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Title: Burr A. Dickinson Papers

Dates: 1918-1946

Collection Number:  10556

Quantity: 3.5 feet

Abstract: Includes correspondence, contracts, stocks, and leases relating to ventures in gold mining and oil exploration during the 1920s and 1930s, ephemera, and one publication by Charles Coulter. B.A., as he was known, was the first settler of Ryder (N.D.), and was a member of the state legislature. In 1924, he moved his law practice to Minot (N.D.) distinguishing himself in the practice of law litigation. He served as Ward County States Attorney and county judge.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Burr A. Dickinson Papers from Robert B. Dickinson in April 1990.

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Burr A. Dickinson was one of eight children born to Ransler James and Alice Lillian Smith Dickinson. He was born September 3, 1877 in Washington County, Minnesota and attended elementary and high school in Lakeland, MN. He taught school for five years and homesteaded near Velva ND before earning a law degree at the University of Minnesota and being admitted to the North Dakota Bar in 1906. Dickinson was married to Laura W. J. Rosenquist of Ladysmith Wisconsin on May 1, 1907. She was born February 17, 1888 in River Falls Wisconsin to Aaron and Grace C. Wilcox Rosenquist. Aaron Rosenquist came to the United States from Lund, Sweden and his wife was born in Springfield Illinois.

Dickenson was involved in the early establishment of Ryder ND, was a member of the Dickinson and Johnson law firm in Minot, was president of the Ryder Board of Education, and served a term in the state legislature. B. A. and Laura Dickinson had three children: Richard Aaron, Robert Burr, and Barbara Alice (Mrs. S. D. Kively). B. A. Dickinson died in Minot December 20, 1955. His wife Laura died in Minot July 19, 1965.


Box 1:
1 Address Book
2 Correspondence, Alphabetical
3 Correspondence, Misc.
4 History
5 ND Gold Assay Record 1931-1935

Box 2:
1 American Smelting and Refining Co.
2 Balta Leases
3 Brush Lake Leases
4 Buffalo Lake Leases
5 Buffalo Lodge Lake
6 Bucheit Grants Contract
7 Cottonwood Lake Leases
8 Denbeigh Placer
9 Dickinson-Alexander Contract, Etc.
10 Dickinson-Alsdorf Contract, Etc.
11 Dickinson-Coulter
12 Dickinson-Bavey
13 Dickinson-Heynman
14 Dickinson-Jefferson
15 Dickinson-Kanen
16 Dickinson-Kiefer
17 Dickinson-Ried
18 Eaton Lease
19 Esmond Leases
20 Predeen Title Oil
21 Fredricks-Northrup-Dickinson
22 Grant-Bentley
23 Grant-Jefferson, Releases and Assignments
24 Hemdahl Leases
25 Ind??d?l Leases-see 55
26 Lands wanted for lease
27 Lease sales
28 Lions Club
29 Prospects for operation
30 Miscellaneous(?)-McHenry County

Box 3:
1 Obrien Lake Leases
2 Palermo Leases
3 Palmberg Leases-(Lake Nettie)
4 Political file
5 Production Engineering Co.
6 Rice Lake Leases
7 Sheyenne Lake Leases
8 Sodium Sulfate
9 Strawberry Lake Leases
10 Swisher
11 Velva Leases
12 Wintering River
13 Assay & General Information
14 Colorado & ND Development Co. Van Sickle
15 Colorado-North Dakota Development Co.
16 Reconstruction finance loan. [File states: loan application file 1935] 1935
17 Shakelford contract-Dickinson, Bentley and Strawberry Lake 1936

Box 4:
1 Cox contract
2 Benedum-Trees-Dickinson
3 John Grant-Cal.-Nevada
4 Bucheit-Dickinson
5 Fredeen Oil Development Co.
6 Denbeigh Consolidated Gold M. Co.    1937
7 Dickinson-personal-see 25
8 Dickinson-Campbell, Pearl & Smith. Esmond, ND
9 Dickinson-Herigstad
10 Paul Bovey Contract
11 Mair, Harry W. process report
12 Ponsford, J.J. Assay report
13 Maps, plats, etc.
14 Renstrom-Dickinson contract
15 Hart, Herman S.
16 White-E.L. Dickinson
17 Last Chance Mine. Radersburg, Mark
18 Northwestern Gold Placer's Project
19 Receipts & Bills [E.E. Fredeen-Colorado- trust 1943] 1943
20 Ward County reports, etc.
21 General Correspondence
22 J.R. ????
23 Fredeen-Velva
24 W.W. Keefer contract 1936
25 Coulter, Charles Caruthers Report 1936
26 McHenry County projects 1935
27 Ted Arnold 1936
28 Civics and Citizenship
29 Dickinson-28 Project and Gold Assays 1935
30 Assays  Lewis Waker
31 E.E. Meyer Contract and Correspondence Velva 1944
32 no label
33 Mo. Slope and E.E. Fredeen Oil Development Co.
34 Des Lacs Oil Co. 1922-1924. Stock
35 Minot Oil and Gas 1918
36 Zenith Oil Co. 1927 A.M. Fruh
37 Minot and ND Exploration Co. of St. Paul 1932
38 McHenry County.
39 J.O. Flyken Contract 1933
40 Globe Exploration and Financing Corporation 1919, 1926
41 no label
42 Tri-State Stock
43 Great Western Oil 1918, 1926
44 Blue Hill Oil Company 1945
45 Ryder-Rosglen Oil Field. Danielson-Larson
46 Fredeen-Dickinson 1946
47 Post WW II interest
48 no label
49 Wiley Report-North Dakota 1918 (Tuttle)
50 Minot Daily News on Dickinson 1935
51 Stock Certificate Book

Oversize - 41
A Reconnaissance Geologic, Topographic, and Economic Survey of the Great North Dakota
Auriferous Glacial Deposits, and Appraisal of Values Therein. By Charles Coulter, Denver, Colo.

1 Velva Project 1932, 1939
2 Coulter Survey
3 Stock Certificate Book
4 Ephemera

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