Carlton R. Felch diaries
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The collection consists of rather brief daily entries in yearly diaries from 1862 through 1918 with the years 1866-1867, 1879-1877, and 1912-1917 missing. At the end of some diaries are records of accounts and/or listings of some local news items, local events, and local deaths, marriages, etc. The Civil War period records the weather and the bare facts of daily activities with entries such as, "Laid around camp all day playing euchre. Got one ration of whisky. . Hard fighting at G." This same factual recording continues in the post-war period. "Commenced today on the ten hour system at Fairbanks shop. Worked today on railroad scales. Planted corn. Weather cold and stormy." National events, such as the death of Lincoln, the battles of war, his being wounded, the near death of his son are also listed in a matter-of-fact manner, "Abraham Lincoln was shot in his private box in the theater by an actor by the name of Booth. At 5 this morning I was hit by a minie ball in the thigh, a flesh wound not very serious. George was much worse. Drs. Folsom & Bullard gave him up to die but he afterward rallied and was much better." His activities after the war, beyond his work at E. & T. Fairbanks, included participation in the Odd Fellows, attending church, visiting friends, paying bills, and household maintenance chores.
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Carlton R. Felch of Waterford, Vermont, enlisted in the Third Regiment of the Vermont Voluntary Infantry on June 1, 1861, and served throughout the Civil War, reenlisting at the end of 1863. He was wounded twice, the last time a few days before the end of the War. After returning to Vermont he married Charlotte French of Glover and worked at the Fairbanks Scale Company until his retirement in 1910 at the age of 73.
2 Linear Feet (40 folders)
The collection consists of rather brief daily entries in yearly diaries from 1862 through 1918 with the years 1866-1867, 1879-1877, and 1912-1917 missing. At the end of some diaries are records of accounts and/or listings of some local news items, local events, and local deaths, marriages, etc.
For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Archives.
- Guide to the Carlton R. Felch diaries, 1862-1918
- Processor: Suzanne Gallagher.
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