Viola H. (Bush) Chism, 1871-1959 [RG3958.AM]


RG3958.AM:  Viola H. (Bush) Chism, 1871-1959

Papers:  1918-1959
Stella, Richardson County, Neb.:  Farm wife; homemaker
Size:  1 box; 0.5 cu.ft.


Viola H. Bush, daughter of Asa and Olive Bush, was born in Nebraska on August 27, 1871. In 1890 she was married to John C. Chism, a native of Kentucky who had come to Nebraska in 1885. The 1900 census shows the Chisms living with Viola's parents in Porter Precinct, Richardson County, Nebraska. John supported his wife and two children by farming. The census also records that he owned 160 acres in Greeley County, Kansas. Viola Chism was a lifetime resident of Stella, residing within a half-mile radius all of her life. John died on January 8, 1950, but she maintained their home in Stella. She died June 21, 1959.


This collection consists of one box of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) Account Books, 1918-1959 and 2) Miscellany. This material relates to the expenses incurred by Viola and John C. Chism and their family, farmers in Stella, Richardson County, Nebraska. The bulk of this collection consists of the Account Books, 1918-1959, of Series 1 kept by Viola Bush Chism. Entries show a detailed description of items and services bought by the Chism family over a forty-year period. Entries show the date of transaction, the item or service bought, and the cost. Taxes paid are also shown. Volume 4 is the only book which goes into detail on items sold by the Chisms. This volume is in diary form rather than in a list format. The Miscellany of Series 2 includes the constitution of the Porter Center Lyceum, undated, newspaper clippings, and a map.


Series 1 - Account Books, 1918-1959

Box 1

  1. 1918-1923
  2. 1924-1930
  3. 1931-1933
  4. 1932-1941 (items sold)
  5. 1934-1938
  6. 1939 (fractional amount of material)
  7. 1939-1941
  8. 1942
  9. 1943-1945
  10. 1946-1947
  11. 1948
  12. 1949
  13. 1950-1952
  14. 1953-1954
  15. 1955-1959

Series 2 - Miscellany

  1. Porter Center Lyceum constitution, undated
    Newspaper clippings



Chism, John C., 1865-1950
Chism, Viola H. (Bush), 1871-1959
Economic conditions -- Nebraska -- Richardson County
Farm life -- Nebraska -- Richardson County
Porter Center Lyceum (Richardson County, Neb.)
Richardson County (Neb.) -- History
Stella (Neb.) -- History


AIF/psw   02-22-1980
Encoded TMM   03-10-2010

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