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Henry Hubert Raymond makes daily entries in this diary for one year, beginning on November 11, 1872, when he left Carlinville, Illinois, for Kansas. The diary describes his trip to Kansas to meet up with his brother Theodore (generally "The" in the diary). At the time Henry arrived in Kansas, Theodore was working with the Masterson (Mastison early in the diary) brothers, Bat and Ed, on a grading subcontract for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad near Dodge City. Theodore had become friends with the Masterson family on his way west in 1870. Henry, Theodore, and the Masterson brothers began hunting bison (buffalo) and Henry describes their efforts in brief but graphic detail. Because Henry liked music, there are frequent references to musical events in his diary. Henry Raymond was born February 21, 1848, so he was in his twenties when he headed west to Kansas. Henry Raymond eventually settled in Sedgwick County where he married in 1874. He and his wife Sarah Armstrong had eight children. Mr. Raymond died October 16, 1936. NOTE: Henry started keeping this diary on November 11, 1872, but at the end of the year, he went to the beginning of the volume for his 1873 entries. He writes in the day of the week and the date for most entries but he does not write in 1873 on most pages, though that is the correct year. A copy of the diary with annotations was published in the Winter 1965 issue of the Kansas Historical Quarterly.

Creator: Raymond, Henry H. (Henry Hubert), 1848-1936
Date: November 11, 1872-November 11, 1873

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Henry Raymond diary - Explanation

Item Number: 211135
Call Number: Henry Raymond Coll. #480
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 211135

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