|Scope and Content|
About 61 plants are recorded in this personal notebook kept by Ezra N. Goshorn, thought to be a student at Mt. Morris College, Illinois. The book spans 17 April 1889 through 29 July 1897. The preprinted formatted notebook is entitled, “APGAR’S PLANT ANALYSIS: Adapted to Gray’s Botanies," by E. A. and A. C. Apgar.
|Bio History Note|
This preformatted notebook allows the individual to fill in the individual fills in the blanks. Ezra Goshorn filled this book out in detail, sometimes including pieces of plants pressed between pages and including localities where specimens were found, such as:
- Moist sandy meadows Illinois,
R. R. West of Mt. Morris Illinois,
Our yard. Owen Co., Indiana.
This book was donated to the collection by the "Living children of Ezra N. Goshorn" in September 1986. The children's names are:
Marie Goshorn Blough, Roland H. Goshorn, Lewis J. Goshorn, Ruth E. Goshorn, and John H. Goshorn, deceased.
E. N. Goshorn was from Ladoga, Indiana. This we know from an inscription writen by his daugher, Ruth Goshorn, in another book.
The Goshorn Chemistry Building, which was to be remodeled to become the Clark Computer Center was named after George Goshorn, of Clay City, Indiana(pgs. 51, 52, Memories of...Manchester, by Otho Winger). Winger writes:
We should not fail to record the fact that in 1922 the Goshorn Chemical Laboratory was erected. ... (George Goshorn) ... had given the funds to his home church with the understanding that if that church should ever cears to function, his brothers might use this money as they should see fit. And so it happened that this church did cease to function. By that time the children of a brother, Rev. E. N. Goshorn, were interested in Manchester; and althogether the interest was such that the funds of George Goshorn were used to build a very-much-needed laboratory.
See Also: Botany Notebook of Mt. Morris College student, Cottrell, D. Owen, MC2011/114, and that of Mt. Morris College student, W. Lewis Ikenberry, MC2011/113