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From: "Elisabeth Napper" <>
Subject: Gold Rush
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2001 10:49:14 -0800

Selby P. Blades who m Adeline Ames 19 September 1847 in Clinton CO, IA. Adaline Blades appears on the 1850 census from Clinton CO, IA but where was Selby? The answer was found in the following item: (NGS= National Genealogical Society)

The NGS Quarterly Volume 78 p.50-54 has an article "More Gold-Rush Wagon Trains" contributed by James L. Hansen, a reference librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. The article reads thus:

The publisher of the Frontier Guardian of Kanesville (now Council Bluffs) Iowa was an enterprising man. In addition to his offer to list in his newspaper the names of gold seekers departing for California, he also did an apparently thriving business in producing broadside constitutions for the individual wagon trains---only a few of which were published in the Frontier Guardian..........

The following constitution of the Salem Company was found among the papers of Prospect Bennet. "The Company organized on Tuesday the 30th day of April 1850, by electing, A. Noble of Salem, Captain; and Dr. H. Van Vleck, Secretary. Captain Noble appointed S.A. Davenport and Luther Boice, Assistants. A committee of five were appointed to examine wagons, horses, etc. Joel Barnes, J. Davis, C.S. Marshall, L. Tannawald and Dr. Downs were appointed said committee. A resolution excluding Ardent Spirits as a beverage, and gambling and card playing were passed. The time of departure on Monday next, May 6th, to cross the Ferry as (Winter Quarters)".

On page 53 under Camanche, Iowa were the following names: T. Tripp, W.Welch & Son, S. BLADES, C. Knapp, R. Fisk, Thomas Bush, Nelson Johnson.

Many of the men were listed as residents of Wisconsin, Illinois and a few from Iowa. Apparently Salem is in Wisconsin.

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