36. Some family volumes are located at RH MS G41, and some oversize photographs have been physically transferred to RH MS-P 294(f).

Physical Location

RH MS 294

Physical Location

RH MS R36

Physical Location

RH MS S5

Physical Location

RH MS G41

Physical Location

RH MS-P 294(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchases, Smoky Hill Bookseller, July 1963, August 1977, April 1979.

Processing Information

Some portions of the collection formerly located at RH MS 73, RH MS D128, RH MS C48, and RH MS P278.

hsss

Title
Guide to the Jarboe Family Collection
Subtitle
Jarboe family papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by lt, January 1983. Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004; mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019, 2020.
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/6723549526
Preferred citation
Jarboe family papers, RH MS 294, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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