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Rauhman-Turner Family Papers

(Mss. 4159)

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Biographical/Historical Note

The Rauhman and Turner families conducted business in Baton Rouge in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Earls J. Turner (b. 1848) was a Baton Rouge blacksmith; he married Christine Rauhman (b.1856) and brought the two families together. Christine, author of much of the manuscript poetry in the collection, was the daughter of H.A. Rauhman, a painter in Baton Rouge. The relationship between the Rauhman-Turner family and H.A. Avery and P. and T. LaCroix (whose names appear within the collection) is uncertain.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes account books, scrapbooks, printed items, manuscript materials, and photographs maintained by the Rauhman and Turner families beginning in 1855 through 1924, with the majority of the materials dating from 1855_1872. Early papers deal with the Rauhman family; later materials relate to Earls J. Turner and Christine Rauhman, who married in 1884 and resided in Baton Rouge, La. Several items pertain to H. Avery. One daybook was maintained by P. and T. LaCroix of Covington, La.

Series Descriptions/Container List

Location  Box   

Series I.  Manuscript  Volumes (1855-1888, 1899)

7:77      __   Volume 1.  Daybook of P. and T.sp;                      LaCroix, Covington, La., 
&nb1855-56, 1869, 1870.
Summary:Itemizes purchases from a general mercantile store in Covington. Several newspaper clippings, manuscript recipes, home remedies, and poems are also included. One reference is dated 1870, Baton Rouge, and is signed by [H.] Avery. Also included are a few pages of The Southern Farmer (Memphis, Tn.), from August, 1869.
7:77 __ Volume 2. Account book of H.A. Rauhman, Baton Rouge painter, gilder, glazer, and paper hanger, 1856-1860, 1871, 1877, 1899.

Summary: Itemizes various accounts of work done in Baton Rouge on public buildings, businesses, and residences. Entries pertain to painting, gilding, bronzing, glazing, graining, wall-papering, and floor painting. Public buildings represented include the State House, St. Joseph's Cathedral, the Post Office, and the City Market. Also included are several original poems dated 1877; stories; recipes; remedies; and other writings by members of the Rauhman and Turner families.
7:77 __ Volume 3. Scrapbook, created by Christine Rauhman, 1883-1888, n.d.

Summary: Contains primarily newspaper poems, colored trade cards, and greeting cards. There are a number of Christmas cards and fancy valentines included.
7:77 __ Volume 4. Ledger, kept by Earls J. Turner, a blacksmith and wheelwright in Baton Rouge, 1890-94, 1900, 1903.

Summary: Daily (though scattered) entries itemize blacksmith and wheelwright work performed for Baton Rouge residents; businesses; state offices, including the City of Baton Rouge and the parish prison; and the steamer "May Fisher."
7:77 __ Volume 5. Empty photograph album. 7:76 1 Volume 6 (in box 1, folder 1). Recipe Book, n.d.

Summary: Includes printed recipes from newspapers pasted over manuscript recipes and home remedies.
Series II. Printed and miscellaneous items, (1864-1872, 1924, n.d.) 7:76 1 Folders 2-3. Newspaper clippings, 1864, 1870-72, 1924, n.d.

Summary: Include clippings from the Weekly Gazette and Comet (Baton Rouge), the Amite Daily Wanderer, the [New Orleans Christian Advocate], and other papers. Most deal with farm, garden, and household hints; home remedies and recipes; and poetry. Several items pertain to the Turner family and H. Avery. Also included are printed photographs of John Shaw, archbishop of New Orleans, and Cardinal Sarto, elected Pope to succeed Leo XIII, plus obituaries and marriage announcements which originally appeared on the back of the farm and garden columns.
7:76 1 Folder 4. Four pieces of German currency. 7:76 1 Folder 5. Miscellaneous items, 1868, 1870, n.d. Contains several recipes and remedies; a summons to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff; birth, death, and marriage records for the Rauhman-Turner family found in the family pages of The Catholic Educator: A Library of Catholic Instruction and Devotion, Masterpieces of Great Spiritual Masters; and a baptismal certificate from St. Joseph's Cathedral in 1868 for Christine Rauhman. Series III. Photographs, (n.d.) 7:76 2 Folder 1. Individual and group portraits, mostly card-mounted albumen prints. Includes pictures of the Hiawatha Band of Baton Rouge; a group of school boys (from the Lytle Art Studio, Baton Rouge); a store on Africa Street; and a blacksmith shop. 7:76 2 Folder 2, n.d. Nine (9) cabinet cards removed from an album labeled "Turner Family." Portrait subjects are unidentified. Several contain backmarks from Baton Rouge studios including A.D. Lytle, Kilbourne, Kilbourne and Dion, and Dambly Bros. 7:76 2 Folder 3, n.d. Twenty (20) cartes_de_visite, many with backmarks from Lytle Studios, Baton Rouge. 7:76 2 Folder 4, n.d. Postcards, cabinet cards, and photographs. 7:76 2 Microfilm box 1. Four (4) small tintypes, removed from album labeled "Turner Family." 7:76 2 Microfilm box 2. One (1) ambrotype in a case.

Index terms

    Blacksmiths--Louisiana--Baton Rouge
    Catholic Church--Louisiana
    Folk medicine
    Lytle, Andrew David, 1833?-1917
    Painters--Louisiana--Baton Rouge
    Photographers--Louisiana--Baton Rouge
    Public buildings--Louisiana--Baton Rouge
    Wheelwrights--Louisiana--Baton Rouge