Inventory
 

Rose Ladies Aid Society
Dates: 1870-1911
Accession Number: 800610
Donor: Unknown
Description: 3 flat storage boxes
 

History

The Rose Ladies Aid Society originated in 1862 when a group of Vigo County women informally organized to give aid to Union soldiers' families that were in financial distress. The women's charitable endeavors were funded primarily by Chauncey Rose, a local businessman and philanthropist, who knew the charter members of this ad hoc group and was interested enough in their efforts to become their financial benefactor.

Chauncey Rose was integral to the charitable works of the future Rose Ladies Aid Society from 1862 until well after his death. At the end of the Civil War, the women organized as the "Ladies Aid Society" to carry on their charitable endeavors for the impoverished of the community. By 1866, because their financial resources were nearly depleted, the Ladies Aid Society held a meeting to decide whether to disband. While the meeting was in progress Rose sent the Society $500 and a written request that the Society continue its work. In 1868, Rose used his influence to successfully persuade the Indiana Legislature to enact landmark legislation allowing women who carried out charitable work to incorporate legally. As a result, the Ladies Aid Society was able to legally incorporate in 1869. On the same day Rose made a $90,000 endowment in railroad bonds to the Society. When Chauncey Rose died in 1877, he endowed an additional $100,000 to the Ladies Aid Society with the stipulation that the interest from the endowment be used for the assistance of "worthy poor people". This money lasted well into the twentieth century.

Each member of the Rose Ladies Aid Society was assigned a section of Terre Haute in which they were responsible for dispensing charitable contributions. Members personally delivered charitable donations of fuel, clothing, medicine, rent, money for education, or other necessities and kept in close contact with the existing conditions of their assigned individuals and communities.

The Ladies Aid Society expanded in the scope of its charitable endeavors in 1889 upon the donation by William R. McKeen of his home and property at 1016 N. 6th Street to the Society for the operation of a Home for Aged Women in memory of his wife, Sarah Dowling McKeen. The Society opened the Home to qualified residents in June 1, 1889.

In December 1891, after several years of discussion, the Ladies Aid Society renamed itself the Rose Ladies Aid Society in honor of Chauncey Rose's financial (and political) contributions to the maintenance of the Society.

The Rose Ladies Aid Society was forced to close the Home for Aged Women in 1896 due to lack of funds. The Rose Ladies then engaged in a 25-year effort to raise a sufficient endowment, eventually reopening the Home for Aged Women in 1922. Members of the Society were responsible for management of the Home. Renamed the Sarah Dowling Home in 1959 in honor of McKeen's wife, the Home closed permanently in 1972.

The Rose Ladies Aid Society was still in operation as recently as 1993.

 

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection consists of ledger sheets compiled by members of the Rose Ladies Aid Society on a monthly basis of charitable contributions that they personally dispensed to their assigned clientele of the "worthy poor" of Vigo County. Members frequently compiled reports recapitulating several-month intervals of cumulative charitable donations. While most of these reports described contributions over the previous twelve months, others were reports on time periods of shorter duration. The accounts list recipients and the type of aid distributed in the form of rent, clothing, groceries, and/or other necessities.

The collection also contains reports of the Rose Ladies Aid Society's Committee of Supplies and Finances for the Home for Aged Women (1889-1892).

Flat Storage Box 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Board of Managers, Home for
  Aged Women

Aug. [1870?]-Nov. [1870?]

 

 

 

 

"List of donations distributed in
  December"

Dec. [1870?]

 

 

 

 

"Assisted during year"

[Dec. 1870?]

 

 

 

 

Jessie B. Crawford

1870?

