Thursday, September 11, 2014

1879-1880 Autograph Album of Emma Sprague of Watertown, Wisconsin; many Temperance Movement Signers


1879-1880 autograph album of Emma Sprague of Watertown, Wisconsin, with signatures from fellow members in temperance societies, including many who attended a conference at Detroit, Michigan, in 1879.

Read more about the temperance movement up until 1881 in the book The Comprehensive History of the Rise and Progress of the Temperance Reformation from the Earliest Period to September 1881, by Peter Turner Winskill, published in 1881.

The autograph album of an Emma Sprague of Lancaster, Wisconsin, is featured in another post.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of 90 of Emma's friends and "brethren".  An alphabetical surname list and an alphabetical list of the signers, together with any personal information they offered, appear at the end of this list.

One signer was Eugene W. Clafin, twice a candidate for U.S. President on the Prohibition ticket.  He inscribed his page at Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1879.


Right Worthy Grand Templar Theo. D. Kanouse prepared a report in advance of the 1879 convention, which you can read here.  Both he and his wife signed pages in Emma's album, he on February 15, 1880, and she on February 17, 1880.



Charles C. Southwell inscribed a page at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 26, 1879 and included a sketch.


If you have information on Emma Sprague of Watertown, Wisconsin, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Surname list

? [3]EP
AEastmanPaddock [3]
Allen [2]ErvinPhelps
AngelFPhillips
Atwater [3]FairchildPotter [2]
BFinchPound
Barter [2]Freeman [2]Price [2]
BassettGR
BennisonGilesRobb
BeringerGill [2]S
BlissHSagendorph
BriggsHammond [2]Seboski
Brown [2]HastingsSkinner
CHavensSouthwell [2]
ChafinHaylett [2]Sprague
ClementsonHeathcock [2]Spruce
CollinsHendricksonStewart [2]
ComstockHickmanSutton
CoppHolfordT
CramptonHookingTeasdale
CurryHooperThomas [3]
DHuntW
DisbrowHutchinsonWarren
DonnellKWay
DraperKanouse [2]Weaver [2]
DunhamKnapp [2]Whitcomb
KnightWilliams
Wilson
Woodford

Signers in the album    [Note: Given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.

