William Culver Wilson, 1860-1934 [RG0723.AM]


RG0723.AM:  William Culver Wilson, 1860-1934

Diaries:  1888-1895
Hayes County, Nebraska:  Homesteader
Size:  0.3 cu.ft.; 1 box


William Culver Wilson was born on April 26, 1860, the son of Andrew and Lana Anne Wilson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The family migrated to Fairfield, Iowa, when William was five. In 1885 he moved west and settled in Culbertson, Nebraska, where he engaged in the drug business. In 1887 Wilson married Phebe Christner of Culbertson. They were to have seven children, Eska E., Roy A., Effie, Eunice, Culver G., Richard R., and Ruby. During his first year of marriage he homesteaded near Hayes Center, Nebraska. He farmed in that area until shortly after the death of his wife in 1932, when he moved into Hayes Center. Wilson died on February 6, 1934.


This collection is arranged in two series: 1) Diaries, 1888-1895; and 2) Biography. The bulk of the collection consists of three diaries in which Wilson describes the day-by-day events and activities of his life as a homesteader near Hayes Center, Nebraska, 1888-1895. Entries relate to the weather, production costs, farming techniques and social events of the Wilson family.


Series 1 – Diaries, 1888-1895
Box 1

  1. 1888-1890
  2. 1891-1892
  3. 1892-1895

Series 2 – Biography, 1922

  1. Autobiography of Culver G. Wilson, son of William C. Wilson

Subject headings:

Hayes Center (Nebraska) — History
Homesteading — Nebraska — Hayes County
Wilson Family
Wilson, Culver Glenn, 1899-1966
Wilson, William Culver, 1860-1934

Revised TMM      04-17-2007

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