October 29, 2022

Paulina C. Peet, 1851-1935 [RG0780.AM]


RG0780.AM:  Paulina C. Peet, 1851-1935

Letters:  1898-1941 and undated
Iowa; Clay County, South Dakota; Springview, Keya Paha County, Nebraska; Lusk, Wyoming:  Farm wife
Size:  One folder; four items


Paulina Catherine Gillilan, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Gillilan, was born in Linn County, Iowa on November 8, 1851. She married Marlin Peet in 1869 and resided in Iowa during the early years of their marriage. After living in Clay County, South Dakota, the Peets moved to Keya Paha County, Nebraska in 1891. The last of their six children was born there the following year.

The Peets engaged in ranching and acquired a considerable amount of land. In later years they retired to the town of Burton, where Marlin Peet died in 1926. Paulina spent the last years of her life in Lusk, Wyoming where she resided with one of her sons. She died there on July 6, 1935.


This collection consists of four letters, 1898-1941 and undated. The collection includes three letters written by Paulina Peet and a cover letter accompanying one of them. An 1898 letter written by Mrs. Peet to her son Dale, who was then residing in Viola, Iowa, describes the winter weather and the conditions of livestock in the Springview, Keya Paha County area, improvements to the family farm, and family news and social events. A 1925 letter to her granddaughter discusses family news during a visit to Lusk, Wyoming. An undated Thanksgiving message to her friends in the Ladies Aid of Brocksburg, Nebraska is accompanied by a 1941 cover letter written by one of the Ladies Aid members who reminiscences about Mrs. Peet.


Correspondence, 1898, 1925, 1941 and undated

Subject headings:

Farm life
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska
Keya Paha County (Nebraska) — History
Peet, Paulina C., 1851-1935
Springview (Nebraska) — History
Women pioneers

Revised TMM      12-27-2006

Become a Member!

Our members make history happen.

Join Now

You May Also Enjoy

Why John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska Poet Laureate in 1921

Why John G. Neihardt was named Nebraska Poet Laureate in 1921

Emigrants along the Trails at Chimney Rock

Emigrants along the Trails at Chimney Rock

Marker Monday: Easter Blizzard of 1873

Marker Monday: Easter Blizzard of 1873

About History Nebraska
History Nebraska was founded in 1878 as the Nebraska State Historical Society by citizens who recognized Nebraska was going through great changes and they sought to record the stories of both indigenous and immigrant peoples. It was designated a state institution and began receiving funds from the legislature in 1883. Legislation in 1994 changed History Nebraska from a state institution to a state agency. The division is headed by Interim Director and CEO Jill Dolberg. They are assisted by an administrative staff responsible for financial and personnel functions, museum store services, security, and facilities maintenance for History Nebraska.
Explore Nebraska
Discover the real places and people of our past at these History Nebraska sites.

Upcoming Events

View our new and upcoming events to see how you can get involved.

Become a Member

The work we do to discover, preserve, and share Nebraska's history wouldn't be possible without the support of History Nebraska members.

History Nebraska Education

Learn more about the educational programs provided at our museums, sites, and online.

History Nebraska Programs

Learn more about the programs associated with History Nebraska.

Latest Hall of Fame Inductee

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was established in 1961 to officially recognize prominent Nebraskans.

Listen to our Podcast

Listen to the articles and authors published in the Nebraska History Magazine with our new Nebraska History Podcast!

Nebraska Collections

History Nebraska's mission is to collect, preserve, and open our shared history to all Nebraskans.

Our YouTube Video Collection

Get a closer look at Nebraska's history through your own eyes, with our extensive video collections.

Additional Research Resources

History Nebraska Research and Reference Services help connect you to the material we collect and preserve.

Support History Nebraska
Make a cash donation to help us acquire, preserve, and interpret Nebraska’s history. Gifts to History Nebraska help leave a legacy and may help your taxes, too! Support the work of History Nebraska by donating to the History Nebraska Foundation today.

Volunteers are the heroes of History Nebraska. So much history, so little time! Your work helps us share access to Nebraska’s stories at our museums and sites, the reference room, and online.