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Inventory of the David K. Gillespie Papers, 1879-1903
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Description
The David K. Gillespie Papers contain correspondence and other materials relating to his wholesale grain business in Kirkwood, Ohio in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Papers include incoming correspondence from business associates and fragmentary personal correspondence from relatives and the Ohio Prohibition Party. Some letters contain receipts, business cards, and market reports. Also includes two brief account ledgers for 1882 and 1888. Subjects discussed relate to grain prices, weather, condition of grain, methods of shipment, and availability of grains.
Background
David K. Gillespie was born in Warren County, Ohio on November 29, 1821. In 1850, he began his operations in the grain business in Lockington, Ohio. For fourteen years, he bought and sold grain and shipped it by canal to Cincinatti and Toledo. In 1864, he bought and farmed a four hundred acre piece of land north of Piqua, Ohio. In 1877, he relocated to Kirkwood, Ohio and again became involved in the grain business. His main business activities involved buying and selling grain and grain futures; he sometimes dealt in salt, shingles, lumber and farm machinery. He sold his grain to commission merchants and mill owners all over Ohio, and in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
Extent
2.2 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Availability
Collection is open for research.