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Journey from Massachusetts to Kansas
Authors: Allen, Chestina Bowker
Date: October 17, 1854 - April 22, 1858
Chestina Bowker Allen traveled to Kansas Territory from Roxbury, Massachusetts, with her husband Asahel Gilbert Allen and five children--William, Charles, Henrietta, John, and Abbie. Apparently, they were members of the third company sent by the New England Emigrant Aid Company and began the journey to Kansas Territory in October, 1854. While the title indicated it recorded the journey to the territory, it actually documented their first three years in Kansas Territory. Mrs. Allen described their journey west with stops in Kansas City and Lawrence. They eventually settled near Rock Creek in Pottawatomie County. She wrote about many of her daily activities including assisting neighbors when ill. She mentioned a cholera epidemic in the area in 1855. She wrote about various rumors and encounters with free state supporters (which the Allen family was) and proslavery groups. She provided a great deal of information about living conditions and the price and availability of various goods. She wrote about her husband and older sons going to various communities to work and also about people that visited their home and those who boarded with them. She provided fairly stereotypical descriptions of Native Americans.The document appeared to be recopied from an original diary and included some penciled in corrections and a few annotations from a later time.

Keywords: Allen, Asahel Gilbert; Allen, Charles Bowker; Allen, Chestina Bowker; Allen, William Francis; American Indians (see also Native Americans); Daily life; Diaries; Diseases; Economic conditions; Ferries; Free state supporters; Louisville, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Native Americans; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Proslavery activities; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Rock Creek, Kansas Territory; Settlement; Steamboats


Letter, Tovey, R. [Robert] A. to My Dear Wife [Eliza (Matthew) Tovey]
Authors: Tovey, Robert Atkins
Date: c. 1854
Robert Atkins Tovey, Sr., an Englishman traveling to Kansas Territory, wrote to his wife Eliza (Matthew) Tovey, at their home it Albany, New York. Tovey recounted his travel experiences by steamboat and rail. Throughout, he provided detailed scenic descriptions from New York, the Great Lakes, Detroit, Illinois, St. Louis, and the Missouri River. Tovey, coming into contact with slavery on his journey, included brief commentary on the subject.

Keywords: Diseases; Medicine; Missouri River; New York; Railroads; Slavery; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Tovey, Robert Atkins; Transportation; Travel


Worcester County Kanzas League promotional brochure
Authors: Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Date: February 13, 1855
This circular letter was written by Edward E. Hale on behalf of the Worcester County Kanzas League. It was probably affiliated with the New England Emigrant Aid Company as many of the officers are the same. The document provided detailed information about how emigrants would get to Kansasand tips for settling once they got there. He also provided information on how to support the League through the purchase of stock.

Keywords: Boston, Massachusetts; Branscomb, Charles H.; Brown, George W. (George Washington), 1820-1915; Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Herald of Freedom; Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Railroads; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Thayer, Eli, 1819-1899; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866; Williams, John M. S.; Worcester County Kansas League; Worcester, Massachusetts


Worcester County Kansas League
Authors: Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909
Date: March 1, 1855
The Emigrant Aid Company had to increase prices because rivers and lake were frozen. As a result, emigrants would have to travel by land with the use of railroads, leading to this price increase.

Keywords: Boston, Massachusetts; Emigrant aid companies; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Missouri River; Railroads; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Worcester County Kansas League


Letter, Wm. D. Haley to Bro. [Edward Everett] Hale
Authors: Haley, William D.
Date: March 9, 1855
William D. Haley, writing from Alton, Illinois to Edward Everett Hale, expressed his concern about the lack of Western travel experience possessed by New England Emigrant Aid Company agents. Haley informed Hale that the company agents were "green as grass" with the result being emigrants getting overcharged for travel expenses.

