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JENNIE SIES (1859-1880)

 

PAPERS, 1880

1 linear inch

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The Jennie Sies papers» (donor no. 854) were donated by Cathryn McCleery Harsha in 2003.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

COPYRIGHT:

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

PHOTOGRAPHS:

In Box 1.

PROCESSED BY:

Lisa Mott, 2003. [SiesJennie.doc]Your name, year [filename]».

 


 

»Biography

           

            Begin text here:»Jennie Sies was born in November 1859 to Margaret Zuber Sies and William F. Sies.  Sies grew up on a farm just outside of Oxford, Iowa.  Her parents had emigrated to the United States sometime in the first half of the nineteenth century, leaving seven children behind in Germany with relatives, while bringing along their infant son, Fred.  Jennie Sies was the sixth child born on American soil.  After her mother died in 1875, Sies took over the housekeeping chores.  At the time of her journal in 1880, Jennie was keeping house for at least two of her brothers, George and Oscar.  “Jennie’s Journal” begins on January 1, 1880 and ends on September 24, 1880.  Jennie Sies died on October 3, 1880.

 

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The Jennie Sies» papers date from »January 1, 1880 to September 24, 1880 and measure » 1 linear inch.  The »papers consist of Jennie’s original 1880 journal and a transcription of the journal by Cathryn McCleery Harsha and her daughter Bertie Harsha See, who were descended from Jennie’s older brother Fred Sies, and by Carmine Harsha Miller.  The transcription includes copies of family photographs, but none of Jennie.  The journal is made of daily entries in which Jennie Sies recorded her activities.  Jennie’s life is depicted as one of regular chores, Bible readings and social activities.  The journal abruptly ends on September 24, 1880.  Jennie Sies died on October 3, 1880 at age 20.

 

 

Box no.   Description

 

Box 1     Journal, 1880

Transcription by Harsha, See, and Miller