Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Litzke-Allen-Morris papers, MS.000322

Paul Randolph Litzke was a salesman for Peters Cartridge Company in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the early 1900s. The Peters Cartridge Company was a national ammunitions company, and it required Paul to travel extensively throughout Arkansas and the United States. Paul was involved in or a member of multiple other outdoorsman and sporting businesses and activities, including the Patent Decoy Duck Caller Company and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Paul also helped bring about the construction of Lake Conway, the largest lake to be constructed by a state wildlife agency (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission). Paul led a fundraising campaign to purchase the land for the lake, as well as a petition which changed the state constitution and allowed the land of those unwilling to sell to be condemned. Paul married Lena Katherine Dependahl, a former teacher from St. Louis, Missouri. They had two daughters, Paulina and Katherine. Lena Litzke died in 1923.
Paulina Litzke was born in 1906 and attended Little Rock Junior College, Washington University, and University of California at Berkeley. She returned to Little Rock in 1932 and lived there for the rest of her life. She never married. Katherine Litzke was born in 1909 and attended Washington University in St. Louis. She married Archie Hall Allen in 1930 and passed away in 1932. Archie Hall Allen remarried, and his second wife donated this collection.
Marian Morris was also a long-time resident of Little Rock. The daughter of Charles Edgar and Lula Cox Morris, Marian was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1910 and had one older sister, Kathleen Morris Scruggs. Marian received a degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and worked for the Arkansas Department of Labor most of her life. She married Harold S. Creelman (Crulman), a World War II soldier, in 1941, but they divorced in 1947. They had no children and Marian never remarried. After she retired, she began teaching English to foreign students as a volunteer. Marian remained an active volunteer for the Little Rock community until her death in 1986. Her father, Charles, also made some improvements to the cotton chopper in 1943.
This collection contains legal and personal papers, letters, memorabilia, and photos of the Litzke, Dependahl, Morris, and Allen families from Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.
·         Correspondence
o    1. 1890s (Box 1)
o    2. 1900-1910
o    3. 1910-1919
o    4. 1920s (Box 2)
o    5. 1930s (Box 3)
o    6. 1940s
o    7. 1950s
o    8. Undated
·         9. Charles Morris papers (Box 4)
·         10. Marion Morris correspondence
·         11. Marion Morris papers
·         12. Montrose, Colorado, papers
·         13. Family newsclippings (Box 5)
·         14. Family legal documents
·         15. Telegrams
·         16. Family memorabilia
·         17. Marion Morris memorabilia