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Descriptive Overview
 
Provenance: Gift of Nancy Bollinger Adams, August 1, 1997.
 
Citation:  Friend Family Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Restrictions: None
 
Historical Note
 
The involvement of the pioneer Friend Family in Scott County, Missouri, dates back to 1796, when Captain Charles Friend, at age seventy-eight, and his family settled near Benton Missouri. He and his sons accumulated considerable property from the Spanish government.
 
Charles Friends son John contracted with the Iron Mountain and Southern Railroads to build bridges and trestles. After he completed this agreement, he acted as foreman of the track-laying force until the road was completed in 1869 while managing the Friend Farm. The Farm was operated by the family from 1796 until 1998 when the land was given to Southeast Missouri State University.
 
The Friend Family allied themselves with the Bollinger, Heise, and Heldermon families of Missouri in the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds. In 1880, Albert and Amelia (Heise) Heldermon married, and their daughter, Bertha, married Denver Bollinger in 1902. The Bollinger's son, Lynn, wedded Virginia Friend in 1928.
 
These families preserved pictures, records, documents, and correspondence, which provide a better understanding of rural southeast Missouri families daily lives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
 
Scope and Content
 
The collection is primarily composed of photographs, business, personal and legal correspondence, bank and insurance records, land deed transfers, and religious records. The collection also contains an extensive compilation of early American postcards, various artifacts, and recorded family histories of the four allied families.
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