Autograph Book 1878
This Autograph Book from the collection of Frances and John Finley finds Parthenia Calhoon Parr at Dubuque, IA on 20 May 1878. Apparently while aboard the str Red Wing on the Mississippi River in May 1878, Miss Parthenia collected the signatures of the many of the steamer officers and the passengers. I do not know how she arrived in Dubuque nor where she went after her trip on the str Red Wing. According to Way’s Packet Directory, the Red Wing was a side wheel packet built in Brownsville, PA in 1870 and finished in Pittsburgh. It was constructed for the Keokuk Northern Line and plied the Mississippi between St Louis and St Paul. It was captained by WT Hight.
The first signature in the Autograph Book is Capt Wm T Hight, Str Redwing, No 1003 Soonand Avenue, Saint Louis, MO, May 20-78. His signature matches Capt Way’s information.
The second signature belonged to S Grennill who I assume was also an officer of the str Red Wing. His position has not yet been determined.
The third signature belonged to Thomas Frank Calhoon who was also an officer of the Red Wing and her older brother. I believe he was a steward. Thomas F Calhoon lived in Alexandria, MO and I assume Miss Parthenia traveled from Georgetown, PA to visit.
The Calhoons probably had some interest in the Keokuk Northern Packet Line because brother William Albert Calhoon wrote to Miss Parthenia from La Crosse on 1 Oct 1880 on Keokuk Northern Packet Line letter head. Within that letter William Albert wrote that Joe left La Crosse for St Louis. Joseph Mc Calhoon was a clerk on the Northern Packet Line according to an obituary of his fiancé, Miss Annie Moore of Palmyra, MO. Three brothers worked for the same packet line. More work is required to solve this puzzle.
Half 1st cousin, Dory C Poe (Theodore Cochran Poe), also signed the book on 9 Aug, 1878. I assume he filled in a blank page in Georgetown after the completion of the trip.
More than twenty-five passengers from various states (New Jersey, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, etc) signed the book and most added a few words of inspiration or wisdom. 
 Parthenia Parr Calhoon, Autograph Book 1878.
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