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Martha McCall Account Book

Identifier: RH-A-4261

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one ledger from 1900-1905 that belonged to Martha McCall (1867-1963) of Alamo, Kalamazoo County.

The contents of the ledger tracks accounts of individuals who purchased produce, artisan items such as butter jellies, jams, canned fruits, and other items from Martha McCall. The accounts state the name of the account holder, date of purchase, the type and amount of items purchased, and the cost of the items bought. On page 50 the records switch from “petty accounts” to “cash accounts” which track the income flow over the course of a month. There are several pages in which the names have been crossed out for reasons unknown.


  • Creation: 1900-1905


Biographical / Historical

Martha Tallman-McCall-Newcomb was born Martha Tallman in 1867 to Henry (1833-1915) and Phoebe Tallman (1837-1912) in Kalamazoo Michigan. Martha would go on to marry Milo McCall (1865-1945) in 1887 and the two would have three children, Jay McCall (1888-1963), Clyde McCall (1889-?), and Clark McCall (1894-1977). Unfortunately the couple would separate in 1898. Martha and the children would move to Idaho where she married George A. Newcomb (1862-1944). The pair would move to Oregon and live there until Martha’s death in 1963.


1 Volumes

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Separated Materials

This was originally part of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society collection A-798 before being made a separate collection.

Physical Description

This collection is composed of one folder containing a ledger from 1900-1905 that belonged to Martha McCall of Alamo Township, Kalamazoo County. The ledger is in fair condition; the pages are yellowing and there are significant amounts of staining both on the pages and the cover. The cover is hardbound and there is no title on the front cover. There are 100 pages in total.

Martha McCall Account Book finding aid
Ian Daly; Stephanie Chapman
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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