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Catalog Number 1945.002.00036
Object Name File, Document
Title Armstrong-Coutts Papers
Scope & Content John Coutts was born in 1842 near Tipton, IA. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union Army. He fought in seven battles during the Civil War before he received his discharge in 1865. After his military service Coutts returned to Iowa. His family later moved to Colton, SD, and moved again to Sioux Falls, SD. This collection contains various Civil War era documents from Private John Coutts, Company C, 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. The collection includes items such as letters, discharge papers, a military pass, and a collection of calling cards.

Folder One: An unused Chattel Mortgage with power of sale form and a visiting card for the Catholic Relief Corps No. 7 of the Iowa Woman's Relief Corps. The card certifies that Ellen Couts is a member in good standing.

Folder Two: A card that entitles the holder to coffee for he and his family, from John Coutts, Quartermaster; letter from C. A. Wendt of Sherman, TX to Mr. A. Coutts of Rock Valley, IA asking for Coutts's permission to marry his daughter, May; another letter, from E. C. to his sister,dated 12 April 1865. E. C. is answering a letter from his sister; he writes of waiting for back pay, Sherman's Army, and General Lee surrendering his army and a travel brochure for Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. The front cover has an image of a war scene from July 1861. The inside of the front cover describes the location and its history. The next page has an etching of Harper's Ferry and a description of the costs of visiting.

Folder Three: Seven envelopes from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, Louisiana Purchase Centenial Exposition. The envelopes have full color images of the Manufactuers Building, Machinery Building, Transportation Building, Mines and Metallurgy Building, a logo of the Louisiana Purchase Centennial with a woman, globe, bald eagle and the American flag, and a depiction of the transfer of the Louisiana Territory. There is also a black and white image of the Manufacturers Building. The folder also contains a Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company Workman's Weekly Pass, and a wooden postcard from Peters Shoe Company with a picture of the Cascades Building and fountain, and a bridge and "St. Louis Day World's Fair Sept. 15 - 04." on the front.

Folder Four: A paper ribbon or bookmark on crinkled paper. There is a sketch of William McKinley and the date and place of his assassination, Temple of Music, Pan American Exhibition, September 6 1901, died September 14, 1901. There is also a program for the Oldroyd Lincoln Memorial Collection, which is housed in the house in which Abraham Lincoln died. The cover has an image of the house, the inside has a description of Lincoln's assassination and a description of the artifacts in the collections.

Folder Five: I. O. O. F. (International Order of Odd Fellows) Anniversary Ball in Canon, Dakota, 26 April 1887. The music was provided by the Celebrated Queen City Orchestra. The pages have dances listed and the names of the woman who participated in the dance with the holder of the dance card. The card is in the shape of a flower. There is also the cover of a birthday card with a cottage, lake, and flowers.

Folder Six: A collection of calling cards and place cards.



Dates of Creation 1863-1904
Language of Material English
Imagefile 005\011_194500200036.JPG
Search Terms Civil War
Womens Relief Corps (WRC)
International Order of Oddfellows
I. O. O. F.
St. Louis World's Fair
Louisiana Purchase Exposition