CARRIE LINDAHL (1887-1977)


PAPERS, 1875-2001

1.25 linear feet






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


The »papers are open for research.


»Copyright has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


»In box 1.


Doris Malkmus, 2001. [LindahlC.doc]



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.



Scope and Content Note


            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.


style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt'>Box no.   Description

Box 1

Letter, Adolf Pettersen to August Lindahl [in Norwegian], 13 Nov. 1875

Biographical information, 2001

“Henderson Family History,” by Frances Graham, 1988

Cards, 1921-1965 and undated

Cards and mementos, Undated

Cards and travel souvenirs, 1927-1951

Travel diary, 1928

Outgoing correspondence, 1964-1971

Coggon ladies’ literary society topical reports, 1923 and undated

Physician and hospital bills, 1913-1926

Red Cross certificates and rationing documents, 1940s

Order of Eastern Star receipts, 1922-1972

Fiftieth Anniversary album, 1959 [includes photograph]

Church materials, 1960-1962

Photographic negatives, Undated




Box 2

1933-1939 [1 vol.]

1941-1955 [14 vols.; 1943 partial and disassembled]


Box 3              

                                    1956-1966 [11 vols.]

                                Christmas card record, 1949-1957

                                Birthday card record, 1920-1960