Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: March 10, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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P. Yegen & Co.
Cash Department House
Groceries and Provisions
Hardware, Cutlery, Stoves
Dry Goods and Carpets
Agricultural Implements, Wagons
Clothing and Men's Furnishings
Harness and Saddles
Boots and Shoes
Furniture, Crockery, Queensware
Wholesale and Retail
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Size 100 x 130 Feet

My Dear George

I will be down tomorrow and will have much to say to you regarding our co. As you left so suddently I felt sure matters of importance had been neglected. So I pulled my self together And went back to Marquette with a clear head. And found as I feared, that nothing was being done on business principles. And so I took charge and let Peterson [2] a mile of that hardest work. brought the teems in from the Logging camp put all teams to work I could get a hold of— as Hans [3] had one six mule plow to work and just one Scraper— Found nothing in order No harness in repair No double trees. Nothing to work with. Every thing laying around loose. I am about through with Mr Flood [4] — will See you tomorrow. and talk it over—

Yours as ever—

W F Cody

Note 1: En route to Cody, Wyoming, and likely provisioning in Billings, Cody inscribes this letter to Beck on letterhead from "P. Yegen & Co. Billings, Montana." Christian and Peter Yegen emigrated from Switzerland in 1879 and 1881, respectively. In 1882 they relocated to Billings and opened their store selling all types of provisions to ranchers and settlers in the surrounding area. [back]

Note 2: "Peterson" is unidentified. [back]

Note 3: "Hans" is unidentified. [back]

Note 4: "Flood" is likely "D. P. Flood" who corresponded with Beck in 1896 and is mentioned by Cody in 1896 letters to Beck. Cody writes directly to Flood on May 22, 1896 (CSS00485) regarding poor treatment of Cody's livestock. Flood's association with Cody is not fully known, but Cody states he is "...about through with Mr. Flood." [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Letters to George T. Beck (Acc. #9972), ah031317

Date: March 10, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Yegen, Peter, 1860-1937 Yegen, Christian, 1857-1935

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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