John Hawksby [RG6173.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG6173.AM:  John Hawksby, 1817-1891

Letters: 1889
Ragan, Harlan County, Nebraska:  Postmaster
Size:  One folder; five letters

BACKGROUND NOTE

Born in Ireland on November 29, 1817, John Hawksby immigrated to Canada in 1876.  He came to Harlan County, Nebraska, around 1878 to live near his sister, Catherine (Hawksby) Elliott.  John served on the school board at Ragan, Nebraska.  He also served as secretary of the Freewater Congregational Church, and as U.S. Postmaster at Ragan.  John Hawksby died on July 15, 1891.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one folder containing five letters written by John Hawksby from Ragan, Nebraska, to his nephew, Allen Elliott, who was serving in the Nebraska House of Representatives.  The letters date from January to March of 1889.  Topics covered in the letters include local news and weather, family news, issues with the mail service, and happenings in the Legislature.

INVENTORY

Letters, January-March, 1889

 

Subject headings:

Elliott, Allen, 1846-1928
Harlan County (Neb.) -- History
Hawksby, John, 1817-1891
Nebraska -- Politics and government
Postal service -- Nebraska
Ragan (Neb.) -- History

 

TMM     12-11-2020

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