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Kupferle-Kirten family collection

Kupferle-Kirten family collection

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Finding aid for the Kupferle-Kirten family collection

BC.MSS.07.53

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

December 14, 2015



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992
Title: Kupferle-Kirten family collection
Dates: 1876-1948
Quantity: 2.25 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains correspondence, land transaction documents, tax receipts, and other financial records from the family of Nicholas and Amelia Reichardt Kupferle, and the family of their daughter Martha and her husband, Jesse Bate Kirten. A small amount of material unrelated to the family is also included.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.53
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged first topically and then chronologically. Materials from members of the Kupferle family are arranged chronologically, followed by material from the Kirten family, and last material with no direct connection to the family, each arranged chronologically. Oversized items are in a separate box at the end of the collection.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, land transaction documents, tax receipts, and other financial records from the family of Nicholas and Amelia Reichardt Kupferle, and the family of their daughter Martha and her husband, Jesse Bate Kirten. A small amount of material unrelated to the family is also included.


Biographical Information

Nicholas Kupferle was born December 4, 1841, in Germany. He came to the United States in about 1856 and worked as a carpenter in St. Louis. During the Civil War, he served for three years with the 4th Missouri Cavalry of the Union Army. In about 1870, Kupferle moved to Little Rock, where he opened a saloon and later also operated a wholesale liquor dealership.

In about 1875, Kupferle married Rosa Duttlinger Maas, a widow with one son. In 1876, he operated a wholesale beer, wine, and liquor distributorship, along with a saloon, on Markham Street near the State House and an ice depot at 4th and Chester, where he also established the office for his businesses. He eventually built a large house on the Chester Street location. Many documents in the collection concern transactions undertaken to maintain ownership of this house by the family.

Rosa died in 1885, and two years later, Kupferle married Amelia (Mollie) Reichardt. The couple had two children, Martha Tekla, born May 31, 1891, and Nicholas Henry Jr., born June 30, 1894.

Kupferle gradually moved away from the wholesale and retail liquor business and became involved in banking, first with First National Bank and then with Security Trust and Savings Bank, both in Little Rock. He died on May 9, 1902. Mollie was named as executor of estate. Many of the documents in the collection derive from her work in settling the estate. Mollie Kupferle died on March 3, 1932.

In about 1910, Martha Tekla Kupferle married Jesse Bate Kirten, who was born in Arkansas on October 19, 1882. He worked as an overseer on road construction and owned a gravel business. The couple lived in the family house with Mollie and remained there after her death. They had two daughters, Marion Tekla (known as Tekla) and Francis. Some material in the collection comes from Jesse Kirten's family and from his interest in political office. Martha died in 1953, and Jesse died in 1954.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Argenta (Ark.)
Connerly, Marion Tekla Kirten, 1911-1996
Deeds -- Arkansas
Kirten, Jesse Bate, 1882-1954
Kirten, Martha Kupferle, 1891-1953
Kupferle, Amelia Reichardt, 1854-1932
Kupferle, Nicholas Henry, Jr., 1894-1973
Kupferle, Nicholas Henry, Sr., 1841-1902
Little Rock (Ark.)
North Little Rock (Ark.)
Probate records -- Arkansas
Public records -- Arkansas
Real property -- Arkansas
Reichardt, Louis, 1858-1940
Wood, Francis Kirten, 1913-1992

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kupferle-Kirten family collection, MSS.07.53, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George and Betty Toney, prior to the creation of the Butler Center.


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