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Farm account books

 Collection — Folder: S1864
Identifier: S1864

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a "Bickmore's Farm Account Book" containing records ranging from 1916 to 1917 of a farm located in Hancock County, Indiana. The account book records information regarding the breeding of farm animals, work done and payment made for farm labor, doctor fees, and other farm expenses. Also part of the collection is a "High Value Composition Book," purchased from Brewster's O.K. Drugstore in Fortville, Indiana, and used to record the farm accounts in 1922. A large number of the entries are related to Mary L. Keaster and other entries suggest the two account books were kept by her son Renzo Keaster.


  • 1916-1922

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

This collection is believed to have belonged to Lorenzo "Renzo" Cleveland Keaster. Born October 13, 1884 to William J. and Mary Lucinda (Jackson) Keaster, he lived is entire life in Hancock County, Indiana. He died at the age of 78 on April 18, 1963.

Sources: "Renzo C. Keaster." Indiana, U.S. Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed May 11, 2021. "Lorenzo Cleaveland "Renzo" Keaster." Find a Grave Memorial no. 57500156. Accessed May 11, 2021.

"Renzo C. Keaster Funeral sunday: Fortville Area Resident Dies Thursday." The Daily Reporter (Greenfield, Ind.), april 19, 1963.


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 Anderson Pulbic Library on 2018/06/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/05/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/05/11 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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