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Almira Ames Farnham memoir Edit




  • 1896 (Creation)


  • 1.00 item (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Essay describing the life of Almira Ames Farnham, a pioneer woman from New England who settled near Morley, Iowa in 1859.

  • Arrangement

    One folder, shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The memoir is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The biographical sketch (donor no. 166) was donated by Maureen Williams in 1993.

  • Preferred Citation

    Almira Ames Farnham memoir, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Scope and Contents

    This four-page biographical sketch was found among Edith Miller's papers. It is undated but chronicles the period from 1800 to 1896. The biographical sketch describes the life of Almira Ames Farnham as related by her granddaughter, Leslie Dunn.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Almira Ames Farnham was born in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1800. She married John Farnham at the age of twenty-five but was widowed fourteen years later, leaving her with five children. Later the family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts, where several of the children worked in the mills while Farnham took in boarders. Two of these boarders, Tom Hall and Tom Dunn, eventually married into the family. In 1855, several members of the family, including Farnham, traveled to Minnesota to homestead. A financial panic in 1857 caused foreclosure on the land owned by Dunn and Hall. In response, most of the family members decided to move to Colorado. Upon hearing reports of Indian uprisings, however, the caravan stopped in Iowa, and the family decided to settle there. In later years, Farnham alternated living with her son Hiram Farnham's family, near Morley, Iowa, and her daughter Mary Dunn's family north of Anamosa. She died at Dunn's house on June 8, 1896.