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Collection Overview

Title: Giles P. Ransom Family Collection (Roscoe), 1839-2009

Predominant Dates:1850s-1930s

ID: RHC/RC/275

Extent: 26.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into three series: Personal Correspondence, Volumes and Ephemera, and Business Correspondence.  The first series contains the family’s personal correspondence.  Each subseries represents an individual family: (A) Leland, (B) Sherman, (C) Jenks, and (D) Ransom.  Notable elements are letters to brothers Solomon and Leland Jenks who were pioneers to the Rockford area, Giles and Mahala Ransom’s Civil War correspondence (located in the folders “Correspondence to Dr. Giles Ransom, 1860-1865" and “Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1860-1869"), a personal account of a Lincoln-Douglas speech, and Arthur Nielsen’s letters to his wife while on site of the Hoover Dam’s construction.  For the ease of the researcher, transcriptions of many of these items can be found in Series I, Subseries C: Roscoe History, Genealogy, and Additional Research.

Series two contains volumes and ephemera, including diaries, personal expense records and receipts, clippings, school reports, volumes, pamphlets, and genealogical research.  The subseries are divided between items belonging to specific family members (A) and items with no known owner (B).  Subseries C contains the documents relating to historical aspects of Roscoe and supplementary materials documenting the family’s history.  Many  items in this subseries were collected by researchers of the Ransom lineage prior to the complete processing of the collection.  Included are genealogy and lineage documentation, duplicates of photographs provided by the donor, additional materials concerning the late Arthur Nielsen, and transcriptions of letters within the collection.

Series three provides the business records from the family.  Subseries A contains the records relating to the medical practices of Drs. Giles, Penn, Wilmont, and Daniel Leland Ransom.  Items include medical school notebooks, licenses & certificates, patient logs (Physician’s Handbooks), Ransom Sanitarium records, and medical pamphlets.  Although ownership and management of the Ransom Sanitarium played a significant role in these men’s lives, the records from the business are sparse.  The Ransom doctors were meticulous with their records and the collection reflects this with a strong presence of “Physician’s Handbooks” and other log books for patient visits and payments.  The additional subseries relate to (non-medical) business records and are organized by the individual family units: (B) Sherman, (C) Jenks, (D) Leland, and (E) Ransom.  Included are  deed records, receipts, business correspondence, and wills.  Notable aspects of this series include Dr. Giles Ransom’s documents while serving as a surgeon in the Civil War and the correspondence and records regarding remote land ownership in South Dakota.

Addendum 2 is arranged by subject in alphabetical order.

Date Acquired: 06/22/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Diaries-- 1840-1869, Diaries-- 1870-1909, Diaries-- 1910-1960, Family life--History, Frontier and pioneer life, Genealogy, Giles Paddock Ransom Family, Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.), Jenks Family, Leland Family, Love-letters, Medical care, Mental health, Methodist Episcopal Church, National Grange. Charter Grove Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.), Nielsen Family, Physician, Prohibition, Ransom Family, Rockford (Ill.), Roscoe (Ill.), Sanitariums, Sherman Family, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence, Winnebago County (Ill), World War II

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records in the Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family collection date from 1789 to 2009 with the majority of the records from the 1850 through 1930 time period.  They document the personal and business aspects of individuals living in Rockford and Roscoe, Illinois.  There are four main families represented in the collection–Jenks, Sherman, Leland, and Ransom; the Ransom family is most predominant.  The other families are associated by marriage or settled near the Ransoms or both.  Documents include personal correspondence, diaries, clippings, business records, deed records, school records, and lineage documentation.  Some original documents are restricted do to their historical value or personal nature; however, most have copies available for public viewing.

The key figures in the collection are Dr. Giles Ransom and his son, Dr. Wilmont Ransom who were best known for their medical practice and Sanitarium, which was founded by Dr. Penn Ransom (son of Giles).  Giles and Wilmont were meticulous in their record keeping, both personal and business related, and the collection reflects this through their extensive letters, diaries, medical notes, and personal ephemera.  A missing aspect of the collection is documentation of Penn’s life.  Items relating to him are scarce throughout the collection.

Addendum 1 consists of correspondences between Daniel Leland Ransom, Norman Haskins, and C.C. Forrester regarding their business with the King Fissure Mining Company and other financial endeavors. Other miscellaneous letters are from Mary Haskins, and other distant relatives of the Ransom family. Further correspondences with Daniel Leland Ransom can be found in Box 13 (Series I, Subseries D). There is also a speech regarding the President Lincoln given by Daniel Sherman, who as a newspaper editor in Ohio.

Addendum 2 contains mainly photographs of individual family units from 1898 to 1981 as well as photographs of residences and churches. Also included is correspondence of the Nielson Family and letters between Robert and David Etnyre, father and son.

The collection also contains electronic files of digitized photographs, correspondence, ephemera, and family genealogy that are mostly copies of what can be found in paper form in the collection.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom was born in 1824 and was an early settler to Winnebago County.  He worked as postmaster in Belvidere, graduated from Rush Medical School in 1850, and briefly served as assistant surgeon for the 2nd Illinois Artillery during the Civil War.  Giles Ransom was best known for his many years of medical assistance to residents of the area.  He married Mahala Jenks (whose father, Solomon Jenks, resided in Roscoe and was the first physician in the Winnebago area) and the two had 6 children: Wilmont, Lydia Elizabeth, Penn, Giles Norman, Susan Grace, and Charles Art.

Dr. Wilmont Leland Ransom, son of Giles, was born in 1852 and resided in the family’s Roscoe home during his youth.  He attended medical school in Chicago and married Sylvia Sherman (daughter of Daniel J. Sherman) in 1889.  Wilmont was also a highly respected physician, especially after the passing of his father in 1892, and his brother, Penn, in 1910.  The three men had worked together to manage the Ransom Sanitarium (circa 1888-1892), a place of rest and healing specializing in mental and nervous diseases.  The Sanitarium relied upon spring water and other natural methods for their medicinal properties.

Wilmont was also an avid investor, engaging in many business ventures throughout his life.  He promoted and centered a medical practice around the “Fidelity Rupture Cure,” invested in oil, and purchased land in South Dakota that was farmed and leased under his remote supervision.  He worked to trace the family’s genealogy and was, like his father, a strong advocate of temperance.  In his later life Wilmont devoted much of his time to the local Boy Scouts.  

Wilmont and Sylvia had two children, Daniel Leland (often referred to as Leland) and Florence.  Leland studied to be an Osteopathic doctor and moved many times, eventually settling in California.  He had an estranged relationship with his family for reasons that are not entirely clear, although they seemed to make amends around the time of Wilmont’s death in 1934.  Florence remained in Rockford; she married Arthur Nielsen.  They had 5 children: John, Nancy, Daniel, Arthur, Sylvia.

Subject/Index Terms

Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Diaries-- 1910-1960
Family life--History
Frontier and pioneer life
Genealogy
Giles Paddock Ransom Family
Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)
Jenks Family
Leland Family
Love-letters
Medical care
Mental health
Methodist Episcopal Church
National Grange. Charter Grove Grange (DeKalb County, Ill.)
Nielsen Family
Physician
Prohibition
Ransom Family
Rockford (Ill.)
Roscoe (Ill.)
Sanitariums
Sherman Family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence
Winnebago County (Ill)
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional supplementary records were added at a later dates.

Alternate Extent Statement: 671 digital files (2.40 MB)

Access Restrictions: There are some restrictions on access to the collection due to preservation purposes, although copies of the materials are available for viewing in most cases.

