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Peters, Mary Henrietta, 1858-1931



  • Existence: 1858-1931


The third of eight children, Mary Henrietta "Nett" Peters was born in Brainard, Fayette County, Iowa, in 1858. Her father, Alexander Wade Peters, had driven a stagecoach in West Virginia before heading to Iowa in 1852. Her mother had also grown up outside the Midwest and moved to Iowa at approximately the same time. Peters lived most of her life in Illyria Township, not far from Wadena, until her death in 1931.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Mary Henrietta Peters papers

Identifier: IWA0908

Resident of Illyria Township near Wadena, Iowa, who recorded her daily activities from 1891 until her death in 1931.


The Iowa Women's Archives gratefully acknowledges the transcription of the diaries by Dr. Lisa Guinn, a visiting assistant professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, and Rio Farren, an undergraduate history major at Upper Iowa University. They completed the transcription in 2014.

Dates: 1891-1934