Lucy Flower Karl papers, 1896-1930
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Brief Description:

Papers of Lucy Flower Karl (1870-1958), consisting of correspondence, ephemera, a photograph, and other documents. Lucy Karl was married to William C. Karl, and the papers include items related to her 13-year-old son William Raymond Karl, who had the unfortunate distinction of being Litchfield's first motor vehicle fatality in 1915. William C. Karl was one of seven Karl brothers who came to Litchfield with their parents, Peter and Wilhelmina Hudel Karl, in the 1880s. William died in 1903. Although they held a variety of other occupations, the Karl brothers also had a photography studio and published picture post cards. Two of the brothers, John and Rudolph, were town clerks of Litchfield.

The papers include condolence letters written to Lucy Karl and her three surviving children, Viola Karl MacDonald, Elsie Karl Bigelow, and Rudolph. William Raymond's Boy Scout manual and notebook, drawings, school work, and correspondence with a friend, Hope Louise Farris of St. Augustine, Fla, are also found. Additionally, the papers include a letter sent to William C. Karl from his brother Rudolph in 1896; Christmas, greeting, and post cards from family members; correspondence between Lucy Karl and her two sons; a 1929 letter from Lucy's granddaughter Barbara Bigelow; and a number of religious tracts; and other items.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Record Series Number: 00/1971-44-0
Created by: Karl, Lucy Flower (1870-1958)
Volume: 2.0 Folders
Acquired: 03/01/1971.
Biographical Note for Karl, Lucy Flower (1870-1958) : Lucy Flower Karl was the daughter of William Flower and Mary Stilson Flower. She was married to William C. Karl (1866?-1903). They had five children, Viola Karl MacDonald, Elsie Karl Bigelow, Rudolph, William, and one who died prior to 1900.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bigelow, Barbara
Bigelow, Elsie Karl
Boy Scouts
Farris, Hope
Karl, Rudolph
Karl, William Raymond
Karl family
MacDonald, Viola Karl
Traffic accidents
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Mr. and Mrs. William M. MacDonald  Gift
PreferredCitation: Lucy Flower Karl papers (1971-44-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759