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The George J. Kramer Collection of Western Trails and Routes continued...

Western Towns - Kansas continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3061       imageDoniphan, K.T., Oct 24. Bold sharp strike of cds and circular grid cancel tie 3¢ dull red (26), small nick, on orange cover to Butler Pa.; partial back flap, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3062       imageFort Scott, Kan., Apr 6. Cds duplexed with cork cancel ties 3¢ green (158) on cover to Sioux City Ioa., fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3063       imageFree State Emigration, the Kansas Aid Committee. 1856 printed circular soliciting funds for the "People of Kansas…in defending themselves and their families from the unjustifiable invasions and lawless incursions and attacks of the Missouri Borderers upon their lives and liberty", bearing 1¢ blue (7) tied by "Albany N.Y., Paid" cds to New York City, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Eggen.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

Kansas and Nebraska Territories were formed in 1854. Various groups and societies were formed with the intent of having Kansas became either a pro-slavery or "free state". Thus began the "border war" that lasted.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
3064       image"Grasshopper Falls, Oct 28". Manuscript postmark with matching manuscript canceled 3¢ dull red (26) on light buff cover to Cleveland Oh.; some docketing offset, Fine and rare cover from an important "Border War" town, ex-Eggen.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED TERRITORIAL USAGES.

Settled in 1854, the town of Grasshopper Falls in Jefferson County was founded in 1855. It was named after its location on the falls of the Grasshopper River, now called the Delaware. In 1856, A.T. Pattie, a proslavery man was run out of town. This resulted in a reprisal raid on the free-state town in September 1856.

The Mass and Delegate Free State Convention met at Grasshopper Falls August 26, 1857, to decide whether to participate in the scheduled election. This meeting unified the free staters, and they in turn carried the October election and defeated most of the Democratic Party pro-slavery candidates. This virtually assured that Kansas would be admitted as a free state, but by no means did it put an end to the conflict.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
3065       imageLeavenworth City, K.T., Dec 15, 1857. Sharp strikes of cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on buff cover with blue "Ewing, Denman & Co. Real Estate Agents" shield cameo corner card; light bottom right stain, still Very Fine and scarce Kansas Territory cameo.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
3066       imageLeavenworth Kan. Group of three comprising "Leavenworth City, K.T., Aug 4, 1858" cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) to Burlington Vt.; "Leavenworth City, Kan. Oct 22" duplex ties 3¢ ultramarine (114) on cover to St. Clair Pa., and "Fort Leavenworth Kan. Jun 19" duplex with honeycomb fancy cancel to Salem Mass., F.-V.F. trio.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3067       image"Sac & Fox Agency, K.T., May 15". Manuscript postmark on 1858 folded letter to Ohio, franked with 3¢ 1857 (Scott 26), lengthy contents give great detail on the Kansas Territory, cost of living, etc., Very Fine and scarce Indian Agency use, ex-Eggen.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SAC & FOX AGENCY KANSAS TERRITORY POSTMARKS.

Located in Franklin County on the Marias des Cygnes River, this was one of the Indian reservations created for relocation of the eastern tribes. After several moves from their home on Lake Huron, the Sac and Foxes were given land in the unorganized territory of Kansas. In 1867, this reservation was ceded back to the United States in exchange for land in Indian Territory, thus opening the Kansas lands for white settlement.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
3068 *      image"Wakarusa, K.T., Apr 26, 1859". Manuscript postmark on small cover bearing pen cancelled 3¢ dull red (26) to Athol, Mass., interesting original contents refer to both the slavery question and Rocky Mountain gold rush including "…I would not advise any eastern friend to come out here with the intention of settling…folks do not consider what a step they are taking till perhaps it is too late to recant; they have to then make the best of it, but many of them live discontented and wishing for the comforts that they have left behind…", Very Fine and rare, ex-Eggen.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

ONE OF TWO RECORDED TERRITORIAL COVERS FROM WAKARUSA.

The Wakarusa War: Because law enforcement was biased in favor of the pro-slavery forces, Governor Shannon called for establishment of a Kansas Militia. In response to an armed threat against the free state town of Lawrence, free staters formed their own forces. On December 1, 1855, almost 1500 pro-slavery men began a week-long siege of Lawrence. Fearing large casualties and loss of the Governor's support, the pro-slavery Sheriff Samuel L. Jones was reluctant to attack the town. Ultimately, Governor Shannon visited the emplacements and negotiated a "peace treaty", so after eight days the Wakarusa War ended with only one casualty and the disbanding of the attackers. No battle was fought and a grand party ensued in Lawrence by the "victorious" residents.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
3069       imageWyandott, K.T., Feb 14. Two clear strikes of balloon-style cds, one tying 3¢ dull red (26) horizontal pair on large embossed valentine cover to Massachusetts with original ornate multicolor valentine enclosure, both cover and contents with some age toning and minor flaws, F.-V.F., ex-Eggen.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VALENTINE FROM KANSAS TERRITORY. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3070       imageWyandott Kan., Aug 20. Forwarding cds after receipt on orange cover with manuscript "3¢ due" to Leavenworth City, originally mailed bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Brunswick Me., Aug 10, 1858" cds, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3071       imageWyandott K.T., Jun 20. Bold strike of balloon-style cds on 3¢ red (U10) buff entire to Philadelphia Pa.; flap torn and light horizontal crease, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $70.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Towns - Michigan
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3072       imageDetroit, Mic T. Sep 22. Double-oval brownish-red postmark with matching "Free" rating handstamp on 1821 letter from Paymaster's Office to Genl. Daniel Parker, Paymaster General, U.S. Army at Washington D.C.; file fold toning, Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3073       imageDetroit, Michigan, Jan 21. Red cds and matching "Free" rating handstamp and "Jno. Morvell, P.M." free frank endorsement on 1833 folded letter to Philadelphia Pa., F.-V.F.
Estimate; $75 - 100. (Image1)
Est. $75-100
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3074       imageLake City M.T., Jan 1. Bold balloon-style cds with additional strike tying 3¢ dull red (26) on buff cover to Henderson Minn.; 3¢ corner crease, refolded at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3075       image"Prairie du Chien M.T., Jany. 16". Manuscript postmark with matching "25" rating on folded letter datelined "Fort Snelling, January 1, 1829" to Albany N.Y.; some edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Letter carried by military express to Prairie du Chien, Michigan Territory taking 16 days. The Fort, then located in unorganized territory at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Anthony Rivers. This January 1, 1829 marking precedes the date shown in Minnesota Territory by Floyd Risvold by five months.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Towns - Minnesota
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3076       imageLesueur, M.T., Aug 8. Bold strike of balloon-style cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), four margins, on orange cover to Laconia N.H.; tiny edge tear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3077       imageNininger, M.T., May 5. Balloon-style cds ties 3¢ dull red (26), perfs trimmed at top, on cover to Huntsburg Oh., Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $70.00
Will close during Public Auction
3078       imageRed Wing M.T. Sep 13. Bold red cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on buff cover to Galena Ill.; refolded, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3079       imageRochester M.T., Jun 25. Bold strike of balloon-style cds with matching "PAID" handstamp on orange buff cover to Cannon Falls M.T., forwarded with "Cannon River Falls M.T., Jul 7" balloon-style cds and manuscript "Due 3" rating to Hastings; reduced at right and light stain top right, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3080       imageSaint Anthonys Falls, M.T., Jun 25. Bold strike of cds ties 3¢ dull red (11) large margins with huge left sheet margin showing vertical centerline, on buff cover to Shoreham Vt., Very Fine and choice use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

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