Thae Murdock family papers, circa 1850-2000  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Murdock, Thae family
Title
Thae Murdock family papers
Dates
circa 1850-2000 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.2 cubic feet:, (5 document cases and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Mss 6048
Summary
Thae Murdock compiled this collection of family history telling the story of her pioneer ancestors, the McCully and Hendershott families, and the Reitzel branch, through genealogical research, family documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Papers relating to her parents, Gail Berg Reitzel and Raymond J. Reitzel, who met in Siberia while in service to the YMCA International Committee among prisoners of war, consist of correspondence, journals, reports, and photographs from prisoner of war camps in Hungary, on the Russian Front, and Siberia during World War I and the Russian Revolution, their marriage in Siberia in 1919, as well as Raymond’s career in medicine. The Reitzels documented their personal stories and family life in two memoirs, also contained in this collection.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Raymond Jacob Reitzel (1888-1984) was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, and received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College, where he became active in the YMCA. He served as an officer of the YMCA International Committee and representative for the Red Cross in European prison camps, first in Hungary in 1916, among Russian prisoners of war. Eventually he was transferred to the Russian headquarters in Minsk to work with POW’s on the Eastern Front. War prisoner relief work led him to Siberia in 1918, where he met Gail Linnae Berg (1894-1969), a YMCA secretary from San Mateo, California. The two married in Vladivostok in 1919, where they remained until their return to the United States in 1920, as the Russian Revolution gained ground in Siberia.

Raymond Reitzel subsequently enrolled in medical school at Harvard, and their two children Ray and Thae were born in Boston. Upon Ray Sr.’s graduation, the family moved to Galveston, Texas, where Ray taught clinical pathology. In 1930, they finally settled in California, where he directed laboratories for San Francisco General Hospital, taught clinical pathology for the University of California Medical School and as a member of the field staff at the University of Indonesia introduced clinical clerkships to their teaching curriculum. He also ran a private practice in internal medicine, and retired from medicine in 1971. The Reitzels were active members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Burlingame, and Ray often performed in stage productions. In later life, the couple recorded their life stories in two volumes, Gail’s Shifting Scenes in Siberia and Ray’s All in a Lifetime.

Their daughter, Thae Ellen Reitzel Murdock, assembled the genealogical papers presented in this collection, including those of the McCully and Hendershott families, Oregon pioneers. Valuable information comes from recollections and other family information recorded by Frances Hendershott Walton.

Samuel McCully and family migrated west from Iowa in 1852, settling first in Salem, Oregon. Samuel McCully and his brothers founded the town of Harrisburg, and also the People’s Transportation Company. After several years, McCully sold his interests in Oregon and moved to California. His brother David, a merchant, stayed on in Salem. Members of the Hendershott family made their fortune in the California gold rush and eventually returned to bring their families west in 1852 with their neighbors, the McCullys. Other members of the Hendershott family migrated in 1853. James Hendershott served in the Oregon Territorial Legislature, as sheriff of Josephine County, and later represented Union County in the Oregon State Legislature. Some of the Hendershotts were notable supporters of woman suffrage, including Minerva Hendershott Eaton, who was mentioned in Abigail Scott Duniway’s book, Path Breaking.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection, compiled by Thae Murdock, consists of genealogical research, family documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs of McCully, Hendershott, and Reitzel families, and papers relating to her parents, Gail Berg Reitzel and Raymond J. Reitzel. The Reitzels' papers consist of correspondence, journals, reports, photographs, and memoirs, mostly relating to work with the YMCA International Committee in prisoner of war camps in Hungary, on the Russian Front, and Siberia during World War I and the Russian Revolution, and their marriage in Siberia in 1919, as well as Raymond's subsequent medical career and their family life.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Thae Murdock family papers, Mss 6048, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  McCully-Hendershott-Reitzel Family Papers, circa 1850-2000Return to Top

Genealogical research files on the McCully, Hendershott, and Reitzel branches, compiled by Thae Murdock. Includes recollections and other family information recorded by Frances Hendershott Walton.

