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This collection consists of the personal writings of Mary Alma (Stevens) Cowgill, Paulena (Stevens) Janney, and Lillian (Cowgill) Blair.

Henry Clay Cowgill (1844-1914) was born in Ohio. He married Mary Alma (Stevens) Cowgill (1845-1907) in Ohio on September 19, 1865. They moved to Carthage, Missouri in November 1868. Henry owned milling, banking and mining operations in and around Carthage, including the Cowgill Milling Company. He and Mary Alma had three children: Lillian (Cowgill) Blair (1866-1931), Henry Stevens Cowgill (1877-1946), and Lloyd Cowgill (1881-1930). Mary Alma & her sister Paulena (Stevens) Janney (1840-1873) attended Earlham College in Indiana. Paulena married William Janney and they also lived in Carthage. Lillian Cowgill, daughter of Henry and Mary Alma, grew up in Carthage and attended Ohio Wesleyan College in Ohio. She married Charles Blair in 1868 and they lived in Carthage, and had three children.

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Business and Industry, Social Life and Customs



Size of Collection

.4 linear feet

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0345

Cowgill Family Collection, 1861-1880

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Business Commons



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