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Elmer E. Elliott personal narrative

 Collection — Folder: S2419
Identifier: S2419

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a mimographed copy of "A Hog Drive to Evansville, 1879," a narrative by Elmer E. Elliott of his experience helping drive a herd of 140 hogs from New Harmony, Indiana to Evansville when he was fourteen years old. Elliott's account was transcribed from a magnetic tape recording of an interview conducted at his home in New Harmony on December 28, 1959. The typewritten transcription was completed in 1960 by Elliott A. Riggs for the Ohio Valley Folk Research Project of the Ross County Historical Society, Chillicothe, Ohio and includes an editor's note and biographical sketch of Riggs. "To Dr. Scott with compliments" is handwritten on the cover page along with Riggs' signature and the date of February 1960.


  • 1959-1960


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Elmer Ellsworth Elliott was born August 27, 1865 in New Harmony, Indiana to John B. and Helen (Soper) Elliott. He married Helen May Wilson on October 19, 1892 and they had two daughters, May Helen and Mary Ruth. Elliott was a farmer and served as the president of the New Harmony Bank and the First National Bank. A lifelong resident of New Harmony, he died at age 100 on September 28, 1965.


"Elliott-Wilson: A Brilliant Rural Wedding in Lynn Township." New Harmony Register (IN), October 21, 1892.

"Elmer E. Elliott, 100, dies: Retired Banker." Indianapolis Star (IN), September 29, 1965.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from H.W. Scott on 1976/11/11.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies may be found in the following collections:

L209: Indiana Sesquicentennial Manuscript project, MS-297

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/10 by Laura Eliason.
Elmer E. Elliott personal narrative
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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