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Volume Listing > Volume 20 > Documents: Letters of Richard Emerson Ela

Ela, Richard E. (Richard Emerson), 1812-1888 "Documents: Letters of Richard Emerson Ela"


Letters of Richard Emerson Ela: Ela (1812-1888) was a pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements who settled in 1839 in Rochester, Racine Co., and became active in local politics. These ten letters date from 1838 to 1854 and include several written to him as well as his own. They describe how he started his business, the scarcity of cash on the frontier, the constitutional convention of 1846, the rapid influx of new settlers, speculation on a plank road, and local politics. Two of the letters are by Racine businessman and politician Marshall Mason Strong (1813-1864). (25 pages)

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Citation: Ela, Richard E. (Richard Emerson), 1812-1888 "Documents: Letters of Richard Emerson Ela" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 20 /Issue: 1 (1936-1937)

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