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, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 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
23 items
2 Correspondence
33 items
3 Correspondence
25 items
1909-1910 May
4 Correspondence
27 items
1910 June-1911
5 Correspondence
25 items
6 Correspondence
26 items
7 Correspondence
21 items
8 Correspondence
19 items
9 Correspondence
31 items
10 Correspondence
24 items
11 Correspondence
22 items
1919-1920 August
12 Correspondence
24 items
13 Correspondence
26 items
14 Correspondence
28 items
15 Research notes and clippings
22 items
1915-1978, undated


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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