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The diaries run from to , skip , and include one for There are no diaries from to , but five volumes cover , , , , and The diaries in the 's and 's contain sporadic entries, which continue up to three weeks before his death. Personal Financial Records contain a large and comprehensive run of Bills and Receipts kept by George Wilbur, his wife Ellen, and his sister-in-law Susan Rice, who lived with them folders The Bills and Receipts have been left in the order that they were found, seven roughly alphabetic runs over varying spans of years between and Large numbers of receipts from single merchants have been gathered into separate folders and placed in appropriate alphabetical order within each run of bills.
Other materials in George's financial papers include a long run of Canceled Checks and Check Registers folders The thoroughness of the records, especially the Bills and Receipts, Canceled Checks, and Check Registers should provide an informative view of the spending habits of a middle class Chicago family at the turn of the century.
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Also included in the Personal Financial Records is Housekeeping Correspondence folders , with a file of correspondence from Irving Terwilliger, George's banker and good friend. Some of these letters contain personal content, but their principal focus is domestic finances so it was decided to keep them together here.
Business Records include records for the McLaughlin Smoke Consumer Company folders , of which Wilbur owned part beginning in He marketed the Smoke Consumer, with only moderate success, until Included in this subseries are Bills and receipts, Contracts, and Correspondence with those who purchased the device.
Included here are Bills and receipts, Canceled checks, Contracts and deeds, Correspondence, Diaries and expense books, Maps, and Printed material. This subseries contains material pertaining to Wilbur's business interests in mining and milling. Many closely related items concerning his legal services to mining companies are located in series II in the Professional Correspondence, and Bills and Receipts section of the Financial Records subseries, and in the subseries Cases: Mining Company Files.
Rice, Susan Wilbur Jones, and Unidentified. The Cook and Rice Family Papers consists of a small section of Cook family material and a larger section of Rice family material. The Cook Family Documents folders contain material from , the earliest in the collection. The Rice Family materials focuses on Francis H. Rice, Ellen's uncle, and George H.
Rice, her father folders These two men were partners who bought and sold merchandise, mostly shoes, boots, hats, and gloves which they sold in a store in Belvidere, Illinois. An account book folder indicates that they sold goods to a man named M. Walker and that Francis H. Rice later became involved in the ownership of that store.
Present in the collection are their Correspondence, Financial Papers, and Documents. This section also includes research notes on Stephen Flagg, who served in a Massachusetts regiment in the American Revolution folder Ellen Rice Wilbur's papers folders contain correspondence about her property in Oak Park and Belvidere, principally concerning the rental of the property in Belvidere and later the proposition to sell it to the town as a site for the Carnegie Library.
Other correspondence includes mail from S. The printed material includes a Rockford Alumna from January which carries a brief obituary folder A small collection of similar letters from S. Rice follow Ellen Wilbur's papers.
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Susan Wilbur Jones' papers include a long run of Canceled checks which illuminate her daily expenses folders , and seven folders of juvenilia folders A brief notice from the society page describes a party she attended as a child at Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright's house in Oak Park folder There are also a few items that probably belonged to her husband, Llewellyn Jones. There are several sources of Wellesley College material in her papers. Most memorabilia is found in two Scrapbooks folders , while the printed material includes programs and handbooks and a short run of the College News folders A final subseries of Unidentified Items folders contain materials written in an unknown hand or for which the correlation to the Wilbur, Cook, or Rice families has not been determined.
They include a curious "Account book," containing entries at three or four day intervals in under predominantly women's names, most of whom resided in Belvidere folder The Newspapers subseries includes issues of the Belvidere Standard , for which George wrote unsigned articles on Belvidere happenings, with his pencilled signature at the end of the articles indicating his authorship folders The photographs are mostly cabinet cards and cartes de visite with a few cyanotypes and tintypes represented.
Photographs of unidentified people have been organized by place of photographer, as they represent the specific parts of the country in which George's family and friends lived.
The names of Western photographers represented here from California and Kansas have been noted. The Other Photographs include Cyanotypes of the St. The Restricted Fragile Papers in Boxes consist of originals for which preservation photocopies have been made. Wilbur --Correspondence with Susan W.
Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consulte the appropriate curator. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator. Immediate Source of Acquisition The papers were purchased from an antiquarian bookseller in three parts in , , and on the Frederick W.
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Beinecke Fund for Western Americana. Related Materials Albert H. Additional Description. Overview The George W. Wilbur Family Papers consist of correspondence, case files, financial papers, notebooks, documents, writings, diaries, maps, photographs, and printed material which document the life of George W.
Wilbur Family is characteristic of many American middle class families of their time. It was headed by George W. Wilbur , a Chicago attorney, whose brother Albert H.
