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Obituaries for James R. Perdue, 1915

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

This collection includes a program for the Battle of the Crater reunion, a Sunday School concert flyer, a letter, seven obituaries for James R. Perdue, a ledger with home remedies, and a ledger with a child's doodlings and scrapbook clippings.

The undated Battle of the Crater program includes a list of the camp and war scenes, including cavalry camp practice, evening parade, infantry picket post established, posting of cavalry vidette, night before the Battle of the Crater, signal rockets for mine explosion and federal charge, confederates on the retreat, and the finale.

The Sunday School concert flyer includes the date of Thursday evening, July 23rd, 1874. Manchester Methodist Sunday School hosts the event to raise funds for a library for the school. The flyer includes two correspondances. The first correspondance is from a visitor addressed to J. R. Perdue, Superintendent of Manchester Sunday School, and it asks that the school perform again and raise funds for a new library, explaining that "no one could object to giving twenty-five or fifty centers to so good a cause." The second correspondance is from Perdue stating that the school will host the performance once again on Thursday evening.

The seven obituaries, dated June 24-26, 1915, are for James R. Perdue. One headline reads, "Death Claims J. R. Perdue, Faithful Citizen. Confederate Soldier, Bank Official, Beloved in Home and Church, His End is Peaceful."

The letter is to Marian from J. R. Perdue, Jr. and dates December 24, 1902. Perdue writes that Marian should use the enclosed funds to buy herself something, and wishes her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

One ledger contains clipped and handwritten remedies from 1905 to 1919. On the inside of the cover, J. R. Perdue, Jr., is written as the owner of the ledger, and he was the son of James R. Perdue. The remedies have a vast range of treatments for such items as hair growth, insomnia, cough and cold, poisons, and injuries.

The ledger with a child's doodlings and scrapbook clippings is missing most of the ledger details, but from what is visible, the earliest date is 1868. A child drew in pencil and blue crayon on the pages, making some of the original text illegible. After twenty-one pages, the ledger turns into a scrapbook with art clippings and book pages glued onto the original ledger pages. The back of the scrapbook includes the initials L. W. P., who was Lethia W. Perdue, the daughter of J. R. Perdue, and says it belongs to J. R. Perdue, Jr.


  • 1915


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US