Alfred E. Aiken Papers, 1885-1890  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Aiken, Alfred E. (Alfred Euclid), 1858-1943
Title
Alfred E. Aiken Papers
Dates
1885-1890
Quantity
1 folder
Collection Number
Collection 2580, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Alfred E. Aiken Papers consist of eight original letters he wrote from 1885 to 1890 to his sister, Sabra Jane "Jennie" Aiken who was living in Frewsburg, New York. The letters were sent from Poplar Creek and Dawson County, Montana, and Fort Buford, North Dakota, and describe his impressions of the country, the military garrison at Poplar Creek, members of the tribes on the nearby reservation, incidents of ranch life, and family news. The letters are supplemented by a biographical essay, "A Cowpuncher's Prairie Romance," written by Aiken's granddaughter, Evelyn J. Aiken Jones.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English


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Alfred Euclid Aiken was born in Chautaqua County, New York on May 8, 1858. He came to Montana when he was twenty-six years old and first worked at a T.C. Powers company trading post at Poplar Creek and as a wood cutter along the Missouri River. Eventually he worked as a cowboy in Dawson County and was appointed sheriff by the county commissioners in 1898. He went on to become a prominent businessman in Glendive. Around 1900, Aiken married Cora Miskimen and the couple had three children: Lloyd, Ford, and Helen. Alfred Aiken died in Glendive on March 22, 1943.

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The Alfred E. Aiken papers consist of eight original letters he wrote from 1885 to 1890 to his sister, Sabra Jane "Jennie" Aiken who was living in Frewsburg, New York. The letters were sent from Poplar Creek and Dawson County, Montana, and Fort Buford, North Dakota, and describe his impressions of the country, the military garrison at Poplar Creek, members of the tribes on the nearby reservation, incidents of ranch life, and family news. The letters are supplemented by a biographical essay, "A Cowpuncher's Prairie Romance," written by Aiken's granddaughter, Evelyn J. Aiken Jones, when she was a student at Montana State University.

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