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Franklin Grove Collection

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Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Box 1

Box 2

The Franklin Reporter

Box 4

Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes)

Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes)

Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes)

E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume)

C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume)

Addendum I

Addendum II

Addendum III

Addendum IV



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Collection Overview

Title: Franklin Grove Collection, 1844-1995

ID: RHC/RC/115

Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Coal trade, Cross Roads Community Club, Dixon (Ill), Dixon Business College, Draft Horses, Franklin Grove (Ill.), Franklin Grove Nursery, Grain, Helmershausen Family, Herbst Elevator Company, Lee County (Ill), Moore, Walter L., Newspapers, Nurseries, Riddlebarger Mattress Factory, Schools, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, Whitney, A. R., World War II

Forms of Material: Tintype

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Franklin Grove Collection contains a variety of documents detailing several facets of the community's history.  One series comprises minutes and treasurer's account books, (1932-1980) from the Cross Roads Community Club.  This club organized in the early 1930's to provide social and recreational entertainment programs for Franklin Grove families.  Another series partially documents the Franklin Grove Nursery from 1844 to 1884.  A.R. Whitney, owner of the nursery, developed the famous Whitney Crabapple.  A partial run of the newspaper, The Franklin Reporter (1880-1956), telephone books (1929-1958), documentation on the Herbst Elevator Company as well as other companies in the area, and materials from the local historical society are included in the collection.  An additional series contains personnel records of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway’s Dixon Division (1901-1932), and Farmers Telephone Directories.

There are also papers of the Walter L Moore family, including records from his dentistry studies and practice, as well as some of his daughter’s school papers.  There is also the Uriah C. Roe family papers, including records from his pharmacy practice in Franklin Grove, as well as a cookbook and scrapbook of party games. In addition Series IV contains information regarding the Helmershausen family and other associated material.  For more information on the Helmershausen family, researchers should consult the Helmershausen Genealogy book, which is part of the Bradt collection, as well as the various Lee County history books located in the reading room.

For further information on the Franklin Grove community, researchers may wish to consult the Taylor Farm Records (RC 37) and Craig L. Pfannkuche's thesis From Prairie to Produce: A History of Central Lee County, Illinois, 1840-1880 (M.A., 1968).

Collection Historical Note

Uriah C. Roe was born in Eddyville, Lyon County, KY, January 1, 1825.  His father, Dr. John Roe, was the first medical doctor in Ogle County.  His mother, Elizabeth Lyon, was the daughter of Col. Mathew Lyon who was a lieutenant in a company of the Green Mtn Boys during the American Revolution.  John and Elizabeth had nine children, born in Kentucky, and Sagamon and Ogle County of Illinois. Uriah’s brothers, both John H. Roe and Malcolm C. Roe were prominent practitioners and leading citizens of Ogle County.  Uriah was educated at Mt. Morris and practiced medicine with his father in Ogle County until his father’s departure to California during a gold rush.  Uriah then devoted his time principally to the manufacture of various medical remedies, sold U.C. Roe & Sons Pharmacy in Franklin Grove.  Uriah first married Almeda Brown in 1846, and later married Mary Edmonds in 1883.  He was also a member of the Old Settler’s Society of Lee County. The Helmerhausen family was one of the first families to settle in Franklin Grove in 1840.  Several generations remained in the Franklin Grove area.

Subject/Index Terms

Coal trade
Cross Roads Community Club
Dixon (Ill)
Dixon Business College
Draft Horses
Franklin Grove (Ill.)
Franklin Grove Nursery
Grain
Helmershausen Family
Herbst Elevator Company
Lee County (Ill)
Moore, Walter L.
Newspapers
Nurseries
Riddlebarger Mattress Factory
Schools
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Whitney, A. R.
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda were added at later dates.

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

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

Acquisition Source: Roger Taylor

Acquisition Method: Roger Taylor of Franklin Grove, Illinois donated materials included in the Franklin Grove Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center beginning in 1968.

Related Materials: For further information on the Franklin Grove community, researchers may wish to consult the Taylor Farm Records (RC 37) and Craig L. Pfannkuche's thesis From Prairie to Produce: A History of Central Lee County, Illinois, 1840-1880 (M.A., 1968).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3-4: The Franklin Reporter, 1878-1908],
[Box 4],
[Volume 1-8: Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes), 1930-1964],
[Volume 9-10: Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes), 1931-1965; 1938],
[Volume 11-12: Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes), 1921-1928],
[Volume 13: E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume), 1917-1940],
[Volume 14: C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume), 1906-1907],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],
[All]

Box 1
Folder 1-8: Cross Roads Community Club: Minutes, 1942-1980
Folder 9-10: Cross Roads Community Club: Treasurer's Account Books, 1932-1953
Folder 11: Whitney Photographs (2), no date
Folder 12: The Evergreen, Newsletters, 2 issues, 1876
Folder 13: Map of Franklin Grove; Water Facilities; School Gym, 1980, 1982; 1981; 1983
Folder 14: Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival, 1980+
Folder 15: Songs by Nelson Blocher, 1942-1943
Folder 16: Franklin Grove High School; Reunion Book for 1947-1956 High School Classes; Schedule of common schools, 1982; 1886
Folder 17: Memories for the Aldersgate Bi-Centenary, 1938
Folder 18-19: Harriet Sheap; poetry, biographical and genealogical information, 1904-1945
Folder 20: Obituary notices, memorial cards, 1948-1969
Folder 21: Postcards; Dixon, Dixon Business College, Grand DeTour Plow Company; Smith Letter, 1909-1917; 1891

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3-4: The Franklin Reporter, 1878-1908],
[Box 4],
[Volume 1-8: Herbst Elevator Company: Coal sales (8 volumes), 1930-1964],
[Volume 9-10: Herbst Elevator Company: Grain sales and shipments; Retail sales (2 volumes), 1931-1965; 1938],
[Volume 11-12: Lowell Trottnow, journal (2 volumes), 1921-1928],
[Volume 13: E. L. Fish, journal (1 volume), 1917-1940],
[Volume 14: C. S. and Company, journal (1 volume), 1906-1907],
[Addendum I],
[Addendum II],
[Addendum III],
[Addendum IV],
[All]


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