Esther Christensen papers
Collection — Folder: 1
Scope and Contents
The Esther Christensen papers date from 1908 to 1987 and measure 0.5 linear inches. The papers consist of seven short newspaper accounts and a photocopied sixty-five page memoir, "Our Heritage," by Esther Christensen. She begins with quotes from her father's written description of his service in the Civil War. He describes battles in Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and the wounds that sent him to Keokuk, Iowa for recovery. His reminiscences of war, some painful, some funny, are included. The Christensen memoir includes descriptions of church services, boating tragedies, tornadoes, house calls and baby deliveries by the local doctor. She describes the building of a homestead, the discovery of Indian arrowheads, county fairs and perfect three layer cakes with seven minute frosting! Christensen also tells of country school, her recitations, Gypsies camping in the woods, and the loss of a brother due to a gun accident, the Spanish Influenza, the loss of a son. Her memoir concludes with her reflections on her ninety-first birthday. Family pictures are reproduced throughout the memoir.
- Christensen, Esther, 1895-1987 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright held by the donor has not been transferred to The University of Iowa.
Biographical / Historical
Esther Downs was born May 9, 1895 in Auburn Township, Fayette County, in northeastern Iowa. After finishing eighth grade she 'hired out,' taking care of sick people. She also worked as a waitress and at the County Farm. On November 12, 1919 she married Morris Christensen, who had just returned from participating in World War I. They raised two sons and twin daughters. Morris Christensen died April 26, 1979 and Esther Christensen died October 5, 1987.
0.50 linear inches
65-page memoir of Fayette County, Iowa farmwoman.
One folder, shelved in SCVF.
Method of Acquisition
The papers (donor no.36) were donated by Miriam Colvin in 2000.
- Margaret Richardson, 2003.
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