|Collection Name||RG0944 Demaray, Elmer N., 1887-1969|
|Size and Materials||1 folder|
|Title||Elmer N. Demaray collection|
|Date or Date Span||1862-1961|
|Year Range from||1862|
|Year Range to||1961|
|Scope & Content||
The collection consists primarily of a photocopy of a handwritten booklet entitled, "In Days of Old," by Ella M. (Treaster) Smithson, December 1938. She relates the James Treaster family history and pioneer life in Nebraska, particularly in Fillmore and Saline Counties through the 1870s-1880s. The basis for much of the booklet are the letters written by her mother, Elizabeth Treaster, with elaboration made by Ella - much of which she experienced as a child.
Topics include homesteading, farming practices, schools/classroom activities, toys, social activities, and health concerns. Of particular note is the grasshopper infestation of 1874. Toward the end of the booklet she writes of the family life of William Smithson, Sr. The account ends with letters written by Ella in the 1930s, one of which is a memoriam to her sister, Verna Norris.
Also included in the collection are a military pass for Elmer N. Demaray (1918); an issue of "The Hatchet," January 18, 1919, published on the U.S. Ship George Washington; and a listing of veterans buried in Brewster, Nebraska, Cemetery up to the Korean War.
|Creator||Smithson, Ella Margaret (Treaster), 1867-1946|
|Finding Aids||This is the only finding aid available.|
Frontier & pioneer life
Demaray, Elmer N., 1887-1969
Garvin, Ida Kate (Treaster), 1874-1925
Norris, Verna Mary (Treaster), 1872-1912
Smithson, Ella Margaret (Treaster), 1867-1946
Treaster, Elizabeth Jane (Poorman), 1842-1877
Treaster, James, 1841-1925
Cemeteries -- Nebraska -- Brewster
Fillmore County (Neb.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Fillmore County
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Saline County
Saline County (Neb.)