Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Oakleaf mss. II, 1895-1909, consist chiefly of requests for railway passes by Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf, 1858- 1930, lawyer of Moline, Illinois, to officials of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Co.: Marcus Lafayette Bell, Benjamin Stickney Cable, Robert Mather and William Thomasson Rankin. Occasionally a pass is attached to a letter for renewal. A few signed carbons of replies from Cable and his letter of 16 July 1906 are present in the collection. Some of the later requests are from Josephus Leroy Oakleaf.

Several letters indicate interests in other matters: 1895, May 21 - an ordinance concerning flagmen; 1898, Apr. 2 - burglary of a freight car; 1899, Jan. 3 - question regarding a land title; 1899, Jan. 13, 24 and 1900, Mar. 2 - appointment to the position of referee in a bankruptcy case; 1899, Aug. 16 - comment on railway passes; 1907, Jan. 9 - Oakleaf's collection of Lincoln literature and his booklet about Lincoln and the Rock Island bridge fight; 1909, Dec. 27 - J.L. Oakleaf expresses his concern about the health of Harvey McKinley and his father.

The collection is accompanied by a printed 1909 campaign card of J.B. Oakleaf for judge of the circuit court, which bears his picture, enclosed with the letter of 29 December 1908.

Collection size: 180 items

Related manuscripts: Oakleaf mss.

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