Richard H. Clow Family Papers, 1864-1939  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Clow, Richard H., 1847-1926
Title
Richard H. Clow Family Papers
Dates
1864-1939
Quantity
.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2596, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Richard H. Clow Family Papers consist of letters, photographs, and a biography of Richard H. Clow titled Rough Enough (2012) by Richard H. McBee. Topics include family news and some local conditions in San Jose, California, Hawaii, and Seattle, Washington.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Richard H. Clow (1847-1926) was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and raised for much of his boyhood by his sister Agnes Louise Clow Cruikshank of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1864, Richard got permission to enlist in the Union army as a seventeen-year-old and was initially placed as a 100 day enlistee with the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He trained at several Boston area facilities including Readville and Gallops Island. He transferred to the 56th Massachuesetts Volunteer Infantry after his first 100 days and was sent to the Army of the Potomac outside of Petersburg, Virginia. Clow took part in some of the final battles of the war in Virginia and mustered out in the summer of 1865 after participating in the Grand Review in Washington, D. C. After the war Clow enlisted in the 13th United States Infantry and served at several posts on the northern plains. After that enlistment he lived in Iowa, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Idaho and finally Oregon where he ran a hotel and prospected for gold. Clow married twice; first to Mary Bingham in 1870, and after her death to Melinda Story in 1880. The couple had two children, Cora and Robert. A grandniece of Richard H. Clow was Bertha Cochrane Clow, a professor of home economics at Montana State University, Bozeman.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The family papers of Richard H. Clow consist of letters he wrote from Massachusetts and Virginia to his sister Agnes during the Civil War, a letter he wrote from Fort Buford, North Dakota to his sister Bertha during his Indian Wars service, letters from Clow’s sister Bertha to his daughter Cora, and other correspondents from other family members. Most letters contain family news and some local conditions in San Jose, California, Hawaii, and Seattle, Washington. Sixty family photographs are also included, along with a biography of Richard H. Clow titled Rough Enough (2012) written by Richard H. McBee, Clow’s great-grandson and various genealogy notes gathered by McBee. The items in this collection have been individually calendared.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Civil War Letters written by Richard H. Clow (RHC) to sister AgnesReturn to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
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Readville, Massachusetts
September 8,1864
Gallops Island, Massachusetts
2nd Enlistment for three years
February 5,1865
Gallops Island, Massachusetts
February 11,1865
Gallops Island, Massachusetts
February 15,1865
Fort Hayes, Petersburg Virginia
February [March?] 12, 1965
Fort Hayes, Petersburg Virginia
February 23,1865
Fort Hayes, Petersburg Virginia
April 1,1865
On the Route to and at Appomattox, Virginia
April 9,1865
Appomattox, Virginia
April 15,1865
Alexandria, Virginia
April 29,1865
Alexandria, Virginia
May 24,1865
Alexandria, Virginia
June 15, 1865
Alexandria, Virginia
July 2,1865

Letters by Sarah Wyman Redman to granddaughter Alice Clow, circa 1864-1868Return to Top

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1/2
Hammonton, Atlantic County New Jersey
with envelope
Undated
Harbor Creek
Undated
Harbor Creek
March 17
Harbor Creek
March 19
Harbor Creek
May 7,1864
Harbor Creek
November 27

John Stevenet Clow, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, letter to Alex Cruikshan, June 16, 1865Return to Top

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RHC, Fort Buford, Dakota Territory, letter to sister Bertha R. Clow, September 28, 1869Return to Top

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Letters from Bertha R. Clow to Cora Clow, 1900-1915Return to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
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San Jose, California
with envelope
October 19, 1900
San Jose, California
with envelope
November 1900
San Jose, California
with envelope
January 7, 1901
San Jose, California
with envelope
January 11, 1901
San Jose, California
with envelope
August 24, 1901
San Jose, California
with envelope
May 17, 1916
San Jose, California
with envelope
June 29, 1925
San Jose, California
with envelope
October 11, 1925

Letters from Bertha R. Clow to RHC, circa 1910Return to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
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1/6
Chicago, Illinois
August 29, [1909?]
Italy
with 2 envelopes
April 21, 1910
San Jose, California
Undated [1910?]

