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Mary Abigail Reasoner Cole Memory Book

Identifier: MS-85

Scope and Contents

Mary Abigail Reasoner Cole's memory book, mostly dating from 1858-1859, is filled with handwritten poems, sonnets and notes addressed to Mary by her friends from school. The authors of the notes include Moira Spencer, Lydia Brown, Cyrus Walker, Abby Walker, Mary Lyman, Horace Lyman, Lucy Tanner and others who attended Tualatin Academy with her. The entries express how much Mary would be missed after her days at Tualatin Academy were over. Several of them relate to marriage and may indicate that Mary left school for that reason. One entry towards the end of the book is addressed "To Mamma" and dates to the 1880s. The memory book is accompanied by an explanatory note from her daughter, Agnes Nosler.


  • 1858-1859


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

Mary Abigail Reasoner was a Tualatin Academy student in the late 1850s. The daughter of minister John Reasoner, she was born in Ohio on August 24, 1839. Her family crossed the plains to Oregon in 1852. Mary attended Tualatin Academy in 1858. At that time, Tualatin Academy was the college prepatory high school attached to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She first married Alva Condit, probably around 1858, and had one child with him. It appears that she left school in order to get married. Alva Condit died just a few years later, in 1862, and Mary remarried. With her second husband, John Peck Cole, she had six children. Mary's daughter, Agnes Nosler, donated the memory book to Pacific University.


1 folders (1 volume in 1 folder)

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Mary Abigail Reasoner Cole was a Tualatin Academy student in the late 1850s. Her memory book contains poems and notes written by other students at the Academy, probably on the occasion of her leaving school to get married.


Housed in MS File Box 3.


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Guide to the Mary Abigail Reasoner Cole Memory Book
Michele Castro & Eva Guggemos
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Finding aid written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the Pacific University Archives Repository

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