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Brown, George
[Archive of Letters from Farmer George Brown to His Managing Agent, Jasper Clark, in North Dakota]
Morrison, Ill, 1892. Very good.. Twenty-three letters, [48]pp. total. Folio sheets. Old fold lines, minor scattered soiling and wear. In a legible hand. An archive of correspondence between an Illinois sheep farmer and his South Dakota-based farm manager detailing business over the course of several years. George Brown, based in Morrison, Illinois, writes here to Jasper Clark of Clark, [South] Dakota, where Clark appears to be the manager or partner for another sheep ranch owned by Brown, possibly a relation of some sort. Clark, South Dakota is located in the northeast quadrant of the state, not near much of anything. In addition to sheep, the farm in South Dakota raised oats and corn for the livestock, as well as some horse breeding. All but three of the letters date to the first seven months of 1889, providing a detailed glimpse of the Dakota operation. The first letter is dated January 18th, and seems to be early in the establishment of the operation out west. Brown writes with a flurry of questions, asking for details about the stock, the horses, and everything else: "Not having heard from you for some time have on the old theory that, no news is good news, concluded that everything must be working all right. How is the water supply, and how are the colts, yearlings also the bay 3 yr old with the swelled hock joint. Also the other mares, and how does Marlow flourish, in fact I guess I would like to hear from you in regard to the cattle & sheep which constitutes all the stock." He asks after grain usage during the winter, and suggests ordering a carload of cor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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