Marjorie G. Kersting Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Kersting, Marjorie
Marjorie G. Kersting papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

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

Marjorie Delilah Green was born on May 24, 1916 to Burt and Grace Melton Green. She attended Mason High School and then Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) where she graduated in 1937 with a degree in home economics. After graduation, she worked in the Mason hospital and then joined the Women's Army Corp after Pearl Harbor. She married Stewart Kersting, a member of the Navy Medical Corps. The Kerstings opened an electric store in Philadelphia in 1947. In 1978, Kersting published a collection of her grandmother’s, Ann Eliza Aldrich, writings in Bringing in the Sheaves: A True Story of Pioneer Days.

Ann Eliza Aldrich was born on December 23, 1849 to pioneers Delilah and Denslow Aldrich in Delhi, Michigan. She attended a boarding school after attending the local school in Delhi. She married Delbert Melton and they had three daughters, Eliza Myrtle (1871-1874); Addie Mae (1873-1902) and Grace Aldrich (1879-1975). She lived in Delhi and Mason, Michigan for most of her life. In her later years, she was active in a number of organizations and presented essays at many meetings. She used the name Eliza Melton for most of her adult life.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of essays written by Marjorie Kersting's grandmother, Ann Eliza Aldrich Melton, and compiled into the book, "Bringing in the Sheaves: A True Story of Pioneer Days" in 1978. Also included is unpublished material including Melton's schoolwork from the 1860s of compositions, penmanship exercises and prose, and a song, letter, and essay by an unknown author.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections December 2005

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1937.

Personal Name(s)

  • Kersting, Marjorie
  • Melton, Ann Eliza Aldrich, 1849-


  • Country life
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Bringing in the Sheaves: A True Story of Pioneer Days by Marjorie Kersting 1978 

1996H 1

Essays in book 

Box Folder

“My Heritage: The Aldrich Family,” “Courtship Days of Ann Eliza,” “A Tribute to Grandma and Grandpa Melton- Delbert and Eliza,” by Marjorie Kersting Undated 

1996H 2

“Written by Eliza Melton for the Pioneer Meeting June 3, 1914 and read in the Presbyterian Church, Mason.” 

1996H 3

“A Sane Christmas”-written by Eliza Melton and read at our Farmer’s Club held at Frank Lott’s December 11, 1913 

1996H 4

“Written by Eliza Melton and read at our Alaiedon District School, November 23, 1914” 

1996H 5

Madame President and Members of the Farmers Clubs” by Eliza Melton April 19, 1913 

1996H 6

No title, [about the Township of Alaiedon] by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 7

“America’s Genius for Assimilation”- written for Missionary Meeting and Read at Mrs. George Hoyt’s, July 16, 1920” by Eliza Melton 

1996H 8

“Old Club Friendships”-written and read by Eliza Melton at Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wilson’s 50th Anniversary. Read at our club meeting April 13, 1918 

1996H 9

“My Days: Didn’t They Dance Nice, and Weren’t They Dressed Pretty? They HAVE CLOTHES ON”- written and read in North Aurelius Church at one of the Farmers Clubs meetings by Eliza Melton March 12, 1927 

1996H 10

“Alaiedon, October 16, 1922” by Eliza Melton [read at Mrs. Hardenberg’s Missionary meeting, October 20, 1922] 

1996H 11

“The Subject Given Me is the Gospel in Korea” by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 12

“Women in Music”- written by Eliza Melton for Woman’s Day at our Farmer’s Club November 13, 1920 

1996H 13

“Our Club of Fifty Years”-written by Eliza Melton and read at R.J. Bullen’s at our Club meeting January 14, 1922 

1996H 14

Letter in book- to Mr. Raymond M. Tingley from Eliza Melton December 30, 1910 

1996H 15

Letter in book- to Mrs. W.A. Melton from R.M. Tingley January 10, 1911 

1996H 16

“The Ideal Farm” (written for discussion at the Institute) by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 17

“Written by Eliza Melton for the Pioneer Meeting held at Baptist Church June 19, 1929” 

1996H 18

“A.D. Aldrich, Lansing RFD No. 3” by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 19

“When Aid Society Represented a Century of Dress- 1840, 1870 and 1913.” Written and read by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 20

“Women in Business” written and read by Eliza Melton at our Woman’s Day Farmer’s Club at Mr. Frank Seely’s November 14, 1914 

1996H 21

“The Share of the Farmer’s Wife” written and read by Eliza Melton at Farmer’s Club meeting held with Mr. & Mrs. Mac Vaughn October 8, 1910 

1996H 22

“Siam and Laos” written by Eliza Melton April 19, 1915 and read to the Missionary Meeting at Mrs. Stewart’s on May 14, 1915 

1996H 23

“Santo Domingo- The Newest Field” by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 24

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Box Folder

Poetry & Songs by Ann Eliza Aldrich 1863, 1866, Undated 

1996H 25

Compositions by Ann Eliza Aldrich February 10, 1864, Undated 

1996H 26

Poetry and Songs written for Ann Eliza Aldrich Undated 

1996H 27

Penmanship Exercises of Ann Eliza Aldrich Undated 

1996H 28

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Essays not in book 

Box Folder

Essay about 1909 meeting of the Farmers’ State Association by Eliza Melton December 7 and 8, 1909 

1996H 29

“In Memoriam” by Eliza Melton June 14, 1921 

1996H 30

“Spanish Speaking Americans” by Eliza Melton June 15, 1923 

1996H 31

Essay about modern housework by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 32

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Other materials 

Box Folder

Song- “Brooklyn Fire” by Eliza Melton Undated 

1996H 33

Letter- from Dorothy and Si Peal to Marjorie Kersting September 22, 1978 

1996H 34

Page of essay- “Louis Politte my father…” author unknown Undated 

1996H 35

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