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Daniel M. Arbour papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-92

Collection Description

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.


  • 1845-1874


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

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Biographical Note

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.


0.25 Linear feet (1 box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor unknown.

Processing Information

Formerly classified as RHIS CT 241 .A72 A72.
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States