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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Alice Lee Roosevelt

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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

1883 capital invested

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List of investments and expenses for Theodore Roosevelt's cattle ranching business during October 1883.

Resource Type: Statement, Financial

Subject: Ranching; Ranching--Economic aspects; Cattle--Buying; Cattle--Prices

Date: 1883-10

Letter from William Wingate Sewall to S. Y. Sewall

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William Wingate Sewall has 100 cattle to practice on during winter. He doesn't believe cattle are too hard to care for and the work hasn't been difficult. The country is "queer" and dirty but the soil looks healthy and the water is good. Sewall guesses there is a chance to make money with cattle and Theodore Roosevelt is optimistic. If he can make a profit, Sewall wants to get back to the "clear water and trees" soon. Overall, he thinks that Dakota Territory should have been left to the animals.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Ranching--Economic aspects; Cattle; Frontier and pioneer life; United States--Dakota Territory; North Dakota--Badlands; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Dow, Wilmot

Date: 1884-08-17

Letter from William Wingate Sewall

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William Wingate Sewall has been working on hewing the logs for the ranch house and it is going fairly well. They take one day each week to explore and also get their mail once a week. Sewall is unsure what he will do in the spring but he doesn't want to live in Dakota Territory for longer then necessary. He is safe but sees many drawbacks to living in the territory. Ranching in the Dakota Badlands is a new business and no one is sure if it will be profitable.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching; Ranching--Economic aspects; Dwellings--Design and construction; Lumber; United States--Dakota Territory

Date: 1884-10-19

Letter from William Wingate Sewall to S. Y. Sewall

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William Wingate Sewall has been "holding the fort" at the ranch while the other ranch hands are on the roundup. The weather has been nice and he's been spending time tending the garden. Sewall doesn't think Dakota Territory is very good for farming but the cattle are doing well. He hopes that Theodore Roosevelt won't lose money on the cattle but doubts he can ever make much profit. Sewall accompanied Roosevelt on a recent hunt and Roosevelt killed a large Elk. He hopes to go on his own hunt with Wilmot Dow when the weather is cooler. Sewall is now into his last two years in Dakota Territory and it will be a "joyful day" when he returns home to Maine.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Gardening; Agriculture; Cattle; Ranching; Ranching--Economic aspects; Hunting; Elk hunting; United States--Dakota Territory; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Dow, Wilmot

Date: 1886-06-27

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 Robert Harry Munro Ferguson

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Commissioner Roosevelt doesn't know Robert Harry Munro Ferguson's address and asks him to find some missing cattle checks. Without the checks they won't be able to pay dividends.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching--Economic aspects; Cattle trade; Dividends; Finance, Personal; Robinson, Douglas, 1855-1918

Date: 1893-11-01

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson

Description:

The missing cattle checks have been found and dividends can now be paid for December and June. Commissioner Roosevelt would like Robert Harry Munro Ferguson to attend the Boone and Crockett Club dinner in January. Asa McIlhaney visited and Roosevelt relates an anecdote about Ted Roosevelt helping them chop down a grove of trees.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Finance, Personal; Ranching--Economic aspects; Cattle trade; Meetings; Fuelwood cutting; Beavers; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Boone and Crockett Club; Robinson, Douglas, 1855-1918; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Derby, Ethel Roosevelt, 1891-1977

Date: 1893-11-22

Letter from Ray H. Mattison to Herbert O. Brayer

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Ray H. Mattison writes to Herbert O. Brayer regarding business operations relative to cattle outfits in the Badlands. Mattison also informs Brayer the Theodore Roosevelt National Park does not have any photographs of the Marquis de Mores. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Ranching--Economic aspects; Photographs; North Dakota--Badlands Region; Morès, Antoine Amédée Marie Vincent Manca de Vallombrosa, marquis de, 1858-1896

Date: 1950-04-14

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