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Carrie Lindahl papers Edit




  • 1875-2001 (Creation)


  • 1.25 linear feet (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Rural Linn County banker who worked outside of the home from 1910s to 1960s.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The papers are open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The papers (donor no. 601) were donated by Frances Graham in 1999, 2000, and 2001.

  • Preferred Citation

    Carrie Lindahl papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Scope and Contents

    The Carrie Lindahl papers date from 1875 to 2001 and measure 1.25 linear feet.  The collection consists primarily of the handwritten, daily diaries written by Lindahl from 1933 to 2001.  Other items of note are essays Lindahl wrote for the Coggon Ladies' Literary Society during the 1920s, art cards and mementos from the 1920s, and letters to her niece in the 1960s.  A Henderson family history, written by Lindahl's niece Frances Hill Graham gives rich biographical details concerning Carrie Henderson Lindahl's father's family as well as newspaper clippings about various descendents up to 1988

  • Biographical / Historical

    Carrie Henderson Lindahl was born in northern Linn County, Iowa, May 17, 1887, the fifth of eleven children of farmers Thomas and Minnie Willis Henderson. Carrie Henderson helped with child raising, farming, and household chores. She attended Coggon High School, and in 1904 was the first among her siblings to graduate from high school. She remained on the family farm after graduating, becoming proficient on the piano. She married high school classmate Frank Lindahl on June 29, 1909 and moved into town. She joined the Coggon Christian Church shortly after marriage and was an active member and church organist for many years. She was severely ill after delivering a stillborn daughter and had no further children. Instead, the Lindahls took an active part in raising the Henderson nieces and nephews. Her niece Frances Hill boarded with her while attending high school. She and her husband Frank Lindahl clerked in the Coggon grocery store before joining the staff of Coggon State Bank. In 1927, Carrie Lindahl handled the billing for the Coggon Municipal Water System. When the Coggon bank failed in 1932, they moved to Marion, where Frank Lindahl worked for the Commercial Bank. Three years later he found employment at the North Linn Savings Bank in Walker. In 1946, the Lindahls organized the Walker State Bank where Carrie Lindahl worked for many years. After the death of her husband in 1961, Carrie Lindahl returned to Coggon and lived near her sister. She died in a care facility in 1977. Additional biographical information is located in the biographical information folder and in the "Henderson Family History" by Frances Graham.

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