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Fred Farnsworth

Fred Farnsworth
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Fred Farnsworth worked for the U. S. Post Office and this image shows him in uniform. In 1894, he married Martha Van Orsdol Shaw, who had been recently widowed. Martha's first husband John also worked for the post office. After his death, Martha worked as a live-in care giver to Fred's mother shortly before her death. Information about Martha and Fred is contained in Martha's diaries, some of which are available on Kansas Memory. The Farnsworths lived in Topeka, Kansas.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: January 01, 1915-December 31, 1916
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This particular volume covers the years 1915 and 1916. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: January 1, 1890-December 31, 1893
Martha Van Orsdol Shaw Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary starts when she is a teenager. It describes her daily activities as she was growing up in Winfield and later Silver Lake and Topeka. She marries John W. Shaw on September 4, 1889. She refers to him as Johnny or Winnie in the diary. He works for the post office. Many of Martha's diary entries are very emotional about the boys she dates and her marriage to Johnny. From the beginning of her marriage, Martha expresses her unhappiness in her marriage. It seems to stem from Johnny's drinking and his anger when he was intoxicated. This volume covers most of her marriage to Johnny who dies on October 26, 1893. Their daughter Inez is born on January 24, 1892, but dies fives months later on June 27, 1892. Johnny dies in 1893 and Martha soon marries another post man Fred Farnsworth in 1894. During the time period covered by this diary Martha lives in Topeka; Springfield, Colorado; and Los Angeles, California, where Martha and Johnny went in hopes of curing his consumption. It is possible that this diary was rewritten from an earlier version because some entries are underlined in red.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1908-1909
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the years of 1908 through 1909. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: Between 1882 and 1889
Martha Van Orsdol Shaw Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary starts when she is a teenager. The entries in this volume describe her daily activities as she is growing up in Winfield and later Silver Lake and Topeka. She marries John W. Shaw on September 4, 1889. She refers to him as Johnny or Winnie in the diary. He works for the post office. Many of Martha's diary entries are very emotional about the boys she dates and her marriage to Johnny. From the beginning of her marriage, Martha expresses her unhappiness in her marriage. It seems to stem from Johnny's drinking and his anger when he was intoxicated. Johnny dies in October 1893 and Martha soon marries another post man Fred Farnsworth in 1894. It is possible that this diary was rewritten from an earlier version because some entries are underlined in red.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1907
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the year of 1907. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: 1917-1918
Martha Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary describes her daily activities, her first unhappy marriage to Johnny Shaw, her second happy marriage, and her involvement in social and community affairs, primarily in Topeka. Both of Martha's husbands worked for the Post Office. Martha and Fred, (sometimes called Teddy) taught a class of boys at the First Christian Church in Topeka. They continued to teach the same class as the boys grew up and these young men and the girlfriends became a surrogate family. This particular volume covers the years 1917 and 1918 during which a number of the boys in the Sunday School class served in the Army. They frequently gathered at the Farnsworth house and the class took an annual camping trip. There are emotional statements about the "enemy" as well as constant concern about "her boys." Martha did not show her diary to anyone during her lifetime so many of the entries are personal and show her emotions. She, at times, is judgmental of others. Martha was an avid amateur photographer and this diary included references to taking and printing pictures. She also makes reference to traveling by car, meaning a street car. She generally makes a distinction if she is traveling by automobile. A searchable transcription is available under Text Version below. Thanks to volunteer Erica Hare for preparing the transcription.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1904-1905
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the years of 1904 through 1905. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1903
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the year of 1903. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: January 1, 1894-December 31, 1895
Martha Van Orsdol Shaw Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary starts when she is a teenager. It describes her daily activities as she was growing up in Winfield and later Silver Lake and Topeka. She marries John W. Shaw , a postal worker, on September 4, 1889 but he dies from consumption in 1893. Many of Martha's diary entries are very emotional. After Johnny's death in 1893, Martha soon marries another post man Fred Farnsworth on May 2, 1894. Martha agonizes about her decision to marry Fred but eventually becomes content in the marriage. During the time period covered by this volume Martha lives in Topeka. She becomes involved in various community organizations and participates in various community activities. It is possible that this diary was rewritten from an earlier version because some entries are underlined in red.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: January 1--December 31, 1896
Martha Van Orsdol Shaw Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary starts when she is a teenager. It describes her daily activities as she was growing up in Winfield and later Silver Lake and Topeka. She married John W. Shaw on September 4, 1889, and he died of consumption on October 26, 1893. He works for the post office. Many of Martha's diary entries are very emotional. From the beginning of her marriage, Martha expresses her unhappiness in her marriage. It seems to stem from Johnny's drinking and his anger when he was intoxicated. During the time period covered by this volume, Martha lives in Topeka and seems content in her marriage to Fred Farnsworth. She has extensive contact with extended family and Fred and Martha visit her father in Springfield, Colorado. It is possible that this diary was rewritten from an earlier version because some entries are underlined in red.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: January 01, 1910-December 31, 1912
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This particular volume covers the years 1910 through 1912. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: January 01, 1921-December 31, 1922
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This particular volume covers the years 1921 and 1922. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: January 01, 1919-December 31, 1920
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This particular volume covers the years 1919 and 1920. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: January 01, 1913-December 31, 1914
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This particular volume covers the years 1913 and 1914. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1906
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the year of 1906. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1897-1899
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. This volume covers the years 1897 through 1899. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1917-1918
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1917 to 1918. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1915-1916
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1915 to 1916. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1910-1912
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1910 to 1912. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1919-1920
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1919 to 1920. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1913-1914
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1913 to 1914. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1908-1909
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1908 to 1909. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth diary items found

Martha Farnsworth diary items found
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1921-1922
Martha Farnsworth, a Topeka, Kansas resident, kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. Her diary entries generally fall into two different categories: "one-liners" briefly indicating where she spent her day and what the weather was like; and longer, more elaborate entries revealing how she felt about what was going on around her, and the people in her life. Martha also collected and augmented her own writing with newspaper clippings, playbills, post cards, letters and the like. These enclosures have been removed from their original locations and placed in folders at the end of the collection. This folder contains those items for 1921 to 1922. Martha's diary entries not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of Topeka at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, and her deep religious convictions.


Martha Farnsworth scrapbook #1

Martha Farnsworth scrapbook #1
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1920
This is a scrapbook compiled by Martha Farnsworth. The scrapbook includes photographs of Martha and her friends, newsclippings about the P Square G club, photographs of a Fourth of July Celebration, and updates on major events in Martha's friends lives like funerals and weddings. Martha Farnsworth lived in Topeka, Kansas from 1887 to 1924. Her scrapbooks not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of American life at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, her deep religious convictions and her vigorous energy level.


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