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Town family papers

Identifier: c-00132

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of letters between Oka and Sarah Ann while he was in Lansing, Michigan. Sarah Ann's letters deal mainly with family matters and the farm. In his letters, Oka describes Lansing and the politics of the Constitutional Convention and the legislature.

Their son, Carlton, married Nellie Faling and the couple settled in Clam Lake, Michigan (now Cadillac), where they ran a store. A series of letters from Nellie to her family in 1875-1876 describes their life there and discusses family news.

Also included in the collection is a letter book kept by Nellie's brother, Charles Faling. A student at West Point, Charles copied letters he received into the book. The book was later used to record accounts, some personal and some for an unidentified business. The collections contains a tintype photograph of Charles Faling.


  • Creation: 1830 - 1932

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biography of Oka Town

Oka and Sarah Ann Town farmed near Otsego in Allegan County, Michigan. Oka was a delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention in 1850, and he returned to Lansing as a legislator in 1851.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 4 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Doris Turner, 1962-06-25. Transferred by Michigan State University.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Town Family Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 1965
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US