Strickler Family Materials

MC 1645

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Jordan Frankenburger, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Strickler Family
Strickler Family Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1645
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17) .

Acquisition Information

The Strickler Family Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on April 24, 2006 by Betty Jo Ezell of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by John Gore and Jordan Frankenburger; completed in October 2010.

Preferred Form of Citation

Strickler Family Materials (MC 1645), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Benjamin Strickler (1810-1884) moved from Tennessee and settled in southwest Washington County, Arkansas, in 1831 on a 640 acre farm that later became the community of Strickler. He married Nancy T. (Newman) Strickler (ca. 1820-1863) on February 14, 1837. Their son, Stickler, Alfred D.Alfred D. Strickler (1838-1913), was born in Washington County. On November 10, 1859, he married Mary S. Morrow (1837-1879), the daughter of John and Maria Morro. They had three children: Dorcas, Sallie, and Walter. After her death in 1879, Alfred married Martha R. Crawley (1855-1949) in 1880. They had two children: Sarah (1882-1966) and Mary (1887-1962). Alfred enlisted in Company B of Brook’s Regiment in the Confederate Army in 1862. He was in a number of important engagements, and was captured while at Saline and kept prisoner at Rock Island, Illinois, for ten months. After the war ended, he returned to his home and became a successful farmer and stock raiser in Washington County.

Mary Tilford Strickler Sharp, the youngest daughter of Alfred D. Strickler, married Oscar Miles Sharp (1882-1958) on December 25, 1910. They had four children: Orval, Hiram, Oscar, and Marion. Mary was an active member of the First Christian Church in Prairie Grove as well as the Prairie Grove Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Oscar Sharp served as a mail carrier in Prairie Grove from 1920-1952 and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes materials concerning three generations of the Strickler and Sharp families, focusing on Alfred D. Strickler and Mary Tilford Sharp. It includes correspondence, documents, family lineage materials, pamphlets, financial papers and receipts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a CD-ROM pertaining to family history. The correspondence includes post cards and letters to and from Alfred D. Strickler, Martha Strickler, Oscar Sharp, and Mary Tilford Sharp. The correspondence also includes a letter granting Alfred D. Strickler amnesty in 1866. Documents include a copy of a marriage license for Benjamin Strickler and Nancy Newman, a land deed, a mortgage document, and the middle school diploma of Wayne Sharp. Documents also include a copy of a poem from an unknown soldier in World War I and materials pertaining to World War II veterans.

The family lineage materials include family tree charts, birth and death certificates, and a typed history of the Stricklers of Washington County. The collection includes materials related to the farmers movement of the late nineteenth century, including a pamphlet entitled "Proceedings of the Annual Session of the Farmers and Laborers Union of America" (1889) as well as a charter of the Farmer's Co-Operative Alliance of Arkansas in 1889 and a charter of the National Farmers Alliance and Co-Operative Union of America in 1890. The financial materials include tax receipts from 1873 to 1918, papers pertaining to a courthouse and school being built in Strickler, and a letter approving the selling of land for Strickler. The collection also includes newspaper clippings from 1969 and family photographs of the Stricklers, Crawleys, and Sharps.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1866-1904

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1905-1944

Box 1 Folder 3

Marriages, Mortgages, and Land Deeds, 1837-2003

Box 1 Folder 4

Genealogical Materials-Strickler and Sharp Family Lineages, 1853-1934

Box 1 Folder 5

Genealogical Materials-Strickler and Sharp Family Lineages, 1873-2003

Box 1 Folder 6

Genealogical Materials-Sharp Family, 1887-1992

Box 1 Folder 7

Pamphlets, 1889-1892

Box 1 Folder 8

Financial Papers and Receipts, 1820-1932

Box 1 Folder 9

Newspaper Clippings, ca 1912-1969

Box 1 Folder 10

Miscellaneous Materials, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Photographs, ca. 1880-1970 (Images 1-52)

Box 2 Folder 1

Farmers Alliance Charters, 1889-1890 (Oversize)


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