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Sara Ellis biography

 Collection — Folder: S1800
Identifier: S1800

Scope and Contents

The main item in this collection is a three-page biography of Sara Catherine Deborah Ellis, the postmistress of Loco, Indiana. The first part of this biography was written by Sara’s sister, Martha Ellis Hopkins; and the second part was written by her nephew, Ellis A. Hopkins. Also included are two envelopes sent by J.B. Ellis.


  • 1896-1978


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

Sara Catherine Deborah Ellis was born on April 19, 1860, in Jefferson Township, Carroll County, Indiana. Sara’s father moved the family to Kokomo, Indiana, in 1872, when Sara was 12-years-old. Educated in the high school at Kokomo, Sara graduated with the highest honors in 1879; and she remained in the community, assuming the position of teacher in the Kokomo city schools.

However, a severe illness caused Sara to return to farm life. Eventually, her farm was designated as a post office for the rural distribution of mail. Sara named her post office “Loco,” the Latin word for “the place.” Sara remained on her farm until 1941. Sara died in Rensselaer, Indiana on July 13, 1945.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Elias K. Hopkins on 1978/11/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/09/23 by Philip N. Williams. Collection reprocessed 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/14 by Abby Currier.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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