Elizabeth Julia Ellison married Nelson Goltra in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1851. In 1853 the couple journeyed west from Missouri to Oregon. Having graduated from "a college for young ladies," Elizabeth assumed the task of recording the events of the trip, which were to be sent back to friends planning to make the trip later. Nelson built his own mill in Corvallis and was a builder of the Lebanon Academy. He died in a boiler explosion that occured in his mill, leaving Elizabeth with three small children and one child expected. Elizabeth later married a widower named Keeler Farrington, who had a daughter. They moved to a farm in the hills south of Eugene and eventually had three more children. Elizabeth and members of her family were buried in Eugene's Pioneer Cemetery.
The collection includes copies of Goltra's journal, kept during the journey she and her husband made from Missouri to Oregon in 1853. One copy is a photocopy of the manuscript itself and the two others are photocopies of a typed transcription of the journal. Also included is a three-page typescript that presents information on the history of Nelson Goltra's family.
Partially available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 92); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.
Journal Kept by Mrs. E. J. Goltra of her travels across the plains in the year 1853. Lane County Historical Society, 1970. This booklet can be found in the Oregon Collection, call number F593. G65 1970.
Goltra, Elizabeth. Journal, A 034, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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|The Generations of Oliver Goltras (Typescript)
|"Journal kept by Mrs. E. J. Goltra of her travels across the plains in the year 1853" (typed photocopy)
|"Journal kept by Mrs. E. J. Goltra of her travels across the plains in the year 1853" (typed photocopy 2)
|"Journal kept by Mrs. E. J. Goltra of her travels across the plains in the year 1853" (photocopy)