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Collection 396 - F.E.W. Patten Diary, June 26-September 27, 1863

Creator: Patten, F. E. W.

Provenance Note: Bound typewritten transcript of an original diary, prepared by Merrill G. Burlingame around 1960, was donated to Montana State University by Frances Patten of Bozeman, Montana, on January 12, 1966.

Historical Note: F.E.W. Patten was born in Missouri and served in the Mexican American War. He moved to Denver, Colorado Territory in 1862 and again to Virginia City, Montana Territory, in 1863. After briefly working as a freighter, Patten established a general store at Virginia City in 1864. He moved to Butte in 1881 where he worked in the insurance business. He married Mary A. Armstrong at St. Joseph, Missouri in 1872.

Content Description Note: Typewritten transcription of an original diary kept by Patten during his journey from Denver to Virginia City and then to Salt Lake City, in 1863. The location of the original diary is unknown but may be in the possession of descendants of Frances Patten. The text describes travel incidents, Virginia City, Bannack, Salt Lake City, and Mormonism. The manuscript is bound.

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