Joseph Gragg came overland to Oregon from Illinois in 1852 when he was 25 years old. He settled on a farm near Monroe and married Levina Buckingham, who came to Oregon with her family in 1846 via the southern route, led by Jesse Applegate. The Gragggs had eight children, three of whom died in childhood; the five surviving children were Thomas Heman, Betsey M., James Phile, David Vernon, and Marcus Edward.
The Joseph Gragg Papers consist mainly of family letters and miscellaneous documents. The collection also contains a diary of Joseph Gragg, describing his trip to the Salmon River, Idaho mines in 1863; financial material relating to the Gragg Brothers (farmers); and miscellaneous family matieral.
The letters provide a commentary on family relationships, from life, church affairs, schools and school teaching, and social life in general. There is much information on the history of Philomath College, especially a controversy over control of the college in the 1880s, and the history of the United Brethren Church in Oregon. A manuscript calendar for the letters is available in the Library.
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[Identification of item], Joseph Gragg Papers, Ax 139, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1
|2||5||January 1901-May 1901|
|2||6||June 1901-December 1901|
Diary of Joseph Gragg's trip to the Salmon River, Idaho, mines in 1863; Family History
Gragg Brothers (farmers): business correspondence, invoices, bank statements, etc.