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

Acquisition Source: John and Mary Nielsen

Acquisition Method: John and Mary Nielsen donated the Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family collection to the Regional History Center on June 22, 2006.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal Correspondence],
[Series II: Volumes and Ephemera],
[Series III: Business Records],
[Series IV: Oversize],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[All]

Series I: Personal Correspondence
Sub-Series A: Leland Family
Box 1
Folder 1-2: Correspondence to Solomon Leland, Roscoe, 1837-1857
Folder 3: Correspondence to Alvan Leland, 1837-1844, no date
Folder 4: Correspondence to Alvan and Solomon Leland, 1841-1845
Folder 5: Correspondence to Julia (Jenks) Leland, 1850-1890
Folder 6: Correspondence to Julia (Jenks) Leland and  empty envelopes, no date
Folder 7: Correspondence from Julia (Jenks) Leland, no date
Sub-Series B: Sherman Family
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence to Judge John Sherman, 1835-1846
Folder 2: Correspondence to William Morrison, 1841
Folder 3: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman, 1841-1865
Folder 4: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from L.J. Covell, 1842- 1858
Folder 5: Military service waivers concerning Daniel J. Sherman, 1862
Folder 6: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman, 1868-1894
Folder 7: Correspondence to Mina Sherman, 1841
Folder 8: Correspondence to and from Alexander Hamilton Sherman, 1841-1866
Folder 9: Correspondence to Cyrene (Jenks) Sherman, 1842-1870, no date
Folder 10: Correspondence to Polly Maria (Lewis) Sherman, 1851-1865, no date
Folder 11: Correspondence to John S. Sherman, 1858, 1887, 1889, 1896, no date
Folder 12: Correspondence to Hiram J. Sherman, 1864-1895
Folder 13: Correspondence to Hattie (Blakeslee) Sherman, 1869, 1888, no date
Folder 14: Correspondence to Thomas Sherman, 1909
Folder 15: Correspondence to Grandma Sherman from Cyrene, no date
Folder 16: Correspondence to unknown Sherman, no date
Folder 17: Empty envelope to Hiram Lewis, no date
Sub-Series C: Jenks Family
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence to Harriet and Mahala (Jenks) Ransom; Julia (Jenks) Leland and Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, circa 1840- 1880s
Folder 2: Correspondence to Solomon Jenks, 1841-1862
Folder 3: Correspondence from Solomon Jenks, 1841
Folder 4: Correspondence to Jane (Randall) Jenks, 1844
Folder 5: Correspondence to Lydia (Walker) Jenks, 1844-1854, no date
Folder 6: Correspondence to Edwin Jenks, 1846-1851, no date
Folder 7: Correspondence to Sylvia Jenks, 1847-1854
Folder 8: Correspondence from Julia Jenks, 1848
Folder 9: Correspondence to Minnie Jenks, 1849
Folder 10: Correspondence to Ernest and James Wilson, 1849-1868
Folder 11: Correspondence to Louisa Emma Jenks, 1850-1893
Folder 12: Correspondence to Alma (Jenks) Lawrence, 1850-1853
Folder 13: Correspondence to Cyrene Jenks, 1853-1857
Folder 14: Correspondence from C.W. Jenks, 1859
Folder 15: Correspondence to Harriet (Jenks) Wilson, 1867-1869, no date
Folder 16: Correspondence to Ella Jenks, 1880-1930, no date
Folder 17: Correspondence to Susan (Jenks) PaDelford, no date, 1881
Folder 18: Correspondence to Gertrude (Jenks) Billings, 1888
Folder 19: Correspondence to Louisa Emma and Ella Jenks, 1903-1916
Folder 20: Correspondence to unknown Jenks, 1851-1865, no date
Sub-Series D: Ransom Family
Box 4
Folder 1-2: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1840-1859
Folder 3: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1860-1865
Folder 4-6: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1866-1879
Box 5
Folder 1-4: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1880-1899, no date
Folder 5: Envelopes from correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 6: Miscellaneous correspondence from Doctor Giles Ransom, 1866- 1889
Folder 7: Correspondence to Doctor Giles and Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1850-1892
Box 6
Folder 1-2: Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1834-1859
Folder 3: Correspondence to and from Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1860- 1863
Folder 4-6: Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1870-1904, no date
Folder 8: Miscellaneous correspondence from Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1900, no date
Box 7
Folder 1-5: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1860-1889
Box 8
Folder 1-3: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1900-1919
Folder 4: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom concerning (wife) Syliva (Sherman) Ransom's health, 1912, 1920-1921
Folder 5-6: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920-1925
Box 9
Folder 1-4: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1926-1934, no date
Folder 5: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, empty envelopes, 1885-1932, no date
Folder 6: Miscellaneous correspondence from Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1893-1930
Box 10
Folder 1-4: Correspondence to Sylvia (Sherman) Ransom, circa 1888-1922, no date
Folder 5: Correspondence to Sylvia (Sherman) Ransom regarding cousin  Mary Luthe, 1879-1919
Folder 6: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom on Mary Luthe's  medical condition, 1917, no date
Folder 7: Wedding ephemera, Doctor Wilmont Ransom to Sylvia (Sherman) Ransom, 1889
Folder 8-12: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont and Sylvia Ransom Family, 1890-1927, no date
Box 11
Folder 1-5: Correspondence to Sylvia (Sherman) Ransom, 1879-1914
Box 12
Folder 1: Correspondence to Erasmus Ransom, 1840-1848
Folder 2: Correspondence to Erasmus Ransom from Doctor Giles Ransom, 1858
Folder 3: Correspondence to Elizabeth (Willard) Ransom, 1853
Folder 4: Correspondence to Daniel Ransom, Junior, 1855
Folder 5: Correspondence to Susan Anna Grace (Ransom) Shaw, circa  1870-1880s
Folder 6: Correspondence to Lydia "Lizzie" E. (Ransom) Worden, 1870-1934
Folder 7: Correspondence transcription of letters to Lydia (Ransom) Worden from Doctor Wilmont Ransom (compiled  by Homer W. Weaver), 1873-1874
Folder 8: Correspondence transcription of letters to Lydia (Ransom) Worden (and Mahala (Jenks) Ransom) from Doctor Penn  Ransom (compiled by Homer Weaver), 1877-1881
Folder 9: Correspondence to Doctor Penn Ransom, 1871-1892
Folder 10: Correspondence from Susan Anna Grace (Ransom) Shaw, 1883
Folder 11: Correspondence to Alton M. Worden, 1885
Folder 12: Correspondence to Elizabeth "Bessie" Worden, 1882, 1889, no date
Folder 13: Correspondence to Norman Haskins, 1910
Folder 14: Correspondence to Sara Clift (Brown) Ransom, 1938
Folder 15: Correspondence from Giles Norman Ransom, no date
Folder 16: Correspondence from Kathryn Shaw, no date
Folder 17: Correspondence to unknown individuals, 1842-1936
Folder 18: Correspondence to unknown individuals, no date
Folder 19: Empty envelopes to unknown individuals
Folder 20: Correspondence to Charles A. Ransom, 1936
Folder 21: Correspondence to Mrs. James A. Wilson and son, 1866
Box 13
Folder 1: Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom, 1890-1911
Folder 2: Correspondence to Admiral George Dewey from Daniel Leland Ransom, circa 1901
Folder 3: Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom, 1911-1919
Folder 4: Correspondence to Carol (Frost) Ransom from Daniel Leland Ransom, 1918
Folder 5: Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom, 1920-1925
Folder 6: Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom  and empty envelopes, no date
Box 14
Folder 1: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1905-06
Folder 2-3: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, Evanston Academy, 1911-1912
Folder 4: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, Rockford and Chicago, 1913-1917
Folder 5-7: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1920-1939
Box 15
Folder 1: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1941-1965
Folder 2: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen and empty envelopes, no date
