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Isaac W. Betts Papers, 1854-1974

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Identifier: A0120

Title: Isaac W. Betts Papers, 1854-1974


Isaac (Ike) Betts, came to St. Louis circa 1888. On April 9, 1888, he married Eulalie Gamache, daughter of a prominent French family of Carondelet (South St. Louis). They had three children. The family lived in St. Louis for several years where Betts was a boiler inspector in the United States Steamboat Inspection Service. In July 1914 they moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he assumed the duty as the boiler inspector for the Louisville office of the Steamboat Inspection Service (U.S. Department of Commerce). Captain Betts was a collector of river lore, and compiled scrapbooks of clippings from magazines and newspapers on steamboat travel.

The collection contains two scrapbooks compiled by Isaac Betts: one scrapbook contains clippings from the Waterways Journal and newspapers relating to steamboats; the second scrapbook, titled "Historical and Descriptive Data of Steamboat Life," contains clippings from the Waterways Journal and newspapers relating to steamboats, steamboat men, and steamboat disasters. This latter scrapbook also contains numerous photographs and postcards of steamboats, and the front of the scrapbook contains handwritten notes on steamboat disasters from 1854 to 1856 and 1864 to 1871, compiled by Capt. Alfred Guthrie. The collection also includes correspondence, 1926-1938; manuscript titled "Same Old Ike in a Reminiscence Mood"; manuscript sheet music of a song titled "My Dear Old Ohio Home," by Ike W. Betts, dedicated to brother John T. Betts; certificates/licenses of Sidney W. Betts (son), dated September 24, 1919, August 11, 1925, and 1968; inspection certificates for the steamboats Robert E. Lee (1876), J. M. White (1878), and U. & I. (1899); Indiana Board of Pharmacy certificate granted to Floyd Parks (1907); enrollment certificate of the Imperial Council of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America granted to Isaac W. Betts (1908); and brochures regarding nuclear-powered ships.

2 volumes; 5 folders; 1 oversize folder

Cite as: Isaac W. Betts Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1854-1974

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Betts, Isaac W.

Subjects: Scrapbooks
Nuclear ships
River life


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