Autograph Letter Signed to Mr. A. Markes & Co. of Roseburg, Oregon Concerning the Price of Sheep and Cattle. George W. Mapes.
Jewish Business Man from New York Marks his Mark in California & Nevada

Autograph Letter Signed to Mr. A. Markes & Co. of Roseburg, Oregon Concerning the Price of Sheep and Cattle.

Chicago, Illinois: Matteson House Hotel, March 8, 1873. Item #700

 Stationery Sheet.  115 x 280 mm., [8.5 x 11 inches]. 1p., 12 lines of text written in very legible hand.  Complete with stamped, postmarked cover. Stationery illustrated with an excellent wood engraving of the Matteson Hotel, Chicago by Bond & Chandler; paper stock browned, letter with previous folds, otherwise fine


 On a visit to Chicago, George W. Mapes, livestock dealer of Plumas County, California, writes to Mr. A. Markes (sic) in Oregon inquiring "the price of different kinds of stock boath (sic) sheep and cattle of different grades. I ...will leave for my home in California in a few days. I want to envest (sic) in live stock this spring I thought some of going to Oregon if I can do as well as In California...".  Asher and Saul Marks were Jewish immigrants from Poland who settled as merchants in Douglas County, Oregon


 A native of New York, Mapes was born in 1833, in Hartland, Niagara County, of Ira Mapes. After a time in Michigan, he proceeded by steamer to California in 1854. He was engaged in placer mining in Sierra and Nevada counties for four years, but met with only moderate success, so in 1858 engaged in the stock business in Sonoma County, California, preferring high-grade Durham cattle. Very successful, Mapes became the proprietor of large stock ranches in California, in Oregon and Nevada, having many thousand acres of land. He removed to Plumas County, California, in 1863, and resided in the Sierra valley for seventeen years, during which time he did business in Virginia City and later in Reno, furnishing the towns with beef cattle. In 1866, he married Josephine Whitcraft, daughter of John Whitcraft and Alluna (Shaw) Whitcraft, and they had three children.


In 1880, Mapes removed with his family to Reno, Nevada, and invested a large amount of money in realty including the large block in which the Reno Mercantile Company did business, the block in which the Levy store was located, and also the block in which the Frank clothing house was located. Mapes was also proprietor of the telephone building, and a large stockholder of and President of the Washoe County Bank.


 For biographical information see obituaries for G. W. and Josephine Mapes in the Nevada State Journal, for March 29, 1920 and April 9, 1934.  (700)

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Price: $225.00

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