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Esther Flower Cruikshank Papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA1054

Scope and Contents

The Esther Flower Cruikshank papers date from 1927 and measure 0.25 linear inches. They are housed in the Small Collection Vertical Files. The papers consist of a reminiscence of the migration of the Flower family to Iowa from their Vermont home in 1857. It is a photocopy of the original. It contains images of their Vermont and Iowa homes and detailed descriptions of their journey across the Mississippi River.


  • Existence: 1927


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

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Biographical / Historical

Esther Flower Cruikshank was born on September 1, 1841, and came to Fort Dodge, Iowa, with her parents in April 1857. The journey west from her home in West Rupert, Vermont, took nearly two months. From Batavia, Illinois, the end of the railroad line, the Flower family traveled in covered wagon through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

The memoir includes a brief biography of her life after she arrived in Iowa, including her marriage to Union soldier George L. Cruikshank and the death of her three sons. She died in 1929.


.25 linear inches

Language of Materials



Photocopy of memoir, "The Covered Wagon," by Esther Flower Cruikshank written in 1927.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 413) were donated by Pat Baker in 2007.

Emma Barton-Norris
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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