Andrew Richolson, Thomas Oakland, Elmer Oakland

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Andrew Richolson, Thomas Oakland, Elmer Oakland

Thomas and Elmer are brothers, sons of Ira Oakland and Isabelle Thuestad.

Elmer Arthur Oakland, 1881-1962, married Sena Bjerge.
Thomas Lewis Oakland, 1863-1918, married Mary Ann Sanderson (my great-grandparents).

Mary Ann Sanderson’s sister, Isabele, married Andrew Richolson. (Mary Ann also had a sister Josephine (Adelaide J.), who married Richol Richolson.)

In this faded cabinet card, I especially like the cat and dog.  My guess for the time frame is the 1910s – that would put Thomas Oakland in his 40s.  Do you think that’s correct?

J. E. McCollum, Forestry WWI 1918


j e mcc to aunts france envJ. E. (Edgar) McCollum wrote a letter to his aunts, Emma Duncan and Erista Osborne.  It was May, 1918 and he was stationed in France with a forestry unit, Company F 10th Engineers.  The letter was censored – okayed on the last page.

Now Emma did marry into our Duncans, but this letter really needs to be with Edgar McCollum’s family.

j e mcc to aunts france p1j e mcc to aunts france p2j e mcc to aunts france p3 This is his graduation announcement from Oregon State Agricultural College.
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Club Week in The Nebraska Farmer

The previous post was my father’s article about Club week.  Here is how The Nebraska Farmer covered it in 1927 – most of the article – the lower half wasn’t saved.
nebraska farmer articleAnd here is a larger image of the group.  The only one who looks like my father is the boy in the center front row with the circle on his vest.
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Club Week Lincoln, Nebraska 1927

FEC to FEC envelopeMy father attended Club Week in Lincoln Nebraska in 1927 when he was twelve years old.  This is the article he wrote for the local paper.  And then a letter his grandfather wrote to him after reading the story.

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Dad was named for his grandfather, Frank E. Claycomb, who did not sign this letter.

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Levi Howland

Among Thomas Cation Duncan’s papers, I found this card (calling card size).  It dates from the Civil War.
howlandThe writing:
1st [2nd crossed out] Lieut Howland
Co. E  1st Wis Cav
The photo has been cut out and pasted on this card.

And on the reverse:
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Printed:  Mrs. Phoebe Dell. Hayburn.
Written:  L. Howland 2nd Lieut
Co E  1st Wis Cav  three months
since 1st Lieut – Co A  1st Wis
presented to Capt of Co C

T. C. Duncan was in the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry with Lt. Howland.  I do not know who Mrs. Hayburn is.
This is part of my “Lost & Found” series – things that belong to someone else’s family.

Wayne, Nebraska School Reports 1921-23

It’s fun to see my father’s report cards from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in Wayne Nebraska Public Schools.  The grading was a little shocking at first – the presence of ‘Fs’ was alarming, but they stand for Fair – unless they are in red.  Red F is failure, but Dad didn’t have any of those.
FEC 1921 schoolThe forms are the same for all three years.
FEC 1922 schoolThe teachers who signed them are Minnie Will, Ruth Ingham, Florence Haldeman, and Nellie Johnson.  The Superintendent was R. W. Shirey.
FEC 1923 school

T. C. Duncan Letter to Emma Osborne 1860s



Thomas Cation Duncan was a private in Company A of the 1st Regiment of Wisconsin Cavalry Volunteers from September 1861 to October 1863 when he was discharged for a disability.  Sometime during that period he wrote this letter to Emma Osborne, his future wife.  The first page(s) is missing.  The best part for me is the artwork on the reverse, especially the one he titled “home.”

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The [reg?] is not quite so badly used up as I at first supposed.  They are in the chase of those [?] who so wickedly attempted to destroy them but still we have nothing definite or reliable in this out of the way hermetical place with so irregular a mail we feel as if we were out of the world.  It is only by letters and old papers that we know that the world is going on as usual.  I tell you what it comes hard for a literary man who has been used to see a daily paper each day of publication.  This is my fix.  

Maybe we do not live well now if we don’t whose fault is it.  I will just describe some of our dinners.  Bread yes real bread, beef or mutton or if these are scarce we kill a pig.  Soups.  Genuine vegitable [sic] soup potatoes.  peaches with sugar, as the cows do not come up regular we have to go without cream.  apple sauce molasses.  Water and the rest of the fillings as salt pepper etc.  I think we do well.  On the other side of this sheet you observe scenes sketched by the special artist of Co A. Prof T. C. Duncan  this will afford some amusement to the hopeful.  More anon.  Thomas

PS.  I help cook my old [?] [?].  My respects to all [?] is M. L. teaching school in Boys district.  Mary Lyman.  T.
[on the left side] Excuse the short note if you call it short.
[on the right side] Keep your minds calm about my welfare.
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At the top of the drawing:  Conceal these as you would most anything using my old books for instance.

This was difficult for me to transcribe.   I kept the spelling, punctuation, and capitalizations as I saw them.
The PS is almost without meaning! The drawings on the reverse include Ripon College (which might explain the reference to teaching), home, and cavalry scenes.

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