Letters from RHC and Melinda Clow to daughter Cora Clow, 1912-1915Return to Top

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RHC, Granite, Oregon
July 3, 1912
Melinda Clow, Mapleton, Oregon
June 20, 1915

Lucia Shepardson, Hawaii, letter to cousin Cora Clow, March 15, 1912Return to Top

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Letters from Bertha Shepardson to cousin Cora Clow, 1917-1932Return to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
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Seattle, Washington
with envelope
January 17, 1917
Seattle, Washington
with envelope
February 10, 1926
Seattle, Washington
with envelope
August 8, 1926
Seattle, Washington
with envelope
August 18, 1932

Frank Richards, Beverly Hills, California, letter to RHC, August 19, 1926Return to Top

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Diary of RHC, circa 1870s-1880sReturn to Top

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EphemeraReturn to Top

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Container(s) Description Dates
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1/12
Marriage Certificate for RHC and Melinda Story, Deadwood, Dakota Territory
November 25, 1880
Redman-Wyaman coat of arms and genealogy notes
Lucia Shepardson, The Butterfly Trees (Monterrey: Herald Printers,
1939)
Business card, Eagle House, Cheyenne, Wyoming
circa 1880

Photographs #1-10Return to Top

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RHC ancestors

Container(s) Description
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#1. Rchard Sparrow Redman
(two copies)
#2. Sarah Wyman
#3. Sarah Wyman
#4. David Ferinbaugh Clow
#5. Ann Moore Clow
#6. Captain George J. Clow
#7. John Stevenet Clow
#8. Sarah Leighton Clow
#9. “Prairie Chickens,” carte de visite by John S. Clow
#10. “Old Hebrew Coin,” carte de visite by John S. Clow

Photographs #11-20Return to Top

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RHC and immediate family

Container(s) Description Dates
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#11. RHC
(two copies)
circa 1867
#12. Melinda Story and family
circa 1870s
#13. RHC and Melina, wedding photograph
1880
#14. RHC, Melinda and Cora Cochraine Clow
1886
#15. RHC, Melinda, Cora, and Robert Denton Clow
1894
#16. RHC and Florence Shepardson
circa 1920
#17. RHC and Richard Harding McBee
May 15, 1920
#18. Melinda Story Clow
circa 1920s
#19. Melinda Story Clow and Richard Harding McBee
#20. Melinda Story Clow

Photographs #21-30Return to Top

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RHC siblings and families

Container(s) Description
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#21. Agnes Louise Clow Cruikshank
#22. Agnes Louise Clow Cruikshank
#23. Agnes Louise Clow Cruikshank
#24. Alice Ana Clow Shepardson
#25. Alice Ana Clow Shepardson
#26. Alice Ana Clow Shepardson
#27. Alice Ana Clow Shepardson with children
#28. George Wyman Clow
#29. George Wyman Clow
#30. Thomas Herbert Clow

Photographs #31-40Return to Top

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RHC siblings and families

Container(s) Description Dates
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#31. Jessie B. Clow
#32. Jessie B. Clow
#33. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane
#34. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane
#35. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane
1898
#36. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane
1911
#37. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane
circa 1920
#38. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane and Hubert Kelly
#39. Dr. A. H. Cochrane
#40. Robert Denton Clow

Photographs #41-47Return to Top

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RHC siblings and families

Container(s) Description
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#41. Celinda Warren Burnap Clow
#42. Celinda Warren Burnap Clow and Frederick Redman Clow
#43. Frederick Redman Clow
#44. John Sherwin Clow
#45. Celinda B. Hadden
#46. Richard H. McBee, Sr.
#47. Bertha Cochrane Clow and family at home, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
#48. RHC and family, interior of Hotel Mapleton, Oregon
#49. RHC and family, exterior of Hotel Mapleton, Oregon
#50. Exterior of Hotel Mapleton, Oregon

Photographs #51-60Return to Top

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#51. Melinda Clow and Richard H. McBee, Sr.
1916
#52. Bertha R. Clow Cochrane home, San Jose, California
#53. Hand carved deer
#54-60. Tombstones at Larpenteur Cemetery, Little Sioux, Iowa

Research materials collected by Richard H. McBee, Jr., including his book, Rough Enough, (2012)Return to Top

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RHC enlistment records from NARA, genealogy notes

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top