Folder 3: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen from Gregg Marshall, 1920-1922
Folder 4: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen concerning the  death of her father (Doctor Wilmont Ransom), 1934
Folder 5: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen from Arthur Nielsen (Hoover Damn/ Bolder City, Utah), 1936-1937
Folder 6: Correspondence to Florence (Ransom) Nielsen from contacts in Poland, 1946-1960, no date
Box 16
Folder 1: Correspondence to Vanetta (Nielsen) Fovall, 1925, 1934
Folder 2: Correspondence to Arthur H. Nielsen, 1925-1955
Folder 3: Correspondence to Wilhelm Nielsen, Anna Marie  (Rasmussen) Nielsen, and Peggy from Sylvia Maria  (Nielsen) Etnyre, 1934
Folder 4: Correspondence to Sylvia Maria (Nielsen) Etnyre, 1936
Folder 5-7: Correspondence to Arthur and Florence Nielsen Family, 1936- 1939-1966
Folder 8: Correspondence to Arthur and Florence Nielsen Family, empty  envelopes, no date
Folder 9: Correspondence to Daniel and John Nielsen from Arthur Ransom Nielsen, 1946
Folder 10: Correspondence to Art Ransom Nielsen from Arthur H.  Nielsen, circa 1954
Folder 11: Correspondence to Nancy (Nielsen) Townsend, 1960
Series II: Volumes and Ephemera
Sub-Series A: Volumes and ephemera of specific family members
Box 17
Folder 1: Journal (Number 1, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, January-March 1841
Folder 2: Journal (Number 2, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, April-June 1841
Folder 3: Journal (Number 4, Volume 1), Doctor Giles Ransom, October-December 1841
Folder 4: Journal, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1843-1847
Folder 5: Memo book of personal notes, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1846
Folder 6: Personal expenses, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1852-1853
Folder 7: Certificate of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign  Missions, 1866
Folder 8: Political publications, ephemera of Doctor Giles Ransom, 1866, 1870, no date
Folder 9: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom concerning personal  finances, 1868-1882
Folder 10: Personal account ledger, Doctor Giles Ransom, circa 1896-1875
Folder 11: Obituaries of Roscoe, Illinois residents written by Doctor Giles  Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Roscoe Circuit Clerk candidate card, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Book, Written Mnemonics, Doctor Giles Ransom (owner), no date
Folder 14: Arguments for Prohibition, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 15: Writings, Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 16: Miscellaneous ephemera of Doctor Giles Ransom, no date
Folder 17: Funeral sermon of Doctor Giles Ransom, 1892
Folder 18: "The Misogomist Covenant", Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, no date
Box 18
Folder 1: Copies of Doctor Giles P. Ransom's Muster Roll, ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1862-1863
Folder 2: A Book of Golden Deeds, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (owner), published circa 1864
Folder 3: Cards, clippings, and other miscellaneous ephemera, Doctor  Wilmont Ransom, 1868-1934, no date
Folder 4: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (Chicago), 1871
Folder 5: Notes and tintype photographs from inner pockets of personal  diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1871
Folder 6: Personal notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1874
Folder 7: Book, Greek New Testament, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (owner), circa 1877
Folder 8: Letters and cancelled checks concerning personal finances, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1885-1926
Folder 9-10: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1887, 1889
Folder 11: Maps and history of Roscoe, Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 12: Roscoe school memoranda
Box 19
Folder 1: Personal diary and ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1890
Folder 2: Membership dues notices, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1895, 1917, 1924
Folder 3-4: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1896-1897, 1898
Folder 5: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church Christmas service program, ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1898
Folder 6: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, June-December  1899
Folder 7: Notes and empty envelopes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1903, 1926, no date
Folder 8: Methodist Episcopal Church bulletins (Iowa), ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1903, 1913
Folder 9: Modern Woodmen of American dues booklet and receipt, 1908-1918
Folder 10-11: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1911-1912
Folder 12: Automobile registration certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1915
Folder 13: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1917-1918
Folder 14: Checkbook register, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1917-1919
Folder 15: Loose leaf sheets, weather and temperature notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920-1924
Folder 16-18: European travel with scouts scrapbook, 1929
Folder 19-20: Summary of European Travel, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922, 1923
Folder 21: "Lema Davis in Europe" column, clippings belonging to  Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922-1923
Box 20
Folder 1: Personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1925
Folder 2: Bills from Monte Sano Sanitarium and Hospital, Los Angeles, California, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (patient), 1926
Folder 3: Camp Rotary materials, 1926
Folder 4: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1928
Folder 5: Eastern trip with Scouts, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1928
Folder 6: Astronomy notes and clippings, items belonging to of Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1929-1932, no date
Folder 7-9: Personal notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1930, 1932, 1933
Folder 10: Personal diary, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1934
Folder 11: Miscellaneous photographs, items belonging to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Arguments for temperance, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Note tablet and notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 14: Notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 15: Eulogy of Rev. Erastus Colton, written by Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 16: Astronomy notes and Boy Scout merit badge book, no date
Folder 17: Editorials, Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 18: Miscellaneous ephemera of Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 19: Dedication address and collection of portraits, Archibald Church Library, 1930
Box 21
Folder 1: Book, The Happy Choice, Ella Jenks (owner), 1846
Folder 2: Book, The White Ribbon Birthday Book, Ella Jenks (owner), circa 1870-1838
Folder 3: Clippings, photographs, notes and cards from inside The White Ribbon Birthday Book, Ella Jenks (owner), circa 1870-1838
Folder 4: Personal ledger, Ella Jenks, 1929-1931
Folder 5: Book, Short History of the Reformation, Ella Jenks (owner), 1884
Folder 6: Book, The Washington Standard Guide, Ella Jenks (owner), 1898
Folder 7: Notes from Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church School,  Ella Jenks, 1908-1929
Folder 8: Miscellaneous ephemera, Ella Jenks, 1880-1932, no date
Folder 9: Clippings, Ella Jenks
Folder 10: Recipe journal, Ella Jenks, no date
Box 22
Folder 1: Written account of life in Granger, Iowa, Daniel Leland  Ransom, circa 1900
Folder 2: Miscellaneous ephemera, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1906- 1926
Folder 3: The Battle Creek Idea, Daniel Leland Ransom (owner), 1908
Folder 4: Training Circular Number 17, Daniel Leland Ransom (owner), 1918
Folder 5: Business cards and notes, Daniel Leland Ransom, no date
Folder 6-7: School assignments, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1905- 1908