Keywords: Alton, Illinois; Emigration and immigration; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Haley, William D.; Illinois; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Steamboats


Letter, [Hiram Hill] to Dear Wife
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: May 7, 1855
Hiram Hill of Williamsburgh, Massachusetts wrote to his wife while traveling up the Missouri River from St. Louis to Kansas City. Hill was a free soil sympathizer evidentially traveling with a company of like-minded settlers, for he wrote that some steamboat passengers viewed the company with "rather suspitious eyes." Hill told his wife not to worry although one family had cholera and, on another boat, fifteen had died the previous week. The letter, written hastily in pencil, is not signed.

Keywords: Diseases; Hill, Hiram; Missouri River; Sickness (see Illness); Steamboats; Transportation; Travel; Water transportation


Letter, H. Hill to Dear Brother
Authors: Hill, Hiram
Date: May 13, 1855
After arriving in Kansas City by steamboat, Hiram Hill wrote to his brother. En route, four men had died of cholera while others continued to drink and play cards nearby. Disease fatalities were common, Hill reported. He speculated that the river water, which passengers drank, was contaminated with disease from the rich prairie soil. Hill described life at the Winedot [sic] Indian Reservation (beginning at the bottom of page 2) where he met the "prinsable chiefe" and saw the governor's sister. Hill related news concerning Mr. Putnam, Mr. Tomas, Mr. Gague, Mr. Jay, Mr. Partridge, Mr. Whitman, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Fuller and others. He was skeptical that these men would permanently settle in Kansas Territory. Hill also described Kansas City, which he thought would improve under "yankee," rather than "slave holder," management. (Hill's final destination was Lawrence, where he acquired town lots through quit claims not included in this online project.)

Keywords: American Indians (see also Native Americans); Burial; Diseases; Emigration and immigration; Hill, Hiram; Kansas City, Kansas Territory; Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company; Steamboats; Transportation; Travel; Weather; Wyandot Indians


Letter, C. K. Holliday to My Dear Wife [Holliday]
Authors: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: September 26, 1855 - September 30, 1855
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote twelve pages from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Anxious to have her and their young daughter, Lillie, with him, and unable to come for them himself, Cyrus gave detailed business and travel instructions. He suggested that I. H. Lenhart go to New York to exchange their bonds for gold or bills from the State Bank of Missouri. Mary was to keep the money close and beware of thieves. He also gave instructions concerning route, railroads and steamboats, tickets, baggage, and escorts. Cyrus suggested that Mary travel with F. R. Foster of Spring Corners, Pennsylvania or an agent of an Express Company. Her safety and ease during the nine day journey was his main concern. (Mary and Lillie did not join Cyrus in Topeka until March 1857.)

Keywords: Bonds; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Money; Railroads; Steamboats; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Transportation; Travel


Letter, Hiram Hill to Dear Wife
Authors: Hill, Hiram
Date: November 31, 1855
Hiram Hill wrote from Lexi[ng]ton, Missouri to his wife in Williamsburgh, Massachusetts on his way to Lawrence, Kansas Territory. The low river had forced him and other steamboat passengers to come ashore 25 miles short of Lexington. Once there, he heard rumors of war, reporting that Missourians "all armed to the teeth" were entering the Territory. Hill was sick and wished to turn back, but fellow travelers Mr. Whitney and Judge Johnson planned to continue. Hill included a brief message for his adopted son, Arthur.

Keywords: Hill, Hiram; Religion; Sickness (see Illness); Steamboats; Violence; Wakarusa War, November-December 1855; Whitney, Thaddeus L.


Letter, Hiram Hill to Dear Wife
Authors: Hill, Hiram
Date: November 26, 1855
Hiram Hill, a resident of Williamsburgh, Massachusetts wrote to his wife from St. Louis, Missouri, on his way to Lawrence, Kansas Territory, where he owned property. Hill had traveled by railroad and boat and was now a passenger on the steamboat Senora. Ticket prices were high due to the late season. Also on board were Erastus D. Ladd, who was elected to the Topeka free state legislature on March 30th, and Thaddeus L. Whitney, a friend and business associate. Hill also mentioned Mr. Pom[e]roy and Mr. Eldridge. Interestingly, a second letter dated December 20 and perhaps from Hill's wife to her sister-in-law (the wife of Hiram's brother Otis) was written on a blank page.

