The Teeter Family of Carbondale, Illinois

Photograph, Teeter family, Teeter Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library SIU

Horace Hollister Teeter (pictured seated front and center) arrived in Southern Illinois in 1865 where he married Nancy Belle (pictured on his right) and had six children while establishing himself as an entrepreneur and businessman in Carbondale. His accomplishments include the development and marketing of an innovative coffee percolator, production of baking powder, and a production and sale of his own brand of furniture polish. Around 1900 he founded the Excelsior Paint Company which he managed until his death in 1924.

All six of the Teeter children were raised in Carbondale. Of these six, three are prevalent in this exhibit. Kate Teeter (pictured in the back, over H.H. Teeter’s right shoulder) remained in the family home, Robert Teeter (Pictured third from the left, standing)  married Hazel Pearl Smith (pictured to Robert’s left)  and moved to Berwyn, Illinois, and  Lillian Teeter (last figure on the right) received one of the first diplomas from then Southern Illinois Normal University, and went on to teach public school in east St.Louis, but returned to the area after retirement. Also represented here is the family of Louis Teeter (in the baby carriage), son of Frank Teeter, whose wife Lula Teeter died soon after giving birth to Louis.  The child was brought up by the family, mainly his grandparents, and later married Margaret Eisman, with whom he had a son, Tim Teeter.

This exhibit highlights the life and times of these people, for whom the materials within the collection are most prevalent.