Folder 8: School records, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1911-1913
Folder 9: Photographs of schoolmates, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa  1912
Folder 10: Recital programs, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1920-1926
Folder 11: Cancelled checks, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1922-1925
Folder 12: Street addresses of friends and relatives, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1930
Folder 13: Personal expense ledger, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1934- 1937
Folder 14: Home expenses, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1929-1933
Folder 15: Research on Poland, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, circa 1944- 1950
Folder 16: Cards, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 17: Clippings, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 18: Miscellaneous ephemera, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, 1938, 1939, 1965, no date
Folder 19: Recipe journal, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen, no date
Folder 20: Clippings from recipe journal, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen
Box 23
Folder 1: Personal ledger, Charles Art Ransom, 1842-1852
Folder 2: Sherwood's Writing Speller, Charles Art Ransom, no date
Folder 3: Last Will; writings,  Charles Art Ransom, 1948; no date
Folder 4: Photograph, Alex J. Leland in militia uniform, 1883
Folder 5: Obituary, Hiram Lewis, 1887
Folder 6: Examples of personal stamp, "J. A. Wilson, Druggist &  Apothecary", no date
Folder 7-8: Personal diary and ledger, Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1885, 1890
Folder 9: Memorial cards, Mrs. Julia (Jenks) Leland and George Jaffray, 1890
Folder 10: Book, Science and health with Key to the Scriptures, Arthur H. Nielsen (owner), 1917
Folder 11: Writings, Giles Norman Ransom, no date
Folder 12: Speeches, John Sherman, 1872
Folder 13: Ephemera of Daniel J. Sherman, 1899, 1910, no date
Folder 14-15: Report cards, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1877-1879
Folder 16: Checks, tax withholding, and other Brotherhood of the American Yeomen correspondence, Sylvia (Sherman)  Ransom, 1888, 1918, no date
Folder 17: Personal expenses, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1898
Folder 18: Recipe journal, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, circa 1915
Folder 19: Recipe clippings, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom
Folder 20: Clinic card, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1921
Folder 21: Sherman family ephemera
Folder 22: Clippings, Weaver Family
Folder 23: Clipping, marriage announcement of Allie Lawrence  (granddaughter of Solomon Jenks), circa 1900
Folder 24: Alton M. Worden advertisement for plant tonic, no date
Folder 25: Miscellaneous ephemera of Daniel S. Nielsen
Folder 26: Receipt of payment for music lessons, Mrs. Luthe, no date
Folder 27: Nielsen Family ephemera
Folder 28: "Recollections of a Combat Engineer", Robert E. Etnyre,  World War II
Folder 29: Product literature, E.D. Etnyre & Company, 1981-1982
Folder 30: The Home Cook Book, 1875
Folder 31: Assorted Nielsen/Etnyre Family Images on Photo CD, copied 2012
Box 24
Item 1: Leather pocketbook, Joel Jenks, circa 1860
Item 2: Leather pocketbook, Smith Jenks, circa 1850
Item 3: Leather document wallet, unknown owner
Item 4: Leather medical kit with glass vials, Doctor Giles Ransom
Item 5: Leather document wallet, Arthur H. Nielsen
Item 6: Faux leather life insurance portfolio wallet, Arthur H. Nielsen
Sub-Series B: Volumes and ephemera with unknown owners
Box 25
Folder 1: Swedish to English Dictionary,, 1885
Folder 2: The Pilgrim's Rest , circa 1888
Folder 3: The Practical Book of Cage Birds , 1894
Folder 4: "One Wish" pamphlet, 1912
Folder 5: Dictionary of Classical Mythology , 1924
Folder 6: Massine Etern , no date
Folder 7: English to Swedish Dictionary , no date
Box 26
Folder 1: Passages from the Diary of a Late Physician, 1838
Folder 2: The Whig Almanac , 1845, 1846
Folder 3: Constitution of the Grand Council of the United States of  America , 1854
Folder 4: Nearer My God to Thee , 1882
Folder 5: Pamphlet, "Address of Lewis Lampman delivered before the Green Company Agricultural Society", 1883
Box 27
Folder 1: Clippings, Woodrow Wilson death, 1924
Folder 2: Clippings, Rockford & Roscoe history
Folder 3: Clippings, publishing of the Register-Gazette, 1926
Folder 4: Clippings, Smith v. Hoover on the issues, 1928
Folder 5: Clipping for Ella Jenks 87th Birthday, 1934
Folder 6-7: Clippings, Queen Elizabeth visits Chicago, 1959
Folder 8: Clippings, historical moments
Folder 9: Book of clippings concerning prohibition, no date
Folder 10: Miscellaneous clippings
Box 28
Folder 1: Sermon transcripts, 1824
Folder 2: Adultery witness accounts and examinations, Joseph Irish,  G.M. Young, Richard Darby, 1867
Folder 3: Photograph book, circa 1920-35
Folder 4: Historical notes and timelines concerning Rome, no date
Folder 5: Magic tricks (book of magic, Magic Oracle, cardboard shapes, contract)
Folder 6: Notes concerning insects
Folder 7: Arguments for Prohibition, no date
Folder 8: Unidentified pictures
Folder 9: Hand-drawn map of Dodge and Walworth Counties, no date
Folder 10: Miscellaneous ephemera, owner unknown
Folder 11: Writings, author unknown
Sub-Series C: Roscoe History, Genealogy, and Additional Research
Box 29
Folder 1: Dates of births and deaths of early Roscoe residents, 1792- 1940
Folder 2: Transcription of letters between Abi and Amos Tuttle, Horace Cole, Abi Cole, and Hiram Cole, 1838-1846
Folder 3: Roscoe Township, General Store ledger, 1840
Folder 4: Anti Slavery Society meeting proceedings, Roscoe, Illinois, 1842
Folder 5: Roscoe school history
Folder 6: Roscoe Township S.S. Society, 1875
Folder 7: Early Roscoe history as recalled by Doctor Wilmont Ransom
Folder 8: "Hancock and English Club" petition, no date
Folder 9: Copy of book, The Story of Roscoe , no date
Folder 10: Researcher notes and clippings, Roscoe, Illinois
Folder 11: Miscellaneous Rockford and Roscoe, Illinois history
Folder 12: Account ledger, Methodist Episcopal Church (Roscoe, Illinois) in  account with Edwin Jenks (and E. Holmes), 1849
Folder 13: Account ledger, Trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church  Roscoe, Illinois, 1850
Folder 14: Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting, Methodist Episcopal  Church, Roscoe, Illinois, 1859, no date
Folder 15: Court Street Methodist Episcopal School notes, clippings, 1902-1907, 1910-1931
Folder 16: Court Street Methodist Episcopal School log book and  scrapbooks, 1 Volume, 1902-1931
Folder 17: Yearbook and directory: Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church, 1927
Box 30
Folder 1: Ransom home, Roscoe, Illinois, circa 1880-1989
Folder 2: Title records, Solomon Jenks's land, Roscoe, Illinois
Folder 3: Ransom Sanitarium memorial, 2001
Folder 4: Leland family genealogy
Folder 5: Lewis family genealogy, composed by Sylvia (Sherman)  Ransom, circa 1915
Folder 6: Jenks family genealogy
Folder 7: Ransom family genealogy, notes and clippings
Folder 8: Ransom and Nielsen family genealogy, prepared 1978
Folder 9: Willard family genealogy
Folder 10: Etnyre family genealogy
Folder 11: Mayflower lineage descendants documentation
Folder 12: Obituaries
Folder 13: Arthur H. Nielsen 90th birthday and life stories, DVD, 1984
Folder 14: Correspondence with Dan Nielsen and Hoover Dam photographs, 2009
Folder 15: Supplementary collection research
Box 31a
Folder 1: Correspondence to Solomon Leland, 1837-1847
Folder 2: Correspondence to Solomon Leland, 1848-1857
Folder 3: Correspondence to Alvin Leland, 1837-1844
Folder 4: Correspondence to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1860-1865
Folder 5: Correspondence to Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1861-1863
Folder 6: Journal, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1843-1847
Folder 7: Correspondence to Erasmus Ransom (from Doctor Giles Ransom), 1858
Folder 8: Civil War medical correspondence to and from Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862-63, 1883
