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BOWERSOX/OSBORNE FAMILY

PAPERS, 1861-2002
[bulk 1888-1945]

1.75 linear feet

 

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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Bowersox/Osborne Family Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

 


Collection Overview

 
Acquisition:
The papers (donor no. 868) were donated by Wayne Osborn in 2003 and 2004.
 
 
Access:
The papers are open for research.
 
 
Copyright:
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
 
 
Photographs:
In Box 2.
 
 
Processed by:

Lisa Mott, 2003 and 2004. [BowersoxOsbornFamily.doc]

 

 

Biography

Mary Margaret Shuey was born in Augusta County, Virginia to Elizabeth Shuey and Jacob Shuey on January 26, 1825. On October 19, 1843 Shuey married Reverend James E. Bowersox. Between 1854 and 1855, the Shuey and Bowersox families moved to Iowa, settling in Jefferson Township, Johnson County, Iowa. In 1856, Jacob Shuey laid out the town of Shueyville. Mary Margaret and Reverend Bowersox settled on a farm one half mile north of the town. There they had ten children, six boys and four girls, eight of whom survived their parents. Revered Bowersox died in 1888. Mary Margaret Shuey Bowersox died November 19, 1896.

Thomas F. Osborn was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire on May 28, 1828. In 1854, Osborn married Eliza J. Merrill. Osborn, his wife, and his parents came to Dubuque, Iowa by rail and then took a steamboat to Minnesota where they lived for a year. In 1858 the family moved to Iowa and settled at Spencer’s Grove, near Walker. Osborn and his wife had six children. Osborn’s wife, Eliza, died in 1875. In 1878 Osborn married Mary A. Fitz. Mary Fitz was a founder of the Children’s Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Later she was matron of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Chicago, Illinois. Mary Osborn died in 1911. Thomas Osborn died in 1913.

The Bowersox and Osborn families were united in 1927 when Clara Inez Smyth, great-granddaughter to Mary Margaret and James E. Bowersox, married Wayland W. Osborn.


Scope and Content Note

The Bowersox/Osborn Family papers date from 1861 to 2002 and measure 1 linear foot. The papers are arranged in four series: Family, Genealogy, Photographs, and Correspondence. The Family series consists of papers of individual members of the Bowersox/Osborn family. Included are essays written by Elizabeth C. Bowersox and Lizzie E. Bowersox. There is correspondence written by and addressed to Ruia Bowersox Hurless, Alta Bowersox Yessler, Eugene C. Bowersox and others, including photocopies of Fred Bowersox’ World War I letters. The Alta Bowersox Yessler letters were written in 1919 and 1920 when Yessler was homesteading in Minnesota. There is also a journal written between 1861 and 1870, that according to donor Wayne Osborn was written by an unidentified member from the Osborn side of the family.

The Family series also includes photocopies of obituaries for Mary Margaret Shuey Bowersox, Mary A. Osborn and Thomas F. Osborn. There are also two Bowersox family account books, the first dating from 1867 to 1873 and the second from 1911 to 1918. The first page of the 1867 account book consists of minutes of a “society” meeting, including a roster of members, held on November 23, 1867. The last page of the book is a handwritten draft, in pencil, for a speech titled, “Life.” The bulk of the older account book consists of the Bowersox family’s financial dealings, including monthly and annual expenditures for their farm. Transactions between Jacob Shuey and his son J.S., and hired hands are carefully recorded. There is one section titled, “Money paid for improving land,” and another titled, “Mother’s weaving.” The second account book is a record of income and daily expenditures for the J.S. Bowersox family from 1913 through 1918.

The Bowersox/Osborn family valued education and many of its members became teachers and school superintendents. Included in the Family series are school exams, essays, teaching certificates and several teacher’s books from Malaka Township No. 8 in Iowa, spanning the years 1900-1930. The teacher’s books include pupil rosters, courses, grades, remarks by the teachers, honor rolls, and teacher summaries that include the numbers of pupils, salary, tuition, condition of the building, and visitors. Several of the pupils listed in the earlier books went on to become the teachers that kept the records in later years.

