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William F. Bechel Letters, August 8, 1869 & January 30, 1872

Identifier: M43

Scope and Contents

Collection contains two letters: Letter 1. Aug. 1869; Sacramento, Calif. to an unidentified brother, describes a trip from Utah, through Mont., Wash., Ore., to Calif. -- Letter 2. Jan. 30, 1872; Kansas City, Mo. to a Miss Harrisworth. Both were written on Wells, Fargo stationery. Also includes 2 newspaper clippings regarding President Grover Cleveland’s visit to Omaha, Neb. in 1887.


  • 1869-1887

Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

William F. Bechel was born in Ohio on February 27, 1841. He served as a second lieutenant with Company D of the 107th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. By 1870 he was working as an express agent in Kit Carson, Greenwood County, Colorado Territory. Bechel married Lucy A. Hainsworth (1848-1925) in Hamilton, Ohio on March 12, 1873. He also served as acting mayor of Omaha, Neb. (ca.1887). Bechel later worked as an auditor, accountant and railroad express agent in Neb. and Colo. He died on July 11, 1907 in Denver, Colo. and is buried in Fairmount Cemetery.


1 envelope(s) (3 items)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Finding Aid for the William F. Bechel Letters
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Repository Details

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