Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-106
Location: LH-106

(Description ID: 595466)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Charles Rollin McCulloch Family


Biography Sketch
Scope and Content

This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by C. R. and Rhoda (Gould) McCulloch’s daughter, Josephine, in 1956, 1965 and 1991.  The artifacts from this collection were transferred to the Museum.

Biography Sketch
Charles Rollin (C.R.) McCulloch was born 24 April 1825 in New York to Jonathan and Cynthia McCulloch.  The family soon moved to Erie, Pennsylvania where Charles remained until the age of 13.  It was at this time that he left for Buffalo, New York to learn the medicinal drug business.

C.R. McCulloch arrived in Fremont, Ohio (then Lower Sandusky) in 1842 to work with his brother Carlton McCulloch, a local merchant.  By 1847 he bought his brother’s business and relocated to a new building in Fremont.  McCulloch & Co. ran for nearly 65 years from the same location as a mercantile.  Charles married Miss Rhoda Gould, who was born in Union County, Pennsylvania. They were the parents of seven children.  Six of the seven children survived: Mrs. T.F. Heffner, Toledo, Ohio; Miss Fannie McCulloch; Mrs. O.J. Richards, Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. B.P. Tinan, York, Pennsylvania; Miss Josephine McCulloch; and Rollin S. McCulloch.

As a citizen and businessman Mr. McCulloch was extremely active in the Fremont community.  He was a pioneer member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as superintendent and teacher of the Sunday school program. Charles was also a member of the Croghan Lodge of Odd Fellows and the Royal Arcanum. McCulloch retired in August 1911, handing the family business over to his partner of 10 years, W. H. Birkmier.  He held the distinction of being the oldest businessman in Fremont before his retirement.  Rhoda McCulloch died on November 3 1905 at the age of 79.  C.R. McCulloch died in 27 May 1912 at the age of 87 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont, Ohio.  As a tribute to McCulloch, local businesses and banks closed during his funeral services.

Scope and Content
The collection spans the years from 1785 to 1931, however, the bulk of the collection dates from the latter half of the nineteenth century. Some correspondence is included, but the collection is largely made up of nineteenth-century ephemera:  school notes; photographs; recipes; music; business, greeting, calling, advertising, and school report cards; poetry; artwork; invitations and announcements; periodicals; scrapbooks; and newspaper clippings.  Most of the material belonged to or was collected by the McCulloch children and relates to theirpersonal interests and to McCulloch family and friends.

2½ linear feet

BOX 1 

1 – 31 Advertising Cards (Advertising Card Collection)
32.  Business Cards
33.  Calendars
34.  Supplements to Saturday Night & New York Weekly
35.  Birthday Cards, 19th Century
36.  Christmas Cards, 19th Century
37.  Christmas Cards, 19th Century
38.  Christmas Cards, 19th Century
39.  Easter Cards, 19th Century
40.  New Year’s Day Cards, 19th Century
41.  Valentine’s Day Cards, 19th Century
42.  Valentine’s Day Cards, 19th Century
43.  Valentine’s Day Cards, 19th Century
44.  Miscellaneous Greeting Cards
45.  Calling Cards
46.  Calling Cards
47.  Calling Cards
48.  Calling Cards
49.  Wedding Announcements & Invitations
50.  Eyeglasses and the dress decorations


