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Senora C. Moon Paper
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Philip N. Williams, 1999
Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, February 2012
Senora Cornelia Higbee Moon was born in Milford, Kosciusko County, Indiana, in 1852. She was the daughter of Dr. Edward Higbee, a physician and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. She was eight years old when she participated in a parade described as “A Lincoln Rally,” which is the title of her three-page paper. Her aunt Mary Alice Egbert made a wreath for Senora’s hair with white wax berries and pink ribbon.
Information found within the collection.
The collection contains a three-page paper describing an 1860 Lincoln rally at Warsaw, Indiana. On September 25, 1860, Senora rode on a float in Warsaw, Indiana, twelve miles from Milford where she lived. Senora carried the white flag for New York, because that was the home state of her grandmother, Abigail Egbert. She and the other girls were told to stand up, when given a signal, and shout: “Rah for Lincoln and Hamlin.”
Senora’s father, Dr. Edward Higbee, was a Republican, an abolitionist, and a campaigner for Lincoln. “He thought the country would go to the dogs if Lincoln were not elected.” Her parents made flags to use in the rally.
Senora tells this story: “A smart boy called my Father an Abolitionist. I slapped him. I asked Mother if Abolitionist was a bad word. ‘No,’ she said. ‘It means freeing the slaves.’ I felt ashamed and gave the boy five sticks of peppermint candy and a big bellflower apple from our tree.”
Other groups in the parade were boys dressed as Indians, Wide-Awakes in oil-cloth capes and caps carrying torches, small string bands, six young ladies on horseback and others.
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Folder 1. Three-page paper
1860 “A Lincoln Rally”
Size of Collection: 1 folder, 3-page typed paper
Collection Dates: 1860
Provenance: Amy C. Moon, St. Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 24, 1936.
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None