Guide to the Tarbell-Brown Family Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tarbell-Brown Family.
Title: Tarbell-Brown Family papers
Dates: 1891-1978 ( inclusive )
1891-1941 ( bulk )
Quantity: .45 cubic feet (1 document case)
Collection Number: Mss 2508
Summary: Correspondence of the Tarbell and Brown families of Yankton, Oregon and Aroostook County, Maine. Includes letters of Charles Tarbell and Alice Tarbell Brown to their relatives. Also includes research materials relating to Yankton and St. Helens, Oregon, and to Yankton Church.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society
Research Library

1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Phone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040

Languages: The materials in the collection are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Frank and Alice Tarbell Brown came to Oregon by train from Aroostook County, Maine, around 1890. Alice was the daughter of Charles and Nancy Tarbell. They settled in Columbia County, Oregon, near St. Helens. The community was originally called Yankeetown, but was known as Yankton after the establishment of a post office in 1894. In 1892, members of the extended family of Alice Tarbell Brown migrated to the Yankton area. These included her parents, Charles and Nancy Tarbell, her brother Lawrence Tarbell, his wife Emma, their children, Iris, Cora, Guy and Ray, her brother Bert, and Bert's wife Jennie. Members of the family corresponded regularly with Alice's brother Everett and his wife Anna, who had stayed in Maine. Alice's father Charles Tarbell was a devout Baptist and is credited with building the Yankton church.

Content Description

The collection includes correspondence from Oregon family members to Anna and Everett Tarbell and Hattie Dunn, a family friend. Correspondents include Charles and Lucius Tarbell (Everett's father), Alice Tarbell Brown (his sister), Beth Brown Masters (Alice's daughter), Joseph and Almeda Tarbell (cousins), Mrs. D. J. Wilkin (Cousin Maggie), Lawrence Tarbell (Everett's brother), Lucius Tarbell, C. H. McKee (pastor), Charles Tarbell (grandson) and niece Sarah. Subjects include agriculture, hops, livestock, and schools. Also included are research notes on the history of Yankton Church, as well as Yankton and St. Helens post offices and school districts.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

Transcriptions of some of the letters are available in Oliver S. Egbert, The Tarbells of Yankton : a family and a community 1891-1932 presented in letters, in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation :  

Tarbell-Brown family papers, Mss2508, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in one series.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Egbert S. Oliver, 1978 July.

Bibliography :  
  • Oliver, Egbert S., The Tarbells of Yankton : a family and a community 1891-1932 presented in letters (Portland, Or. : The HaPi Press, 1978).

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 Correspondence, 1891-1900
23 items
2 Correspondence, 1903-1908
33 items
3 Correspondence, 1909-1910 May
25 items
4 Correspondence, 1910 June-1911
27 items
5 Correspondence, 1912
25 items
6 Correspondence, 1913
26 items
7 Correspondence, 1914
21 items
8 Correspondence, 1915
19 items
9 Correspondence, 1916
31 items
10 Correspondence, 1917-1918
24 items
11 Correspondence, 1919-1920 August
22 items
12 Correspondence, 1920-1922
24 items
13 Correspondence, 1923-1928
26 items
14 Correspondence, 1929-1941
28 items
15 Research notes and clippings, 1915-1978, undated
22 items


The collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings:

  • Personal Names :
  • Brown, Alice Tarbell--Correspondence.
  • Dunn, Hattie--Correspondence.
  • Tarbell, Anna--Correspondence.
  • Tarbell, Charles Lucius--Correspondence.
  • Tarbell, Everett, d. 1915--Correspondence.
  • Tarbell, Lawrence--Correspondence.
  • Family Names :
  • Brown family.
  • Tarbell family.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Aroostook County (Me.)--History.
  • Maine--History.
  • St. Helens (Or.)--History.
  • Yankton (Or.)--History.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture--Oregon--Columbia County--History.
  • Churches--Oregon--Columbia County--History.
  • Hops--Oregon--Columbia County--History.
  • Livestock--Oregon--Columbia County--History.
  • Schools--Oregon--Columbia County--History.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Clippings.
    • Letters.

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