Towar Family Collection
00129

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Towar, Jennie Ann
Title
Towar family collection
ID
00129
Date [inclusive]
1907-1956
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet 0.66 cubic feet, 12 volumes (in box 2)
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Jennie Towar was born December 5, 1865 in Meridian township, Ingham County, Michigan. She was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. George Towar, who pioneered Bath township in 1849 and developed a large parcel of land north of East Lansing, Towar Gardens. In 1886, Towar graduated from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) with a Bachelor of Science degree. She married Charles S. Whitmore, a farmer, in 1889. They had one son, Maurice Towar Whitmore. Following Whitmore's death in 1899, Towar married James A. Woodard. Jennie Towar Whitmore Woodard died in 1957.

James DeLoss Towar, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Towar and Jennie's brother, was born September 26, 1863. He was an early graduate of M.A.C. and a member of the first football team in 1884. James Towar taught agriculture courses at Rhode Island State College, was the Agriculturalist of the Experiment Station for his alma mater, served as principal of Roseworthy Agricultural School in Australia, and was the President of the University of Wyoming for two months in 1908. In 1933, he wrote the book History of the City of East Lansing for the East Lansing Public Library. According to the introduction to his book, he was responsible for the creation of a bike path on Michigan Avenue, stretching from Lansing to the college; he began the movement to establish a district school for the community; and he helped organize the city and suggested the name "East Lansing." James Towar died in 1947.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the correspondence of Jennie Towar Woodard to various family members as well as correspondence from those family members. The bulk of this correspondence prior to the second World War came from her brother, James D. Towar. The letters of the latter half of the collection are from nieces and nephews. In general the letters are chatty and relate little of the social or economic condition of the times. One exception to this are the letters from James during World War II, while he lived in Los Angeles, California. These letters provide some insight into the war economy as well as the war society in Southern California.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  March 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Madison Kuhn, 1973-02-07.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • East Lansing Woman's Club

Family Name(s)

  • Towar family, (Jennie Towar Woodard)

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Diaries
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Legal instruments
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Postcards

Geographic Name(s)

  • California -- Social life and customs

Personal Name(s)

  • Gilchrist, Maude
  • Towar, Elivra D.
  • Towar, James D.
  • Towar, John D.

Subject(s)

  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- California
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- United States

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1907-1908 

1 1

 1909 

1 2

 1911 

1 3

 1913 

1 4

 1926, 1929 

1 5

 1935 

1 6

 1936 

1 7

 1942, 1943, 1945 

1 8

 January - June 1946 

1 9

 July - December 1946 

1 10

 January - March 1947 

1 11

 April - June 1947 

1 12

 July - September 1947 

1 13

 October - December 1947 

1 14

 1948 

1 15

 1949 

1 16

 1950 

1 17

 1951 

1 18

 January - June 1952 

1 19

 July - December 1952 

1 20

 1953 

1 21

 1954-1956 

1 22

 (n.d.) 

1 23-26
Box Folder

John D. Towar Correspondence -- 1915, 1946 

1 27

Elivra Towar Correspondence -- 1911-1914 

1 28
Box

vol. 1: Receipt/Ledger Book 

2

vol. 1-12: Diaries and Autograph books 

2
Box Folder

Probate: Estate of George M. Towar, 1911 

2 1

Real Estate 

2 2-3

Financial Papers - Woodward farm 

2 4

Miscellaneous 

2 5

Financial - Tax 

2 6

Miscellaneous 

2 7

Newspaper Clippings 

2 8

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer

Daughters of the American Revolution membership certificate 1925 

2
Drawer Folder

State Agricultural College diploma awarded to Jennie Ann Towar 1886 

21 1

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Photographs 

Scope and Contents note

(Towar Family collection)

Drawer

Collection 

Collection Photos

Automobiles 

Carriages 

Farms 

Homes (2) 

Homes. Interiors 

Organizations. Ladies of the Maccabees 

Organizations. East Lansing Womans Club 

People. Gilchrist, Maude 

People. Groups (3) 

People. Patch, Bill 

People. Towar, J.D. 

People. Unidentified 

People. Woodard, Jennie Towar 

Scenes. Unidentified 

People 

People Photos

People. Towar, J.D. 

People. Towar, Jennie 

People. Towar, Perry G. 

CDV 

CDV Photos

People. Towar, Jennie A. 

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Drawer

Postcards 

Postcards

Agriculture. Harvesting 

Colorado. Garden of the Gods 

England. Chester 

France. Nice 

Hawaii. Honolulu 

Michigan. Lansing 

Minnesota. Park Rapids 

National Parks. Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful 

New York. Ontario County. Farm of Joseph Smith 

New York. Pottersville. Schroon Lake 

People. Unidentified 

Sleighs 

Vermont. Windsor County. Birthplace of Joseph Smith 

Zanzibar