The Mary Doran Collection is composed of four items, which were donated through the Minnehaha County Historical Society. The first item is a letter dated 12 October 1882, from Mahala Amidon to her daughter, detailing the deaths of her husband and son, Judge Joseph Amidon and Willie Amidon. The killings of the Amidon men, and the beginning of the Dakota Conflict [Dakota War, Minnesota Indian War, Sioux Uprising] two days earlier, spurred the retreat of settlers from the Big Sioux River valley. The second item is a hand-cancelled envelope to Lizzie (Eliza) J. Amidon. This envelope has a printed political cachet, which publicizes the first presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln. A merchant's order form believed to belong to Joseph Amidon and a booklet titled "Echoes from the Sioux” were added to the collection later.
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