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Memoir of early days in Kansas

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: RH MS 128

Overview

Eldridge was active in the efforts to make Kansas Territory a free state. Formerly a Democrat, Eldridge joined the Kansas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Memoir of early days in Kansas, miscellaneous stock certificates, and account sheets, 1859-1898.

Dates

  • 1859 - 1898

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biography of Eldridge, Shalor Winchell, 1816-1899

Eldridge was active in the efforts to make Kansas Territory a free state. Formerly a Democrat, Eldridge joined the Kansas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, and in 1856 he attended the National Convention of the Friends of Kansas in Buffalo, New York. As a businessman Eldridge bought the site of the Free-State Hotel in Lawrence following its destruction by a pro-slavery mob in 1857.and built the Eldridge House with his brothers. After serving as a U.S. Army paymaster during the Civil War, Eldridge became a building contractor, building hotels in other cities, and Fraser Hall at the University of Kansas. The crisis of 1873 brought his construction work to a halt, but he engaged in mining in Colorado and Arkansas, from which he made and lost a fortune.

Extent

1 box (11 items)

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Eldridge's memoirs, published in collaboration with Robert G. Elliott, former editor of the Kansas Free State, as "Recollections of Early Days in Kansas," Kansas State Historical Society Publications, II (1920). The memoir was written in 1897-1898 and totals 264 leaves.

Physical Location

RH MS 128

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sam Elliott family via Maude Elliott, 1959.

Title
Guide to the Shalor Winchell Eldridge Collection
Subtitle
Memoir of early days in Kansas
Author
lgg 7 February 1973 mg 2004
Date
2004
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid writtenin<language> English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/5358361804
Preferred citation
Shalor Winchell Eldridge Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 128, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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