Kate L. Robbins papers, 1855-1886  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Robbins, Kate L., 1834-
Kate L. Robbins papers
1855-1886 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet, (4 folders)
Collection Number
A 105
Kate Robbins, nee Pratt, was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and moved with her husband Abner to Ochoco, Oregon in 1868. The family was among the first settlers in the Ochoco area. The collection is composed of correspondence that describes living conditions in and near Ochoco and Prineville, with references to Indian uprisings, feuds between cattle and sheep ranchers, politics, and social life.
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Kate Robbins, nee Pratt, was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She was married to Abner Robbins. Their daughter, Eunice W., was born in 1852 and was married to James Clinton Luckey of Prineville, Oregon in 1881. About 1854, Abner Robbins went to California. He mined and farmed at Yreka Flats and Indian Creek, California between 1855 and 1859. Two letters from him describe his experiences. In 1859, he returned to Massachusetts and brought Kate back to Indian Creek. About 1868 the couple moved to Ochoco, Oregon, where Abner raised sheep, cattle, and horses. They were among the first settlers in the Ochoco area.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains ninety-nine letters. Between 1869 and 1886, there is a series of detailed letters from Kate to her mother and brother and from Eunice to her grandmother Pratt. The letters describe living conditions in and near Ochoco and Prineville, with references to Indian uprisings, feuds between cattle and sheep ranchers, politics, and social life. With the collection are seven California pictorial letter sheets.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kate L. Robbins Papers, A 105, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Letters
The following are transcriptions of letters in this folder:Letter 1November 7, 1855Yelko FlatsDear Brother Ira:I am about to answer that long tailed letter of yours. It appears that you are getting into figers fast. I think it will do to seal those kind of letters. I was pleased to have a line from you. Write just what you want to Ira, only seal them and let them slip. They tell me that you grow fast, that you are as tall as Eiler. I don’t think I would grow any taller because it is unhandy to be so tall in some cases. Do you here [sic] anything from the Sarah Jane?1 How she made out this season. If she has not done much I must try to get her next summer to go to the bay in. What do you think? Would you like to go a trip? I think we could ketch a tinca [?] if he would bit. It is getting later, Ira and I am coming home one of these days, then I will spin you some long yarns, but I can not write them so good night. I will try to write you a good long letters. Give my respeckt [sic] to Sarah2 and tell her to write me more letters this winter. I think I wrote last. I suppose her beau will not like it if she writes to old married men. Well so gose this work in several places. Good Night all. From you BrotherAbner Robbins3 Cape Cod For EverFootnotes:1 A boat2 Sarah Pratt born August 13, 18363 Born in Brewister, Massachusetts, September 24, 1832(Ira Pratt is a large man, Abner Robbins a small one)
1 2 Letters 1872-1886
1 3 Miscellaneous
1 4 Letters (typescript)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Pioneers--West (U.S.)--Correspondence
  • Women pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Robbins, Kate L., 1834---Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • California--History
  • Oregon--History