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  • Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1900 - a collection of biographies of individuals who have some type of connection to Atchison County, Kansas. Name Index
  • A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans by William E. Connelley Chicago : Lewis, 1918 - a collection of biographies of individuals who have some type of connection to Atchison County, Kansas. Name Index


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Letters of Correspondence

  • Albert D. Richardson's Letters on the Pike's Peak Gold Region Written to the Editor of the Lawrence Republican, May 22-August 25, 1860 edited by Louise Barry February, 1943
  • Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to Dear Hyatt [Thaddeus Hyatt]
    Author: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891 Date: August 6, 1857 Pomeroy reports to Hyatt from Atchison regarding various issues having to do with their investments in that town--"the Rail Road matter," which went "well," had led Pomeroy to make tentative plans, it seems, to found a town across the river from Atchison on land he already owned to tie to the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. "If the Rail Road can be put through next season, we can sell [Atchison] lots enough to make such sinners as we are rich as sinners ought to be." (also available in Text version)
  • Letter, S. C. Pomeroy to My dear good little man [Thaddeus Hyatt]
    Author: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
    Date: February 14, 1859
    Responding to Hyatt's letter of February 2 in which he seems to have authorized the sale of the "Lightfoot," Pomeroy discussed that potential deal and others, regarding the growth and development of Atchison. Pomeroy also discussed making loans at up to 10 percent per month, informed Hyatt that "the Cars run through to St. Jo. To day for the first time," and painted a very optimistic picture of Atchison's prosperity and future prospects. The letter was signed, "Your 'fat belly' friend . . ." (also available in Text version)
  • Letter, Phoebe Atkins to Dear friends
    Author: Atkins, Phoebe Date: January 6, 1861 Phoebe Atkins wrote to her friends regarding her living conditions in Oskaloosa. She described how settlers had to travel as far as Atchison to obtain provisions and prevent starvation. She also spoke of the necessity of finding work and her recent illness.
  • Letter, Theodore Hyatt to My good friend [W. F. M. Arny]
    Author: Hyatt, Theodore  Date: October 5, 1860. Theodore Hyatt of New York wrote to W. F. M. Arny concerning railroads and business in Atchison. Apparently, Theodore had been taking part in some speculation and investing and was not pleased with the results. He wrote that "Kansas would prove the grave-yard of all our earnings and expectations." He also spoke of town lots in Atchison, particularly one lot that he had received from Mr. Fairchild. (also available in Text version)
  • Letter, Theodore Hyatt to Dear Brother Thaddeus Hyatt Author: Hyatt, Theodore Date: March 27, 1860 This letter, written by Theodore Hyatt of New York, was sent to his brother Thaddeus, president of the National Kansas Committee. The main purpose of the letter was to keep Thaddeus informed about business dealings in Atchison, Kansas Territory. S.C. Pomeroy and Benjamin Stringfellow were attempting to attract the freighting business to Atchison through "inducements" in the form of town lots. However, the letter also discussed the current situation, since Thaddeus had been imprisoned in Washington D.C. for aiding John Brown and collecting funds to support the Brown family after John's death in 1859. Theodore briefly mentioned that he was "laying low" on that issue until he could collect all the funds obtained and pay it to Thaddeus. (also available in Text version)
  • Letter, J. J. I. [John James Ingalls] to Dear Father [Elias T. Ingalls]
    Author: Ingalls, John James Date: June 10, 1859 From Sumner on June 10, 1859, just days after the election for delegates to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, Ingalls wrote his father about the "well fought" contest in a county (Atchison) that was "an old stronghold of pro-slavery democracy." Ingalls won, of course, even though he at first "regarded the contest as a hopeless one," but still feared that the Democrats could control the convention; if so, "Kansas may be a Slave State after all. . . . It is Estimated that there are five hundred slaves in the territory today by virtue of the Dred Scott decision. A family recently came to this place from Kentucky with five." (also available in Text version)



     

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