Thursday, April 11, 2013

1880s Autograph Album of Alice Thorne, kept while she was a teacher at Bellbrook, Ohio


1880s autograph album that belonged to Alice Thorne while she was a teacher at Bellbrook, Ohio.  The album was given to her as a Christmas present in 1882 by her "Primary Teacher".


Perhaps a reader will know of an Alice Thorne from Ohio or a nearby state who taught at Bellbrook, Ohio, in the early 1880s.


The album is approximately 7" x 4-1/4" and contains 26 pages signed by Alice's friends and pupils, as well as several floral plates interspersed throughout.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

A few pages:

Nellie J. Espy signed a page at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 21 May 1885.


Ada Kemp, "Your Scholar", signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 17 March 1884.


Eloise Haynes signed a page at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 23 March 1884.


J. S. Van Eaton of Xenia, Ohio, signed a page at Bellbrook, Ohio, in 1883.


Belle Sigerfoos of Arcanum, Ohio, signed a page at College Hill on 27 June 1884.


Maggie Davis of Arcanum, Ohio, signed a page at Valparaiso, Indiana, in 1884.


Lu B. Tibbets signed a page at Lincoln, Illinois, on 30 July 1884.


Sallie W. Finch of Jacksonville, Kentucky, signed a page on 10 July 1885.  


A German friend, Jennie, whose surname I can't make out, signed a page.


Mrs. Nish Hathaway signed a page at Xenia, Ohio, on 29 May 1884.


J. F. Hollingshead and his wife Leanah of Spring Valley, Ohio, signed pages on 27 and 28 May 1884.



Two signers included initials for a society or organization that I can't quite make out.  Perhaps a reader will recognize them and leave a comment with their significance.   Lida M. Grimm signed a page at Lebanon, Ohio, on 10 June 1885 and included the initials.


M. Ella Turner of 150 Main Street, Lebanon, Ohio, signed a page and included the initials.


If you have information on Alice Thorne or any of the signers in the list below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!


  • A friend
  • A German friend, Jennie ? Can't make out surname
  • Alice's "Primary Teacher" who gave the album to Alice at Christmas 1882.
  • Mary Allen, signed at Gallipolis, Ohio, on 28 May 1884
  • Maggie Davis of Arcanum, Ohio, signed at Valparaiso, Indiana in 1884
  • Nellie J. Espy, signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 21 May 1885
  • Sallie W. Finch of Jacksonville, Kentucky, in Bourbon County, signed on 10 July 1885
  • Lida M. Grimm, signed at Lebanon, Ohio, on 10 June 1885, "A. A. U." or "N. N. U."
  • Maggie Harner, Alice's pupil
  • Mrs. Nish Hathaway, signed on 29 May 1884 at Xenia, Ohio.
  • Eloise Haynes, signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 23 March 1884
  • J. F. Hollingshead, signed at Spring Valley, Ohio, on 27 May 1884
  • Leanah Hollingshead, signed on 28 May 1884
  • Winnie Jackson of Lincoln, Illinois
  • Ada Kemp, "Your Scholar", signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 17 March 1884
  • Mollie Kemp, signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 30 March 1883
  • Josie Kemp, signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on 17 March 1887
  • Olive Millis of Matherton, Michigan, signed at College Hill, Ohio, on 29 July 1884
  • Mary Scott, "Your little friend"; perhaps Alice's pupil
  • Nettie Scott
  • Mamie Seward
  • Belle Sigerfoos of Arcanum, Ohio, signed at College Hill, Ohio, on 27 June 1884
  • Florence Soward
  • Miss Alice Thorne, album owner
  • Lu B. Tibbets, signed at Lincoln, Illinois on 30 July 1884
  • M. Ella Turner of 150 Main Street, Lebanon, Ohio, "N.N.U." or H. H. U."; not sure of initials
  • J. S. Van Eaton of Xenia, Ohio, signed at Bellbrook, Ohio, on "2/9-1883"
Bellbrook, Ohio


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