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Janette McCalley Stowell diary

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA049

Scope and Contents

Janette Stowell’s diary details the everyday life of a wife and mother at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. She writes of keeping a garden and growing flowers, caring for her children, entertaining friends, going to church and her involvement in a branch of the Chautauqua Institute.

In February of 1890 the Portland area experienced a damaging flood which covered Ross Island and washed away many buildings and homes. Mrs. Stowell describes walking to where the family could see the flood waters covering Ross Island and watching debris pile up at the Ross Island Bridge.

In the late 1890s she joined a reading club and was more involved in growing roses. By 1900, after a break in the diary of two years, she reports the family is in Sitka, Alaska where her husband is working. The final entry in the diary is for August 25, 1906.

Dates

  • 1890-1906

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The journal is open to researchers

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Biographical / Historical

Janette McCalley was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland on January 29, 1847. She came to America with her parents in 1851 and the family moved to Salem, Oregon in 1859. Janette McCalley graduated from Willamette University with a B.S. in 1865 and taught for a time in the Preparatory Course at Willamette University. She married George Stowell on February 20, 1870 in Springfield, Oregon. She and George had four children.

By 1888, the Stowell family had moved to Corbett Street in Portland, Oregon. In January, 1890, Janette Stowell began a diary which she kept, in an irregular fashion, until 1906. She died on February 4, 1916, and was survived by her husband, and three of her four children.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

Janette Stowell’s diary details the everyday life of a wife and mother at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth in Portland, Oregon and Sitka, Alaska.

Arrangement

The journal retains original order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Janette French Barbour; Alfred J. French, III; David S. French; and Alice L. French, 2013,
Title
Guide to the Janette McCalley Stowell Diary, 1890-1906
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid processed by Rose Marie Walter.
Date
© 2013
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Contact:
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States