Folder 9: Ransom family photographs, circa 1860-1902
Folder 10: Ransom family photographs, circa 1905-1988
Folder 11: Text of Lincoln-Douglas speeches (Chicago) and Chicago Tribune articles concerning the Chicago speeches, July 9-10, 1858; 1858
Series III: Business Records
Sub-Series A: Ransom Medical Practice
Box 31a
Folder 12: Notebook of conditions and miscellaneous clippings, Doctor Giles P. Ransom, circa 1850
Folder 13: Correspondence from Doctor Giles and Mahala (Jenks) Ransom, 1862
Box 31b
Folder 1: Rockford's Early Physicians, notes by Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1835-1905
Folder 2: Patient register and daily income book, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1841-1856
Folder 3: Physiological essays 1-4, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1846-1847
Folder 4: Rush Medical College materials, 1845-1850
Folder 5: Patient account ledger and clippings, 1851-1852
Folder 6: Materials concerning Doctor Giles as Assistant Surgeon, 2nd  Illinois Artillery, 1862-1863
Folder 7: Civil War medical correspondence to and from Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862-63, 1883
Folder 8: Assistant Surgeon for Volunteer Forcs for Illinois certificate,  Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862
Folder 9: Civil War patient transfer orders, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862
Folder 10: Civil War special orders, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862
Folder 11: Civil War orders to and concerning Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862
Folder 12: Civil War medical equipment vouchers and invoices, 1862- 1868
Folder 13: Personal disability and pension correspondence, Doctor Giles  Ransom, 1865-1882, no date
Folder 14: Patient pensions, discharge, and disability correspondence and  affidavits, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1862-1883, no date
Folder 15: Civil War disability, arrears, correction of muster lank forms, no date
Folder 16: Physician's License, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1863
Folder 17: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1863
Folder 18: Business card, Doctor Daniel S. Jenks, Plano, Illinois, circa 1865
Folder 19: Patient ledger, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1867
Folder 20: Patient visit log and ledger, Doctor Girls Ransom, 1868
Folder 21: Patient correspondence, William Garber to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1870
Folder 22: Medical notebook, Doctor Giles Ransom, circa 1870
Box 32
Folder 1: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1871
Folder 2: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1873
Folder 3: Notebook, medical disease notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, circa 1873
Folder 4: Notebook, medical school notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1873
Folder 5: Notebook, "Book C" medical school notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1873
Folder 6: Notebook, "Book D" medical school notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1873
Folder 7: Notebook, "Book F" medical school notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1874
Folder 8: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1875
Folder 9: Patient account notes and addresses, circa 1875
Box 33
Folder 1: Patient correspondence, B.C. Redington to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1876
Folder 2: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1876
Folder 3: Banquet Program of the Alumni Association of Chicago Medical College, 1876
Folder 4: Laboratory notes, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1876-1878
Folder 5: Medical lecture notes taken by Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1877
Folder 6: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1877
Folder 7: Correspondence regarding Diphtheria, E. Jefferson to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1877
Folder 8: Research correspondence, letters to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1877
Folder 9: Receipt for medical supplies, billed to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1878
Folder 10: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1879
Folder 11: Notes from back pocket of Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles  Ransom, 1879
Folder 12: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1879
Folder 13: Diary, medical notes, and personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, New York City, 1879
Folder 14: Credibility references for Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1879
Folder 15: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom from A. P. Grout, 1879
Box 34
Folder 1: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1880
Folder 2: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1880
Folder 3: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1881
Folder 4: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1882
Folder 5: Notes from back pocket of Physician's Handbook, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1882
Folder 6: Patient correspondence, C.C. Shecrer to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1882
Folder 7: Correspondence concerning patient Benton, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1882
Folder 8: Receipts for medical supplies, billed to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1882-1885
Folder 9: Patient notes and personal diary, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1883
Folder 10-11: Physician's Handbook, 1883
Folder 12: Affidavits to Doctor Giles Ransom concerning disability, 1883- 1884, no date
Folder 13: Patient correspondence, C.H. Beck to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1884
Box 35
Folder 1: Patient correspondence, Fred D. Lathrop to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1885
Folder 2: Compound Oxygen notes and receipts, 1885
Folder 3: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1885
Folder 4: Physician's Handbook and note, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1885
Folder 5: Physician's Handbook, 1886
Folder 6: Certificates, Medical Examiner Appointment for insurance  companies, Doctor Wilmont Ransom (Rockford), 1886-1889
Folder 7-8: Physician's Handbook, 1887
Folder 9: Expense Ledger, Rockford Sanitarium, 1887
Folder 10: Physician's Handbook, 1888
Folder 11: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1889
Folder 12: Empty envelope to Doctor Giles Ransom, 1898
Box 36
Folder 1: Tenth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Illinois , 1890
Folder 2: Business card for the Ransom Sanitarium, circa 1890
Folder 3-4: Physician's Handbook, 1890
Folder 5: Pamphlets, The Ransom Sanitarium, 1889, 1891
Folder 6: Physician's Handbook, 1891
Box 37
Folder 1: Certificate, Medical Examiner Appointment for insurance company, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, Rockford, 1892
Folder 2: Patient account ledger, Ransom Sanitarium, 1892-1896
Folder 3: Physician's Handbook and notes, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1892
Folder 4: Physician's Handbook, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1892
Folder 5: Patient visit log and account ledger, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1892
Folder 6: Pamphlet on women's treatments, Doctor Penn Ransom, no date
Folder 7: Correspondence to P.H. Lane regarding payments, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1893
Box 38
Folder 1: Patient visit log and account ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1893
Folder 2: Certificates, Medical Examiner Appointment for insurance  companies, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, Roscoe, 1894-1896
Folder 3: Patient visit log and account ledger, 1894
Folder 4: Expense ledger of the Rockford Sanitarium, kept by Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1984-1895
Folder 5: Notes, use of cow's milk for infant food, circa 1895
Folder 6: Patient visit log and account ledger, 1896
