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Emeline Fuhrmeister letters Edit




  • 1908 (Creation)


  • 4.00 letters (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Widowed farmwoman who lived at the homes of her various children.

  • Arrangement

    One folder, shelved in SCVF.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The letters are open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The letters (donor no. 784) were donated by Marlene Brown and Charlotte Lehmann, in 2001.

  • Preferred Citation

    Emeline Fuhrmeister letters, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of four, undated letters to Mrs. Ella Bassett signed "Mother". A date of 1908 is penciled on the verso of an envelope. The letters share family news and information about Fuhrmeister's travel plans. The collection also includes a recipe for making soap written on the back of an unidentified and undated letter fragment.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The birth date and maiden name of Emeline Fuhrmeister are unknown. She grew up on a farm near Ely, Iowa, in the late nineteenth century and married Peter Fuhrmeister. The Fuhrmeisters raised a family on a farm in or near Benton County. After the death of her husband, Fuhrmeister lived at the homes of her grown children in various parts of the state. While staying with them, she helped with sewing and other chores. She wrote the letters in this collection to her daughter Ella Fuhrmeister Bassett. The date of Fuhrmeister's death is unknown, but was shortly before 1912.

    Biographical information was obtained from the donor, Charlotte Lehman, a granddaughter of Ella Fuhrmeister.