The Genealogy series consists of three compilations: The Bauersachs Family in America, 1665-2002 by Jeannette Erkert Bowersox, Dorothy Le Vier Bowersox and Thomas L. Bowersox; The Genealogy and History of the Smith Family compiled by various descendants; and The Shueys and Bowersoxes in Iowa, 1854-1995 compiled by Elizabeth and Edna Bowersox.

The Photographs series consists of both original and photocopied photographs of various Bowersox and Osborn ancestors.

The Correspondence series consists of correspondence mainly between Inez Smyth Osborn to various members of her family, including her mother Elizabeth Bowersox Osborn and her fiancé/husband Wayland Osborn.  Also in this series are a few newspaper articles, cards, and postcards.


Box List

Box 1                        
  Family                  
    Bowersox, Elizabeth C. essays, undated          
      Croakers
The Spiritual Life of Our Young People’s Christian Union
So Strikes Pay
 
    Bowersox Family account books        
      1867-1873
1913-1918
         
    Bowersox, Fred    
      Autobiography, undated
Correspondence [photocopies], 1928 and 1935
War letters [photocopies], 1918
Newspaper article, 1918
   
    Bowersox, Lizzie E.    
      Essays, undated    
        Chicago
Ideals
Manners
Siege of Quebec
The World’s Fair Should Not Be Opened On Sunday
      School exams, 1891-1893 and undated (2 folders)
Teaching certificates, 1893-1900
 
    Family correspondence, 1882-1954 and undated (2 folders)    
    Family education          
      Essay: The Law of Colonies on Literature [author unknown], undated
Jefferson Township High School yearbooks, 1914-1915 and 1917-1918
Juvenile Scholars Quarterly , 1891
Language , State of Iowa Department of Instruction report, 1932
Merit awards, undated
Shueyville High School commencement brochure, 1892
Newspaper article, 1923
    Hurless, Ruia Bowersox    
      Correspondence, 1889-1944 and undated (2 folders)
Education, 1892, 1901 and 1908
Language , State of Iowa Department of Instruction report, 1932
Wedding invitation, 1902
                           
                           
Box 2                        
    Journal, 1861-1870
Obituaries [photocopies]
         
      Bowersox, Mary Margaret Shuey, 1896
Osborn, Mrs. Thomas F. (Mary A. Fitz), 1911
Osborn, Thomas F., 1913
     
    Osborn, Mrs. Wayland W.      
      Daily class record books, 1929-1930
Doctor of Philosophy final examination, 1939
     
    Teachers’ record books [see Box 3, Oversized]    
      1900-1904
1908-1912
1912-1917
1922-1930
               
    Yessler, Alta Bowersox          
      Correspondence, 1919-1920 and 1936
Physics notebook, undated
   
                           
  Genealogy                
    The Bauersachs Family in America, 1665-2002 by Jeanette Erkert Bowersox, Dorothy Le Vier Bowersox and Thomas L. Bowersox, 2002
The Genealogy and History of the Smith Family, undated [compiled by various descendants]
The Shueys and Bowersoxes in Iowa, 1854-1995 compiled by Elizabeth and Edna Bowersox
     
                           
  Photographs                
    Originals, undated
Photocopies, 1869-1934 and undated
       
                           
  Correspondence                
    Correspondence between Inez Smyth Osborn and Wayland Osborn, 1924-1925 (2 folders)
                           
Box 3                        
  Oversized                
    Teachers’ record books      
      1900-1904
1908-1912
1912-1917
1922-1930
     
                           
Box 4                        
  Correspondence                
   

Correspondence between Inez Smyth and Wayland Osborn, 1924-1926
Correspondence from Inez Smyth to Wayland Osborn, 1925-1926 (3 folders)
Correspondence from Inez Smyth to Wayland Osborn, 1927 (2 folders)
Correspondence between Inez Smyth and Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1922-1927 (3 folders)

                           
Box 5                        
   

Correspondence from Inez Smyth Osborn to Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1925-1926 and 1933-1935 (2 folders)
Correspondence from Inez Smyth Osborn to Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1925-1936
Correspondence from Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth to Inez Smyth Osborn, 1925-1934 (2 folders)
Correspondence from Inez Smyth Osborn to Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1939
Correspondence from Inez Smyth Osborn to Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1939-1942 (2 folders)
Correspondence between Inez Smyth Osborn and Elizabeth Bowersox Smyth, 1942-1945 (2 folders)

                           

 


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