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M-531 Wilder, Julia Early Frontier Correspondence

ABSTRACT: Letter written by frontier woman Julia Wilder in the Washington Territory.

SCOPE: This letter is written by a woman named Julia Wilder in Selah, Yakima County, Washington. It is addressed to Julia’s parents and dated December 25, 1881. The letter discusses employment, weather, and personal news, providing a glimpse into the life of one family settling on the American frontier.

EXTENT: One letter.

HISTORY: Julia Putnam (1851-1937) was born in Michigan. She married Lucien Wilder (1849-1930), also from Michigan, around 1870. They had a son named Charles, born 1870, and a daughter named Nettie, born 1874. The family traveled west, living in Nevada before settling in Yakima, Washington, where they worked as farmers.

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Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."