Laura E. Thomas Thorpe, 1856- [RG5105.AM]


RG5105.AM:  Laura E. Thomas Thorpe, 1856-

Letter, reminiscence:  1875, n.d.

Otoe County, Neb.:  School teacher

Size:  1 folder


Laura E. Thomas Thorpe was the oldest of five children. She taught school in Syracuse Precinct, Otoe County, Nebraska, up to the time she married Edmund S. Thorpe and moved to Missouri. This collection contains a reminiscence written by Laura about her experiences teaching and living in Nebraska.


This collection consists of a letter and a reminiscence written by Laura E. Thomas Thorpe. The letter, 1875, contains descriptions of Laura’s school experiences, and commentary on grasshoppers and relief efforts in Nebraska. Although it is unclear when she wrote the manuscript, Laura begins with her earliest memories in 1859 and continues through 1874, a period that includes her childhood and teenage years. The reminiscence contains information about pioneer life, education, religion, travel, settlement, and social events. Only a transcript of the reminiscence is available at the Nebraska State Historical Society. The original manuscript of “Recollections” is in the collections of the Indiana State Historical Society.


Letter, reminiscence



Community life

Education — Nebraska — Otoe County


Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska

Otoe County (Neb.) — History



Rural women

Syracuse (Neb.) — History

Thorpe, Edmund S.

Thorpe, Laura E. Thomas, 1856-


Women — Biography

Women — Nebraska — Otoe County

Women pioneers — Nebraska — Otoe County

Women teachers — Nebraska — Otoe County

Young women


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