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Wilbur dates unknown lived in many parts of the West while working on the railroads. George Wilbur and his wife Ellen Rice Wilbur d. Together they moved to Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois about sixty miles northwest of Chicago , where he made a living as a house painter and furniture refinisher. George senior died in April at the age of 35, leaving Sarah Ann with two young children.
It is not clear whether Sarah Ann had been a milliner before George's death, but afterwards she supported herself and her sons with this trade until the early s when George and Albert jointly assumed her financial support. Sarah Ann Cook Wilbur kept in close contact with her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. As she grew older, she assumed the role of family matriarch.
The widow developed an especially close relationship with her sons; after Albert moved west in , she lamented the fact that he chose to live so far away, and encouraged George to visit and write often after he moved first to Chicago and then to Oak Park, Illinois.
She suffered from asthma and increasing blindness in her later life, yet lived to the age of 88, passing away in December Very little is known of the early life of George Wilbur.
While he lived in Belvidere he was the secretary of the local "America Base Ball Club," worked in the livery business, and taught school briefly in Flora, Boone County, Illinois. Wilbur enrolled at Champaign University in the fall of to study civil engineering.
Lack of funds caused him to end his studies there in March He went back to the livery business in the spring of , working for W. George occasionally wrote unsigned articles for the Belvidere Standard about local happenings; the earliest such article in the collection dates from the middle of After this, he found employment as a clerk in several law firms in Chicago.
In June he received his Bachelor of Law, which carried with it automatic admission to the Illinois bar. In , an infant son, named George Rice Wilbur, died of pneumonia. A daughter, Susan Warren Wilbur, was born in George doted on Susan and developed a very close relationship with her much as he had with his mother.
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In the mids he formed a partnership with James H. After dissolving this partnership, Wilbur maintained his own practice for the remainder of his working life, dealing primarily with civil cases: real estate transactions, contracts, probate, and street improvements. Wilbur had several longtime clients, including two mining companies in which he held stock, the Pittsburgh Concentrating and Mining Company, and the Ruby Chief Mining and Milling Company.
Wilbur was active outside the legal profession, joining the Covenant Lodge in Chicago, and, like his brother Albert, investing in various businesses. In he became a co-owner of the McLaughlin Smoke Consumer Company, which marketed a device that lessened the emission of smoke in a boiler and made it more efficient. He marketed this device, with only moderate success, until Wilbur had other financial interests in the West.
In he purchased a stamp mill in Pittsburgh, Colorado, which he had previously co-owned. The mill was not a success, as it was situated too far from the mine it was meant to serve to operate efficiently. In , James W. Sheridan, a client, gave Wilbur a fifty year oil and gas lease for acres in Hartley County, Texas.
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The same year Wilbur and his wife sold acres of Colorado farm land. George Wilbur never retired, for while he spent a great deal of time with his daughter and grandchildren, he continued to practice law until his death June 23, Rice and George H. Ellen Rice's uncle was Samuel D. Warren of Boston, founder of the paper manufacturing firm S.
Ellen remained active in the affairs of Rockford College, as it later came to be known, and served as corresponding secretary for the reunion in After graduating from Rockford in , Ellen returned to Belvidere, where her family lived next door to the Wilbur family. Ellen Rice Wilbur's sister Susan suffered from mental illness and lived with Ellen for many years, occasionally staying in asylums. Later Susan was permanently committed to a sanitarium in Peoria, Illinois.
Susan Rice died February 25, Ellen Wilbur survived her husband George by a year, passing away on November 28, Albert Harper Wilbur was the younger brother of George W. Very little is known of his early life; he was in school in Belvidere, Illinois during the Civil War, and later studied at least one year at Champaign University. In Albert Wilbur moved west, where he hoped a hard working man could acquire wealth and experience the adventure lacking in Belvidere.
His restlessness led to a nomadic existence, rarely staying anywhere more than three years. Sold by Kobo. To date he is the only Mayor of Milwaukee to be elected Governor of Wisconsin. Peck was born in Henderson, New York, in and moved to Wisconsin as a toddler in In Wisconsin, he was a newspaper publisher who founded newspapers in Ripon and La Crosse.
His La Crosse newspaper, The Sun, was founded in In Peck moved the newspaper to Milwaukee and renamed it Peck's Sun. In the spring of Peck ran for mayor of Milwaukee. A Democrat, Peck was elected in spite of a Republican majority in the city. The state's Democratic leaders took notice and made Peck the party's nominee for the gubernatorial race. Peck won the election, beating the incumbent William Hoard, and resigned as Milwaukee's mayor on November 11, He was reelected as governor in , defeating Republican John C.
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