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Collection Overview

Title: Thurow Family Records (Plano), 1890-1965

ID: RHC/RC/010

Extent: 2.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1972

Subjects: Diaries-- 1910-1960, Kendall County (Ill.), Plano (Ill.), Thurow Family, World War I

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Thurow Family Collection contains materials collected by Walter M. Thurow tracing three generations of family history in Plano, Illinois from the late 1800s to 1965.  Box 1 consists of fifteen folders of typescript World War I records, letters, diaries, and local histories of the American Legion in Kendall County, Illinois. Contained in box 2 are legal documents including deeds, certificates, land leases, contracts, and ten envelopes of family and geographic photographs. Of special interest in folder 4 are two letters/agreements written in German. Family and geographical photographs are contained in box 3 and part of box 4. Also included in box 4 are four photograph albums containing family photographs, WWI photographs, foreign and domestic postcards, and an American Legion Post Memorial Book. Thirty-one tapes discussing World War I veteran reminiscences, songs, and Bible readings are found in Box 5.

The black and white photographic prints in this collection depict World War I action and illustrate family lifestyles during the first part of the 20th Century. Two panoramas of a soldier/sailor homecoming and a Kansas City Convention are in drawer 3, folder 3 of the oversize manuscript cabinet.

The addendum includes correspondence and printed material. The handwritten letters found in box 6, folders 1 and 2 are the same as the typescript diary found in box 1, folder 3. Researchers should compare both the handwritten and typescript letters because they may not be exact duplicates. Also there are letters that are not available in both forms.

Collection Historical Note

Walter W. Thurow was born to Ernest F. and Phoebe E. Thurow on January 9, 1896. His father, Ernest Thurow, a native-born German, entered this country as a young boy and settled in Kendall County, Illinois, in the late 1800s. He learned the butcher’s trade and eventually became sole owner of the former F.S. Erwin Meat Market in Plano, Illinois. Ernest Thurow did not confine his attention to the butcher business alone but participated in land development, holding stock in the tin mining industry of Deadwood, South Dakota.

Walter W. Thurow was raised in Plano, Illinois, and married Freda Zeller on September 20, 1924. Both held positions with the Federal Huber Company of Plano, Illinois. On June 29, 1927, the Thurows celebrated the birth of their first and only child, Walter M. Thurow, a resident of DeKalb, Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Diaries-- 1910-1960
Kendall County (Ill.)
Plano (Ill.)
Thurow Family
World War I

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the materials in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Walter M. Thurow

Acquisition Method: Mr. Walter M. Thurow, DeKalb, Illinois, donated the Thurow Family Collection to the Northern Illinois University Archives in 1972. University Archivist J. Joseph Bauxar transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in June 1978. An addendum from Rare Books and Special Collections in Founders Memorial Library was added on July 18, 2000

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Folder 1: Marriage Certificate, Ernest and Phebe Barnes Thurow, October 15, 1895
Folder 2: Bear Gulch Mining and Milling Company, 1902
Folder 3: Wartime Diary of Walter W. Thurow; Walter W.Thurow letter to U.S. Veterans Bureau, 1918-1919; 1942
Folder 4: History of Leon Burson Post No. 395, The American Legion, Walter W. Thurow, 1919-1928
Folder 5: A Short History of Leon Burson Post No.395, The American Legion, Walter W. Thurow, 1919-1931
Folder 6: American Legion Reports from Kendall County News, 1928-1934
Folder 7-8: WWI boot camp letters, 1917-1919
Folder 10: Bank notes, April 12, 1911-March 7, 1963
Folder 11: Letter to Walter M. Thurow, Jr. from Charlotte T. Reid, House of Representatives,, May 25, 1965
Folder 12: Insurance papers, February 25, 1914-March 18, 1960
Folder 13: Driver?s Training Fund, Walter M. Thurow, Chairman, June 6, 1962-May 17, 1963
Folder 14: Sales receipts, May 30, 1903-June 6, 1960
Folder 15: Plano Farmer?s Co-op Grain Company, November 22, 1937
Envelope 9: Reports from Kendall County News, 1917-1919

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