Friday, January 19, 2018

1886-1890 Autograph Album of Frederick Fair, Student at Avalon College at Avalon, Missouri


1886-1890 autograph album that belonged to Frederick Fair of Missouri, a student at Avalon College, initially located at Avalon, Missouri, and moved, in 1890, to a more convenient location at Trenton, Missouri, which lay along a rail line.

Fred didn't inscribe a page in his album, but his identity was confirmed by the first inscription in the album, that of his parents, Thomas Fair and Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie", and by inscriber H. M. Ambrose, who directed his sentiment to "Fred Fair".  H. M. Ambrose was Hugh M. Ambrose, first president of Avalon College.



The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4" and contains several illustrated pages and the sentiments of 38 of Fred's relatives, friends, schoolmates and college instructors.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

? [3]PPelzSSmith
AAmbrosePetersSpears
BBeauchampRRankinTToomay
Blaine [4]Reed [2]WWanamaker
FFair [4]ReeseWashburn
Forsythe [4]ReevesWilliams
GGinterRickenbrode [2]
KKumler [2]Roberts
MMacklin [2]
Millay


From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Frederick J. Fair was born July 6, 1871 at Avalon, Missouri, the son of Thomas Fair and Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair.  It doesn't appear that any of Fred's siblings inscribed pages in his album.  However, relatives who did inscribe pages include his maternal aunt, Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, shown below, and husband William Morrison Blaine, and two of their children, Fred's cousins Harry Elmer Blaine and James Shields Blaine.


Avalon faculty, other than President Hugh M. Ambrose, who inscribed pages:
  • Mrs. E. B. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  She was Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, wife of Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, who inscribed the right facing page.  She was a member of the faculty at Avalon College
  • F. A. Z. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  He was Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, husband of Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, who inscribed the left facing page, and President of Avalon College starting in 1886
  • G. P. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on February 12, 1887.  President of Avalon College, Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  The Mrs. L. A. Macklin who inscribed a page was presumably Rev. Gideon P. Macklin's wife, Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, who could have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
  • J. O. Rankin; presumably Jabez Otterbein Rankin, Mathematics professor at Avalon College.  His future wife, Hattie Beauchamp, also inscribed a page.
  • F. E. Washburn; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 6, 1887.  Member of the faculty at Avalon College.
On August 12, 1903 at Avalon, Missouri, Frederick J. Fair married Nellie Amanda Miller; they had at least one child, son Frank.  About 1910 Fred set up a law practice at Avalon and practiced for the next 30 years.  Nellie died in 1926 and Fred in 1965.  They're buried in the Ridge Park Cemetery at Marshall, Missouri.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


Inscribers in the Album
  • Ora; of Asper, Missouri; inscribed on April 15, 1888
  • Ira or Ina; inscribed at Avalon College; Fred's classmate
  • Arthur
  • H. M. Ambrose; inscribed on March 6, 1887.  Fred's teacher.  First president of Avalon College Hugh M. Ambrose.  http://www.livingstoncountylibrary.org/History/County/1886/1886chapt23.htm
  • Hattie Beauchamp; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri.  She would marry inscriber Jabez Otterbein Rankin.
  • Harry Blaine; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on January 6, 1887.  Fred's cousin Harry Elmer Blaine, son of William Morrison Blaine and Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie"
  • R. Ellen Blaine; inscribed on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1888.  Fred's aunt, perhaps Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, half sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie", and wife of William Morrison Blaine
  • Shields Blaine; Fred's cousin, possibly James Shields Blaine, son of William Morrison Blaine and Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, who was a sister to Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair.
  • W. M. Blaine; Fred's uncle William Morrison Blaine, husband of Rebecca Ellen (Shields) Blaine, sister of Fred's mother Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".
  • ? Fair; inscribed at Cavendish, Missouri, on June 8, 1888.  Fred's cousin, possibly Roxella Fair
  • Frederick Fair of Avalon, Missouri; album owner and student at Avalon College
  • Nannie Fair; inscribed on December 29, 1886, along with her husband Thomas Fair.  She was Nancy Isabell (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".  Fred's parents.
  • Thomas Fair; inscribed on December 29, 1886, along with his wife Nancy Isabelle (Shields) Fair, "Nannie".  Fred's parents
  • Arthur R. Forsythe of Tina, Missouri; inscribed on March 11, 1890 at Avalon College
  • Florence Forsythe of Bosworth, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on March 11, 1890
  • H. A. Forsythe of Bosworth, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on March 12, 1890
  • Loreno Forsythe of Star, Missouri; "way down in Maine"; inscribed on 3-11-1890 at Avalon College
  • H. W. Ginter of Helena, Missouri; inscribed on January 20, 1887 at Avalon, Missouri.  Presumably Henry W. Ginter
  • Mrs. E. B. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  She was Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, wife of Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, who inscribed the right facing page.  She was a member of the faculty at Avalon College
  • F. A. Z. Kumler; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 29, 1887.  He was Franklin Abia Zeller Kumler, husband of Emma F. (Bender) Kumler, who inscribed the left facing page, and President of Avalon College starting in 1886
  • G. P. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on February 12, 1887.  President of Avalon College, Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  The Mrs. L. A. Macklin who inscribed a page was presumably Rev. Gideon P. Macklin's wife, Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, who  could have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
  • Mrs. L. A. Macklin; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on January 26, 1877.  She was presumably Mary Elizabeth (Arford) Macklin, wife of Rev. Gideon P. Macklin.  She may have gone by Lizzie A. Macklin.
  • Lillian Millay; inscribed in 1887; Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
  • Emil E. Pelz of Stolphe Pommerania, Germany; inscribed at Avalon College on March 6, 1887
  • Maggie Peters; inscribed on 1-3, 87.  Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
  • J. O. Rankin; presumably Jabez Otterbein Rankin, Mathematics professor at Avalon College.  His future wife, Hattie Beauchamp, also inscribed a page.
  • Ida Reed; inscribed on January 13, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate, presumably at Avalon College
  • Jimmie Reed; inscribed on January 7, 1887
  • W. S. Reese; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, possibly at Avalon College, on February 17, 1888
  • Anna Reeves of Tina, Missouri; inscribed on June 4, 1888 at Avalon College.  Fred's classmate
  • Gertie Rickenbrode of Avalon, Missouri; inscribed on March 27, 1887
  • H. Rickenbrode; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 27, 1887
  • Florence Roberts; inscribed at Avalon, presumably Avalon College, on March 16, 1890.  Fred's schoolmate
  • Myrtle Smith of Los Gatos, California; inscribed on January 18, 1887
  • Lulu E. Spears; inscribed at Avalon College on March 10, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate
  • John B. Toomay of Finney's Grove, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College at Avalon, Missouri, on January 19, 1887.  Fred's schoolmate.  He became a Congregational minister at St. Louis, Missouri.
  • W. L. Wanamaker; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on December 30, 1886
  • F. E. Washburn; inscribed at Avalon, Missouri, on March 6, 1887.  Member of the faculty at Avalon College.
  • D. R. Williams of Dawn, Missouri; inscribed at Avalon College on June 4, 1888.  Fred's classmate


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