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1862 Nov. 16

Boden, William

Letter from William Boden to Sidney Boden

Oquawka (Ill.) - William Boden writes to his sister Sidney with little news of their friends. He has not seen them in a month or 6 weeks. Mr. Hanson is preaching in Keithsburgh, a town 12 miles north, half of his time. William writes that there is a lot of work to do, but he doesn't know how long it will last. He doesn't care for hard work so he hopes it doesn't last long, especially when it doesn't pa... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1864 June 13

Letter from Bobby to Louisa Gass

Washington (D.C.) - Bobby writes to his cousin Louisa Gass asking her to send him a list of those killed or wounded from his old regiment in the Civil War. He went on a trip with his Orderly Sergent to Crystal Springs. This was the first time he had been out of the hospital for two weeks. Bobby writes about common acquaintances who are in the service and when they will get out. He looks forward to learning to... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1863 July 11

Letter from unidentified correspondent to Sidney Boden

United States - Letter by an unidentified correspondent begins with an explanation that all mail service had been suspended due to the Civil War. Rebel forces have moved into the area without any resistance. They are warned that the rebels will plunder and steal all valuables or things that could be useful and all should be put away. The author tells of being faced with armed men at the door who asked if th... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers


Irey, Katherine

Bird journal of Katherine Irey

Florida - Documents Katherine and Kenneth's daily life as well as their birding adventures, both big and small. The journal describes their birding activities in Florida and their driving trip through Canada to Alaska for their first adventure in Attu and Gambell. Katherine and Kenneth arrive in Attu on May 17 and stay there until June 4th. They arrive in Gambell on June 5 and stay until... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1983 – 1989

Irey, Kenneth

Bird chase book

United States - Chronicles Katherine and Kenneth's bird-watching trips in great detail. The journal begins after the Ireys spotted their 700th bird species. Each entry is described as a "chase" after a specific bird or birds they are looking for and the diary has a total of 53 chases. The majority of the chases begin with a birding friend calling the Irey's to notify them of a bird sit... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1832 July 10

Holmes, James

Letter from James Holmes to Rebecca Boden

Memphis (Tenn.) - James Holmes writes to his mother Rebecca from the Chickasaw Nation. He tells of his recent journey home on a North River steamboat which was nearly 2,000 miles long and took about 2 weeks time. The modes of transportation and the scenery were so varied that the trip seemed to go by quickly. James details the various places he visited or passed through and the family that he saw. His wife ... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers