Soule, Parker F.

Parker F. Soule Collection


Collection Overview:
Title: Parker F. Soule Collection
Dates: 1857-1902
Creator: Parker F. Soule
Call Numbers: DAL.SMS.105
Repository: Drew Archival Library
Location: Small Collections Box 4
Quantity: 2 folders
Language: English

Administrative Information:
Access Restrictions: The Parker F. Soule Collection is open to researchers. There are no restricted materials in the collection.
Acquisition Information:  Parker F. Soule Collection was donated to the DRHS prior to 2007.
Preferred form of citation: DAL.SMS.105, Parker F. Soule Collection in the Drew Archival Library of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society.
Finding Aid Prepared By: Carolyn Ravenscroft, Mar. 2016.

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of twelve letters, mostly to Parker F. Soule and numerous party invitations. Of special note are the letters written by Parker F. Soule while he was recovering from illness, most likely consumption, in Colorado between 1882-1885. The letters describe his health and life as a cowboy on the Pope Brothers ranch and at the South Park Round Up of 1885.

Biographical Information:
Parker Fernando Soule was born in 1861 in Foxboro, MA to Lawrence P. Soule and Mercie Bassett Eldridge. He was raised in both Lawrence, MA and Cambridge, MA. In 1882 he left Massachusetts and headed for the drier climate of Colorado to regain his health. He settled outside of Colorado Springs on a ranch owned by Herbert W. and Abbott Pope. While in the West he became a cowboy and participated in the South Park Round Up of 1885. He returned to Cambridge and married Luceba Dorr Kinsley in Feb. 1887 and they had one child, Priscilla Bradford Soule (1897-1986). The following year he became a partner in his father’s building firm and the company became L. Soule and Son. This firm was responsible for building a number of buildings in Boston including the Shawmut National Bank, the First National Bank, the Commonwealth Trust and Boston Stock Exchange. After the death of Luceba in 1897 he married Julia Anne Whitten in 1904. Together they had Parker F. Soule, Jr., (1907-1975) Lawrence P. Soule, II (1909-1959) and Julianna W. Soule (1912-1969). The Soules lived at 45 Hawthorne Street in Cambridge but also had a summer house on Poweder Point Ave. (236 and 244 Powder Point Ave were built by Lawrence P. Soule and Parker in 1887-1889). Parker F. Soule died in 1950 and is buried in Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury, MA.

Folder List:
Folder 1 Correspondence

  1. Parker F. Soule (Denver, CO) to Winthrop P. Soule, Oct. 19, 1882
  2. Parker F. Soule (Pope’s Ranch, CO) to Winthrop P. Soule, Dec. 24, 1882
  3. Parker F. Soule (Pope’s Ranch, CO) to Winthrop P. Soule (Boston, MA), May 20, 1883
  4. Parker F. Soule (CO) to Winthrop P. Soule (Boston, MA), Feb. 15, 1885
  5. Selden J. Richards (Denver, CO) to Parker F. Soule, May 14, 1885
    • List of cattle brands to be recovered
    • List of cattle sold
    • List of cattle found at other locations
  6. Parker F. Soule (“Nowhere” CO) to Winthrop P. Soule, June 23, 1885
  7. Parker F. Soule (Pope’s Ranch, CO) to Winthrop P. Soule, July 4, 1885
  8. Winthrop P. Soule (Cambridge, MA) to Parker F. Soule (CO), Sept. 21. 1885
  9. Mercie B. Soule (Cambridge, MA) to Winthrop P. Soule, May 25, c. 1882-18
  10. Willis S.Winters (Independence, KS) to Parker F. Soule, Feb. 15, 1886
  11. Theo C. Hurd (Clerk of Courts, Middlesex Co.) to Parker F. Soule (Boston, MA), 1902 Re: George “Hughes” also known as Clark or Edwards. He was found guilty of murdering an Everett Police office, O’Keefe, in 1902.
  12. Carte de visite photograph of George Hughes, 1902.

Folder 2 Ephemera

  1. Receipt of William Soule, 1857
  2. Invitation to surprise party of Frank M. Oliver w/envelope, 1870
  3. Invitation to Festival of First Universalist Society, Arlington, 1877
  4. Invitation to surprise party of Miss Bertha M. Cloyes, 1877
  5. Invitation to surprise party of Harry and Walter Bates, 1878
  6. Invitation to Somerville High School, Class of 1879, w/envelope
  7. Invitation to surprise party of Mr. and Miss Clark, w/envelope, 1879
  8. Invitation to Masquerade Surprise Party of Mr. Arthur E. Bowker, 1879
  9. Invitation to surprise party for Miss M. R. Warren, w/envelope, 1879
  10. Program of Third Annual Reunion of Washington School Associates. 1879
  11. Program for the Fall Reception of the Washington School Associates, Cambridge, 1880
  12. Request for ten cent piece with engraving for bangle, 1880
  13. Receipt from H. T. O’Brien, Denver, 1885
  14. Receipt from Albany hotel, Denver, 1885
  15. Postal card from F. B. G. to Parker F. and Winthrop P. regarding fall term, Sept. n.d.
  16. Postal card from Bob to Parker, n.d.
  17. Postal card re: final meeting of the N.S. Cadet