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Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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The weather has been fair recently but previous "sharp weather" killed many cattle and "everybody is blue as a whetstone." At least the losses should stop the big herds from Texas. Medora, Dakota Territory, is "very dead." A. T. Packard lost everything in a fire and moved back east. The saloon also burnt down and Joseph A. Ferris's store had a close call. Howard Eaton is glad that William Wingate Sewall is well and he wishes he could join Sewall for some "hunting, fishing, eating apples and drinking cider."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Weather; Ranching; Ranching--Economic aspects; Cattle; Cattle trade; Fires; North Dakota--Medora; United States--Dakota Territory; Texas; Packard, A. T.; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1887-02-26

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Wingate Sewall and Wilmot Dow

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Theodore Roosevelt thanks William Wingate Sewall and Wilmot Dow for the Christmas gifts sent to the Roosevelt family. He summarizes a recent Badlands hunting trip.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Thank-you notes; Gifts; Christmas; Hunting; Beef--Prices; North Dakota--Badlands; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch

Date: 1887-12-26

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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Howard Eaton provides updates on the location and activities of many people that William Wingate Sewall knew from the Medora, Dakota Territory, area.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: North Dakota--Medora; United States--Dakota Territory; Dow, Wilmot; Ferris, Joseph A.; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1888-03-22

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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Howard Eaton broke his leg a month ago and has been in St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. The cattle business is doing well and Eaton has heard that the hunting has been good. Theodore Roosevelt sold 500 cattle and intends to bring in Texas steers this year. Eaton concludes with updates on many people from the Medora, Dakota Territory, area.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Leg--Wounds and injuries; Ranching; Cattle trade; Frontier and pioneer life; North Dakota--Medora; United States--Dakota Territory; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1889-01-09

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Wingate Sewall

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Commissioner Roosevelt has another son and he hopes to take his children for hunting trips to Island Falls, Maine. He has recently returned from a successful hunting trip in Idaho. The Elkhorn Ranch house will likely be closed next year even though the cattle are doing well.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hunting; Ranching; Maine--Island Falls; Idaho; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch

Date: 1889-10-13

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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Howard Eaton updates William Wingate Sewall on his recent activities. He brought in 500 steers from Texas and spent three weeks on a Killdeer Mountain roundup. Eaton also had a successful hunting trip to Idaho.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Cattle; Cattle drives; Hunting; North Dakota--Medora; North Dakota--Killdeer Mountains; Idaho; Eaton, Alden; Ferris, Sylvane M.; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1890-01-07

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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Howard Eaton provides news and gossip from the Medora, North Dakota area.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Hunting; Gossip; North Dakota--Badlands; North Dakota--Medora; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Wibaux, Pierre, 1858-1913; Ferris, Joseph A.; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1890-03-10

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

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Howard Eaton had to return to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to see his ailing mother. She passed away on February 9. They have had good winters in North Dakota but the range has become hardened. Commissioner Roosevelt has 350 to 400 cattle and sold half his horses. Sylvane M. Ferris and Arthur William Merrifield live at the old camp and intend to sell their stock this year. Joseph A. Ferris is still tending his store but will likely close soon. Eaton hopes to return to Idaho this fall for another hunting trip.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Death and burial of a person; Ranching; Cattle; Hunting; North Dakota--Medora; Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh; Idaho; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Ferris, Joseph A.; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1890-03-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Wingate Sewall

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Commissioner Roosevelt briefly describes a trip to his Dakota ranch accompanied by his wife, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt. He has decided that this will be the last year the ranch house will be kept open. In closing, Roosevelt questions if someone could kill a moose by sneaking up on it with snowshoes.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hunting; Horses; Snowshoes and snowshoeing; Moose hunting; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Dow, Wilmot; Ferris, Joseph A.; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1890-10-20

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Wingate Sewall

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Commissioner Roosevelt was pleased to receive William Wingate Sewall's letter. He still has some cattle in North Dakota that are under the care of Sylvane M. Ferris. Roosevelt has been unable to exercise much and is "getting stout."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Exercise; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch; Dow, Wilmot; Ferris, Sylvane M.; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1890-11-02

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