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Samuel Wells collection

 Collection — Folder: S1380
Identifier: S1380

Scope and Contents

This single typed page includes information about Samuel Wells's trip from his home in Schoolcraft, Michigan, in the fall of 1851, to Louisville, Kentucky. He traveled with his brother. They took the stage to White Pigeon, Michigan, where they got the train for South Bend. They were late arriving because the baggage car was "derailed near Bristol by a cow." In South Bend, people greeted the first passenger train's arrival with bonfires and drums. Riding a new omnibus, they went to the new St. Joseph Hotel where they spent the night. The two men ate breakfast on the stage next morning. Their driver was called Wild Jack, which Samuel "thought he deserved" because of the way he whipped the four Arabian horses and ran over the rough roads. They arrived in Logansport after midnight. The next morning, six horses pulled the stage coach. After five days of travel, they arrived at the new Bates House in Indianapolis. His clothes were covered with mud, and his silk hat was ruined. They went by train from Indianapolis to Madison, and then by steamboat forty miles to Louisville.


  • circa 1939


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Colonel Samuel Wells lived in Schoolcraft, Michigan in 1851 when he made this trip to Louisville, Kentucky. After the Civil War, he settled in New Carlisle, St. Joseph County. He had two daughters, one of whom was Mrs. John Deacon, 301 South William Street, South Bend.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Grace Osterhus during September 1939.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2018/8/2 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Samuel Wells collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.