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RG1588.AM:  Charles Emerson Wood, 1868-1967

Papers:  1870-1958

Talmage, Otoe County, Nebraska:  Banker

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


Charles Emerson Wood, born in Mahaska County near what is now Oskalosa, Iowa, was the child of a missionary pastor. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Helena, townsite near the present town of Cook, Nebraska. In 1891, C.E. Woods entered the employment of the Bank of Talmage. In 1928 he was a member of the board of directors, and cashier; and from 1942-1946 he was President and casher. He remained with the bank as Vice-President until his retirement in 1958.


This collection consists of one box of material arranged in six series: 1) Correspondence, 1928-1958; 2) Printed matter; 3) Manuscript; 4) Land deed, 1867; 5) Bible and 6) Scrapbooks.

This material relates to early banking in Nebraska, early history of Talmage, and of the town of Helena.

Note: Please see photo component [RG1588.PH] for photographs.


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1928-1958

Box 1


  1. Includes a letter from D.J. Wood relating some early history of Nebraska banking

Series 2 – Printed matter

  1. Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1884. This oddity was published under the names of “Mr. & Mrs. John E. Stinkfinger,” and describes the desecration of the Helena Presbyterian Church. See the Nebraska History Blog for more information about this publication.

  2. “Speaking of Pioneers,” clippings of the column by C.E. Wood from the Talmage Tribune, July 3, 24 and 31, 1952

  3. Includes “Jesus-The Divine,” pamphlet by David J. Wood; broadsides publicizing the sixtieth anniversary of the bank in honor of C.E. Woods

Series 3 – Manuscript

  1. “Reminiscences About a Deserted Village,” D.J. Wood, 1920 – relates to settlement of Helena; desecration of the church and printing of Stinkfinger’s Popular Illustrated, and to businesses and people in the area

Series 4 – Deed

  1. Records sale of land in the settlement of Helena from Benjamin and Sarah Lushbaugh, and Charles G. Dorsey to Alanson T. Wood, 1869

Series 5 – Bible

  1. New York: American Bible Society, 1870 – this is the pulpit Bible of the Helena Presbyterian Church (Alanson T. Wood, pastor, was the father of C.E. Woods) which was desecrated in the church

Series 6 – Scrapbooks

  1. Indexed: Mostly clippings of letters and columns written by D.J. Wood, ca. 1914-1928

  2. Scrapbook of unrelated items, clippings and newsphotos – Otoe County history


Subject headings:

Banks and banking — Nebraska

Helena (Nebraska) — Presbyterian church

Helena (Nebraska) — History

Otoe County (Nebraska) — History

Talmage (Nebraska) — Banking

Wood, Alanson T.

Wood, Charles Emerson, 1868-1967

Wood, David Judson, ?-1942


DAB/HEK/sw         07-08-1966

Revised TMM       05-16-2007