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Sowers-Campbell Family Papers

Identifier: A-0041

Scope and Contents

Included in the papers are bills and orders to Sowers and Wells at the Steam Mill in Alto, Texas; receipts, business letters, recipes, and other business papers relating chiefly to Robert Sowers of Cherokee Co. Texas (1808-1890); personal correspondence addressed chiefly to the Robert Sowers' family (1860-1887) of Alto, Texas; and to Emma A. Campbell (1875-1883) of Alto, Texas, from relatives and friends. The letters to Emma A. Campbell, step-daughter of Robert Sowers, detail the life of a well-loved daughter and friend. Of special interest are the advertisements and recipe for making a syrup that would aid in the treatment of lung problems. Emma wrote for and requested a prescription for the recipe. There are 213 documents in the collection.


  • Creation: 1808-1890


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Robert Sowers, farmer and part owner of a steam mill in Alto, Texas, was born in Virginia c.1820, and eventually settled in Cherokee County, Texas. In 1872, Sowers married Ellen Anderson, born in South Carolina c.1840. Ellen's daughter from a previous marriage, Emma, eventually wed and became Emma A. Campbell. Robert Sowers died October 26, 1885, and his wife followed on December 18, 1909.

("Sowers-Campbell Family" Control File, East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).


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Correspondence, bills, receipts, and other papers, relating to a steam mill in Alto, Texas, owned by Robert Sowers of Cherokee County, Texas, and personal correspondence of his family and of Emma A. Campbell.


This collection consists of 213 items described in 20 folders and housed in two clamshell boxes.

Guide to the Sowers-Campbell Family Papers
Linda Comingore
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository