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Scope / Content: Miscellaneous items by or about members of the Kolb family, including a scrapbook with undated clippings from Alabama newspapers regarding Kolb's gubernatorial races; scrapbook (1918-50) kept by Rubye Richardson Hume, Kolb's granddaughter, with copies of Kolb's obituaries (1918) and other clippings of interest to Mrs. Hume; school essays (1857-58) of Callie Cargile, Kolb's future wife; reprints and transcripts of articles and documents regarding Kolb's military career; a letter (1865) from Kolb to "My dear Mother"; and a journal (1887-90) kept by Janet Heriot while living in Europe. Janet Heriot journal only available on microfilm.
Biographical Sketch: Reuben Francis Kolb (1839-1918), a native of Barbour County, Alabama, commanded a Confederate artillery battery during the Civil War. He returned to farming after the war and became active in the Farmers Alliance. In 1887, he was appointed state commissioner of agriculture. He ran for governor as a Populist and was defeated in bitterly contested elections in 1890, 1892, and 1894. After repeated attempts to gain elective office, he was re-elected commissioner of agriculture, 1910-1914.
SERIES 3: Printed Matter
SERIES 4: Mary Callie Cargile Kolb, Papers on
SERIES 5: Heriot Journal
SERIES 6: Material Relating to Confederate Career
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