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Onion Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: mss-122
The Onion Family Papers contains correspondence, business and financial documents, photographs, railroad correspondence and memorabilia, personal ephemera, and miscellaneous material relating to Carlos and Mary Onion of Rutland, Vermont for the period 1860-1870. The correspondence section is highlighted by three different sets of letters. The first set, found in folder #2, are letters from Carlo's brother Albert, who writes of eking out a travelling dry goods and grocery business in southwestern Minnesota during the years 1883-1896. A microfilm of the Albert Onion letters from Minnesota is on file in the Vermont Historical Society. The second set of letters found in folders 4, 6 and 7, contains letters to Carlos from his sister Maude in California. The early letters from Maude tell of the transition from life in Vermont to life in California during the early 1900's. The third set of letters were written to Carlos and Mary by Carlos' uncle, Newman Weeks. Writing from Pennsylvania during the years of 1907-1909, Mr. Weeks tells of his earlier days in Rutland. Included in the Onion Papers is Newman Weeks' Rutland general store ledger for the years 1871-1878. (See large bound Manuscripts)

The business and financial documents (folders #11-28), ranging from the years 1860-1922, pertain to the household of Carlos and Mary. Railroad correspondence and memorabilia (folders 29 and 34), payroll lists (folders 31-33), and employee names and timetables (folder30), all pertain to Carlos and his position as freight master for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad. The photographs in folder 37 include numerous shots of Carlos and Albert as well as unidentified family members. Folder 10 found at the end of the correspomdence series, pertains to the Pattee Family who were related to the Onions by marriage.

Dates

  • 1860-1940

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (1 carton)

Overview

The Onion Family Papers contains correspondence, business and financial documents, photographs, railroad correspondence and memorabilia, personal ephemera, and miscellaneous material relating to Carlos and Mary Onion of Rutland, Vermont for the period 1860-1870.

Biographical Note

Carlos Lemuel Onion was born to William W. Onion and Eliza (Pattee) Onion in Newport, Vermont on July 26, 1832. Carlos married Mary Noonan (born May 20, 1863 in Ireland) in 1886. Carlos was employed as a freight master for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad until his death in 1923.

Albert D. Onion, brother of Carlos, was born in 1834. Albert worked as a travelling dry goods and grocery salesman in the southwestern part of Minnesota. Letters to Carlos from Albert at various places in Minnesota can be found in folder #2. During his travels Albert met and later married in 1881, Rose Frear. Albert died in November of 1896 in Wodena, Minnesota.

Maude Onion, born April 9, 1860, was the younger sister of Carlos and Albert. Maude married a Nathan Marshall and moved to California in 1904. Many letters from Maude in California can be found in folders 4, 6 and 7.

Newman Weeks, uncle to Carlos, was a life and fire insurance salesman, a real estate agent, justice of the peace, notary and ticket agent for the Grand Trunk Railway while residing in Rutland, Vermont. At some point Mr. Weeks moved (apparently in retirement) to Landsdowne, Pennsylvania. Many of Newman Weeks' letters to Rutland can be found in folder #5.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please contact Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The Onion Family Papers were a gift of Margaret K. Onion, June 2, 1982.

Separated Material

Newman Weeks, General Store Ledger, 1871-1878 (Large Bound Manuscripts)

Creator

Title
Onion Family Papers, 1860-1940
Status
completed
Author
Processor: L. Durfee.
Date
2003
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)