Photographs have been photocopied for these files; the originals are in box 5.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Index - Genealogical chart
1/2
William Copp (1609-1670)
1/3
Mary Copp (b. 1788) and John McCully (b. 1784)
1/4
Ursula Barnett and Christopher Dillon
1/5
Ellen Dillon and Benjamin Dillon
1/6
Samuel McCully (1812-1890) and Katherine Dillon McCully (1817-1867)
Includes the recollections of Delilah Frances Hendershott, recorded by Mary Frances Hendershott Walton, Mother's Narration of Crossing the Plains as told me in 1906, handscript. Delilah and her family migrated to Oregon from Iowa in 1852.
1/7
John Fletcher McCully (1836-1881) and Mary S. Roach (1848-1881)
1/8
Harry McCully (b. circa 1870) and Grant McCully
1/9
Mary Ann McCully (1839-1863) and Abner Waters (1833-1906)
1/10
William Asa McCully (1844-1899) and Jennie McDonald (1847-1924)
1/11
Clare McCully (1869-1904) and Edward R. Rumble
1/12
Fred F. McCully (1870) and Margaret Gaily
1/13
Guy McCully (1872-1920)
1/14
Lola McCully (1875-1909) and Frank Connally
1/15
Lela McCully (1875)
1/16
Blanche McCully (1886)
1/17
Ethel A. McCully (b. 1879) and Herman Sonne
1/18
Baron von Heydershatte auf Hohenhausen (enobled 1616)
1/19
David Hendershott (b. 1785) and Katherine Benham (1787-1844)
1/20
James Hendershott (b. 1827) and wife Harriet Jane Hendershott
1/21
Henry Bascom Hendershott (b. 1816)
1/22
Charles Benham Hendershott (b. 1827) and Sarah Larson
1/23
Sydney Breeze Hendershott and Delilah Frances Hendershott (1841-1925)
1/24
Henrietta Ann Hendershott (b. 1861) and Etta Catherine Hendershott (b. 1864)
1/25
Eleanor Carrie Hendershott (b. 1867) and Alonzo Burr Moorhead
1/26
Minerva Hendershott Eaton (b. 1850)
1/27
Sydney Fletcher Moorhead (1885-1957)
1/28
Mary Frances Hendershott (b. 1880) and Frank Walton
Includes handscript diary excerpt by Mary Frances Hendershott Walton of a 1955 trip to Nova Scotia with Gail Reitzel and Thae Murdock, and notes on family history by Frances Hendershott Walton.
1/29
Sarah Matilida Hendershott (b. 1871) and George Lewis Berg
1/30
Gail Linnae Berg (1894-1969) and Raymond Jacob Reitzel (b. 1888)
Includes personal papers of Gail and Raymond Reitzel, and correspondence of Gail Reitzel, 1957.
ov. 1
Certificates - Raymond J. Reitzel, MD
2/1
David McCully (b. 1814) and Mary Ann Scott
2/2
Joseph Henry McCully (1841-1852)
2/3
Mary Jane McCully (1844-1920) and John Creighton (1834-1884)
2/4
Mary (Mollie) Creighton (1870-1934) and William H. Dancy
2/5
Mable Creighton (b. circa 1874)
2/6
Jessie Creighton Jones (b. 1872) and W.L. Jones
2/7
Rose Creighton Raabe (b. circa 1878) and Raabe
2/8
John W. McCully (. 1847) and Miranda McCully, Sara Jane Graham
2/9
Willard Weldon McCully (b. 1884) and Nettie Jane Read
2/10
Lola Viola McCully (b. 1886) and Walter Sainsbury
2/11
Jessie Floyd McCully (b. 1893)
2/12
Estelle McCully Gilbert
2/13
Alfred Marion McCully (1853) and Vioet Elmira Geer
2/14
Franklin David McCully (1859) and Julia Hamelton
Includes pamphlet: Wallowa County, Oregon, A Capsule History , by Lloyd W. Coffman, 1987.
2/15
Elmo McCully (b. 1884)
2/16
Asa Alfred McCully (b. 1818) and Delilah F. Jones, Eliza Barnett, Hannah Keziah Waters
2/17
Alice Jane McCully (1851-1932) and William Bradford Crane (1835-1879)
2/18
Clarence Crane (1871-1942) and Stella Spaulding Howard
2/19
Melissa McCully (b. 1854) and Allen Bradford Croasman
2/20
Allen Bradford Croasman (b. 1846)
2/21
John David McCully (b. 1856) and Lillian Estelle Patton
2/22
Russell Alfred McCully (b. 1885) and Ielleen Alana Leech
2/23
Abraham Lincoln McCully (b. 1865) and Eliza Hunt Dearborn
2/24
John Wilmer McCully (b. 1821) and Jane Mason (b. 1824)
2/25
James Cluggage McCully (b. 1853)
2/26
Mary Bell McCully (b. 1857) and John W. Merritt
2/27
Isadora McCully (b. 1859)
2/28
Mary Jane McCully (b. 1824) and John D. Love (b. 1824)
2/29
Mary Louise Love (b. 1853) and Charles Edward Maxson
2/30
Emma Love (b. 1856) and John D. Love Jr. (b. 1857)
2/31
William Hamilton McCully (b. 1829) and Margaret Cannon
2/32
Francis Marion McCully (b. 1857) and Emma Carson, Vesta Margaret McCully (b. 1883)
2/33
Emma McCully (b. 1862) and James N. Coshow
2/34
The McCully Train: Iowa to Oregon 1852 by Sanford R. Wilbur and Sally H. Wilbur
2000
2/35
Clippings
1992; undated
2/36
Clippings and articles
1914-2000; undated
2/37
Clippings and articles
1919; undated

