Frisby Leonard Rasp, 1872-1948 [RG4522.AM]


RG4522.AM: Frisby Leonard Rasp, 1872-1948

Correspondence: 1888
Gresham, Polk County, Neb.: Farmer
Size: 2 folders


Frisby Leonard Rasp was the eldest son of John and Lavina Rasp who were farmers in Polk County, Nebraska. He was born February 2, 1872. In May of 1888, 16 year old Rasp enrolled in the general business course at the Omaha Business College. He later returned to the farm and married Alice Jones on August 8, 1900. The couple had seven children. Frisby Rasp lived all his life near Gresham, Nebraska. He died on March 18, 1948.


This collection consists of two folders of correspondence to and from Frisby Rasp dating from 1888. The letters which form the bulk of this collection were exchanged by Frisby Rasp and his parents while Rasp was a student at the Omaha Business College in 1888. They relate to his impressions of life in Omaha as seen by a rural youth who was visiting the city for the first time. Interesting descriptions of people, business and manufacturing activities, and celebrations are found throughout the letters. The letters Frisby Rasp received from his family report activities on the farm and social life in the Gresham, Nebraska, area.

Note: See the article, “So Different from Country Life: The 1888 Omaha Letters of Frisby L. Rasp,” Nebraska History, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 85-96.



  1. Letters, Frisby Rasp to parents, 1888
  2. Letters, Rasp Family to Frisby Rasp, 1888

Subject headings:

Farm life — Nebraska — Polk County
Gresham (Neb.) — History
Omaha (Neb.) — History
Polk County (Neb.) — History
Rasp, Frisby Leonard, 1872-1948
Rasp family

JEP/ct 07-17-1975
Encoded TMM 03-17-2011

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