Folder 7: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom concerning Fidelity  Rupture Cure court case, 1897-1899
Folder 8: Correspondence between R.K. Welsch and Doctor & Mrs.  Wilmont Ransom concerning Fidelity Rupture Cure, 1897-1903
Folder 9: Credibility reference from the First Methodist Episcopal Church for Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1898
Folder 10: Patient account ledger, 1899
Folder 11: Physician's Visiting Log, 1899
Box 39
Folder 1: Certificate, Medical Examiner Appointment for insurance company, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, Granger, Iowa, 1900
Folder 2: Patient account ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1900
Folder 3: Patient symptom description notebook, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1900
Folder 4: Patient account ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1900-1902
Folder 5: Vaccination List, 1902
Folder 6: Patient visit log and account ledger, 1902
Folder 7: Patient account ledger and personal expenses, Doctor Wilmont  Ransom, 1903-1904
Folder 8: Patient account ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1903-1906
Folder 9: Advertisement for Doctor Weirick's Sanitarium, Rockford, Illinois, circa 1905
Folder 10: Personal expense ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1905
Folder 11: Patient roster and ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, Madrid, Iowa, 1905-1906
Folder 12-13: Patient account ledger, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, Madrid, Iowa, 1905, 1906
Folder 14: Notebook of Doctor Wilmont Ransom expenses, Doctor Penn  Ransom expenses, Sanitarium expenses, 1907-1908
Folder 15: Pamphlet, The Treatment of Trifacial Neuralgia by Means of Deep Ejections of Alcohol , 1907
Folder 16: Correspondence from the Society of Medical History of Chicago to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1910
Folder 17: Correspondence from Norman Haskins to Doctor Wilmont Ransom concerning Sanitarium property
Folder 18: Correspondence concerning Sanitarium pricing of care, Robert Hammond to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1915-1918
Folder 19: Record book of births in Roscoe, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1915-1921
Folder 20: Postcard and historical information regarding the Municipal Sanatorium, Rockford, circa 1916
Box 40
Folder 1: Patient progress log, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1918-1921
Folder 2: Menu, Rockford Sanitarium, no date
Folder 3: Medical pamphlets, 1918, 1926, no date
Folder 4: Application for licence to practice Osteopathy, Daniel Leland  Ransom, 1920, no date
Folder 5: Correspondence and programs from Northwestern University Medical School 50th Reunion, 1924
Folder 6: Correspondence to Doctor Daniel Leland Ransom, 1940
Folder 7: Programs, Northwestern University Medical School, 1928-31
Folder 8: Patient correspondence
Folder 9: Medical notes, expenses, and receipts
Sub-Series B: Sherman Family Business Records
Box 41
Folder 1: Deed concerning mother's (Hannah's) estate, J. Daniel  Sherman, 1789
Folder 2: Account ledgers and promissory notes, John Sherman, 1837- 1854, no date
Folder 3: County tax receipt, John Sherman, 1839
Folder 4: Correspondence to Judge John Sherman from Sumner Bull, 1839-1846
Folder 5: Correspondence to Judge John Sherman from William Jarvis, 1839-1846
Folder 6: Account ledgers and borrowing notes, John Sherman estate, 1839-1851
Folder 7: Will and executor assignment for the estate of Nancy Streeter, John Sherman (executor), 1840-1841
Folder 8: Authorization of John Sherman as Justice of the Peace, Saybrook Township, 1842, 1863
Folder 9: Business correspondence, John Sherman, 1844-1846
Folder 10: Warranty Deed, Andrew Willey to John Sherman, 1845
Folder 11: Correspondence to William Jarvis from John Sherman, 1845
Box 42
Folder 1: Agreements with William Jarvis, 1839-1855
Folder 2: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from William Jarvis, 1841-1849
Folder 3: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from Sumner Bull, 1842-1851
Folder 4: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from John Pease, 1846- 1858
Folder 5: Account ledger, Daniel Sherman, 1847-1864
Folder 6: Business correspondence and account ledgers, Daniel J. Sherman, 1848-1859
Folder 7: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from A. C. Hubbard, 1848-1864
Folder 8: Justice of Peace certificate and logbook, Daniel J. Sherman, 1849
Box 43
Folder 1: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from William Jarvis, 1850-1864
Folder 2: Notes and cancelled checks, Daniel J. Sherman, 1851-1892
Folder 3: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from Sumner Bull, 1852-1864
Folder 4: Bank correspondence and account book, Daniel J. Sherman, 1855-1891
Folder 5: Account ledger, Daniel J. Sherman, 1858-1862
Box 44
Folder 1: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman from James Phelps, 1861-1864
Folder 2: Business correspondence, Daniel J. Sherman, 1860-1866
Folder 3: Tax receipts, Daniel J. Sherman, 1862, 1889
Folder 4: Writings and speeches, Daniel J. Sherman, 1870-1873, no date
Folder 5: Payment schedules, bills, and memorandum booklet concerning Daniel J. Sherman, 1877-1894
Folder 6: Business correspondence, Daniel J. Sherman, 1878-1889
Folder 7: Mortgages and deeds, Daniel J. Sherman, 1878-1892
Folder 8: Warranty deed and apprenticeship concerning Hiram J. Sherman, 1885-1887
Folder 9: Estate correspondence and will of Daniel J. Sherman, 1888- 1901
Folder 10: Business correspondence, Daniel J. Sherman, 1890-1896
Folder 11: Correspondence to Daniel J. Sherman  and empty envelopes, no date
Folder 12: Article by Clarence S. Darrow, supported by Daniel J. Sherman, no date
Sub-Series C: Jenks Family Business Records
Box 45
Folder 1: Forms to and from John Sherman concerning Jacob Jenks as preacher, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1826-1838
Folder 2: Receipts and contracts, Smith Jenks, 1835-1877
Folder 3: Abstract of title, Jenks-Ransom property, 1839-1882
Folder 4: Miscellaneous Jenks business correspondence, 1840, 1849
Folder 5: Miscellaneous notes concerning Jenks family, 1841-1849, 1877
Folder 6: U.S. Post Office correspondence to J.A. Wilson, 1850
Folder 7: Account ledger, James A. Wilson, Roscoe, circa 1850-1870
Folder 8: Jenks, Ransom and Company expense ledger and journal, 1852
Folder 9: Will, Lydia Jenks, 1854
Folder 10: Receipts, James A. Wilson, 1854-56
Folder 11: Sale of Roscoe property, Clarissa Jenks to James O. Gregory, 1858
Folder 12: Property tax receipts, Smith and Clarissa Jenks, 1858-1886
Folder 13: Property tax receipts, Daniel S. Jenks, 1862-1873
Folder 14: Business correspondence, Louisa Jenks, 1878-1883
Folder 15: Deed of Rockford land, Sylvia Ransom to Ella and Louise  Jenks, 1895
Folder 16: Mortgage, Louise Jenks, 1896
Folder 17: Deeds and land correspondence, Ella Jenks, 1896-1928
Folder 18: Miscellaneous business items, Ella Jenks, 1897, 1928, no date
Folder 19: Correspondence regarding Ella Jenks's rental property, 1897- 1935
Folder 20: Petition for Letters of Testamentary of Daniel Smith Jenks by Lucinda L. Jenks, 1900
Folder 21: Property tax receipts, Ella Jenks, 1903-1914
Folder 22: Expense ledger and check receipts regarding rental property, Ella Jenks, 1919-1923
Folder 23: Last will and testament, Ella Jenks, 1934
Folder 24: Correspondence to Ella Jenks regarding Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund, 1935
Folder 25: Ella Jenks estate, 1938-1942
Folder 26: Miscellaneous Jenks business, 1850, no date
Sub-Series D: Leland Family Business Records
Box 46
Folder 1: Business correspondence and purchase ledgers between  Solomon Leland and Peter Pierce, 1824-1856
Folder 2: Business correspondence concerning Solomon Leland, 1832-33, 1839, 1941
Folder 3: Correspondence to Alvan or Solomon Leland, 1833-1857, no  date
Folder 4: Business correspondence, purchase ledgers, checks, receipt,  and other ephemera concerning unknown Leland, 1837-1856, no date
Folder 5: Correspondence, notes, and check regarding Alvan Leland's practice, 1839
Folder 6: Solomon Jenks's estate with Alvan Leland as administrator, circa 1839-1843
