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Ida Hillenkamp Friendship Journal

Identifier: A-0351

Scope and Contents

This collection is a single autograph book with handwritten missives, poetry and notes written to Ida Hillenkamp from her friends. There are 25 entries.


  • Event: Donated 11/17/2016

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Ida Hillenkamp was born February 14, 1860, the daughter of Caroline and Wenzell Hillenkamp. She spent her adolescence and teenage years in Cheeseland, a small town in northwestern Angelina County. The town was named for the distinct cheese that Ida's parents sold from her father's general store. The Hillenkamp family lived in Cheeseland until at least 1886 and is known to have left the area for good by 1889, when Caroline passed away. Each U.S. Census between 1900 and 1940 showed Ida to be renting a house in the town of Nacogdoches and living with siblings or cousins. Ida Hillenkamp never married and died August 26, 1954.


John N. Cravens, A History of Three Ghost Towns of East Texas Near the Cherokee and Angelina County Line (Abilene: Abilene Printing and Stationary Co.), 19-28.

Lufking Genealogical and Historical Society, The History of Angelina County, 1846-1991 (Lufkin: Curtis Media Group, 1992), p.29.

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1940 Censuses.


0.04 Linear Feet


The collection consists of one folder with one item and housed with other collections in a banker's box.

Guide to the Ida Hillenkamp Friendship Journal
Kyle Ainsworth
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository