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Daily Diaries, Isaac Goodnow
1856 - 1860
These diaries, written by Isaac Goodnow, described his daily life and his community activities. He settled near Manhattan and was involved in promoting the town and in establishing and promoting Bluemont College, the predecessor to Kansas State University. Many of the entries are somewhat mundane, dealing with weather, illness, neighbors, etc. However, the entries also describe activities in Kansas aimed at making it a free state, as well as the land speculation involved with both towns and farm land.
Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Daily life; Diaries; Education; Goodnow, Ellen; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Illness; Land speculation; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Settlement; Town development; Universities and colleges; Weather
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Letter, Andrew J. Mead to Friend [John A.] Halderman
March 14, 1859
In a letter marked "Confidential" and dated March 14, 1859, Andrew J. Mead of Manhattan wrote to enlist Halderman in his (Mead's) effort to get Russell, Majors, & Waddell to use a new Blue River ferry at Manhattan called Johnstons ferry when they began hauling freight over the "Great Central Route via Smoky Hill" to the gold mines. Mead was "deeply interested" in this ferry and wished to negotiate a contract with the freighters for its use.
Keywords: Blue River, Kansas Territory; Ferries; Freight and freightage; Halderman, John Adams; Johnstons Ferry, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Mead, Andrew J.; Pikes Peak gold rush; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Russell, Majors, and Waddell; Smoky Hill Trail, Kansas Territory; Transportation
Authors: Mead, Andrew J.
Letter, Isaac T. Goodnow to Rev. E. E. Hale
February 10, 1859
Isaac T. Goodnow wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory to Edward Everett Hale, member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company's Executive Committee. Goodnow informed Hale about plans to establish Bluemont Central College (predecessor to Kansas State University) just west of Manhattan, Kansas Territory. He asserted that the college would only add to Manhattan's other advantages -- being on the "natural route of the Pacific" railroad and on the shortest route to the Pike's Peak gold mines. Goodnow asked Hale for a contribution to the building fund for the college.
Keywords: Bluemont Central College; Education; Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Pikes Peak gold rush; Railroads; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Town promotion; Universities and colleges
Authors: Goodnow, Isaac T., 1814-1894
Letter, Jesse H. Crane to Dear Father [Franklin Crane]
July 14, 1856
Jesse H. Crane, writing from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, addressed this letter to his father Franklin Crane, a prominent citizen of Topeka. The letter begins with news about the family, and then moves to a discussion of Manhattan. Jesse recommended the town to his father as an excellent investment opportunity, and he encouraged him to come for a visit. He also described the town site later in the letter.
Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Crane, Jesse H.; Daily life; Horses; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Town sites
Authors: Crane, Jesse H.
Letter, Marc [Parrott] to Dear Edd [Edwin Parrott]
October 13, 1859
Marcus Parrott wrote from Manhattan, Kansas Territory, to his brother, Edwin Parrott. Marcus had been traveling around Fort Riley and prepared for a trip from Manhattan to Topeka. He asked his brother how his election went, and contrasted what must be Edwin's election experience with his own, over which the "fear of a fraudulent defeat" always hovered. Despite this fear of fraud, Marcus stated that his Black Republican friends would support him, "ready to correct any errors".
Keywords: Black Republicans; Election fraud; Elections; Fort Riley, Kansas Territory; Hunting; Junction City, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth, Kansas Territory; Manhattan, Kansas Territory; Mormon Church; Ohio; Parrott, Edwin A.; Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; Riley County, Kansas Territory; Topeka, Kansas Territory
Authors: Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879
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