?
  • ? of London Ontario, at P.G.W.C.T., presumably Grand Worthy Chief Templar
  • Jen M. ? [possibly Wms. for Williams] of Cambria, Wisconsin, signed on June 11, 1879; "Friend and Sister"
  • "Your young sister "Gaynor J."
A
  • Phil Allen, Jr., signed at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, on November 24, 1879
  • Anettie Allen of Bell Center, Wisconsin
  • F. M. Angel of Rice Lake, Wisconsin
  • Mrs. M. C. Atwater, signed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 26 [no year written, but presumably 1879]. "May the indicent of the Evening be ever uppermost in your mind when you think of Milwaukee__" "Faith, Hope & Charity"
  • Jennie M. Atwater of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, signed on June 26, 1879; "Yours Fraternally"
  • E. W. Atwater of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, signed on June 26, 1879
B
  • Libbie M. Barter of Markesan, Wisconsin, signed on July 7, 1879; "your sister"
  • W. J. Barter, L.D. of Markesan Lodge, No. 85, signed at Markesan, Wisconsin, on July 7, 1879
  • C. W. Bassett, G.W.S., Abingdon, Illinois, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • L. Bennison, signed at New Diggings, Wisconsin, on November 13, 1879; presumably Lydia Bennison
  • Susia Beringer, signed at Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Merton Convention
  • D. G. Bliss, signed at Boscobel, Wisconsin, on November 28, 1879
  • R. R. Briggs of Mauston, Wisconsin, signed on September 4, 1879
  • Loren Brown of Kansas, possibly Girard, Kansas, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • Mrs. J. A. Brown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, signed on June 26, 1879
C
  • E. W. Chafin, D.C.T., 3rd District, signed at Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1879. Twice candidate for President on the Prohibition ticket, Eugene W. Chafin: http://www.linkstothepast.com/waukesha/chafin.php
  • Fanny Clementson of Rechabite Lodge No. 53, signed at Pearl Gathers Temple No. 15, at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, on November 17, 1879
  • Alura Collins of Sweet Home Temple, signed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 1879
  • Nancy J. Comstock
  • Uriah Copp, Jr., G.W.C.T. of Illinois, [ possibly Oakalla, Illinois], signed at Detroit, Michigan, R. W. G. L.." [Right Worthy Grand Lodge], May 1879
  • R. W. Crampton, G.W.C. of Illinois, 572 Madison St., Chicago, 25th Session, R.W.G.L., [Right Worthy Grand Lodge] Detroit.
  • Kate M. Curry, "yours in F.L. & T."
D
  • Lillie J. Disbrow of Bridgport, Connecticut [Bridgeport]
  • John O. Donnell, R.R.W.G.L., Right Worthy Grand Lodge, of Detroit, Michigan, signed at Louville, Lewis County, New York. R.W.G.L., Right Worthy Grand Lodge
  • A. S. Draper, G.W.C.T., Grand Worthy Chief Templar, of New York, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • Dora Dunham, signed at West Bend, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1879
E
  • Eunice M. Eastman, signed at Merton, Wisconsin, on June 7, 1879
  • J. Ervin of Minneapolis, Minnesota; middle initial possibly V or ?
F
  • Mamie L. Fairchild of St. Louis, Missouri, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879 at R.W.G.L.; "Yours Fraternally". Right Worthy Grand Lodge
  • Jonathan B. Finch, G.W.C. [Grand Worthy Chief?], Lincoln, Nebraska, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 29, 1877 [not sure if he meant 1877 or 1879, as all other autographs are from 1879 and later.]
  • Mary L. Freeman, signed at Hartford, Wisconsin, on September 19, 1879
  • Alta E. Freeman, signed at Hartford [presumably Wisconsin], on September 19, 1879. "Your Sister in F.H. & C." [Faith, Hope & Charity]
G
  • H. H. Giles, signed at Madison [presumably Wisconsin], on September 4, 1879
  • Joshua Gill, G.W.C.T., Grand Worthy Chief Templar, of South Framingham, Massachusetts, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • Nelson Gill of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, signed on September 4, 1879. "Faith, Hope & Charity"
H
  • Carr L. Hammond, Supt. Cascade Temple #40, signed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 26, 1879
  • Theo M. Hammond of Cascade Juvenile Temple #40, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Samuel ? Hastings of Madison, Wisconsin, signed on May 28, 1879. I think his middle initial was D for Samuel D. Hastings. "your brother"
  • John P. Havens, signed in 1879
  • H. L. Haylett, signed at Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, on "6-9-1879"
  • Susie Haylett, signed at Menomenee Falls, Wisconsin, on "6-8-1873"
  • Mattie Heathcock
  • Mary Heathcock of Linden, Wisconsin, "your sister in F.H. & C." [Faith, Hope & Charity]
  • Ed. A. Hendrickson of Watertown, Wisconsin, signed on February 18, 1880; "your brother"
  • J. J. Hickman, R.W.G.T., presumably Right Worthy Grand Templar, of Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Mary Holford of Bloomington, Wisconsin, signed on October 17, 1880
