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Sturdivant Steamboat Shipping Ledger
Extent: 1 item
Accession Number:2008.110
Abstract:  Records of items shipped on different steamboats for R. Sturdivant in 1856-1857.
Processed by:  Esther H. Bohnert, April 2008
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
Citation:  Steamboat Shipping Ledger for Col. Robert Sturdivant, 1856-1857, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Restrictions: None
Provenance: Unknown
Historical Note
Col. Robert Sturdivant arrived in southeast Missouri in 1835 and involved himself in many different endeavors, including the mercantile business, teaching, newspaper publishing, and banking. In 1866 he acquired the Third Branch Bank of Missouri and opened it in his own name. It was located at the northwest corner of Main and Themis streets in Cape Girardeau. In 1892 the old building was demolished and it was replaced by a new building, designed by St. Louis architect J.B. Legg and built by Henry Ossenkop, a local building contractor. An office on the second floor of Sturdivant’s bank housed Cape Girardeau’s first telephone company and switchboard in 1896. In 1902 Sturdivant retired from the banking profession but his bank survived until 1932 during the Great Depression. His bank building still stands and is used by present-day retail establishments.[1]
Scope and Content Note
Records of items shipped on various steamboats during 1856-1857 for Col. Robert Sturdivant. which Sturdivant shipped were bags of food stuffs, produce, furniture, animal hides, gold, and other items.
Archivist Note: Book is marked with the numbers 2010 R, which was previously used as a cataloguing identifier. The number currently has no meaning.
Rules or Conventions: Finding aid prepared using DACS

[1] Southeast Missourian, “Lost & Saved Landmarks,” http://medialab.semissourian.com/landmarks/sturdivant-bank/.
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