This collection includes a transcript of a German-script diary kept by Julius Wilhelm Grahn describing his trip to the United States from Germany in 1870 and his subsequent arrival in Wisconsin. The remainder of the diary documents Grahn's military service, as he served in the U.S. Army from 1871-76. Stationed at Camp Douglas in Salt Lake City, Grahn describes camp life, problems with Native Americans leaving their reservations, and the garden he and other soldiers maintained at Camp Douglas. Grahn later settled in Clay Co., Ill., where he became a farmer. The collection also contains a biographical sketch of Grahn written by his daughter, Lena Prahl, in 1965.
Erma Koehn, of Mansfield, Ill., donated these items to the Survey in 1967.