Keywords: Eldridge, Shalor Winchell, 1816-1899; Free state settlers; Hill, Hiram; Ladd, Erastus D.; Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891; Railroads; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Whitney, Thaddeus L.


Letter, F. A. Hunt to Thos. H. Webb
Authors: Hunt, F. A.
Date: March 14, 1856
F. A. Hunt, owner of a steamboat and land agent company, wrote from St. Louis, Missouri to Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. Hunt informed Webb that a shipment of 100 rifles and two guns had been seized at Lexington, Missouri while in transit to Leavenworth via the Steamboat Arabia. Hunt stated that unless the weapons had been taken by authority of the U.S. government, the steamboat was liable for the loss. Hunt urged Webb to be more cautious in making shipments of weapons to Kansas.

Keywords: Arabia (Steamboat); Border ruffians; Emigrant aid companies; Guns; Hunt, F. A.; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Steamboats; Weapons (see also Guns); Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866


Letter, T. [Thomas] C. Wells to Mother [Sarah Elizabeth Clarke Wells]
Authors: Wells, Thomas Clarke
Date: April 3, 1856
After spending part of much of the winter back East, Wells returned to KT in April 1856, beginning this letter home from aboard the steamer "James H. Lucas" and finishing it on April 13 at Juniata, near Fort Riley. He commented on the trip, by rail and boat, and on the fact that there were "Quite a number of people on board from South Carolina and Georgia going to Kansas." But they would not last long, and "The free state people must eventually conquer--the South cannot compete with the North in sending emigrants." Wells' plans upon his return were to sell his Juniata property and take one close to Manhattan, something he describes having done in a subsequent letter.

Keywords: Detroit, Michigan; Free state; Georgia; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Railroads; South Carolina; Southern emigrants; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Travel; Wells, Thomas Clarke


Circular, Ho! For Kansas!!
Authors: Wood, Bradford R.
Date: May 20, 1856
This circular by the New York State Kansas Committee announced the departure of another party to Kansas and described how the emigrants would be traveling to Kansas. It also provided information about how to join the party.

Keywords: Barnes, William, 1824-1913; Circulars; Emigrant aid companies - Free state; Emigration and immigration; Immigration and early settlement; Kansas Frontier; McGowan, M.; New York State Kansas Committee; Railroad companies; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Travel literature; Wood, Bradford R.


Account Book, 1856-57
Authors: Robinson, Charles
Date: December 1856 - April 1857
This cloth bound journal, identified as "Dr. Chas Robinson Account Book, 1856-1866," contains territorial entries for 1856 and 1857 only--entries such as, "S. W. Simpson To Joel Walker For Draft (for the purchase of land)" for $500 and "Notes Receivable // To Sales of Stock // For Thaddeus Hyatt's Note . . . The understanding is that Hyatt shall not receive his certificate for shares until he has put on the Kaw River a Steamboat of 40 tons buthen, worth $5000., and suitable to navigating the Kaw River."

Keywords: Account books; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Financial statements; Grover, Joel; Hyatt, Thaddeus; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Steamboats; Walker, Joel; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Advertisement, Three Steamboats on the Kansas River
Authors: F. A. Hunt and Company
Date: 1857
F. A. Hunt & Co., steamboat and land agents, advertised steamboat travel on the Kansas River between Wyandott and Manhattan.

Keywords: Advertisements; F. A. Hunt & Co.; Steamboats; Transportation


Letter, E. B. Whitman to S. L. Adair
Authors: Whitman, E. B.
Date: May 15, 1857
Whitman, located in Lawrence, was the general agent for the National Kansas Committee that was distributing relief supplies in Kansas Territory. He wrote that he was sending Adair potatoes and corn to be distributed for planting. Evidently Adair had written him previously about some boxes of supplies he expected and Whitman speculated they were either in Wyandotte or St. Louis on the Steamer Light Foot on the Kansas River.

Keywords: Adair, Samuel Lyle; Agriculture; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Lightfoot (steamboat); National Kansas Committee; Relief; Steamboats; Whitman, E. B.


Freight bill for George Collamore
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: June 20, 1857
This bill documented the shipment of 21 cases of glassware from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, via the steamboat Oceana.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Domestics; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Bill of Lading, Steamboat Lebanon
Authors: Smith & Haneley
Date: June 23, 1857
Bill of lading listing several items of furniture to be shipped by Smith & Haneley via the steamboat Lebanon from Cincinnati, Ohio to J. Cook & Co. in Tecumseh, Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Bills of lading; Business; Commerce; Furniture; J. Cook and Company; Lebanon (steamboat); Retail businesses; Steamboats; Stores (see Retail businesses)


Freight bill for George Collamore
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: June 26, 1857
The bill documented the shipment of one box of merchandise and one bundle of "rockets", from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, via Pacific Railroad and packet [boat].

Keywords: Bailey, S.H.; Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Pacific railroads; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Letter draft, unsigned [Hiram Hill] to Mesrs Ladd [E. D.] & Prentiss [S. B.]
Authors: Hill, Hiram
Date: July 13, 1857
Hiram Hill wrote to E. D. Ladd and S. B. Prentiss in Kansas Territory, requesting that they send information about the drawing for West Lawrence town shares when available, and asking about the prospect of selling town lots there. Hill also inquired about a share of Emporia stock that he had given to Mr. Whitney to pass on to them. He answered their questions regarding maintenance of his rental properties, and confirmed that only "necessary repairs" were to be completed at his expense.

Keywords: Emporia, Kansas Territory; Hill, Hiram; Ladd, Erastus D.; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Prentiss, S.B.; Real estate investment; Steamboats; Town shares; West Lawrence, Kansas Territory


Freight Bill
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: August 29, 1857
This freight bill documented the shipping of goods from St. Louis, Missouri, on the steamboat Meteor, to the Port of Quindaro, Kansas Territory. Among the goods shipped were food and construction supplies.

Keywords: Andrew, Isaac W.; Freight and freightage; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats


Freight bill
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: August 27, 1857
This freight bill documented the shipping of goods from St. Louis, Missouri, on the steamboat Meteor, to the Port of Quindaro, Kansas Territory. Among the goods shipped were food and construction supplies.

Keywords: Andrew, Isaac W.; Freight and freightage; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats


Letter, J. H. Trego to an unidentified recipient [probably his wife, Alice Trego]
Authors: Trego, Joseph Harrington
Date: September 10, 1857
Trego was in St. Louis, Missouri awaiting a boat trip to Kansas City. He describes his trip to that point as well as the weather. Trego was a doctor and he wrote about trying to locate his medicine chest for the second part of the journey. He also described his activities as he waited. It is not clear whether he had been to Kansas Territory before but he knew he was going to Sugar Mound in Linn County, Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Free state settlers; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Physicians; Steamboats; Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory; Trego, Alice; Trego, Joseph Harrington


Freight bill for George Collamore
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: September 16, 1857
This bill documents the shipment of merchandise [possibly doors and windows] from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, on the steamboat Thomas E. Tutt.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Freight bill for George Collamore
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: September 24, 1857
This bill documents the shipment of 2 cases of merchandise from St. Louis, Missouri, to Quindaro, Kansas Territory, on the steamboat Star of the West.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Commerce; Freight and freightage; Missouri River; Quindaro, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory


Letter, J. [Joseph H. Trego] to Dear Alice [Alice Trego]
Authors: Trego, Joseph Harrington
Date: ca. September 1857
Joseph H. Trego, en route via steamboat to Kansas City, wrote to his wife Alice in Rock Island, Illinois. Trego commented on the unpredictable and perilous conditions of steamboat travel on the Missouri River due to snags and sandbars, but despite these, admitted that the journey itself had "little to claim his attention." He feared that his wife might have an accident in his absence, and asked her to wait until he returned to "indulge her spirit." Trego, though he missed his family, was comforted by their miniatures (small portraits).

