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Ava Speese Day

RG0938.AM:  Ava Speese Day

Correspondence:  1885-1975; mostly 1907-1925
Size:  5 items


The collection contains letters from Ava (Speese) Day of St. Paul, Minnesota. Two letters were written in 1964, one in 1975, and one is undated. She writes of her African-American family homesteading in Cherry and Dawson Counties, Nebraska, ca. 1885-1920s. She discusses the family genealogy relating to the Meehan, Speese, Brown, and Crawford families. The 1975 letter describes a trip she took to the East and South where she visited family. Included in the March, 1964 letter is a rough sketch showing how various families were situated along the Loup River. Also included in the collection is a newspaper article from the Omaha World Herald dating from February 11, 1899. The article gives an account of J.W. Speese homesteading in Custer County, Nebraska.

Note:  See also the audio recordings of Harry and Miles Speese [RG4834.AU].



Afro-Americans -- Nebraska -- Cherry County
Afro-Americans -- Nebraska -- Dawson County
Brown family
Community life
Crawford family
Day, Ava Speese
Domestic life
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Cherry County
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Dawson County
Meehan family
Speese, J.W.
Speese family


Revised 05-27-2009   TMM


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