The Ann George Family Collection

ann with Miller cousins.1961

Ann (second from right) with cousins Judy, Lisa, and Lora; Dayton, OH, 1961.

The Ann George Family Collection contains many items of interest. The homespun dresser scarves, doilies and six quilts crafted by Elizabeth Neff (1859 – 1942) are the bulk of the collection’s artifacts. Elizabeth, known as Aunt Lizzie, taught her nieces Mary Molen and Martha Neff needlecraft, some examples of which are also included in this collection. Also of interest is Anna Neff’s correspondence dating from 1880. The most notable letters are from Anna Neff’s honeymoon trip in 1894 to California, where the newlywed couple was stranded due to a railroad strike. Mary Molen was preceded in death by two of her children. Frances Molen, her firstborn daughter tragically died after being struck by a car in 1936 while walking with her mother and brother John. Newspaper articles, correspondence to Mary and poignant letters from Frances’s friend Bob Gebhard are included in the collection. John died in 1945 serving as a fighter pilot in WWII. His diaries and flight record are preserved in this collection.
Finding Aid
Archive created in 2012 by Teresa Ferguson, Legacy Archival Services.