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The Aleshire Family Papers consist mainly of correspondence dating from 1863 to 1888. Many of the letters are written by various members of the family to Joseph Aleshire as he traveled the Midwest, buying wheat for the family flour mill. Most of these letters concern fluctuations of the wheat market and other business matters.

There are a number of letters from Mary Aleshire to her parents and brothers, dating from 1863 to 1878. These describe her life at college in Cincinnati, and later, upon her return to Gallipolis, her involvement with social and family matters.

The letters from Charles Aleshire to his mother and brother, dated 1863-1869, discuss his life as an officer in the Union Army, both during the Civil War and afterward. Several letters from his brother Edward also describe service in the Civil War.

Also a part of the collection are a number of letters from friends, relatives and business associates. Included in these are letters to Joseph Aleshire concerning business and political matters; letters to Reuben Aleshire, Jr., from his fraternity brothers at Marietta College; letters to Margaret Aleshire from a northern sympathizer living in Tennessee during Reconstruction; and condolences received by the family upon the death of Reuben Aleshire. Other items included in the collection are programs, news clippings, receipts, notes on family, business, social matters, and photographs.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
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Huntington, WV 25755
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Span Dates: 1862-1889