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Chimney Butte Ranch

Description:

Chimney Butte ("Maltese Cross") Ranch, one of Theodore Roosevelt's ranches in the Dakota Territory. Sylvane M. Ferris in buggy; unidentified man on horseback, at right.

Resource Type: Photograph

Subject: Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin (N.D.); Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1878-1888?

Personal diary of Theodore Roosevelt, 1884

Description:

Diary of Theodore Roosevelt for the year 1884. Includes entry regarding the deaths of his wife and mother. Also, diary notes Roosevelt's hunting and ranching experiences for the year in the Dakota badlands. A list of photographs taken and his personal finance record is also included in the back of the diary. Only pages on which text appeared are included.

Resource Type: Diary

Subject: Hunting; Weather; Finance, Personal; United States--Little Missouri River; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch; North Dakota--Badlands; Roosevelt, Alice Lee, 1861-1884; Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch, 1835-1884; Dow, Wilmot; Ferris, Sylvane M.; Morès, Antoine Amédée Marie Vincent Manca de Vallombrosa, marquis de, 1858-1896; Sewall, William Wingate, 1845-1930

Date: 1884

Contract between Theodore Roosevelt, Arthur William Merrifield, and Sylvane M. Ferris

Description:

Contract between Theodore Roosevelt, Sylvane M. Ferris, and Arthur William Merrifield regarding the purchase and care of cattle on Roosevelt's ranch.

Resource Type: Legal document

Subject: Contracts; Cattle trade; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1884-06-12

Ranching associates of Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt's ranching associates are shown mounted with a riderless horse to the far right, pictured in the badlands of Dakota Territory. The rider second from right is believed to be Sylvane Ferris, who along with Arthur William Merrifield was Roosevelt's partner in the Maltese Cross ranch on the Little Missouri River.

Resource Type: Photograph

Subject: Ranching; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1884-1886?

Theodore Roosevelt’s branding marks

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt’s branding marks for Chimney Butte Ranch ("Maltese Cross Ranch") and Elkhorn Ranch illustrated and described in the Stockgrowers' Journal in Miles City, Montana.

Resource Type: Journal article

Subject: Cattle; Ranching; Cattle brands; Cattle--Marking; North Dakota--Medora; North Dakota--Elkhorn Ranch; North Dakota--Theodore Roosevelt National Park; Montana--Miles City; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Hagedorn, Hermann, 1882-1964; Ferris, Sylvane M.; Merrifield, Arthur William, 1855-1920; Sewall, William Wingate, 1845-1930; Dow, Wilmot

Date: 1884?

Account book of the Maltese Cross and Chimney Butte ranch

Description:

Notebook with financial and business information pertaining to Theodore Roosevelt's ranching operations in Dakota Territory.

Resource Type: Notebook

Subject: Ranching; Account books; Agriculture--Accounting; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1886

An explanation of position

Description:

Typed transcript of a letter to the editor of the Bismarck Tribune. A. T. Packard refutes a Tribune article that suggests George Meyers is a cattle thief. He lays out the facts for Meyers' innocence.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Cattle stealing; Cattle--Law and legislation; Ranchers--Societies, etc.; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Meyers, George; Willard, Fred. A; Ferris, Sylvane M.

Date: 1886-12-22

Letter from Howard Eaton to William Wingate Sewall

Description:

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

Description:

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

Description:

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

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