Jesse Ross Letters: Finding Aid mssRoss

Kelly Kress
The Huntington Library
March 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Jesse Ross letters
Creator: Ross, Jesse
Identifier/Call Number: mssRoss
Physical Description: 0.21 Linear Feet (1 half box)
Date (inclusive): 1909-1919
Abstract: Letters to Colorado tenant farmer Jesse Ross from landowner Edna B. Leorke, indicating the state of farming at the time; and a few letters from family.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Jesse Ross letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from McBride Rare Books, March 2021.

Biographical / Historical

Jesse A. Ross was a tenant farmer working in the Colorado Springs area of Colorado in the early 20th century.

Scope and Contents

A collection of letters and documents belonging to Colorado tenant farmer Jesse Ross. Letters provide details about farming life in early twentieth-century Colorado, ranging from discussion of agricultural productivity and crop marketing to considerations of the opportunities in Colorado as the state's transportation infrastructure developed. Five letters from landowner Edna Leorke (Mrs. J.L. Lewis), illuminate Leorke's understanding of their business relationship as well as her knowledge of the land, the climate, and the market. Included is the original lease contract between the two, in which Ross agrees to lease eight acres located in Conejos County, Colorado. Four letters from family describe news and events elsewhere in Colorado and in Georgia, including construction of the Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railway Hill Route, also known as the Moffat Road, through Colorado; and news of family friends conscripted to serve overseas during World War I. Also included is a business contract with another landowner, and a small, unidentified tintype of a young man.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Kress in March 2022.


Arranged alphabetically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Colorado
Farm tenancy
Landlord and tenant
Tenant farmers
Women landowners
Colorado -- History -- 20th century
Conejos County (Colo.)
United States -- Armed Forces -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- World War, 1914-1918
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century
Denver, Northwestern, and Pacific Railway

Box 1, Folder 1

Ball, E.K. agreement 1915

Box 1, Folder 2

Family letters 1909-1918

Box 1, Folder 3

Leorke, Edna B. letters 1914-1919

Box 1, Folder 4

Unidentified tintype approximately 1910