On Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, we take a look back at one of his favorite things: books.
In October 1894, Roosevelt writes to his friend, Bob Ferguson, about the realities of ranching, as well as the impending winter. He also expresses a melancholy feeling after staying at his ranch house and seeing what it has become.
Theodore Roosevelt believed in spending time on activities that built strength and character. Several of his early letters describe his most memorable experiences developing those qualities, climbing mountains.
Dr. Victor Hugo Stickney was a frontier doctor based in Dickinson, Dakota Territory. Not long after Stickney arrived in Dakota Territory and became fully acquainted with Western culture on the open range, he wrote a letter to his father, back at home in Vermont. Curiously, this letter, written in either 1883 or 1884, surfaced at the Dickinson Museum Center. The Museum Center staff were kind enough to transcribe this letter and share with us the doctor’s impressions of the Dickinson area, from the same years that Roosevelt first experienced the Dakota Territory and the Little Missouri Badlands.