1.  Political Ribbons
     Jas. G. Blaine – President – 1888
     Republican State Convention – 1883
     Jacob Romeis for Congress
     Republican Committee
     Floor Manager
     Pharmacy – 1880
     The Lincoln Club – Sandusky, Ohio
     Centennial – U.S.A. – 1876
     Columbian Exhibition – 1893
2. Correspondence
    To Mr. McCulloch from Mr. Fitch, dtd Shanghai, China, June 12, 1872
    To R.S. McCulloch from A. B. Prescott, dtd University of Michigan, June 25, 1880
    To Julia McCulloch from Phene Higbee, dtd Bellevue, Ohio, Oct. 6, 1884
    To Julia McCulloch from Phene Higbee, dtd Bellevue, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1884
    To Fanny Dickinson from Al. B. Bushnell, dtd Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C.,
         Feb. 27, 1881
    To Misses Kitty & Julia McCulloch from Mr. Fitch, dtd Shanghai, China, June 3, 1872
    To Josephine McCulloch from C.R. McCulloch, dtd Fremont, Ohio, April 4, 1879 (1 postcard,
    To anonymous from Hotel Penn, dtd York, Pennsylvania, n.d.
3.  Newspaper clippings about the McCulloch family and friends (anniversaries, deaths, etc.)
4.  Miscellaneous financial papers, ca. 1850s
5.  Quarterly School Reports for Maggie and Jessie McCulloch, 1855 - 1864
6.  Certificates of Promotion in the Fremont Schools, 1870s, 1880s
7.  Materials relating to the education of Rollin McCulloch, Fremont, 1864, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
     1879 - 1880
8.  School materials written by Julia McCulloch, 1884, 1887
9.  Fremont High School graduation programs, 1875 – 1880, 1883, 1884, 1886
10.  Material from the McCulloch store
11.  Meeting notices from the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)
12.  Programs for social activities in Fremont, Ohio
13.  Programs for dances, parties, etc outside Fremont
14.  Brochures and Invitations from Other Schools
15.  Handwritten essay on temperance
16.  Fanny McCulloch’s Journal of Poetry
17.  Fanny McCulloch’s Journal of Patterns for Knitting, 1883
18.  Musical notes, musical expenses and lesson memoranda of Fanny McCulloch
19.  Recipe Book of Fanny McCulloch, April 22, 1883
20.  Recipe Booklets
21.  Recipes written on scraps of paper
22.  Printed recipes from newspapers and magazines
23.  Miscellaneous newspaper clippings
24.  Poems clipped from newspapers
25.  Poems handwritten on paper
26.  Song – “California and Lucy,” December 23, 1851
27.  Newspaper clippings about knitting, crocheting, etc.
28.  Drawings and articles on how to draw
29.  Miscellaneous art materials
30.  Needlepoint (2 items)
31.  Pictures (cutouts from magazines, etc.)
32.  Advertising for books, travel, and collector’s items
33.  New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad Brochure
34.  Ticket stubs, membership cards
35.  Scrapbook containing prose and poetry newspaper clippings
36.  Scrapbook containing poetry newspaper clippings
37.  Empty notebook
38.  Columbian portfolio photographs
39.  The Happy Sunday Book of Painted Pictures, n.d.
40.  Bits of English Scenery, Ten Photogravures, 1891
41.  The Juvenile Mental Arithmetic, 1856
42.  The American Preceptor (incomplete, n.d.) “Samuel Averill’s book”
43.  Beginning to Do Good of the Meh Shway-ee Society, ca. 1840
44.  Beadle’s Dime Curling and Skating, ca. 1867
45.  The Useful Christian: A Memoir of Thomas Cranfield, n.d.
46.  Book of quotations: art and life by Josephine Eugenia McCulloch.  55 Wells Hall, Miami
       University, Oxford, Ohio, 1931. 


1.  Small Newspapers ( “Voices of Nature,” “The Daily Graphic”)
2.  Miscellaneous booklets
3   Miscellaneous booklets
4.  Miscellaneous booklets
5.  Empty envelopes
6.  Unidentified photographs
7.  Photographs of scenery (artistic)
8.  The Modern Priscilla, Nov. 1905 – Mar. 1906
9.  The Modern Priscilla, Apr. 1906 – July 1906
10. The Modern Priscilla, Aug. 1906 – Dec. 1906
11. Nineteenth Century Books about Macrame, Indian Basketry, Knitting, etc.
12. Miscellaneous papers
13. Store account ledger, 1847 – 1849 [Ac. 5874]


  • McCulloch Family Photograph Albums (3)
  • Bound volume (scrapbook containing advertising cards and pictures)
  • McCulloch Family Bible, 1800 [Ac. 5176]

PHOTOGRAPHS (transferred to the Hayes Presidential Center Portrait File):

  • McCulloch, C. R. (4)
  • McCulloch, Mrs. C. R. (5)
  • McCulloch, Mr. & Mrs. C. R. (1)
  • McCulloch, Fanny (1)
  • Birchard, Sardis (1)
  • Brown, Miss Betsy (1)
  • Dot, Admiral (1)
  • Emerson, Adelaide (1)
  • Hayes, Rutherford B. (1)
  • Keeler, Jeanette Elliot (1)
  • Keeler, Lucy (3)
  • Prescott, Marie (1)


1. Paper with Japanese writing’
2.  Japanese tissue paper advertising Austen’s Forest Flower Cologne
3.  Japanese tissue paper with a colorful picture on it
4.  Indenture made to Thomas Bradshaw on June 1, 1785
5.  Poster advertising The Home Fireside Monthly


1.  Nine large newspaper clippings
2.  Patent issued to Joshua Talcott and J. McCulloch, signed by John Quincy Adams and
     James Monroe, January 26, 1824
3.  “Whys for the Wise” puzzle with answers
4.  Diploma from Fremont High School issued to Fannie McCulloch, June 28, 1871