Thank you for all the information.I wanted to share a letter written by J. Harry Lander to my great grandfather, Rev. David Luther Lander.My heart breaks that he was brought up in such a disfunctional family however he, indeed, lived the "American Experience.It is my hope that someday I will be able to locate Harry's descendants and be able to share this wonderful letter with them.
Regards, David Lander Cripple Creek CO
Letter to Rev. David L. Lander as follows:
"Wasilla Alaska Janu 6-1920
Rev. DAVID LANDER Avon Park Florida
Dear Mr LANDER
Some 4 years ago I got a letter inviteing me to come to your reunion some place in Kentucky I think.but it was imposable for me to leave However anxious I was to see all the Big Family it must surely have been a great sight to see so many people & to know they were all relatedI bet they were a fine looking lot I never have seen a LANDER that was not good looking but suppose you have have seen a lot of them that were quite homley.& I never knew a Lander to be a particularly bad person I am the estrag__ of our family beging the younest was given away to a German family at 3 years old to raise at nine years I ran away from them & shifted form myselfwas born at Peauria Ill on May 1st 1859the German family had no children of their own & was particularly cruel to me I have scars on me now that were made by the wifeafter leaving them I got work from farmers & kept on drifting west & in 1874 was in the chactaw nation in the Indian Teritory1875 was in Texas kept on going south intill I got to Sanantonio Tex whare I joined a bunch of cowbosys & became quite experi in that line & in the _______ of of TxHad many little sca with IndiansNever drak & was alwaya a Hard worker in 1877 went north witha Herd of Cattle to Dodge City Kansas as forman of the Herd a mear boy in years but much of a man in actionsin 1878 was appointed cattle detective for the State of Texas & was sent to Dodge City Kan to imspect all Herds from Tex for stolen cattle.A verry High position for a BoyI made good & was appointed a Ranger in Tex that _____ but our of my trips took me to Nebraska the time the Indian out brake at fort Sill Indian ______ the cheyanne Indian started north & killed every one that they caught out stold wimon & girls & comitted all kinds of Horable deedsI could not stand that & joined Gen THOMBERD at Ogalla Neb as Scoutwe did not capturee them but split in two parties & Chief DULKNIFE was captured at (continued Comments) Ft. Robinson Neb & 300 of His indians were taken prisonerChief LITTLE WOLF stayed in the Sand Hills in Neb all that winter with 300 more of his band.I went to work for E. S. Newman on Running water Neb after Gen THOMBERG returned to His Posi
Little WOLF & his warriors were still at large & in March 1879 they killed our intire outfit took all our horses 52 in number & I was the only one that came out aliveThey burned our Ranch Hay Stacks & killed Hundreds of cattle, in 1880 I was sent to Oregon by my co to buy cattle as we had goten ___contract to furnish the Souix indians with Beef which took 1500 Head pe month I bought 18000 cattle that year & entirse cattle were driven to South Dak to feed 2100 indiansthat winterI hunted buffalo & my partner & I killed 3000 Buffalo for their hidesHad 20 men to skin.1881 I went back to Oregon to buy more cattle & continued at buying & driving for the same co intill 1885 when I took the managers - of a Ranch for an Illinois Co in the State of Montana & was appointed Captain of no 6 Roundup at Miles City Montana (*Strange to say TEDDY ROSEVELT was in my roundup & I was his Boss we were great Friends & always kept in touch with each other until he diedin 1885 I was appointed Stock Detecave for the State of MontanaRUSSELL B HARRISON son of Pres HARRISON & myselfFramed the sjtock laws for the state of Montana which still stand todayI held that position 16 years & in 1897 I had sent a man to the Dawson gold field in 1900I left my position & went up to Dawson but did not strike itin 1903 went to Oklahoma & took charge of the E___ HALSELL Ranch a verrybid concern but did not like the climate & went to Idaha in 1906.bought thousands of cattle & sheep on ____ also shiped thousands to OmahaIn 1912 came to Alaska again to get into the mineing Game & am still here.was married in 1885 to Miss NANCY NEWLAND of Boice City Idaho who died at child birth at St Paul Minn in 1889.in 1901 was married to ___delia FOSS youngest Daughter of U.S. Senitor JAMES FOSS of the State of Maine who died in 1904 at Minneapolisin 1906 was married to HARRIETT EVANS of chicago who died at Anchorage Alaska Feb 28 - 1919I now live in a beautiful little mountain home 17 miles from Wasilla a new station on the new government R.R. in the Willow Creek mining camp 32 miles from the extream Head of Cook inlet 50 miles from the Town of Anchorage a town of 5000 peoples & the turmanal of the R.R. Am entirely alone & a very unhappy old worn out man.
My Father JESSE ALEXANDER HARRISON LANDER fought all through the Mexican war all through the Sivel war & never a scratchMy son RICHARD EVANS LANDER was the first Boy to inlist from anchorage & was the first Boy from alaska to arrive in Francewas First Class private in the First Div Batery E - 5th field artilery & was called from Coblrnze Germant on account of His mothers illness but go home to late - was in every prominent battle except Chattrau Terry.Came home without a scratch whilehe is one of 13 of the original 250 that was left out of that Battery.____ was in the first Div & they went in with 26000 men.there was 35000 replacements in the first DivisonI inclde a snap shot of him taken on His Return it is verry good of Himif He had been 3 hours later to arive at anchoratge it would Have been 2 years to the hour from the time He left anchorage.He is now 20 years old.I am not working this winterlast summer I was manager of ousr of the ______mines here but I doubt if I will work this yearMy son work in anchorageNow I have told you all about myself & you will say when did you go to school.the fact is I never went to school a day in my life.Have handled Millions of Dollars of other peopes money & what I knew from Books I learned from lying on my Belly & by the light of Buffalo chips or sage brush for a lightNever drank or used tobacco.You may know I have seen some life & hope at your next Reunion to be of your far away Family to come to you.As the Estray our, will try to be at the Big Roundup.thanking you for the interest time & trouble we all make you.am very truley yours. (S) J. H. LANDER[LANDER, J. HARRY, Correspondence 6 January 1920, KHS Manuscript Archives91M01]