This collection contains a 1928 publication titled
Letters of James and Robert Aull and an undated manuscript, typed copies of newspaper clippings and correspondence by or about the Aull brothers from 1825-1925.
The Aull family was active in business affairs in western Missouri from the period of Missouri's early statehood. John Aull
was the first member of the family to settle in the state, establishing a general store in Lexington. His brothers, James
and Robert, came west in 1825, formed a partnership in 1830, and operated businesses in Richmond, Liberty, Independence, as
well as the main store in Lexington. Their partnership lasted until 1837. According to the balance sheets from 1834, the total
assets of the Lexington store of James and Robert Aull exceeded $142,000, while those of the Liberty, Richmond and Independence
operations ranged from $51,000 to $61,000. James Aull was the major partner in each store with a third investor in each of
the three branches. They conducted a lively trade in many commodities, from staples and tools to books, clothing, medicines,
and luxuries purchased from as far afield as Philadelphia and New Orleans. The brothers also owned a ropewalk at Liberty for
the manufacture of hemp rope, operated the Blue River Mill which ground flour for sale in their stores, and dabbled in the
Santa Fe trade.
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