Creator: Waters, John Moore, 1842-1907

Provenance Note: This collection was transferred to MSU Library's Special Collections by Wanda Walker of the catalog staff at the Museum of the Rockies, December 14, 1982. The documents were discovered in the attic of a house at 126 South 9th Avenue in Bozeman by the Tri-Cell Insulation Company on July 14, 1982.

Historical Note: John Moore Waters was born in Keokuk Co ,Iowa., on October 11, 1842, the son of John M. and Margaret S. Waters. His parents removed to Illinois in 1844 and settled in Menard county where Waters attended school. During the Civil War, Waters enlisted in the 133rd Illinois Infantry, a 100 day regiment that served its entire term guarding prisoners of war at the Rock Island Arsenal. Afterwards, Waters began studying medicine and graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1868. He practiced medicine at Gibson, Ford Co , Illinois., but on account of his health came west to the mountains. In April, 1882, he settled in Bozeman and practiced his profession there until his death. He married on May 7, 1878, to Miss Emma J. Bierce, of Nevada, Missouri and the couple had three children: Herman B., Foley L. and Mary. Waters died on November 26, 1907.

Content Description Note: The John Moore Waters papers include letters created or collected by him. Most of the letters are from relatives in Illinois and Ohio who wrote to Waters family members and include information on family matters with some local news. One letter was written by Waters himself, and briefly describes his medical practice and economic conditions in Gibson, Illinois in 1872. Medical school documents consist of eighteen lecture admission cards for classes at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, a library card, two receipts, and two schedules for lectures and examinations. Other documents include a Civil War hospital pass for Waters and some ledger pages showing his medical accounts.


Folder 1: Letters, 1851-1885
1. Letter to John Waters, Sr. from his sister Susan, Friendsville, Illinois, Dec. 24, 1851. Family news and description of her activities as an art teacher.
2. Fragment of a letter written by Mary Waters, ca. 1864. Family news.
3. Letter from T. Scott, Farmer City, Illinois, to his sister Margaret S. Waters, July 31. 1869. Family news.
4. Letter from John M. Waters, Gibson, Illinois, to his uncle Joseph Moore, September 21, 1872. Description of local economic conditions and his medical practice. (with envelope).
5. Letter to Margaret S. Waters from her neice, W. J. [McAdams?], Havana, Illinois, Oct. 4, 1872. Family news and visitations (with envelope).
6. Letter from G. N. Bierce, Dayton, Ohio, to Mrs. Emma Waters, Sept. 23, 1885. News regarding her sister's illness.
7. Letter from G. N. Bierce, Dayton, Ohio, to Mrs. Emma Waters, October 13, 1885. News regarding her sister's death (with envelope).

Folder 2: Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia
Cards admitting him to classes in Medicine, 1866-1868 (18 items); 2 receipts showing payment for the classes; Papers showing the schedule of examinations for the classes; Library card for the YMCA library in Philadelphia.

Folder 3: Other papers
Army discharge from the Post Hospital to return him to the 133rd Illinois Volunteers, Sept. 9, 1864; Notes from the ledger that show bills paid to him, 1878-1880.

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