Folder 7: Business correspondence, purchase ledgers, and agreements  concerning Alvan Leland and Solomon Leland, 1839-1846
Folder 8: Land contracts, agreements, and mortgages concerning unknown Leland, 1839-1845, no date
Folder 9: Business correspondence, unknown Leland, 1839-1851, no  date
Folder 10: Estate of Alvan Leland to Julia J. Leland (executrix), 1840, 1845
Box 47
Folder 1: Correspondence regarding Alvan Leland's practice, 1840-1845
Folder 2: Notes and checks regarding Alvan Leland's practice, 1840- 1845
Folder 3: Business notes, checks, and ledgers of Solomon Leland, 1840- 1849
Folder 4: Business correspondence concerning Solomon Leland, 1841- 1849
Folder 5: Speeches and notes concerning Leland family, 1842
Folder 6: Business correspondence and purchase ledgers concerning James Thompson with unknown Leland, 1842, no date
Folder 7: Notes, bills, ledgers of Horace Leland, 1844-1852, no date
Folder 8: Ledgers of the Alvan Leland estate, in the name of Solomon  Leland, dated 1845
Folder 9: Meeting minutes and notes concerning unknown Leland, 1847-1850
Folder 10: Business correspondence concerning Solomon Leland, 1850- 1857, no date
Folder 11: Business notes, checks, and ledgers of Solomon Leland, 1851- 1858, no date
Folder 12: Correspondence, notes, and checks regarding Alvan Leland's practice, 1851-1859
Folder 13: Correspondence, notes, and checks regarding Alvan Leland's practice, no date
Folder 14: Partial correspondence and scraps concerning unknown  Leland, no date
Sub-Series E: Ransom Family Business Records
Box 48
Folder 1: Cancelled checks and financial notes, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1844-1878
Folder 2: Orders, bills and ledgers, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1852-1883, no date
Folder 3: State property tax receipts, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1855-1877
Folder 4: Notes and account balances of Doctor Giles Ransom, circa 1857- 1883, no date
Folder 5: Miscellaneous business correspondence, Doctor Giles Ransom, 1858-1876
Folder 6: Deeds, Doctor Giles and Mahala Ransom, 1866-1907
Folder 7: Notes in account with J. W. Maton, attorney of Doctor Giles  Ransom, 1857-1876
Folder 8: Bills from the Western News Company, Norman Giles  Ransom, 1877
Folder 9: Business correspondence to Doctor (Unknown) Ransom, 1879
Folder 10: Documents concerning Jeaumanod estate, 1874-1884
Folder 11: Power of attorney correspondence, Doctor Giles P. Ransom (signer), 1882
Folder 12: Warranty deeds and land plot of Maria Sherman and Ezra  Metcalf, 1882, 1887, no date
Folder 13: Title abstract, Rockford land, for Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1885
Folder 14: Miscellaneous warranty deeds, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1886- 1888
Folder 15: Loan contracts, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1886, 1889
Folder 16: Quit-Claim Deed, John Sherman to Sylvia Sherman Ransom, 1889
Folder 17: Concerns regarding estate of Julia (Jenks). Leland, Doctor Giles Ransom, circa 1891
Folder 18: Deed, Doctor Penn Ransom to Sara Clift (Brown) Ransom, 1891
Folder 19: Quit-Claim Deed, Doctor Penn Ransom and Sara Clift (Brown) Ransom to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1892
Folder 20: Cancelled checks, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1894, 1922
Folder 21: Cancelled checks, Mahala Jenks Ransom, 1897
Folder 22: Receipt, Mahala Jenks Ransom, 1899
Folder 23: Correspondence from W.A. Redmond (attorney), Mahala  Jenks Ransom, 1900
Folder 24: Mortgages, deeds, tax receipts, other receipts and notes,  Charles Arthur Ransom, 1905-1946, no date
Folder 25: Business correspondence, Norman Haskins to Daniel Leland  Ransom, 1910-1911
Folder 26: Contract: repayment through work for Poudre claim (Mt. Boy  Group), Norman Haskins with Daniel Leland Ransom and  Ernest Gault, 1911
Folder 27: Bills and promissory notes, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1911- 1923, no date
Folder 28: Contract for Still College of Osteopathy fees, Daniel Leland  Ransom, 1913
Folder 29: Cancelled checks and bank statements, Daniel Leland  Ransom, 1913-1916
Folder 30: Warranty deed, Sara Clift (Brown) Ransom to Doctor Wilmont  Ransom, 1914
Folder 31: State property tax receipts, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1914-1925
Folder 32: Last will and testament (duplicate), Daniel Leland Ransom, 1917
Folder 33: Insurance policy, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920
Folder 34: Notes of expenses, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920
Folder 35: Income tax, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1920
Folder 36: Loan correspondence, Florence (Ransom) Nielsen and Doctor Wilmont Ransom to repay Mrs. G. C. Poter, 1920-1923
Folder 37: Will, Syliva (Sherman) Ransom, 1921
Folder 38: Grant deeds, Santa Fe Springs, California, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922
Folder 40: Receipts, vehicle title, physical exam record, empty envelopes, Arthur H. Nielsen, 1922-1956
Folder 41: Will, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1923
Folder 42: Correspondence to Doctor Wilmont Ransom concerning oil lawsuit, April-November 1923
Box 49
Folder 1: Warranty Deed and Power of Attorney, Doctor Wilmont Ransom to Florence and Arthur Nielsen, 1925
Folder 2: Bank statement, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1926
Folder 3: Business correspondence, Fred Smith to Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1926
Folder 4: Donation, Doctor Wilmont Ransom to Florence and Arthur Nielsen, 1927
Folder 5: Bequeathment and property map, Charles Arthur Ransom to Nell Hicks, 1934
Folder 6: Last will and testament (copy), Edith Perry, Arthur H. Nielsen (executor), 1936
Folder 7: Hospital bills and receipts, Nancy Nielsen, 1935-1936
Folder 8: Home owner's insurance policy notice, Florence and Arthur Nielsen, 1937
Folder 9: Last will and testament, Anna Maire Nielsen, 1938
Folder 10-14: Mitchell, South Dakota property, 1906-1946, no date
Sub-Series F: Miscellaneous Business Records
Box 49
Folder 15: Miscellaneous deeds and agreements, 1848-1906
Folder 16: General store ledger (Roscoe, Illinois), 1849-1851
Folder 17: Survey of land plots, 1956, 1957, no date
Folder 18: Franking privileges of Postmasters, ledger of Henry F. Eastman, 1880
Folder 19: Business correspondence, John Owens, 1891, 1896
Folder 20: Business correspondence, Norman Haskins, 1910-1912
Folder 21: Miscellaneous account ledgers and notes
Series IV: Oversize
Oversize Drawer 33
Folder 1: Insurance policy documentation, Arthur H. Nielsen, 1928
Folder 2: Posters (2):
Item 1: Rockford ariel view, 1880
Item 2: Oil lamp inventory, circa 1880
Folder 3: Group photographs (2):
Item 1: Possibly Modern Woodmen of America (Rockford, Illinois), circa 1880
Item 2: Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts, Washington D.C. tour, 1928
Folder 4: South Dakota land plat makes (4):
Item 1: Davison County, 1901
Item 2: Davison County, 1901
Item 3: State map, 1902
Item 4: Aurora County, 1903
Folder 5: Mary Luthe's handmade Ouija board, circa 1910
Folder 6: Personal correspondence, Peter Peirer to Alvan Leland, 1840
Folder 7: Certificates and diplomas (16), 1886-1926:
Item 1: Postmaster appointment, Daniel J. Sherman, 1886
Item 2: Benefit certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1889, 1892
Item 3: Envelope for benefit certificate
Item 4: Marriage certificate, Wilmont Ransom to Sylvia Sherman, 1889
Item 5: Medical Examiner certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1894
Item 6: Physician's certificate, State of Iowa, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1896
Item 7: Chicago Policlinic certificate, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1899
Item 8: Certificate of authority as medical examiner, Brotherhood of American Yeomen, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1904
Item 9: Sanitarium License, Illinois Board of Administration, 1910
Item 10: College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Diploma, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1920
