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P-45: J. L. McFeeters Journal

ABSTRACT: The J.L. McFeeters Journal 1904 collection consists of a single journal that Capt. J.L. McFeeters wrote in daily for the year 1904 commenting on personal subjects, weather, and other current events of that time.

CREATOR: McFeeters, James L.

SCOPE: The J.L. McFeeters Journal 1904 collection consists of a single journal that Capt. J.L. McFeeters wrote in daily. Entries include details on the weather and river water levels but also include details of Capt. McFeeters personal and work life. Capt. McFeeters discussed the deaths of political figures and friends, ship fires on the Edgar Cheery and Mayflower, and his bank account records. Capt. McFeeters also references W.L. Sibert several times who was promoted from Caption to Major by President T. Roosevelt in 1904. Capt. McFeeters worked on a snag boat in 1904.

EXTENT: 1 volume

HISTORY: Captain James L. McFeeters was born on September 17th, 1839 to Hugh and Mary McFeeters in Ireland. The family moved to Pennsylvania in 1853. In 1861, Capt. McFeeters enlisted in Co. M, One Hundredth P.V.I, 100th Regiment, known as the "Roundheads." He was promoted to captain and was severely wounded in the head at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Capt. McFeeters married Florence V. Allen in 1869 and they had two sons, J. Allen and Guy Stanley. Capt. McFeeters was captain of the steamboat Ark and was a republican.

ACCESS: This is collection P-045. This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, depending on condition. Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building. More information about conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.”


Controlled Access Headings:


  • Sibert, William L., 1860-1935
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919


  • Inland water transportation
  • River engineering
  • Snagboats