 

 

 

 

Mrs. T. H. Barr

Nov. 1870-Dec. 1870

 

 

 

 

Mrs. M. V. Birhowsky

June 1870-Oct. 1870;
Dec. 1870

 

 

 

 

Phebe A. Cook

Dec. 1870

 

 

 

 

L. Haney

June 1870-Nov. 15, 1870

 

 

 

 

M. O. Hussey

June 1870-Dec. 1870

 

 

 

Folder 2

Monthly report
(does not include
member's name)

April 1871

 

 

 

 

Sarah Minshall

Dec. 1870-Jan 1871

 

 

 

 

Mary Morris

June 1870-Nov. 1870

 

 

 

 

C. C. Oakey

June 1870-June 1871

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Rippetoe

Nov. 1870

 

 

 

 

Lottie Thompson

June 1870-Dec. 1870

 

 

 

 

[?] Topping

Dec. 1870

 

 

 

Folder 3

Mrs. T. H. Barr

Jan. 1871-Feb. 1871;
April-May 1871

 

 

 

 

Mrs. M. V. Birhowsky

Jan. 1871; May 1871

 

 

 

 

Phebe A. Cook

March 1871

 

 

 

 

Mary A. Cory

May 1871

 

 

 

 

Jessie Crawford

Feb. 1871

 

 

 

 

M. O. Hussey

Jan. 1871-May 1871

 

 

 

 

Sarah Minshall

June 1870-June 14, 1871
(annual report)

 

 

 

 

Mary Morris

Jan. 1871-April 1871

 

 

 

 

C. C. Oakey

June 1870-May 1871

 

 

 

Folder 4

Mrs. R. W. Rippetoe

Dec.1870-Jan. 1871;
April 1871-June 1871

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Lottie Thompson

Jan. 1871-May 1871;
July 1871

 

 

 

 

Mrs. C. M. Topping

Jan. 1871-May 1871

 

 

 

 

Anna M. Warren

Jan. 1871

 

 

 

Folder 5

Eliza Ball

May 1904-June 1904

 

 

 

 

Persis Jones

May 1904-Dec. 1904

 

 

 

Folder 6

Emma Lange

May 1904-Jan. 1905

 

 

 

 

Mary Sydney Miller

Dec. 1904-Jan. 1905

 

 

 

Folder 7

Mary M. Morris

May 1904-Dec. 1904

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Preston

Nov. 1904; Dec. 1904

 

 

 

Folder 8

Harriett Sankey

May 1904-Sept. 1904;
Dec. 1904

 

 

 

 

Mary Weiss

May 1904-Dec. 1904

 

 

 

Folder 9

A. Bauermeister

May 1905-1906

 

 

 

 

Candace Glover

March 1905-April 1905

 

 

 

 

Persis Jones

Jan. 1905-April 1905

 

 

 

Folder 10

Emma Lange

March 1905

 

 

 

 

Mary Sydney Miller

Jan. 1905; March 1905

 

 

 

 

Mary Morris

Jan. 1905-April 1905

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Preston

Jan. 1905

 

 

 

Folder 11

Harriet Sankey

Jan. 1905-April 1905;
May 1904-April 1905
(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 12

Mary J. Weiss

Jan. 1905-April 1905;
May 1904-April 1905

(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 13

Helen Arnold

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

 

A. Bauermeister

Feb. 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 14

Isabelle Cornell

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 15

Matilda Durham

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

 

Candace Glover

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 16

Persis Jones

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 17

Emma Lange

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 18

Mary Sydney Miller

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Storage Box 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Harriet Sankey

May 1906-Dec. 1906

 

 

 

Folder 2

Lizzie M. Stoner

Feb. 1906-July 1906;
Sept. 1906-Nov. 1906

 

 

 

 

Mary J. Weiss

May 1906-Jan. 1907

 

 

 

Folder 3

Helen Arnold

Jan. 1907-March 1907

 

 

 

 

A. Bauermeister

Jan. 1907-April 1907;
May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

 

Isabelle Cornell

Jan. 1907-March 1907

 

 

 

Folder 4

Matilda Durham

Jan. 1907-April 1907

 

 

 

 

Candace Glover

Jan. 1907-April 1907
(1 sheet for March-April 1907
and 1 sheet for April 1907)

 

 

 

Folder 5

Persis Jones

Jan. 1907-April 1907;
May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

 

Emma Lange

Jan. 1907-April 1907;
May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 6

Mary Sydney Miller

Jan. 1907-April 1907

 

