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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Pay, William Earl, 1888 - 1968. Papers, 1865 - 1970.
MSU Archives Collection 1230



Pay, William Earl, 1888 - 1968. Papers, 1865 - 1970. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1230. 16 folders and 1 newspaper box.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items belonging to William Earl Pay of Mankato. The items included were collected by William Pay and his father, William Horatio Pay, who served as the president of the Blue Earth County Historical Society. The collection includes information on the various groups that the two Pays were involved in, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Mankato Cemetery Association, the Territorial Old Settlers Association, the First Presbyterian Church, the Blue Earth County Historical Society, and the Minnesota Historical Society. The history of Mankato is discussed in many of the newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, and papers included in the collection. The bulk of the newspaper clippings were collected from papers during the 1920s and 1930s. Furthermore, the collection contains numerous clippings of the Dakota Conflict and photographs of the James-Younger Gang and a cabin at Lake Shetek.

The Pay family history is also a part of this collection. This includes a family genealogy as well as records of William Earl Pay's 1908 bout with typhoid.

Biographical Note:

William Earl Pay was born in Mankato on July 3, 1888, and lived in Mankato all of his life. His father was William Horatio Pay, of Mankato. William Earl Pay served in the United States Army during World War I. He later managed the Ben Pay Hotel in Mankato until 1960.

William Earl Pay was active in a number of Mankato organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Mankato Cemetery Association, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Territorial Old Settlers Association.

William Earl Pay died August 29, 1968, in Mankato.

Scope and Content:

This collection deals mainly with the social groups that William Earl Pay and his father William Horatio Pay were involved in. Included in these groups are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Mankato Cemetery Association, the Territorial Old Settlers Association, the Blue Earth County Historical Society, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the First Presbyterian Church of Mankato and covers approximately 1888 to 1968. Published and unpublished records of these organizations are both present. Most of the published materials included are newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs. Unpublished materials such as correspondence, internal memos, financial records, and typescripts are also included.

Throughout the collection, the interest of the Pays in history can be found. Many of the letters deal with original settlers of Mankato, past events in the history of the city, and events that presented the history of Mankato. Newspaper clippings, programs from historical pageants, and original letters from former residents of Mankato, all also tell about the history of Mankato.

The Pay family history is also a topic of the collection. A family genealogy, beginning in 1789, is included in the collection, as are records, kept by his nurse and physician, of William Earl Pay's 1908 illness during the typhoid epidemic. These records, along with photographs and newspaper clippings about the lives of William Earl Pay and his relatives are included.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Pay, William Earl, 1888 - 1968. Papers, 1865 - 1970. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1230, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Mary Pay Johnson donated this collection in June 1977.

Processed By:

This collection was processed by Karin Thiem. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000. Jeff A. Jenson updated the collection in February and May 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about William Earl Pay available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Pay, William Earl, 1888 - 1968.
Pay, William Horatio, 1857 -.
Mankato (Minn.) -- History, Modern--19th century.
Mankato (Minn.) -- Societies and clubs.
Northfield (Minn.)--Bank robbery, 1876.
Typhoid fever--Minnesota--Mankato.
Lake Shetek (Minn.).
Order of the Eastern Star. Cereal Chapter No. 2 (Mankato, Minn.)--History.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. (Mankato, Minn.).
Territorial Old Settlers Association. (Mankato, Minn.).
Dakota Indians--Wars, 1862-1865.

Related Collections at MSUM:

Johnson, Mary Pay, 1906 - . Oral History Interview, 1974. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1213, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1230

Box

Folder

Blue Earth County Historical Society information, undated

1

10

City Charter of Mankato, 1953

1

3

Clinical Records, 1908

1

1

First Presbyterian Church information, undated

1

5

Independent Order of Odd Fellows information, undated

1

2

Letters and Newspaper Clippings, Mankato History, Miscellaneous, undated

1

7

Mankato Historical Pageants, programs and newspaper clippings, 1916 and 1927

1

9

Minnesota Historical Society information, undated

1

11

Miscellaneous papers and photographs, undated and 1898-1929

1

4

Newspaper Clippings, 1865-1970

2

 

Newspaper Clippings, 1920-1952

1

8

Pamphlet – “History of Cereal Chapter No.2 Order of the Eastern Star,” 1946.

1

14

Pay family genealogical information, undated

1

12

Photograph, 2 nd Company, 1918

 

Oversize

Photograph, Camp Lee, Petersburg, Virginia, undated

 

Oversize

Photographs, 1863-1918

1

13

Scrapbook of items relating to Mrs. Gertrude Pay, undated

1

15

Territorial Old Settlers Association papers, 1902-1962

1

6