Keywords: Domestics; Linn County, Kansas Territory; Missouri River; Steamboats; Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory; Trego, Alice; Trego, Joseph Harrington; Women


Letter, Hiram Hill to Dear Brother
Authors: Hill, Hiram
Date: October 16, 1857
Hiram Hill wrote from a steamboat en route to Kansas Territory to his brother. Hill reported no major trouble on the journey until he had reached St. Louis and discovered that there had been a "run on the Missouri Bank" : no Eastern money was available, and businesses were not accepting paper money. Hill seemed to attribute this money shortage to a recent rush of emigration, and thought the situation would improve in the winter, though at the moment in Lawrence and Quindaro things were at a standstill since no one could withdraw money.

Keywords: Banks and banking; Economic conditions; Emigration and immigration; Hill, Hiram; Money; Steamboats; Travel


Letter, T. [Thomas] J. Marsh to George L. Stearns
Authors: Marsh, Thomas J.
Date: December 18, 1857
Upon his return to the East (Boston), Marsh wrote to Stearns on December 18, 1857, to provide a relatively brief outline of his experience and accomplishments since leaving for Kansas Territory on committee business the previous June. He said others could be the judge of the success of the "mission," but "a Free State Legislature was secured by the election" and Governor Charles Robinson had been "quite complimentary" of Marsh in a letter to Amos A. Lawrence.

Keywords: Antislavery perspective; Cato, Sterling G.; Census; Conway, Martin Franklin; Election, Territorial Legislature, October 1857; Free State Party; Free state legislature; Grasshopper Falls Convention; Lawrence, Amos Adams, 1814-1886; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Marsh, Thomas J.; Phillips, William A. (William Addison), 1824-1893; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Steamboats; Stearns, Geo. L. (George Luther), 1809-1867; Tappan, S. F. (Samuel Forster), d. 1913; Territorial politics and government; Thacher, Timothy D., 1831-1894; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Travel; Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869; Whitman, E. B.


Letter, J. W. Robinson to G. W. Collamore
Authors: Robinson, John W.
Date: June 6, 1858
J. W. Robinson wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to George Collamore, future mayor of Lawrence, regarding his need for doors, windows, and moldings. Robinson proposed a trade for the goods, which were to be shipped by steamboat, instead of monetary payment.

Keywords: Collamore, George W.; Domestics; Freight and freightage; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Robinson, John W.; Steamboats


Letter, Ms. Maria Felt to Dear Mr. [Thomas W.] Higginson
Authors: Felt, Maria
Date: June 25, 1858
Miss Felt wrote this letter to Thomas Higginson, telling of her journey from Clinton, Massachusetts to Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Apparently, she was emigrating to Kansas in order to teach school. Miss Felt and her party traveled by train until they reached Alton, Illinois, where they took a steamer along the Mississippi to St. Louis. From there they traveled to Jefferson City and finally reached Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. At that point they traveled to Lawrence by stagecoach and Indian canoe. Once she had arrived in Lawrence, which she found to be a pretty town, she became acquainted with James Redpath, R. J. Hinton, Samuel Tappan, and George Stearns. She also called on Ephraim Nute, but she disliked both him and his wife, writing that they "sat up like two icicles." This letter appears to have been edited at some later date.

Keywords: Felt, Maria; Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Nute, Ephraim; Railroads; Redpath, James, 1833-1891; Schools; St. Louis, Missouri; Stagecoaches; Steamboats; Transportation; Travel; Water transportation; Weather; Women


Letter, J. I. [John Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
Authors: Ingalls, John James
Date: September 23, 1858
On the first leg of his move to Sumner, Kansas Territory, John J. Ingalls, a 24-year-old Massachusetts lawyer, wrote this brief letter from Boston, Mass., to his father, Elias T. Ingalls. Here Ingalls wrote regarding the fare and "the best method of getting West."

