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RG3958.AM:  Viola H. (Bush) Chism, 1871-1959

Papers:  1918-1959

Stella, Richardson County, Neb.:  Farm wife; homemaker

Size:  1 box; 0.5 cu.ft.


Viola H. Bush, daughter of Asa and Olive Bush, was born in Nebraska on August 27, 1871. In 1890 she was married to John C. Chism, a native of Kentucky who had come to Nebraska in 1885. The 1900 census shows the Chisms living with Viola’s parents in Porter Precinct, Richardson County, Nebraska. John supported his wife and two children by farming. The census also records that he owned 160 acres in Greeley County, Kansas. Viola Chism was a lifetime resident of Stella, residing within a half-mile radius all of her life. John died on January 8, 1950, but she maintained their home in Stella. She died June 21, 1959.


This collection consists of one box of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) Account Books, 1918-1959 and 2) Miscellany. This material relates to the expenses incurred by Viola and John C. Chism and their family, farmers in Stella, Richardson County, Nebraska. The bulk of this collection consists of the Account Books, 1918-1959, of Series 1 kept by Viola Bush Chism. Entries show a detailed description of items and services bought by the Chism family over a forty-year period. Entries show the date of transaction, the item or service bought, and the cost. Taxes paid are also shown. Volume 4 is the only book which goes into detail on items sold by the Chisms. This volume is in diary form rather than in a list format. The Miscellany of Series 2 includes the constitution of the Porter Center Lyceum, undated, newspaper clippings, and a map.


Series 1 – Account Books, 1918-1959

Box 1


  1. 1918-1923

  2. 1924-1930

  3. 1931-1933

  4. 1932-1941 (items sold)

  5. 1934-1938

  6. 1939 (fractional amount of material)

  7. 1939-1941

  8. 1942

  9. 1943-1945

  10. 1946-1947

  11. 1948

  12. 1949

  13. 1950-1952

  14. 1953-1954

  15. 1955-1959

Series 2 – Miscellany

  1. Porter Center Lyceum constitution, undated

    Newspaper clippings




Chism, John C., 1865-1950

Chism, Viola H. (Bush), 1871-1959

Economic conditions — Nebraska — Richardson County

Farm life — Nebraska — Richardson County

Porter Center Lyceum (Richardson County, Neb.)

Richardson County (Neb.) — History

Stella (Neb.) — History


AIF/psw   02-22-1980

Encoded TMM   03-10-2010