Summary of Carolyn Gay Taft Farm Letters "cast of characters", timeline, and Taft family tree
High level overview
Carolyn Gay Taft was a lady farmer in the early 1900’s on Old Mission Peninsula. She owned a 40-acre plot in Section 9, S.W. ¼ of N.E. ¼, T29N-R10W. She was actively involved in farming from 1911 until the mid-1940’s. Because Carolyn’s primary job was as a teacher in Illinois, she hired farm hands to run the farm in her absence during the Fall and Winter months. These farmers, and their families, lived on the farm and sent frequent written reports to Ms. Taft. Most letters are written by the farmer’s wives and provide a record of both agricultural and social history.
Local History Collections, Peninsula Community Library, Traverse City (Mich.)
Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City (Mich.)
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