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Item TypeFinding Aid
MSS. 245. 1864-1908, 1961 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet. Materials collected and donated by Sue (Fannie Sue) Waller (1880-1968) include scattered documentation of the activities of her uncle, J.O. (John Oliver) Pickens (1814-1886), owner of sugar plantations in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Materials documenting Pickens include two Civil War receipts for money and coupons, accounts concerning assets in Texas (1867, 1885), New Orleans Sanitary and Fertilizing Company stock certificate (1872), patent for a cotton bale tie invented by John G. Angell of New Orleans and transfer of the patent to Pickens (1874, 1878), receipts and checks (1882-1883 and undated). The remaining materials document the New Orleans and Magnolia, Louisiana, purchases and the Supreme Lodge Knights of Honor membership of William C. Waller (1852-1930), father of Sue Waller. Also donated were six issues of Pike County newspapers (1893-1908) and an 1865 clipping from The Southern Sentinel (Alexandria, Louisiana) which was used to wrap Confederate money inherited and sold by Sue Waller.