Item 11: Sanitarium License, Illinois Department of Public Welfare, 1920
Item 12: Passport, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922
Item 13: Monte Sano Sanitarium & Hospital appointment certificate, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1923
Item 14: Medical Veterans of the War, Doctor Wilmont L. Ransom, 1923
Item 15: Board of Osteopathic Examiners certificate, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1926
Item 16: Membership certificate, Sons of the Revolutions, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1926
Folder 8: Civil War documents (8), 1862- circa 1880:, copies
Item 1: Abstract of provisions for men in the Columbus, Kentucky hospital (2 copies) Report of the sick and wounded at Columbus, Kentucky, March 1862;  July 1862
Item 2: Invoice of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Sores,  Beddings, October-December 1862
Item 3: Telegram transcriptions received at Columbus, Kentucky (transcribed by Doctor Wilmont Ransom), 1862
Item 4: Bounty advertisement, E.S. Weeden
Item 5: "Laws and Decisions", Volume  1, Number 1
Folder 9: Newspaper pages (7), 1865-1878
Item 1: The Youth's Companion , August 10, 1865
Item 2: Ashtabula Jeffersonian , November 26, 1870; March 4, 1871; May 20, 1871; August 6, 1871
Item 3: Barnv?nnen , November 1876
Item 4: The Sun , January 31, 1878
Folder 10: Newspaper pages (4), 1910-1924
Item 1: Rockford Register Gazette , December 6, 1924; October 28, 1910
Item 2: Rockford Morning Star , September 18, 1955
Item 3: Beloit Daily News , September 12, 1914
Folder 11: Cabin plan of the "President Lincoln" Steamer, 1909
Folder 12: Hand drawn constellation map, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Family tree (2), 2010, 2011
Item 1: Ransom - Jenks -Sherman - Leland Family Tree, compiled  by K. White, Curator, 2010
Item 2: Abridged family tree, complied by K. White, Curator, 2011
Folder 14: Civil War documents (8), 1862- circa 1880:
Item 1: Abstract of provisions for men in the Columbus, Kentucky hospital (2 copies), March 1862
Item 2: Report of the sick and wounded at Columbus, Kentucky, July 1862
Item 3: Invoice of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Sores, Beddings, October-December 1862
Item 4: Telegram transcriptions received at Columbus, Kentucky (transcribed by Doctor Wilmont Ransom), 1862
Item 5: Bounty advertisement, E.S. Weeden
Item 6: "Laws and Decisions", Volume  1, Number 1
Box dr 35
Folder 1: Insurance policy documentation, Arthur H. Nielsen, 1928
Folder 2: Posters (2):
Item 1: Rockford ariel view, 1880
Item 2: Oil lamp inventory, circa 1880
Folder 3: Group photographs (2):
Item 1: possibly Modern Woodmen of America (Rockford, Illinois), circa 1880
Item 2: Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts, Washington D.C. tour, 1928
Folder 4: South Dakota land plat makes (4):
Item 1: Davison County, 1901
Item 2: Davison County, 1901
Item 3: State map, 1902
Item 4: Aurora County, 1903
Folder 5: Mary Luthe's handmade Ouija board, circa 1910
Folder 6: Personal correspondence, Peter Peirer to Alvan Leland, 1840
Folder 7: Certificates and diplomas (16), 1886-1926:
Item 1: Postmaster appointment, Daniel J. Sherman, 1886
Item 2: Benefit certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1889, 1892
Item 3: Envelope for benefit certificate
Item 4: Marriage certificate, Wilmont Ransom to Sylvia Sherman, 1889
Item 5: Medical Examiner certificate, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1894
Item 6: Physician's certificate, State of Iowa, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1896
Item 7: Chicago Policlinic certificate, Doctor Penn Ransom, 1899
Item 8: Certificate of authority as medical examiner, Brotherhood of American Yeomen, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1904
Item 9: Sanitarium License, Illinois Board of Administration, 1910
Item 10: College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Diploma, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1920
Item 11: Sanitarium License, Illinois Department of Public Welfare, 1920
Item 12: Passport, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1922
Item 13: Monte Sano Sanitarium & Hospital appointment certificate, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1923
Item 14: Medical Veterans of the War, Doctor Wilmont L. Ransom, 1923
Item 15: Board of Osteopathic Examiners certificate, Daniel Leland Ransom, 1926
Item 16: Membership certificate, Sons of the Revolutions, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, 1926
Folder 8: Civil War documents (8), 1862- circa 1880:, copies
Item 1: Abstract of provisions for men in the Columbus, Kentucky hospital (2 copies) Report of the sick and wounded at Columbus, Kentucky, March 1862;  July 1862
Item 2: Invoice of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Sores,  Beddings, October-December 1862
Item 3: Telegram transcriptions received at Columbus, Kentucky (transcribed by Doctor Wilmont Ransom), 1862
Item 4: Bounty advertisement, E.S. Weeden
Item 5: Laws and Decisions, Volume  1, Number 1
Folder 9: Newspaper pages (7), 1865-1878
Item 1: The Youth's Companion , August 10, 1865
Item 2: Ashtabula Jeffersonian , November 26, 1870; March 4, 1871; May 20, 1871; August 6, 1871
Item 3: Barnv?nnen , November 1876
Item 4: The Sun , January 31, 1878
Folder 10: Newspaper pages (4), 1910-1924
Item 1: Rockford Register Gazette , December 6, 1924; October 28, 1910
Item 2: Rockford Morning Star , September 18, 1955
Item 3: Beloit Daily News , September 12, 1914
Folder 11: Cabin plan of the "President Lincoln" Steamer, 1909
Folder 12: Hand drawn constellation map, Doctor Wilmont Ransom, no date
Folder 13: Family tree (2), 2010, 2011
Item 1: Ransom - Jenks -Sherman - Leland Family Tree, compiled  by K. White, Curator, 2010
Item 2: Abridged family tree, complied by K. White, Curator, 2011
Folder 14: Civil War documents (8), 1862- circa 1880:
Item 1: Abstract of provisions for men in the Columbus, Kentucky hospital (2 copies), March 1862
Item 2: Report of the sick and wounded at Columbus, Kentucky, July 1862
Item 3: Invoice of Medicines, Instruments, Hospital Sores, Beddings, October-December 1862
Item 4: Telegram transcriptions received at Columbus, Kentucky (transcribed by Doctor Wilmont Ransom), 1862
Item 5: Bounty advertisement, E.S. Weeden
Item 6: Laws and Decisions, Volume  1, Number 1
Addendum 1
Box 49
Folder 22: Handwritten Speech by Daniel Sherman, November 1860
Folder 23: Incoming Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom, Miscellaneous, 1849-1899
Folder 24: Incomiong Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom from Norman Haskins, July 1904-June 1920
Folder 25: Incomiong Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom from Norman Haskins, July 1904-June 1920
Folder 26: Incomiong Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom from Norman Haskins, July 1904-June 1920
Folder 27: Incoming Correspondence to Daniel Leland Ransom, Miscellaneous, No date
Addendum 2
Box 50
Folder 1: Billings Family, no date
Folder 2: Children, no date
Folder 3: Ensign Family, no date
Folder 4: Etnyre Family, 1969-1981
Folder 5: Etnyre, David, 1968-1981
Folder 6-7: Family Photos, 1898-1909, no date
Folder 8: Gregory Family, 1892-1900
Folder 9: Hubbard Family, no date
Folder 10: Jenks Family, no date
Box 51
Folder 1: Lawrence Family, no date
Folder 2: Leave it With Him, no date
Folder 3: Leland Family, no date
Folder 4: Lewis Family, no date
Folder 5: Manchister Family, no date
Folder 6: Madrid M.E. Church (Iowa), 1903, no date
Folder 7: Metcalf Family, 1902-1921
Folder 8: Miscellaneous, 1922
Folder 9: Nielsen Family Correspondence, 1970-1987
Folder 10: Passionsspiel-Album, 1922
Folder 11: Ransom Family, no date
Folder 12: Residences, no date
Folder 13: Reunions, 1898-1900
Folder 14: Sherman Family, no date, no date
Folder 15: Unidentified Photographs,, no date
Box 52
Folder 1: Walker Family, no date
Folder 2: Worden Family, no date
Folder 3: A.H. Nielson Machinists, December 15, 1914
Folder 4-5: Scrapbook, 1800s, 1884-1888
Folder 6: Ransom Scrapbook, 1891-1943

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