Family Friends Friday: Clara Shrader’s Autograph Book

Clara Shrader Autograph Book, Scan 4. (Click to enlarge.)

Roberts Family (Click for Family Tree)


Concordia, Mar. 21st 1884

To Friends

Go, little book, thy destined course pursue,

Collect memorials of the just and true,

And beg of every friend so near,

Some token of remembrance dear.


From our Roberts cousin:

This is a transcript of a small autograph book of personal notes to my great grandmother, Clara Lillian Shrader, before she married my great grandfather, Isaac Henry Roberts.  It was handed down by my grandfather, Lloyd Roberts. Most of the entries with dates range from 1883 to 1891, where she would have been between the ages of 17 and 25. Most are in 1884 and 1885, when she was 18 and 19.

[Editor: Transcript will be posted in blog with each autograph book page.]

A list of all names, dates, and locations identified in this book are:

·       Arkill, Eliza, 12/25/1884, Concordia, KS

·       B., Matie, 6/2/1886, Wolf Creek, KS

·       Bennett, Eva J., 7/18/1886

·       Bennett, F. L., 3/3/1886, Concordia, KS

·       Bennett, Ida L., 8/18/1885

·       Bonebrake, Pearl (brother Frank married a Mary Bonebrake)

·       Bonebrake, Samuel, 3/{illegible}/1884 (brother Frank married a Mary Bonebrake)

·       C H R, 12/24/year not given

·       Caylor, S., 1/22/1885, Concordia, KS

·       Chritton, A. A., 3/28/1884

·       D__le, Lida, 8/17/1885

·       D____, Mattie, 7/18/1884, Miltonvale, KS

·       Davis, Bessie, 3/21/1884, Concordia, Cloud, KS

·       F. M. S., 4/6/1884

·       Healy, Clara E., 7/21 1884, Concordia, KS

·       Hepler, Clara, 3/9/1883, Concordia, KS

·       Johnston, Ella, 9/1884, Concordia, KS

·       Lowther, Malissa A., 8/15/1889, Warwick, KS

·       Lowther, Mollie, 8/14/1885

·       M., Laura

·       Maddox, N. J., 4/20/year not given (likely Clara’s sister, Nancy J. Shrader)

·       McCrea, Annetta, 10/9/1887, Concordia, KS

·       Noe, Andrew, 3/21/1884, Cloud County, KS

·       Noe, Laura, 3/25/1884, Concordia, KS

·       Noe, Laura M., Concordia, KS

·       Plumly, Ira E., 12/15/1890

·       Ramba, Ella, 12/2/1884

·       Ramsey, J. C., 12/3/1884

·       Reeves, L. S., 3/21/1884

·       Roberts, Max, 1908, Concordia, KS

·       Root, W. L., 12/4/1890, Cutler, OH

·       S., Leslie

·       Sawhill, T. A., 7/22/1884

·       Shrader, Daisy, 3/22/1891, Concordia, KS

·       Snell, Angie, 3/27/1884

·       Snell, Carrie, 3/27/1884, Concordia, KS

·       Shrader, Mary J., 10/26/1885

·       Varvel, Belle, 7/22/1884, Concordia, KS

·       W___, Ettie, Concordia, KS

·       Wagner, George D, 3/12/1884

·       Wagner, M C, Concordia, KS

·       Wagner, Madge, 3/12/1884

·       No last name, Annie, 4/1/1884

·       No last name, Ella, 9/24/1885

·       No last name, Frank, 4/12/no year given, Concordia, KS

·       No last name, Mary 6/6/no year given

·       No last name, Myra

·       No last name, Rick

·       ____iley, Etta, 4/25/1884

·       ____, J. H., Peoria, IL

A few autographs identify her as “Teacher Clara”, suggesting she was a teacher as a young adult.

Some identify the relationship of the writer to Clara:


Eva J. Bennett

F. L. Bennett

Ida L. Bennett

Ira E. Plumley


Daisy Shrader

Notes, Sources, and References: 

  1. Fantastic job of documentation, dear Roberts cousin! These scans and your transcription are the very best way to preserve and share such an artifact.


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