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Steffen Heinrich Aggens was from the Baltic island of Wyk auf Fohr, Holstein, Germany. He left tht country from Bremerhaven on April 16, 1852, with his brother, Adam. They landed in New York and by 1853 entered the port at San Francisco, California. They followed new strikes through the goldfields of California, Oregon, and Idaho, and spent the winter of 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the spring of 1865 the Aggens brothers were headed for Virginia City in the Montana Territory.
By 1870 Aggens had returned to Germany where he married Mathilde Sophie Paulsen. They traveled to the United States, joining relatives in Illinois in 1871. Over the subsequent years they had four children between Michigan and Helena, Montana where they settled in 1878. Steffen Heinrich owned a ranch north of Helena at the time of his death in1888 when he was hit by a train as he drove his loaded grain wagon across Northern Pacific railway tracks.
Steffen Heinrich Aggens' diary is written in German and begins with his departure from Germany in 1852, describing his travels to New York and San Francisco and then through the goldfields of California, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Aggens and his brother, Adam, try to make their fortune as independent miners using simple equipment. The diary ends in1868.
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[Name of document or photograph number], Steffen Heinrich Aggens Diary, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.