[ 1856-1857]. 48pp. typescript, typed on recto. Large quarto. Wrappers, bradbound, title typed on front wrapper. Wrappers a bit sunned, but overall very good. Item #WRCAM26494
Typed transcription of Fickes' diary from the middle of the 19th century. Fickes was a married woman with three young sons when she started her diary. The first half is a travel journal from their original home in Steubenville, Ohio, to Oskaloosa, Iowa. They travelled by steamer down the Ohio to Cape Girardeau, and then up the Mississippi to St. Louis and eventually Keokuk, with brief descriptions of some of the places along the way. The second half is a succinct record of frontier life in Oskaloosa, Iowa, with descriptions of their home, family life, the town, and her circle of friends. There are also mentions of emigrants passing through on their way to Kansas, political meetings, hopes for a railroad to reach Oskaloosa, and church meetings.