Perry Family Diaries, 1867-1899

6350

Collection Overview

Title:
Perry family diaries
Dates (Inclusive):
1867-1899
Creator:
Perry, Deloss
Abstract:
Deloss Perry was a farmer in Granville Centre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, who together with his wife and children followed his parents when they moved to DeSmet, North Dakota, in 1876. The Perry Family owned the farm mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie. Deloss and his wife Melvina Bennett, of Tioga, Pa., had five children including Ray DeVer Perry, Viva Perry Anderson (1893-2001), and Vivian Perry Anderson (1919-2002).
Abstract:
This collection consists of thirteen handwritten daily diaries, twelve written by Deloss Perry describing pioneer life in northwest Pennsylvania 1867-1876 and in South Dakota from 1876 to 1894. They include short entries of happenings and cash accounts. One of two 1872 diaries was written by a female relative or friend of Deloss; the 1899 diary was written by his son, Ray DeVer Perry in DeSmet, South Dakota. Lacks 1873, 1877, 1878, 1880-1893, 1895-1898.
Collection Number:
6350
Size:
13 item(s)
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Deloss Perry, farmer, stock raiser and representative citizen, was a native of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He spent his youth and early manhood in his native state, attending the public schools of Bradford County. He remained on the home farm and assisted to cultivate the same until his twenty-fourth year, and married Melvina Bennett, of Tioga, Pennsylvania, after which he purchased a small farm and engaged in the pursuit of agriculture for himself. Four years later he came to Minnehaha county, South Dakota, and entering a quarter section of land, lived on the same until he removed to a claim in the county of Kingsbury. Mr. Perry brought with him a good team of horses, a number of cattle and after building a small board house was better fixed for farming than the majority of his neighbors. Mr. Perry persevered in his attempts to found a home and get a start in the west and how well he succeeded is attested by his large farm and live-stock interests and the prominent position he occupied among the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of Kingsbury county. He owned one of the finest and most valuable farms in this part of the state, besides a large amount of excellent grazing land and kept on his place at all times blooded horses, cattle, sheep and the best breed of hogs. He was also engaged in the dairying business, this as well as his other enterprises proving quite profitable. Mr. and Mrs. Perry had five children. In politics Mr. Perry formerly supported the Republican party. He was a member of the Pyramids, a fraternal organization, and with his wife and family belonged to the Congregational church.

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[Identification of item], Perry Family Diaries (6350), Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Perry, Deloss

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