  • D. W. Hooking [not sure of surname], G.W.S. of Syracuse [can't read state initials, but presumably New York], signed on May 2y, 1879
  • Eunice Hooper, P.W.V.T. [Past Worthy Vice Templar] of Illinois, Pana, Illinois, signed at Detroit, Michigan, R.W.G.L., May 28, 1879. Right Worthy Grand Lodge.
  • Anna E. Hunt, signed at West Bend, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1879
  • A. M. Hutchinson of Pine Island, Minnesota, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879. "P.G.W.C.T. of Minnesota [Past Grand Worthy Chief Templar] and P.G. Supt of J.T." [possibly Past Grand Supt. of Juvenile Temperance.]
K
  • Theo D. Kanouse, signed at Watertown, Wisconsin, on February 15, 1880. "F.H. & C." [Faith, Hope & Charity]
  • Mrs. Theo D. Kanouse, signed on February 17, 1880 at Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Eva C. Knapp of Brandon, Wisconsin, signed on June 21, 1879
  • Flora A. Knapp of Brandon, Wisconsin, signed on June 21, 1879
  • Miletus Knight of Durand, Wisconsin, signed on September 4, 1879; "Your Brother"
P
  • Elmer E. Paddock of Markesan, Wisconsin, signed on July 8, 1879; "yours in F.H. and C. (Faith, Hope & Charity); T. L. and P."
  • Walt S. Paddock of Markesan, Wisconsin, A.D., July 8, 1879
  • Mrs. L. Paddock, signed at Markesan, Wisconsin, on July 8, 1879; middle initial perhaps I or C or J or ?
  • Delia Phelps, signed at Lancaster [no state written], signed on May 16, 1880
  • Nellie Phillips of Butler, Wisconsin, signed on June 5, 1879
  • Mary A. Potter of Red Wing, Minnesota, signed on June 7, 1879
  • Ella M. Potter, signed at Platteville, Wisconsin, on November 9, 1879; "Your Sister"
  • Homer L. Pound of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, signed at Madison, Wisconsin, on September 4, 1879. "Yours in F.H. &.C. [Faith, Hope & Charity]"
  • W. T. Price of Fairchild, Wisconsin, Excelsior Lodge, 374 L.D.
  • Mrs. William Price of Excelsior Lodge 374, V.T., signed at Fairchild [no state written, but presumably Wisconsin] on September 29, 1879
R
  • Fannie G. Robb; not sure of middle initial. F.H.&.C. (Faith, Hope & Charity)
S
  • D. P. Sagendorph, P.G.W.C. Templar [Past Grand Worthy Chief Templar], Charlotte, Michigan, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 30, 1879
  • John Seboski of Chicago, Illinois, signed at Detroit, Michigan
  • Lee B. Skinner, signed at Watertown, Wisconsin, on February 18, 1880
  • Charles O. Southwell, signed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 26, 1879; sketch
  • Claude A. Southwell, W.D.S. Mil. Dist., signed at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 14, 1879
  • Emma Sprague of Watertown, Wisconsin; album owner
  • George A. Spruce, D.C.T., 9th Dist, 132 Grand Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, signed on June 25, 1879 "May we meet in our next convention"
  • Mrs. P. H. Stewart
  • J. H. Stewart, signed at Madison, Wisconsin, in 1879: inscribed to "Dear Friend & Sister"
  • ? Sutton, M.D., P.G.W.C.T. [Past Grand Worthy Chief Templar] of New York, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
T
  • John B. Teasdale of, or signed at, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, on Noember 23, 1879
  • Minnie Thomas, signed at Hazel Green, Wisconsin, on November 17, 1879
  • Josiah Thomas; "your friend and brother"
  • Laura Thomas of Hazel Green, Wisconsin, signed on November 17, 1879
W
  • Mary E. Warren, P.G.? [Past Grand x?], of Fox Lake, Wisconsin, Lodge ?, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • Amanda M. Way of Lawrence, Kansas, signed at Detroit, Michigan, in 1879
  • Lottie Weaver; signed on July 1, 1879.  Shared the page with Minnie Weaver
  • Minnie Weaver; signed on July 1, 1879.  Shared the page with Lottie Weaver
  • W. H. S. Whitcomb of Burlington, Vermont, signed at Detroit, Michigan, on May 28, 1879
  • Owen C. Williams, P.C. Little Pearle J.T., Cambria, Columbia County, Wisconsin, signed on July 12, 1879
  • Lillie E. Wilson of Markesan, Wisconsin, signed on "7-6-1879"
  • Helen M. Woodford, signed at Barton [no state written, but possibly Wisconsin], on September 14, 1879
Watertown, Wisconsin


Thanks for stopping by!

2 comments:

  1. This might be Emma Sprague:

    1880 Rome Village, Sullivan, Jefferson, Wisconsin
    June 26, 1880

    H D Sprague Self M 66 New York, father in RI, mother in NY, blacksmith
    Lorinda J Sprague Wife F 48 Maine, father in Maine, mother in NH
    Walter H Sprague Son M 24 Wisconsin, no occupation
    Emma L Sprague Daughter F 20 Wisconsin, milliner
    Joel Fass Other M 73 Maine, parents also, laborer

    https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MN4P-8C2


    There is an Edwin Hendrickson, Watertown, age 18 in 1880. Also a Lee B Skinner, age 19, in 1880, also in Watertown.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks, Ed. I wondered about that one, too, and it's always fun to see a possible Maine connection!

    ReplyDelete