Galloway Family Papers, 1893-1928

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Galloway family

Title: Papers. 1893 – 1928

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Locator Number: Mss./A/G174

Scope and Content Note

Majority of the collection consists of correspondence between Carl B. Galloway and his fiancé and future wife, Marguerite (Maggie) Edwards, beginning with their early courtship in Iowa in 1893 up to their marriage in 1898 and continuing with a few letters in 1928. In addition to revealing the developing affection between them, the letters offer many details concerning their backgrounds, personal opinions on local and national issues, family life and work experiences (teaching, operating creameries and a livery stable, and ore mining). Additional letters written by Carl’s parents living in Kentucky provide much insight regarding the role of religion (Presbyterianism) in daily life and parenting. An interesting series of letters written between 1912 and 1914 reveal an intense family dispute between Carl’s mother, Sallie Galloway, and Carl’s sister-in-law, Nina Galloway, and their attempts to obtain support from other family members.

Biographical Note

Carl B. Galloway, the eldest son of Oliver and Sallie Galloway, was born April 21, 1874, in Perryville, Boyle Co., Ky. His younger brother, Dwight, was born in December, 1884. Carl’s father was a Presbyterian minister and served a series of churches in Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa. Carl remained in Iowa after his parents moved back to Kentucky in 1895. There he held a series of jobs in creameries and became a co-owner of a livery stable in Brooklyn, Iowa. In 1897, Carl moved to Breckenridge, Colorado, at the recommendation of an uncle and worked in a mining operation for a number of years. After a 5-year courtship, Carl married Marguerite (Maggie) Edwards, a school teacher from Adair, Iowa, in 1898. After living in Breckenridge for some time, they had moved back to Iowa by 1910, where he entered the insurance business. He and Maggie had no children.

List of Folders

Folder 1: Correspondence; August, 1893 – July, 1894

Folder 2: Correspondence; August, 1894 – June, 1895

Folder 3: Correspondence; July – September, 1895

Folder 4: Correspondence; October – November, 1895

Folder 5: Correspondence; December, 1895

Folder 6: Correspondence; January – March, 1896

Folder 7: Correspondence; April – May, 1896

Folder 8: Correspondence; June – July, 1896

Folder 9: Correspondence; August, 1896

Folder 10: Correspondence; September, 1896

Folder 11: Correspondence; October, 1896

Folder 12: Correspondence; November – December, 1896

Folder 13: Correspondence; January, 1897

Folder 14: Correspondence; February – April, 1897

Folder 15: Correspondence; May, 1897

Folder 16: Correspondence; June, 1897

Folder 17: Correspondence; July, 1897

Folder 18: Correspondence; August – September, 1897

Folder 19: Correspondence; January – May, 1898

Folder 20: Correspondence; June – November, 1898

Folder 21: Correspondence; April – May, 1899

Folder 22: Correspondence; June – December, 1899

Folder 23: Correspondence; 1900 – 1928

Folder 24: Correspondence; undated, miscellaneous

Subject Headings

Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Clothing and dress – United States – 19th century

Courtship – Iowa – 19th century

Creameries – Employees

Colorado – Description and travel – 19th century

Domestic relations – 19th century

Galloway family

Indoor games – Iowa – 19th century

Iowa – Social life and customs – 19th century

Kentucky – Social life and customs – 19th century

Letterheads – United States – 19th century

Love-letters – 19th century

Mines and mineral resources – Colorado

Parenting – Religious aspects – 19th century

Presbyterian Church – Clergy

Presidents – United States – Election – 1896

Racism – Kentucky – 19th century

Railroad accidents – United States

Spanish-American War, 1898

Stables – Employees

Teaching – Iowa – 19th century

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