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Milton O. Stemmler Student Diary, 1891-1896

By Maya Bergmann and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Milton O. Stemmler Student Diary, 1891-1896

ID: MSS Stemmler

Primary Creator: Stemmler, Milton O.

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 06/30/2005

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Milton O. Stemmler Student Diary consists of a typed transcript of a day-by-day record of experiences as maintained by Stemmler, an Oregon Agricultural College student in 1892-1895.  Stemmler earned an agriculture degree from Oregon Agricultural College in 1895.

Scope and Content Notes

The Milton O. Stemmler Student Diary includes daily descriptions of Stemmler's activities, including social events, interactions with fellow students and townspeople, paid carpentry and agricultural work, involvement with a local church, and reading habits.  The diary includes reports of weather conditions and annual summaries of expenditures and earnings. With regard to Stemmler's life as an Oregon Agricultural College student, the diary describes his participation in band and on the football team, work for Horticulture professor George Coote, interaction with (and negative feelings about) President John M. Bloss, and the classes he attended.  The collection consists of a typed transcript.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Milton Oscar Stemmler was born in 1871 in Sebastian County, Arkansas to parents Jacob Stemmler and Sarah Howeth. In 1881, Stemmler and his family moved to Oregon, eventually settling on a ranch in Coos County. He began attending Oregon Agricultural College in 1892, working his way through college as a teacher, before graduating with a degree in Agriculture in 1895. While attending OAC, he also participated on the college football team during the 1894/1895 season.

After graduating from OAC, Stemmler taught for a year in Merced, California before moving out to St. Louis, Missouri to study medicine at Marion-Sims Medical College. He graduated from Marion-Sims Medical College in 1900 and practiced general medicine in St. Louis for a year before returning to the Pacific Northwest, moving to Spokane, Washington. In January of 1904, he married Mary Marie Barton, and the two of them eventually moved back to Coos County, Oregon. Stemmler resided in Coos County, Oregon with his wife and four children until passing away in December of 1916 from typhoid fever.

Author: Maya Bergmann

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Transferred to the former University Archives in 2005 by Marjorie Slauson, Stemmler's great granddaughter.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center houses many collections assembled by students during their time at Oregon State. Some of these collections include the Edmund R. Lyman Diary (MSS Lyman), Helen Lepper Diary (MSS Lepper), and the Bernice Forest Diary (MSS Forest). Additionally, historical university photographs, including those of past sports teams, can be found in the Oregon State University Historical Photographs (P 025) collection. Within this collection, there is a photograph of the 1894 football team, including Stemmler at the far right of the front row.

Preferred Citation: Milton O. Stemmler Student Diary (MSS Stemmler), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces information about the collection that was placed online in 2012.


Stemmler, Milton O.

People, Places, and Topics

College students--Oregon--Corvallis--Social life and customs.
Oregon Agricultural College--Football.
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon Agricultural College. School of Agriculture
Stemmler, Milton O.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material


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