Papers, 1774-1894.


Strong, Moses McCure, 1810-1894. Papers, 1774-1894.

Papers, 1774-1894.

Papers of a resident of Mineral Point, Wis., who came to Wisconsin in 1836; served as territorial surveyor and member of the territorial council, the first constitutional convention, and the state assembly in 1850 and 1856; and engaged in numerous and widespread business enterprises. His papers contain business and personal letters, memorandum books and diaries, and personal and business record books. Much of the correspondence focuses on his major business interests: land, railroads, lumbering, and mining. The land papers deal with Strong's entries and management of land for Senator Henry Hubbard and other Eastern speculators and his early surveying work in Wisconsin, including a quantity of plats and notes. There are record books and correspondence covering the operations of his own real estate office at Mineral Point, his land holdings in the lead region, in Wood and Portage counties and elsewhere in Wisconsin, and in Minnesota. Railroad papers contain information on Strong's connections with a number of lines including his presidency of the La Crosse and Milwaukee and of the Mineral Point railroad companies, and on many other phases of state railroad history from 1850 to 1870. The mining papers, dealing with operations in southwestern Wisconsin at the transition from individual to company management, also contain occasional references to mineral deposits in Dodge and Douglas counties, to Strong's interest after 1870 in California gold mining, and to the work of his son who was assistant state geologist in 1873. The lumber papers deal with Strong's operations around Stevens Point and Nekoosa, Wis. They touch upon many details of the business, such as methods, wages, personnel, and organization, stressing problems of capital and the special difficulties connected with lumbering on the Wisconsin River. Political letters run throughout the collection, covering both Strong's participation in and his consultation with colleagues on sectional and party affairs, and legislation affecting business interests. Also present are personal and family letters.

15.0 c.f. (28 archives boxes, 2 card boxes, 1 flat box, and 27 volumes)

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