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Title: John Victor Bean Papers

Dates: 1868-1954

Collection Number: 10013

Quantity: .25 ft

Abstract: Biography, orders, and correspondence concerning Missouri River navigation, wagon trains, army life and the construction of buildings at Fort Stevenson, warfare between the Sioux, Mandan, Arikara, and Gros Ventres (Hidatsa), hunting, and Indian policy of a physician at Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory, 1868-1870.

Provenance: The John Victor Bean Papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by his daughter, Helen Bean Byerly with the cooperation of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1954.

Property rights:  The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

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John Victor Bean was born to Dr. Asa Ames and Mary Powell Bean in Springboro, Pennsylvania December 9, 1843 and moved with his parents to Conneaut, Ohio when he was eight. After reading medicine with Dr. A. K. Fifield in Conneaut, he took the full medical course and some postgraduate work at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York. In 1868 he went to Fort Stevenson, Dakota Territory as acting assistant surgeon, U.S. Army and there he served until 1870. He married Elizabeth Reddick Wilson (born in Callensburg, Clarion County, Pennsylvania in May 1851) in Fairfield, Iowa on January 22, 1880. They had four children: James Wilson Bean born April 19, 1992; Helen Alice Bean Byerly born November 25, 1884; Mary Powell Bean Greenleaf born March 14, 1886, and Edgar Rogers Bean born September 19, 1888.
John Victor Bean's subsequent medical career took him to Moulton and Burlington, Iowa, Howard, Kansas, and Fairfield, Iowa where died on January 7, 1919. Elizabeth Bean died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 22, 1933.


Box 1:
1 Correspondence                           1868                      
2 Correspondence                           1869                      
3 Correspondence                           1870, 1871, 1889              
4 Miscellaneous                                1868-1954           

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