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Townsend, Lydia Letter (H75-184) 1 item

Letter written July 9, 1949 to Joseph W. Jackson, Madison, Wisconsin. At 72, in response to an inquiry, Townsend discusses the overland freighting business of her father, Donald Stevenson. Operating between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Ft. Rice, 20 miles south of Bismarck, North Dakota in the 1860s and 1870s, Stevenson began with only two ox-led wagons but soon expanded, fulfilling large contracts for the US Army. Eventually he settled on a ranch near Ft. Rice, his wife and family moving to the ranch in 1873. Townsend was born on the ranch in 1876.