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The correspondence in this collection spans thirty-eight years and two generations.
The 1849 letters are from James M. Porter of Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, to George Porter of Chillicothe, Ohio. They describe Iowa weather, prospects of business, and the migration of Iowans to California.
There are two letters (1861, 1862) by George Claypool, 81st Ohio Volunteers, and three by John W. Johnson, 89th Ohio Volunteers in the Civil War, addressed to George Porter.
Other letters are minor family correspondence of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer, who was later a resident of Ashland, Oregon.
The Porter family included brothers James M. of Iowa, and George of Chillicothe, Ohio.
Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer (1849-1924), daughter of James M. Porter and Sarah Claypool, married A.C. Spencer, of Ashland, Oregon.
The collection consists of Isabella (Belle) Porter Spencer correspondence, and also correspondence of her father, James M. Porter.
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[Identification of item], Porter Family correspondence, A 115, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.