Series B:  Raymond and Gail Reitzel Papers, 1916-1920, circa 1970Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Siberia
1 document case (0.45 cubic feet)
Documents relating to Raymond Reitzel's work for the YMCA International Committee in Hungary, Russia, and Siberia, where he met Gail Reitzel, a YMCA secretary. The couple married in Vladivostok in 1919 and honeymooned in Japan.
1916-1920
Box/Folder
3/1
Travel documents
1916-1920
3/2
Correspondence, from Raymond Reitzel
1917-1919
3/3
Correspondence, to Raymond Reitzel
1917-1920
3/4
Personal correspondence, from Raymond Reitzel
1916-1919
3/5
Personal correspondence, from Gail Berg Reitzel
1919-1920
3/6
Personal correspondence, to Gail Berg Reitzel and Raymond Reitzel
1919
3/7
Personal correspondence, to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Berg
Letters regarding their daughter, Gail Berg Reitzel, and her husband, Raymond Reitzel.
1919-1920
3/8
Personal correspondence, to Mrs. A.R. Reitzel
Letter of congratulations upon marriage of her daughter, Gail Berg, to Raymond Reitzel.
1919 July 16
3/9
Journal, Raymond Reitzel
1917
3/10
Journal, Gail Berg Reitzel
1919-1920
3/11
Pocket diary, Gail Berg Reitzel
1920
3/12
Bookplate, Gail Berg Reitzel
circa 1920
3/13
Reports, Hungarian Prison Camps
1916-1917
3/14
Political memoranda (typescript)
English translations of political memoranda relating to the Russian Civil War in Siberia.
1919-1920
3/15
Military orders and testimonies (typescript)
English translations of military orders and testimonies relating to the Russian Civil War in Siberia.
1920
3/16
Certificates
1920
3/17
Clippings
1918-1967; undated
3/18
Ephemera from Siberia and Japan
1919 and undated
3/19
Dr. Charles Winkler and Sister Maria Shevalova, "A Russian Wedding I Have Known"
1920 January 20
3/20
Sheet music, Favorite Sons of the Cecho-Slovak Army in Russia
1921
Subseries 2: Memoirs of Gail Berg Reitzel and Raymond J. Reitzel
circa 1965-1971
Shifting Scenes in Siberia
Box/Folder
4/1
Manuscript, pages 1-35
4/2
Manuscript, pages 36-67
4/3
Manuscript, pages 68-120
4/4
Manuscript, pages 121-163
4/5
Manuscript, pages 164-184
4/6
Manuscript, pages 185-205
4/7
Shifting Scenes in Siberia by Gail Berg Reitzel, memorial edition, privately printed (paperbound)
undated; (after 1969)
All in a Lifetime
Box/Folder
4/8
Manuscript
undated
4/9
Items found in manuscript
undated
4/10
All in a Lifetime by Raymond J. Reitzel, author's copy, third printing
circa 1971

Series C:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: McCully-Hendershott-Reitzel Family
Original family photographs; photocopies in Series 1.
Box/Folder
5/1
Berg
undated
5/2
Creighton
undated
5/3
Dillon
undated
5/4
Hendershott
undated
5/5
McCully
1957; undated
5/6
Moorhead
undated
5/7
Reitzel
circa 1905-1957
5/8
Walton
undated
5/9
Family groups
circa 1920-1932
5/10
Other
undated
5/11
Negatives
undated
Subseries 2: Raymond and Gail Reitzel
Box/Folder
5/12
Vienna
1916
5/13
Eastern Europe and Siberia in World War I
Previously removed from a photo album.
circa 1916-1920
5/14
Unidentified locations in Siberia
circa 1920
5/15
Personal
circa 1919-1920
5/16
from Shifting Scenes in Siberia manuscript
circa 1918-1920

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Biography
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Prisoners of War
  • Women--Suffrage--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Murdock, Thae--Archives (creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • YMCA of the USA. International Committee--International relief
  • Family Names :
  • Hendershott family
  • McCully family
  • Reitzel family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hungary--World War, 1914-1918--Prisoners and prisons
  • Oregon--Description and travel
  • Oregon--Genealogy
  • Siberia (Russia)--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Civilian relief
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Genealogies
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Memoirs
  • Photographs
  • Reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Hendershott, Delilah Frances (creator)
    • Reitzel, Gail Berg (creator)
    • Reitzel, Raymond J., 1888- (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Other Creators :