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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Paddock, Harry 1870 � 1961 Papers, 1870 -1930

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Paddock, Harry (1870 - 1961). Papers, 1870 - 1930
SMHC Manuscript Collection 157

Paddock, Harry (1870 - 1961). Papers, 1870 -1930. SMHC Manuscript Collection 157. 1 Holinger Box, .43 Cubic Feet.


This collection consists mainly of the correspondence of Mr. Harry Paddock, a lawyer and land speculator who spent most of his life in Mankato. The collection contains his personal and business correspondence from 1890 to 1930. Two of the main topics are the selling of lumber from Mr. Paddock's lands and land speculation near Walker, Minnesota, an area that was being considered for the site of a sanitarium. Also included are some miscellaneous business receipts, transcripts of court decisions, and two ledger books.

Biographical Note:

Harry Paddock was born in 1870, in Mankato, Minnesota, to Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Paddock. His father was a contractor, grain dealer, and the owner of a grocery store in Mankato. Harry worked as an attorney in the Mankato area for many years. He moved to Walker, Minnesota in 1907, where he continued to practice law. Paddock also speculated in lands throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Harry Paddock died in November of 1961.

Biographical information found in Mankato Free Press, 28 November 1961.

Scope and Content:

This collection is primarily focused on the business dealings of Harry Paddock. The bulk of the collection is his letters, which mostly deal with land speculations in Minnesota and North Dakota. One topic that can be found in several letters is land speculation near Walker, Minnesota. This area was being considered for the site of a sanitarium, and Mr. Paddock was involved in attempted land sales to the organizers of the proposed facility. Another area of focus in the letters is lumber sales. Paddock owned lands in Northern Minnesota from which he would sell timber. A number of letters in this collection are concerned with the sale or transportation of lumber. Also included in the collection are Mr. Paddock's personal letters. These are both to and from his mother; niece, Mrs. Eva Chaplain of Mankato; and his nephew, Eugene Paddock.

There is one file of miscellaneous items. This includes Paddock's receipts from business transactions, transcripts of court decisions, and various personal receipts. Two ledgers are also contained in the collection, but have not been attributed to a specific business. They are not labeled, but appear to be from a real estate firm and a furniture store.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply

Collection Citation:

Paddock, Harry (1870 - 1961). Papers, 1870 - 1930. SMHC Manuscript Collection 157, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Tom Volk donated this collection in November 1974 and February 1975.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in April of 1975.
Finding aid revised by Robert Russell August 2000.

Related Collections:

Paddock, Zach (1824 - 1895) Ledger, 1872. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1201. Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Paddock, Harry.
Business - Mankato, 1870 - 1925.
Mankato (Minn.)
Walker (Minn.)
Lumber trade
Land speculation

SMHC Manuscript Collection 157



Correspondence, 1890 – 1902



Correspondence, 1904



Correspondence, 1905



Correspondence, 1906



Correspondence, 1907



Correspondence, 1908 – 1930



Correspondence, Undated



Ledgers, 1878 – 1879



Miscellaneous, 1870 – 1925