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Biographical Notes: Jerusha Loomis Farnham (1806-1872) who came from New York to Illinois with the party of settlers who intended to found Galesburg and Knox College in 1837. Husband Eli Farnham (1803-1882) accompanied her and was the town's first school teacher. He was also a trustee of Knox College from 1845 until his death and they were the parents of five children.
Scope Notes: JLF's diary covers the time from 1837 to 1838 during which she traveled with other settlers by covered wagon from Cazenovia, Madison County, New York to Knox County, Illinois, settling in temporary community called Log City. The itinerary was from Cazenovia through Auburn, Palmyra, Rochester to Lewiston on the Niagara River, crossing Lake Ontario by way of Hamilton. The party crossed the St. Croix River, followed the Old Sauk trail from Detroit through Dearbornville, Michigan, into Indiana and Illinois, on through Joliet, Ottawa, Vermillionville, Henepin to Log City. The diary describes life on the road, as well as life in the settlement. The account of her trip was privately published in 1937 as Log City Days in celebration of the town's and college's centenary.
Collection range: 1837-1838
Collection size: one envelope
Donor: Bessie Hinckley, granddaughter of Eli and Jerusha Farnham