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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Alice Lee Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt details his arrival in Dakota territory for his wife Alice including taking the train, staying in a hotel, viewing the land with Henry H. Gorringe, and hiring Joe Ferris to be his guide hunting in buffalo country. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel; Hotels; Hunting; Ferris, Joseph A.; Gorringe, Henry H. (Henry Honeychurch), 1841-1885

Date: 1883-09-08

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Alice Lee Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes his wife Alice to describe his hunting trip in Dakota territory. He describes traveling over the badlands with his guide Joe Ferris, how the water made him sick, chasing a herd of bison, being charged by a wounded bull, and being awakened by wolves. He still has not killed a bison.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel; American bison; Hunting; Thirst; Horses; Wolves; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1883-09-14

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Alice Lee Roosevelt

Description:

Writing to his wife Alice from Joe Ferris' ranch in Dakota territory, Theodore Roosevelt reports he finally received Alice's letters and was so happy he could cry. He shall start home in a few days from "the pleasantest and most successful trip I have ever made." He is bringing home many trophies and is in great health. He describes a typical day and says after talking with the Ferris brothers and Bill Merrifield, he has decided to go into the cattle business. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Hunting; Travel; Ranching--Economic aspects; Letters; Love; Hunting trophies; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1883-09-23

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes that he has not had time to do much big game hunting while dealing with the cattle business and breaking in 52 new ponies.  He also tells his sister to get some rest.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Deer hunting; Ponies; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1884-12-07

Letter from William Wingate Sewall to S. Y. Sewall

Description:

William Wingate Sewall traveled with the rest of the Roosevelt ranch hands to Minnesota to brand and transport cattle that had been purchased by Theodore Roosevelt. The cattle were then shipped to Medora, Dakota Territory, by rail. Sewall found the work to be "lively and exciting." From Medora the cattle were driven fifty miles to their destination which took around six days. Roosevelt has been with them and he has been "as good a fellow as ever."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Cattle--Transportation; Cattle drives; Cattle brands; Ranching; Minnesota--Minneapolis; Minnesota--Saint Paul; Minnesota--Fergus Falls; North Dakota--Jamestown; North Dakota--Medora; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1885-05-17

Letter from the Marquis de Morès to Theodore Roosevelt

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The President of the Northern Pacific Refrigerator Car Company, the Marquis de Mores, writes to Theodore Roosevelt while in a jail cell awaiting trial for murder. He claims Joe Ferris is responsible for getting him indicted and he has read newspaper accounts of Roosevelt fighting with Mores. Mores wants to know if Roosevelt is responsible for the accounts in the paper because he thought Roosevelt was his friend. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Friendship--Correspondence; Newspapers; Trials (Murder); Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1885-09-03

Letter from William Wingate Sewall to S. Y. Sewall

Description:

The weather has been pleasant and William Wingate Sewall has been building a stable and hunting. He killed a buck with the finest set of horns he's ever seen. Sewall describes a great ride on his favorite horse, Sorrel Joe, while trying to corral a group of horses.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Deer hunting; Firearms; Stables--Design and construction; Horses; Horsemanship; Ferris, Joseph A.; Dow, Wilmot

Date: 1885-12-20

Excerpt from William Wingate Sewall's ledger book

Description:

More recent transcription of an excerpt from William Wingate Sewall's ledger book noting financial transactions for the Elkhorn Ranch.

Resource Type: Other

Subject: Business--Accounting; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch; Ferris, Joseph A.; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1885-1886

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his sister Anna informing her of his arrival in North Dakota.  He details the problems that have arisen due to the winter weather. The number of cattle lost due to the weather is "wholly trifling." He feels he will get through all right if he can square his debt. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Weather; Winter; Cattle; Ranching; Ferris, Joseph A.

Date: 1886-03-20

Medora

Description:

Typed transcript of an article that appeared in the Bismarck Tribune, summarizing current events in Medora, North Dakota, as described in the Bad Lands Cow Boy.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Ranchers--Societies, etc.; North Dakota--Medora; Ferris, Joseph A.; Bond, G. G.; Ellison, Charles; Van Driesche, William; Foley, J. W.

Date: 1886-12-09

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