William M. Harris and Laura (Hughes) Harris [RG1065.AM]


RG1065.AM:  William M. Harris and Laura (Hughes) Harris

Papers:  1884-1889, 1932, 1938

Central City, Merrick County, Nebraska

Size:  One folder


The collection contains a diary kept by Laura and William Harris on their trip from Illinois to South Dakota (via Iowa and Minnesota) from August 19, 1889 to October 2, 1889. Another manuscript entitled, “Illinois to Nebraska by Covered Wagon, 1889,” recorded by L. Mildred Harris, contains reminiscences by William and Laura Harris. It includes their observations about South Dakota and North Dakota becoming states that year. They also mention raising mules. Included are copies of maps marking their route. They eventually settled near Central City, Nebraska. One final item is an account by William Harris of an experience he had with Indians while he was living in Kansas in 1884 or 1885.


Subject headings:

Diaries and journals

Domestic life

Harris family

Harris, L. Mildred

Harris, Laura J. Hughes, 1867-1959

Harris, William


Indians of North America


Kingman (Kansas)


North Dakota

Overland journeys


South Dakota


Revised TMM        10-07-2009

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