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Name Riverboats

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Image of RG1118.AM - RG1118 Keiser, David L.

RG1118.AM - RG1118 Keiser, David L.

The collection consists of one letter dated December 29, 1902 from David L. Keiser of Booneville, Missouri to A.E. Sheldon, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Keiser writes of his (and his family's) association with navigating on the Missouri River from 1839-1870. He writes about the names of boats and their years of service, captains' names, etc. He also gives impressions of early Nebraska towns and how they grew due to the river trade.

Image of RG1128.AM - RG1128 Kennedy, James, 1836-

RG1128.AM - RG1128 Kennedy, James, 1836-

The collection contains a letter dated January 10, 1903, from James Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri to A.E. Sheldon, director of the Nebraska State Historical Society, along with a copy of an undated newspaper interview of Kennedy. The article relates Kennedy's life as a riverboat captain on the Missouri River from 1856-1879. He mentions ships' names, their working history, ship accidents, pilots' names, etc. He reflects on the causes of the demise of Missouri River navigation. Kennedy's sister Ellen is mentioned as having escaped from an 1858 ship fire.

Image of RG1129.AM - RG1129 Kennedy, William J.

RG1129.AM - RG1129 Kennedy, William J.

The collection contains the reminiscences of William J. Kennedy. He writes about steamboating on the lower and upper Missouri River from 1842-ca. 1870. Kennedy mentions ships' names and how they were named, the ships' captain's names, the working history of the ships, and ship accidents. He describes the port city of St. Louis, Missouri, during this time period. He also writes about the causes of the demise of Missouri River navigation.