 

 

 

Harriet Sankey

Jan. 1907-April 1907;
May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 7

Lizzie Stoner

Feb. 1907-April 1907;
May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 8

Helen Arnold

May 1906-April 1907
(annual report)

 

 

 

 

Susan Ball

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 9

Isabelle Cornell

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 10

Emma B. Dick

May 1908-Oct. 1908;
Dec. 1908

 

 

 

 

Josephine Douglas

May 1908-Sept. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 11

Matilda Durham

Oct. 1908-Nov. 1908;

 

 

 

 

Candace Glover

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

 

Minnie R. Haupt

Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 12

Norma B. Jenkins

Nov. 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

 

Persis Jones

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 13

Emma Lange

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 14

Harriet Sankey

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

Folder 15

Lizzie Stoner

May 1908-Dec. 1908

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Storage Box 3

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Josephine Douglas

July 1909-Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 2

Matilda Durham

Jan. 1909-April 1909;
Oct. 1908-April 1909
(annual report);
Sept. 1909; Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 3

Candace Glover

Jan. 1909-April 1909;
May 1908-April 1909
(annual report);
May 1909-Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 4

Mrs. R. V. Jenkins
(Norma B.)

Jan. 1909-April 1909
Nov. 1908-April 1909
(annual report)

 

 

 

Jessie Lammers

Jan. 1909-May 1909;
Nov. 1909-Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 5

Miss Lang

Oct. 1909; Dec. 1909

 

 

 

 

Emma Lange

Jan. 1909-May 1909;
July 1909; Sept. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 6

Mary Sydney Miller

Jan. 1909; June 1909;
Sept. 1909; Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 7

Harriet Sankey

Jan. 1909-April 1909;
April 1908-April 1909
(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 8

Harriet Sankey

July 1909-Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 9

Lizzie M. Stoner

Jan. 1909-April 1909;

1908-1909
(annual report; no months

specified)

 

 

 

Folder 10

Eugenia Wilson

May 1909-Dec. 1909

 

 

 

Folder 11

Susan Ball

Jan. 1910-April 1910
(April 1910 report contains the
a summary report for
May 1909-October 1910);

Nov. 1909-March 1910

(second part of the summary)
Nov. 1910-Dec. 1910

 

 

 

Folder 12

Isabelle Cornell

Jan. 1910-April 1910

 

 

 

Folder 13

Emma Dick

Jan. 1910-April 1910

 

 

 

 

Josephine Douglas

Jan. 1910-April 1910
Oct. 1909-April 1910
("yearly report")

 

 

 

Folder 14

Candace Glover

Jan. 1910-April 1910

(The April 1910 report contains
an annual report for May 1909-
April 1910)

 

 

 

 

Minnie Haupt

Jan. 1910-March 1910;
May 1909-April 1910
(annual report);
June 1910-Aug. 1910

 

 

 

Folder 15

Jennie Lammers

Jan. 1910 (Marked April 1910);
June 1909-April 1910;
Nov. 1910;
Nov. 1910-Dec. 1910

 

 

 

 

Miss Lang

Jan. 1910-Feb. 1910

 

 

 

Folder 16

Mary Sydney Miller

Jan. 1910

 

 

 

 

Harriet Sankey

Jan. 1910-Feb. 1910

 

 

 

 

Eugenia Wilson

Jan. 1910-March 1910;
May 1909-April 1910

(annual report)

 

 

 

Folder 17

Susan Ball

Jan. 1911-Feb. 1911

 

 

 

Folder 18

Committee of Supplies and
Finances, Home for Aged
Women

Feb. 1889-April 1889;
June 1889-Dec. 1889

 

 

 

Folder 19

Committee of Supplies and
Finances, Home for Aged
Women

Feb. 1890-Oct. 1890

 

 

 

Folder 20

Committee of Supplies and
Finances, Home for Aged
Women

Jan 1891;
May 1891-Dec. 1891

 

 

 

Folder 21

Committee of Supplies and
Finances, Home for Aged
Women

Jan. 1892;
March 1892-May 1892;
Dec. 1892