HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG4998.AM: Sharp-Bockoven Families
Shelby, Polk County; Grand Island, Hall County; and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska
Size: 0.75 cu.ft.; 2 boxes
Peter Weiser was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on August 10, 1833. At the age of 26 he moved to Louisa, Iowa (1856). Five years later, Peter enlisted in the Civil War. In 1871 he homesteaded in Polk County, Nebraska. He was married to Eveline Metts, with whom he had four children: George E., Minnie Mae, Mary Kathryn, and Eva Maude. Upon retirement from farming he moved to Shelby, Nebraska. Peter Weiser died Jan. 22, 1933.
Theodore M. Sharp was born about 1876, one of two sons and six daughters born to Lewis Sharp. Theodore lived in Grand Island, Nebraska and Lincoln, Nebraska where he worked in the laundry and dry cleaning business. He married Pearl Dunlap and the couple had two daughters, Elizabeth and Marguerite. Theodore died in February 1937.
Minnie Mae Bockoven, born September 14, 1875, was the daughter of Peter and Eveline (Metts) Weiser of Polk County, Nebraska. On February 22, 1897, she married Charles W. Bockoven, who was born about 1877 in Shelby, Nebraska. They lived in Polk County, Nebraska and Lincoln, Nebraska and had two sons, Peter W. and Ralph E. Bockoven. Minnie Mae died in Lincoln in February 1976.
Peter W. Bockoven was born January 9, 1899, in Seward, Nebraska. Peter was a World War I veteran. Following the war, he lived in Lincoln, Nebraska and worked for Continental Oil Company. He died June 1985 in Fremont, Nebraska.
Ralph E. Bockoven was born July 16, 1909 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He wed Elizabeth Sharp, with whom he had two daughters, Joyce and Pamela. The family lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Ralph died on March 4, 1993.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection is arranged in five Subgroups: 1) Correspondence, 1910-1950; 2) Autograph Books, 1885-1926; 3) Peter Weiser Homestead Log, Accounts and Personal History Book; 4) Theodore Sharp Dry Cleaning Materials; and 5) Miscellaneous.
The letters of Subgroup 1, Series 1 were primarily written to Ralph Bockoven during his teen years by his mother, grandmother, and brother. Miscellaneous family letters are filed in Series 2.
Autograph books belonging to four family members form Subgroup 2. The books contain inscriptions from family and friends.
Peter Weiser’s log, Subgroup 3, records a variety of information about his time in the Civil War, homesteading in Polk County, Nebraska, personal expenses, and notes about farming and planting.
Subgroup 4 consists of information about Theodore Sharp’s dry cleaning business, including cleaning recipes and formulas, an address notebook, and expenses.
Subgroup 5 contains family history information, paper games, and other miscellaneous materials.
Subgroup 1: Correspondence, 1910-1950
Series 1 – Ralph Bockoven, 1919-1930
- February 16, 1919-August 29, 1927
- September 13, 1927-August 9, 1930
Series 2 – Miscellaneous, 1910-1950
- Correspondence, June 21, 1910-January 5, 1950
Subgroup 2: Autograph books, 1885-1926
- Theodore Sharp, 1885-1887
- Pearl Dunlap, 1892-1897
- Minnie Weiser, 1890-1926
- Charlie Bockoven, 1891
Subgroup 3: Peter Weiser Homestead log, etc.
- Peter Weiser homestead log, accounts, personal history book
Subgroup 4: Theodore Sharp dry cleaning materials
- Account Book
Subgroup 5: Miscellaneous
- Family history
- Word games
Homesteading — Nebraska