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Archives of the Agricultural Experience: Jennie Maude Little


Jennie Maude Little


Biographical Sketch

Jennie Maude Miles was born February 10, 1866 in Perth, Maine. She was educated in Boston, Massachusetts from the age of twelve until she received her degree in music. In 1884, she came to Treherne, Manitoba to teach music. In 1885, she married Nathan Little, a druggist and a musician from Cypress River, a town just west of Treherne. Soon after, they moved to Fork River, Manitoba (located about 40 km north of Dauphin) where Nathan became the postmaster. When Nathan died in 1920, Jennie moved in with her daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Edward Cameron, who lived on a farm near Neepawa, Manitoba. Jennie died on November 11, 1955. Her diaries provide a wealth of information on life at her daughter's home and she provides a detailed picture of community and domestic activities. Rural rhythms (seeding, harvesting), social events (marriages, funerals, socials, bees, sports), and politics figure prominently in Mrs. Little's entries. Her diaries are especially useful because references to individuals include both first and surnames.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of a copy of the family tree, a brief history of Jennie’s life, and diaries detailing aspects of life on the family farm.


Collection Reference: MSS SC 125
Inclusive Dates: 1935-1949
Collection Contents: 7 cm of textual records
Access Conditions: None


Jennie Maude Little fonds