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Collection Number RG0944.AM
Collection Name RG0944 Demaray, Elmer N., 1887-1969
Identifier Personal papers
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.
Subjects Domestic life
Frontier & pioneer life
Homesteading
People 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
Search Terms Brewster (Neb.)
Cemeteries -- Nebraska -- Brewster
Crete (Neb.)
Davis family
Exeter (Neb.)
Fillmore County (Neb.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Fillmore County
Frontier and pioneer life -- Nebraska -- Saline County
Saline County (Neb.)
Shickley (Neb.)
Smithson family
Treaster family