Guide to the Price Family Papers 1880s-1970s
Cage 872

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Price Family Papers
Cage 872
Date [inclusive]
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1.25 linear feet of shelf space
Correspondence, farming records, and memorabilia pertaining to several members of the Price family, settlers and early farmers in Lincoln County, Washington.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Price Family Papers, 1880s-1970s

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Samuel Lynn Price (1859-1928) was born in London, Wisconsin. At the age of 17, he moved westward from Wisconsin, settling in Oregon in the early 1880s. In 1888, Price and Clara Hartman (1861-1945) married in Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Their first child, a daughter, was born in 1887 and died in infancy. Rozetta (Zetta) was born in 1888, in Wilbur, Lincoln County, where their homestead was located. Two more children, Dwight Lynn and Marshall Robert (known as Robert), followed. The family owned and operated a farming business. Samuel Price died in 1928, and his widow and children carried on farming in Lincoln County.

Rozetta Price (1888-1980) was born in the district of Hasseltine, or what is now the rural town of Wilbur, Washington. She graduated from high school in Pendleton, Oregon in 1910. She then earned a teaching certificate from the Washington State Normal School at Bellingham (now Western Washington University) to teach at the elementary level. In 1924, Price earned her Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Washington. She lived in Govan, Washington, now a ghost town, near Wilbur. It is unclear if she worked as a teacher, but she seems to have been less involved in the day-to-day running of the farm than her brother, Dwight. She never married. In the collection, her belongings include diplomas, address books, personal correspondence, Christmas cards, including a cross-stitched, lace-embellished card from World War I-era France, family photographs from later generations, and souvenir postcard sets.

Dwight Lynn Price (1890-1952) was born in Govan. He served in World War I as a corporal in the 36th Aero Squadron, which served in France, although the war ended before the unit saw combat. Upon his return, Dwight wed and farmed. Among his belongings are his U.S. Army dog tags, his honorable discharge from the military, many notebooks containing expenses and farming notes that he compiled for himself and his mother, and contracts between Zetta and himself related to farm ownership.

Marshall Robert Price (1893-1952) was the youngest of the Price children. The collection includes only a few items related to him. From the papers of his sister Zetta, it is known that Robert had around 10 children, and some Christmas cards in the collection reflect a connection to the family homestead in Wilbur.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains items pertaining to several members of the Price family: Samuel and Clara, Rozetta (Zetta), Dwight, and Marshall (Robert). It includes documents related to the family's farming business, correspondence from World War I, correspondence and records from schools and universities, Christmas cards, and souvenir postcard sets for several destinations.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in two series:

Series 1: This series pertains to the family, including genealogical documents. It is arranged by family member: Marshall Robert Price, Dwight Lynn Price, Samuel Lynn Price, Clara Hartman Price, and Zetta Price.

Series 2: This series contains documents related to the farm in Lincoln County that was owned and run by the family. It contains notebooks, a ledger keeping account of the finances and expenses, and deeds and abstracts of title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Wanda Flood, granddaughter of Marshall Price, donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1984 (MS.1984.17).

Processing Information note

Megan Ockerman processed this collection in 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Price family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Lincoln County (Wash.) -- History -- Sources


  • Agriculture.
  • Family farms -- Washington (State) -- Lincoln County -- History -- Sources
  • Farmers -- Washington (State) -- Lincoln County -- Records and correspondence
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Family Papers circa 1880s-1970s 

Box Folder

Family history documents. 

1 1

Marshall Robert Price (receipts). 

1 2

Dwight Lynn Price (military records, dog tags, farm association paperwork, and farming contracts). 

1 3

Samuel Lynn Price (legal and estate documents). 

1 4

Clara Hartman Price (graduation certificate, legal and estate documents, farm contracts, and personal correspondence). 

1 5-6

Zetta Price: Education. 

1 7

Zetta Price: Correspondence. 

1 8-9

Zetta Price: Correspondence and miscellaneous items. 

1 10

Zetta Price: Miscellaneous items. Includes souvenir postcard sets for several destinations, circa 1940s-1950s: Arlington, VA; Mount Vernon, VA; Alexandria, VA; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City, UT; San Francisco, CA; San Juan Capistrano Mission, CA; and Museo Nacional de Historia Castillo de Chapultepec, Mexico. 

2 1

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Series 2: Farm Records circa 1880s-1940s 

Box Folder


2 2


2 3

Time books. 

3 1

Accounting notebooks. 

3 2-6

Deeds, titles, and abstracts of title. 

3 7

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