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RG0905.AM:  Eugene Munn, 1836-1919

Reminiscence:  Undated

Size:  One folder


The collection consists of a typescript reminiscence entitled, “Reminiscences of My Life – From Boyhood,” by Eugene Munn, Otoe County, Nebraska. The reminiscence documents his life up to 1891. It mostly describes his career as a freighter to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana from the late 1850s to the mid-1860s. Munn worked for the Russell, Majors & Waddell Company as well as others. He writes about many details of his journeys: daily life; relationships with Indians and with Mormons; weather (including the blizzard at Fowlers Bluffs on April 12, 1862); the land; and the wagon train encounters with buffalo. He also writes about a confrontation with a Claim Protecting Club in 1857 when he lived in Cass County, Nebraska. In the 1870s-1880s he was active in local and state politics. Munn served three separate terms in the Nebraska State Legislature between 1871 and 1887.

Also included with the reminiscence is a photocopy of his biography that appears in “Otoe County Pioneers.”

Note:  See also Proceedings and Collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society, vol. 10, pp. 313-317: “Early Freighting and Claims Club Days in Nebraska,” by Eugene Munn.


Subject headings:

Freight and freightage

Legislators — Nebraska — Otoe County

Montana — Description and travel

Munn, Eugene Campbell, 1836-1919

Nebraska — Description and travel

Otoe County (Nebraska) — History

Overland journeys

Politicians — Nebraska — Otoe County

Russell, Majors & Waddell Company

Utah — Description and travel

Wyoming — Description and travel