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Collection Number RG0881.AM
Collection Name RG0881 Champe-Woodley letters
Identifier Correspondence
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title Champe-Woodley letters
Date or Date Span 1961-1973
Year Range from 1961
Year Range to 1973
Admin/Biographical History Mabel (Parsons) Woodley and Flavia (Waters) Champe were granddaughters of Edwin R. Parsons, a Lancaster County, Nebraska, pioneer.
Scope & Content The collection consists of letters (typescripts) of Mabel Abbie Parsons Woodley which she sent to her cousin, Flavia (Waters) Champe. The letters date from January 1, 1961 to February 17, 1973, and were written from Oregon and Indiana. In the letters she describes life in the Malcolm, Nebraska, area, and Wheeler County, Nebraska. She also describes her life in Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and Indiana. Woodley writes about the family history and genealogy of the Parsons, Waters, Woodley and Meade families, dating back to 1868 in McHenry, Illinois.

The letters discuss homesteading, tree claims, social life, religious beliefs, health, etc. Interspersed through the letters are drawings of things she remembered (buildings, layouts of farms, etc.). Also included are two letters written by Ellen Woodley. The later one, dated December 31, 1973, concerns Mabel's death and life in later years. Several genealogical charts are also included.
Creator Woodley, Mabel (Parsons), 1881-1973
Other Creators Woodley, Ellen
Finding Aids Champe-Woodley letters finding aid
Related units of description See RG2001 for additional papers and photos relating to Flavia (Waters) Champe.
Subjects Domestic life
Farm life
Frontier & pioneer life
Manners & customs
People Champe, Flavia (Waters), 1902-1992
Meade, Sheldon Ward, 1880-1957
Parsons, Burnham Demill, 1853-1918
Parsons, Edwin Ruthven, 1824-1886
Woodley, Charles W., 1911-2003
Woodley, Ellen M. (Kunsman), 1909-1993
Woodley, Elva E. (Ayers), 1917-1998
Woodley, John Wilbert "Bert," 1880-1954
Woodley, Mabel (Parsons), 1881-1973
Search Terms Bowman County (N. Dak.)
Domestic life
Farm life
Frontier & pioneer life
Lancaster County (Neb.)
Malcolm (Neb.)
Manners & customs
McHenry (Ill.)
Meade family
Oregon City (Ore.)
Parsons family
Seymour (Ind.)
Waters family
Wheeler County (Neb.)
Woodley family