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William H. Waldron Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this identification tag from William H. Waldron who was a distributing clerk in the Council Bluffs, Iowa post office. The reverse side of the tag has the initials “JR.O.U.A.M.,” indicating that Waldron was a junior member of the United American Mechanics, originally a nativist organization that grew out of the anti-Catholic and anti-foreign labor sentiments of the mid nineteenth century. Council Bluffs, on the Iowa/Nebraska border, had several railway lines running through it. Among those lines were the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific; the Omaha & St. Louis; and the Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
literal: W.H.WALDRON / CO. BLUFFS / JR.O.U.A.M. / COUNCIL NO. 7
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. (1.59 x 3.18 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.218
Place:
Iowa

Glossary

  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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