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A collection of records, ledgers, and receipts from John Honstead’s store. The collection also includes Chloe Honstead’s purse and notebooks.

John Honstead was born in Van Wert, Ohio, October 1851. He became proficient in carpentry and by the age of 19 was teaching the trade. Honstead came to Neosho County, Kansas in 1879 where he worked as a carpenter and farmed. A few years later, he moved to Moran, Kansas and became a contractor and builder, building the schoolhouse, businesses houses, and residences. Honstead then went on to operate the hardware and undertaking business in Mulberry, Kansas. John Honstead was also a director at The Citizens State Bank in Mulberry. He and his wife, Sophronia, had three children, Millie, Ivy, and Chloe. John Honstead died in 1936.

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Business and Industry


Arts and Humanities | Business

Size of Collection

1 linear foot

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0248

Honstead, John, Collection, 1901-1930



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