[Run of Ten Newsletters Published for the Old Settlers' Reunion in Iowa]. Iowa.

[Run of Ten Newsletters Published for the Old Settlers' Reunion in Iowa]

[Muscatine, Ia. 1887-1899]. Ten issues, each between 6pp. and 10pp. Single folded sheets. Minor chipping, uneven toning, occasional mild edge wear. All newsletters unopened and untrimmed. Very good. Item #2474

A significant collection of newsletters memorializing the Old Settlers' Reunion in and around Muscatine, Iowa in the last decade-and-a-half of the 19th century. The issues recap events at the semiannual reunions, relate the history of the early settlements which paved the way to the town's later celebrations, report lists of settlers who have recently died, include information on organizational business, and much more. The history of the area's settlement often come in speeches, addresses, or reports given at the event, which are printed in the present newsletters. Most of the time, these addresses were given by the president of the organization, J.P. Walton, who was also a prominent local citizen in Muscatine. Of particular interest are the lists of settlers (and the year they settled in Iowa) who attended each celebration, which are printed at the conclusion of most of the newsletters, though not included in all issues. A wealth of information on early Anglo settlement in Iowa, with just a smattering of each issue in OCLC.

Price: $1,250.00