Keywords: Boston, Massachusetts; Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; New York; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Sumner, Kansas Territory; Transportation; Travel


Letter, J. I. [John Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
Authors: Ingalls, John James
Date: September 25, 1858
From the Angier House, Cleveland, Ohio, Ingalls wrote to tell his father of the journey to date, which had taken him through Buffalo, N.Y., and offered "the opportunity, long coveted, to visit Niagara Falls." Ingalls describes the train trip from Buffalo to Cleveland and Lake Erie.

Keywords: Buffalo, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Niagra Falls; Railroads; Steamboats; Transportation


Letter, J. J. I. [John J. Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
Authors: Ingalls, John James
Date: October 5, 1858
In this first, rather lengthy letter from Sumner, K.T., Ingalls recorded his "impressions" of St. Louis, Missouri, and detailed the combination rail and steamboat trip across Missouri to Kansas Territory. St. Louis had "a hasty, unfinished appearance," from Ingalls's perspective, and "So much filth and poverty. . . ." He was delighted to leave that city and soon road the "Pacific Railroad" as far as Herman, Missouri, where he boarded the steamer "Duncan S. Carter," which is described in some detail, along with the trip up river. Ingalls arrived at his Kansas destination on Monday, October 4, 1858.

Keywords: Immigrants; Jefferson City, Missouri; Kansas City, Missouri; Missouri River; Pacific railroads; St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Sumner, Kansas Territory; Transportation


Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to My dear good little man [Thaddeus Hyatt]
Authors: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: February 14, 1859
Responding to Hyatt's letter of February 2 in which he seems to have authorized the sale of the "Lightfoot," Pomeroy discussed that potential deal and others, regarding the growth and development of Atchison. Pomeroy also discussed making loans at up to 10 percent per month, informed Hyatt that "the Cars run through to St. Jo. To day for the first time," and painted a very optimistic picture of Atchison's prosperity and future prospects. The letter was signed, "Your 'fat belly' friend . . ."

Keywords: Atchison and St. Joseph Railroad; Atchison, Kansas Territory; Banks and banking; Lightfoot (steamboat); Loans; Missouri River; Pikes Peak gold rush; Railroads; St. Joseph, Missouri; Steamboats


Letter, Sherman [W. T.], Ewing [Thomas] & McCook to Geo. B. Parker
Authors: Sherman, Ewing & McCook
Date: April 4, 1859
Although unclear as to the exact nature of the litigation, this letter from the Leavenworth firm pertained to the taking of depositions in "the case against the steamboat 'Isabella.'" The "Isabella" was a side-wheeler which made regular runs to Sioux City during 1858, and in this case apparently came to the aid of the "Kate Howard" when ice forced her to "give up her trip."

Keywords: Courts; Isabella (steamboat); Kate Howard (steamboat); Keiser, John D.; Lawsuits; Lawyers; McCook, Dan; Missouri River; Parker, George B.; Sherman, Ewing & McCook; Steamboats; Transportation


Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Rev. C. E. Blood
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 5, 1859
Isaac Goodnow, writing from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, on his way to New England, related his experiences with a Mr. Vivaldi, a newspaper editor in Wyandotte, to C. E. Blood in Manhattan. Goodnow told Blood that Vivaldi would run a series of articles and advertisements about Manhattan in short order, and that promotional articles needed to be submitted as soon as possible. Goodnow also emphasized that, upon his arrival to Manhattan, Vivaldi should have his "expectations" met, and that all efforts should be taken to impress him.

Keywords: Advertisements; Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspaper buildings; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Town development; Town promotion; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, I. T. Goodnow to My Dear Brother [Joseph] Denison
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Date: May 7, 1859
Isaac Goodnow wrote en route to New England from Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, to Joseph Denison in Manhattan. Goodnow told Denison to expect a shipment of 36 tons of lumber and building supplies to be brought on the steamboat "Gus Linn", which was build specifically to navigate the Kansas River. He also wished that Denison dispose of two yokes of steers, in order to pay on the College.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Freight and freightage; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats


Letter, Joseph Denison to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: June 8, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, who was traveling in New England. Denison reported recent college construction expenditures to Goodnow, illustrating his attempts to "financier as faithfully and as economically" as he could, and updated his on the construction's progress. He encouraged Goodnow to sell city lots and obtain land warrants, both of which were in high demand.

Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Finance; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Steamboats; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, C. E. Blood to Dear Bro. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Blood, C.E.
Date: June 20, 1859
C. E. Blood wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to Isaac Goodnow, imparting that the Vivaldi family had arrived in the town via the steamboat Gus Linn, Mr. Vivaldi having brought along his printing press and other equipment. The newspaper was then a "fixed and permanent fact." Blood updated Goodnow on the status of construction at the College and Joseph Denison's new home. He closed by reporting a rumor that there was a Republican majority in the Constitutional Convention at Wyandotte.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Steamboats; Town development; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; de Vivaldi, Charles F.


Letter, J. J. I. [John James Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
Authors: Ingalls, John James
Date: July 5, 1859
On the first day of the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, Ingalls wrote from Wyandotte, Kansas, with observation on the city and the nature of the convention, which he considered "not a very superior one." Nevertheless, the Republicans had a big majority, and Ingalls was "on some of the most important committees in the convention and shall be obliged to do some hard work."

Keywords: Celebrations; Democratic Party (U.S.); Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas River, Kansas Territory; Missouri River; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ); St. Louis, Missouri; Steamboats; Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, July 1859; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory


Letter, Joseph Denison to Dear Br. [Isaac] Goodnow
Authors: Denison, Joseph
Date: September 7, 1859
Joseph Denison wrote from Soldier Creek, Jackson County, K.T., to Isaac Goodnow. Denison reported on the construction of the Bluemont College building, advising him that the lower floor would need plastering before classes could be held there in the coming winter. He recounted the sinking of the steamer "Gus Linn", which was carrying building supplies for the College, on a sandbar in the Kansas River. Denison also recommended that Goodnow see about purchasing a common seal for the Trustees of Bluemont College to use on legal documents.

Keywords: Blood, C.E.; Bluemont Central College; Business enterprises; Construction; Denison, Joseph; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; House furnishings; Jackson County, Kansas Territory (see also Calhoun County, Kansas Territory); Kansas River, Kansas Territory; School buildings; Steamboats


Photograph, Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, 1860
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: c. 1860
An illustration of Leavenworth when it was six years old, Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, c. 1860.

Keywords: Cities and towns; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Missouri River; Photographs and Illustrations; Steamboats


Freight bill for Daniel Vanderslice
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: April 19, 1860
This freight bill gave notice to Daniel Vanderslice, Indian Agent in Doniphan County, Kansas Territory, of the arrival of a shipment of building materials at the Port of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Freight and freightage; Indian agents; St. Joseph, Missouri; Steamboats; Vanderslice, Daniel; White Cloud, Kansas Territory


Letter, J. J. I. [John James Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
Authors: Ingalls, John James
Date: August 21, 1860
The biggest share of this 8-page letter is devoted to comments on the weather and the environment, in and around Atchison, where Ingalls now had a law practice (for a time, he continued to live in Sumner). He missed some aspects of "Massachusetts weather," but overall he thought Kansas superior: "I have not had a cold in six months and but one or two since I came here . . . [and] The attacks of melancholy and despondency to which I was once a prey have also almost entirely disappeared." Ingalls also wrote of two arson fires--"a large grocery house" and "the steamer Hesperian," and the expected fate of the suspect then in custody.

Keywords: Atchison, Kansas Territory; Fires; Health; Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900; Judicial system (see Courts); Lynch, Judge; Massachusetts; Steamboats; Vigilance committees; Weather


Lithograph, Sumner, Kansas Territory
Authors: No authors specified.
Date: c.1855
Lithograph, published by Middleton, Strobridge & Co., Cincinnati, OH, showing Sumner, Kansas Territory, c.1855. At the bottom of the lithograph, there is a small map of northeast Kansas.

Keywords: Atchison County, Kansas Territory; Lithographs; Maps; Middleton, Strobridge & Co.; Steamboats; Sumner, Kansas Territory; Town development


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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