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Cattaraugus County Real Estate Contract Between Moses and Emma R. Beecher and Isaac Curry James McClatchy & Co. Sacramento County and its Resources; Our Capital City Past and Present.  A Souvenir of The Bee. H. S. Crocker Co..Sacramento, CA.1894
A real estate agreement between the couple Moses and Emma Beecher and Isaac Curry which sells a total of approximately 2,956 acres of land from different portions of about 40 different plots of land within Cattaraugus County, NY. Due to the complexities of the amount of land being sold a surveyor was brought in, and the resulting agreement is extremely detailed, sometimes listing out each acre within each plot of land out down to the hundredth of acre. The contract includes small diagrams of the 40 plots and the sections of them being sold to Curry. At the end of the agreement is a section which verifies that Emma Beecher was "privately examined, separate and a part from her husband, acknowledges that she executes said instrument without any fear or compulsion of her said husband." While this does acknowledge that Emma must have owned a portion of this land with her husband, it is unclear how Emma original came to own the land being sold. Measures 7 1/4" x 3 3/4" (folded), 27 1/4" x 20 1/4" (unfolded). 196pp. Soft covers.  Cover and title page illustrations by S.F. Photo Eng. Co. Large format book with images from photographs throughout both in-text and full page.  Fold-out 22" x 18"  agricultural map showing uses of the soil in 1894. Crops included Orchards, Vineyards, Vegetables, Berries, Hops, Alfalfa, Grain, Grazing Land and swamp and Over-flowed land.  Information on the city and the county including discussions by district within Sacramento.  A lot of attention to agrarian activities. Index and Index of Illustrations.  Concludes with full page advertisement for The Evening Bee including a photographic image of the collage of Writers and Executive Force.  Measures 91/4" x 12". .
South Dakota The Land of Sunshine, Fertile Fields, Mountains of Gold, Silver and Precious Metals and Happy People People : Offers You a Place Suburban Living At Its Best, Newton, MA
A fold out brochure advertising land development and immigration to South Dakota. The full title of this pamphlet is: "South Dakota The Land of Sunshine, Fertile Fields, Mountains of Gold, Silver and Precious Metals and Happy People People : Offers You a Place : This Folder is Like an Egg --- Its Full of Meat".  The brochure folds out to 21 1/2" x 17" with one side depicting a large map of South Dakota, and the other providing information on the state. The map featured shows the state sections by counties and Reservations. Above the map there are two charts, the first of which depicts the bushel yields per acre of states, of which South Dakota is sixth. The second chart states that South Dakota leads all other states in the "per capita production of new wealth". The chart itself lists the amount of items like wheat, corn, oats, dairy products, honey, and life stock, and the amount sold by South Dakota residents in 1910. The back of the pamphlet has a wide variety of information on the state itself. Such as it being the only state east of the Rockies which has the raw materials to make "Portland Cement", its abundance of coal and natural gas, corn statistics for 1910, the educational advantages of the state including its colleges and common schools, past weather, both existing and presently being built railroads, banking system, taxes, population, and the state's communications methods such as telephone lines and rural mail routes. When the pamphlet is folded back up, the back side makes it clear that it was designed to be mailed to interested parties, as there are lines for an address, and a box outline for where to place a stamp. The brochure itself is printed in black ink with red accents. Measures 8 1/2" x 3 3/4" (folded). A short booklet advertising the town of Newton, MA, both to tourists and potential new citizens. The majority of the booklet features a historical sketch of the town which delves into the different time periods in the town's history, often providing printed black and white illustrations or photographs of those building or locations which still exist. It starts around 1630 when when the town was settled and continues on to the 'Colonial Customs' (late 1600s and 1700s), and finally ending in the 'Modern Era' (1800s to 1900s). It is towards this last section in which the booklet begins to emphasis the "Suburban Period" of the town, which seems to have developed due to the progress of the railroad. Next the booklet "calls attention to the desirable features of the immediate present. It is hoped that this will serve better to acquaint our residents with the special advantages of Newton, as well as to interest others who may be considering a home within our borders." It provides information on attractions, types of homes, zoning, planning board, fire protection, location, living conditions, schools, and more. At the end of the book, is a fold out map of the town. However, prior to the map is a new section added for this edition of the book, which features as section the different trains and automobiles used within the town throughout its history, information on some "significant street names" and the buildings on them, as well as how it is the "Captain of Industry" and an "Educational Leader".  80 pgs. Printed wrappers. Staple binding. Fold out map. Second Edition. OCLC 0 (March 2021). Measures 7 3/4" x 5" (booklet), 9" x 7 3/4" (fold out map).