Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 456
Ralph Hugh Moore Family
Papers, 1899-1973, n.d.

Descriptive summary


Ralph Hugh Moore Family




1899-1973, n.d.


0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 456


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Ralph Hugh Moore Family Papers, MS 456, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Ralph Hugh Moore was born to parents John Hugh Moore and Elizabeth Mumford Moore in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in 1845. In 1876, Moore married Mavor "Mae" Hartshorn, daughter of early settlers of Traer, Iowa.

Ralph Hugh Moore's family lived in Traer, Iowa. They had six children: daughters Rae, Nadine, Marguerite, and Edna and sons Kenneth and Ralph Jr (who passed away at age two).

Originally from Pennsylvania, Moore moved west and worked a series of odd jobs such as a school teacher and lumber yard hand, until he received a job working with the Brooks-Carmichael Bank in Tama City, Iowa as a clerk in 1871. After Traer's founding, Moore was sent to run the new extension of the bank. Eventually, he became partner and the bank was named the Brooks & Moore Bank. After his partner, Mr. Brooks' death, Moore decided to incorporate and First National Bank succeeded Brooks & Moore.

Many of the Moore family members were interested in the arts. Mavor was a gifted poet and occasionally put her poems to music with her daughters. Edna Moore Watt, Ralph Moore's eldest daughter, wrote songs. Edna also travelled, and her father's obituary mentions that she passed away in China a few months prior to her father. Another of the Moore's daughters, Nadine Moore Goldsworthy, wrote poetry and short stories and her husband, W.A. Goldsworthy, also composed.

Ralph Hugh Moore died in 1913 in Traer.


Collection description

This collection (1899-1973, n.d.) contains photographs, news clippings, correspondence, publications including short stories and poetry, and musical compositions written by Moore family members. The photographs in this collection include several of Ralph Hugh Moore at various ages, and photographs of each of his parents, John H. Moore and Elizabeth Mumford Moore. There is also a photograph of the Moore family, which includes four of Ralph's children: Nadine, Kenneth, Rae, Marguerite and her husband Roy, Mrs. Mavor Moore, an unknown gentleman and a "visitor" (Mrs. Volland). Additionally, there is a photograph of Ralph in front of the Brooks & Moore Bank and a photograph of the R. H. Moore Hose Team (the hose team competed in various firemen's competitions).

News clippings in this collection are broken into two categories: those dealing with the Brooks & Moore Bank and biographical pieces on the Moore family. The biographical pieces include obituaries and articles contributed by family friends.

The correspondence in this collection discusses various subjects and is written by different family members. About half of the correspondence is personal, and the other half deals with the bank. The earliest letter was handwritten on bank stationary in 1899. More recently written are some letters between a Mrs. Goldsworthy (Nadine Moore Goldsworthy) and the wife of Frank Pushetonequa, a Mesquakie painter. From the letters, we can see that Frank's grandfather knew Ralph Hugh Moore.

Also included in this collection are several publications. There is a book of short stories written by Nadine Moore Goldsworthy, a book of poems written by Mavor Moore which includes pasted additions and other editorial markings, and several musical compositions by the other children and Nadine's husband W.A. Goldsworthy.


Container list







Photographs (4- 4x5 and 2- 8x10 b/w)

1916, n.d.



News clippings: Brooks & Moore Bank

1944-1973, n.d.



News clippings: Moore family biographical information

1913-1973, n.d.



Correspondence and news clipping: Frank Pushetonequa painting commission

1968, n.d.



Correspondence: includes central banking system letter and personal letters




Publications and compositions: includes poems, short stories, songs, and compositions

1928-1971, n.d.