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Quane, Oliver papers

Identifier: Mss 16

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two folders. The first folder contains the original typewritten pages of Oliver Quane’s diary. The second folder contains Quane’s great granddaughter’s typed transcriptions of the diary, an article from the St. Peter Free Press on his promotion, and Oliver Quane’s 1936 obituary in the American Falls Press.


  • 1916 June 30 - 1936 December 10

Conditions Governing Access

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Biographical / Historical

Oliver Jeremiah Quane was born in Mankato, Minnesota on December 21,1979 and was educated at Mankato High School. He was a reporter for several newspapers and editor of the Brown County Journal, New Ulm Review, St. Peter Herald, and several other papers. He served in the Spanish-American War as an enlisted man in the 14th Minnesota Infantry. After the war, he was commissioned captain in the Minnesota National Guard and promoted to major in command of the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Infantry Regiment, whose service along the Mexican border is described in his diary. He mustered out after being promoted to lieutenant colonel but reenlisted with American entry into World War I, during which he commanded various anti-aircraft machine gun battalions and participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. After the war, he served as a special duty instructor of musketry and courts martial as a judge advocate in the Officers Reserve Corps, made a failed run for the 1920 Democratic nomination for governor, and returned to editing until his health failed before his death in December 1936.


0.1 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ann Baack Essling (Accession number 2015.48)

Copyright Notice

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Processing Information

Processed by Kyle Imdieke in May 2017.

Oliver Quane Papers
Kyle Imdieke
May 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Minnesota Military & Veterans Museum Repository

Minnesota Military and Veterans Museum
Camp Ripley
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345 United States