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The one-volume memoir was handwritten, from 1903 to 1917, by David Stamm, and is a biographical sketch of his life, family history, and hardships. There are also three photographs of Stamm, including one with his wife, Catherine.

David Stamm was born December 22, 1837 in Salt Creek Township, Holmes County, Ohio, to John and Anna Elizabeth Germann Stamm. When he was five years old, the family moved to Van Wert County, Ohio. As a young man, he learned to clerk in various goods and book stores. He served in the Company H, 139th Regiment, Ohio National Guard, during the Civil War. David Stamm married Catherine (Kate) Schumm on October 31, 1867. They had 13 children, including a stillborn baby boy in 1868. Other children were John Frederick William (Willie), Louisa Magdalena Elisabeth (Lulu or Lula), and Mary Juliana (Julia), Otto Louis, Henry Albert, David, Catherine, Bertha Emilie, Theresa Rosina, Paul Gerhard, Paula Gertrud, and Carl Ferdinand. In 1883 the family moved to a small farm in Prairie City, Missouri. In November 1887 Stamm purchased a dry goods business and moved his family to Humboldt, Kansas. The family moved again in 1889 when Stamm opened a general merchandise store in Pittsburg, Kansas, on the east side of Broadway, between 2nd and 3rd streets, selling goods and groceries for twelve years before retiring. His wife, Catherine, died July 17, 1907. Stamm moved to Fort Scott, Kansas in 1913 and lived there until his death on October 22, 1920. He and his wife are buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Pittsburg, Kansas.

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Social Life and Customs


Arts and Humanities

Size of Collection

.25 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0058

Stamm, David, Memoir, 1867-1917



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