Collection contains papers relating to Daniel M. Arbour of Redford, Michigan, spanning from 1845 to 1874. Includes five letters to his daughter in Michigan, dated 1861-1864; two envelopes are Wells, Fargo & Co. covers, one with three stamps; two letters announcing his death, another regarding his property, a lock of dark brown hair, and miscellaneous papers including poetry, a Detroit marriage certificate, an invitation to a ball and an obituary.
Daniel M. Arbour was born circa 1817 in New York State. He emigrated to Redford, Michigan and married Laura Lucina Woute in Detroit on July 29, 1845. They had a daughter named Laura Druscilla Jane (Arbour) Pierce, who resided in Redford, Michigan.
Arbour traveled west in 1859 or 1860 to seek his fortune as a prospector. He travelled to California and then Nevada, and established a saloon in Reno, Nevada before he fell into debt around 1969. Penniless, he then drove a team of cattle from Reno to White Pine, Nevada. Arbour eventually settled in Maryland Wells Station, Eureka, Nevada, where he died on December 21, 1873.
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[Identification of item/Title], Daniel M. Arbour papers (RHC-92). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. http://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/539 Accessed September 24, 2017.