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Lathrop Bullene family papers

Call Number: RH MS VLT A1


Diary, January 17, 1857 to April 12, 1857; with a partial address and account book, circa 1854-1857? Account of Lathrop Bullene's journey to Lawrence in the Kansas Territory, starting from Richmond, Illinois. Various addressees, accounting notations, and itineraries are written at the front and near the end of the diary. The collection also includes a telegram sent by W.M. Johnson to Bullene after Quantrill's raid, reassuring Bullene that his family was safe, as well as Bullene's son William Lathrop's memories of Quantrill's raid and the Marais de Cygne massacre of 1858.


  • Creation: January 17, 1857-April 12, 1857; between 1854-1857; August 22, 1863; 1925


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Biography of Lathrop Bullene

Lathrop Bullene, born in Hannibal, Oswego County, New York on July 7, 1826, married Susan Ferris Read around 1847. Read had been born in Bedford, Westchester County, New York on February 15, 1830, the daugther of Aaron F. and Phebe (Ferris) Read.

In 1857, Lathrop and Susan Bullene moved their family to Lawrence, Kansas Territory, where Bullene opened a mercantile store with his brother-in-law Fred Read. The Bullenes had five children: William Lathrop, Kate (Bullene) Gay, Susie A. (Bullene) Devereux, Gertrude (Bullene) Weaver, and Herbert Brockway.

The Bullene store was burned in William Quantrill's raid of Lawrence in August 1863. The family home was spared. Lathrop Bullene served as a private in the 3rd Kansas Militia Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and was later a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, GAR Washington Post 12. He rebuilt his store after the raid and again ten years later after a fire.

Bullene hired Arthur Dunham (A.D.) Weaver to work in his store in 1883. Soon thereafter, Weaver married Bullene's daughter Gertrude A. Later, when Bullene's health began failing, he sold the store to his son-in-law, and the store was relocated to 9th and Massachusetts Streets in downtown Lawrence and renamed as Weaver's, which continues to operate as a department store.

Lathrop Bullene died on April 7, 1915, his wife Susan the following year on June 27, 1916. They were buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.

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2 Volumes (2 volumes + 1 folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Madge Bullene.

Related Materials

Bullene family bible, RH MS 1546, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the Lathrop Bullene Collection
Lathrop Bullene family papers
Finding aid prepared by lgg, 1972. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Lathrop Bullene collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS VLT A1, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States