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-- Manuscript Group 1531, Florence M. Disbrow (1892 - 1918), Student Diary, 1908 - 1909

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Manuscript Group 1531, Florence M. Disbrow (1892-1918), Student

Diary, 1908-1909, 0.1 linear feet / 1 volume


Diary, 1908-1909, of Florence M. Disbrow (1892-1918), a student at Washington Street School in Newark, New Jersey.

Gift of Shirley Leclair, 2001.


Biographical Note:

Florence May Disbrow, the daughter of Emma L. Trowbridge (1869-1952) and William H. Disbrow (1868-1931) was born on August 6, 1892.  The family lived on East Kinney Street in Newark, New Jersey and Florence attended the Washington Street School.  She had one brother Harry Lindsley Disbrow (1898-1974).  Florence Disbrow married William R. Ruppert on November 27, 1917, and the couple had one son, Kenneth William Ruppert (b. January 10, 1918).  Shortly after his birth, on  June 1, 1918, Kenneth Ruppert died of cholera.  Both William and Florence Ruppert died during the flu epidemic later that same year, he on October 18, 1918 and she three days later on October 21.


Disbrow Family File, The New Jersey Historical Society


Provenance Note:

The diary was the gift of Shirley Disbrow Leclair, Florence Disbrow Ruppert's niece, in January of 2001.


Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of Florence Disbrow’s diary, kept from December 28, 1908 to December 31, 1909.  In it she gives a daily account of her activities, largely mentioning friends and social activities.  Among her outings are trips to band concerts, trick-or-treating on Halloween, shopping in town, evening lectures, and socials.  Although Disbrow was a student, her comments about school are generally restricted to mentioning that she was there all day.


Processed by Alicia Santoliquido, June 2001

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