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William Riley Huston diary and obituary

 Collection — Folder: S2689
Identifier: S2689

Scope and Contents

There is one diary in the collection, dated April 1, 1896 to September 30, 1903. The book proceeds with daily entries of an average length of two lines. The entries remark on employment, household chores, and weather, good and bad. Huston seems to have worked intermittently as a manual laborer. As a result, many of the buildings of Winchester at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century are named (e.g., the orphans' home, the central school building). Entries also provide personal names of other residents of Winchester. Some political commentary can be found, but it is a rare instance. Also included is a copy of Huston's obituary.


  • 1896-1903


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

William Riley Huston was born in 1848 and died in 1924 in Beaumont, California. He was the son of David Huston, a pioneer of Randolph County, Indiana. Mr. Huston was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Maude Reynard, and a brother, Volney Huston of Winchester, Indiana.

William Riley Huston worked at roofing and other manual trades while he was a resident of Winchester, Indiana. He moved to California around 1906.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Ahrens on 1981/08/17.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/17 by Jennifer Carter.
William Riley Huston diary and obituary
William Riley Huston
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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