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Bay de Noquet Lumber Company (Nahma, Mich.) records, 1883-1926

7 oversize volumes

Journals, 1883-1887 and 1890-1892, sales record, 1923-1926, and voucher distribution record, 1916-1919.

The records of the company are financial in content and include journals, a cash book, a sales record book, and a record of voucher distribution. Most of the records date from the 1880s.


Blodgett Family papers, 1872-1953 (majority within 1884-1934)

33 linear feet — 43 oversize volumes — 12 oversize folders

Family of Delos A. Blodgett, his son John W. Blodgett, and his grandson John W. Blodgett, Jr., residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan and owners of a series of logging companies active in Michigan, Mississippi, California, Oregon, and Vancouver Island. Correspondence, journals, cash books, ledgers, and maps of family businesses, including the Blodgett Company, Wright-Blodgett Company, Michigan-California Lumber Company, Michigan Timber Company, Hill-Davis Company, and Tidewater Timber Company; also personal correspondence and photographs.

The collection, although still largely unprocessed, has been grouped into different kinds of records. These include correspondence, business records, maps, and photographs.


Brewer General Store (Marshall, Mich.) records, 1836-1927

3 linear feet — 25 microfilms

Marshall, Michigan, general store, founded by Chauncy M. Brewer and Charles T. Gorham in 1836. Daybooks, blotters, sales books, and other materials relating to the operation of the store; also records of Fink and Butler Store.

The records of the Brewer store are very full. Most significant are the firm's daybooks, which are virtually complete for the entire period of the Brewer's operation of the store. Such gaps as exist are adequately documented through secondary record groups, such as blotters and salesbooks. In addition to this complete documentation of the goods sold each day, their price and purchaser, there are several inventories, a few timebooks, and a small body of correspondence related to the store.

The Brewer family was also involved in local real estate speculation and agricultural production, and a few records documenting these interests were retained with the store's records. Most complete is the hay scale register, covering the years 1839 to 1879. There are also records of land purchases, both in rural areas and in Marshall's "Eagle Block" which the family owned; land rental agreements; and timebooks apparently for laborers who worked the family's farmland.

Finally, the collection contains a few records generated by firms not owned by the Brewer's themselves. Most interesting are those of the Ceresco Mill, Ceresco Distillery, and the Fink & Butler store in Marshall. These records, however, are very incomplete.

The majority of the Brewer records retained at the Michigan Historical Collections are available on microfilm only. Filming was selective and information that was redundant or of minimal value was not placed on film. All original material not retained by the Michigan Historical Collections, whether filmed or not, has been placed on permanent loan with the Marshall Historical Society.


Charles B. Mears Lumber Company (Ludington, Mich.) records, 1837-1895

12 volumes (in 1 box) — 8 oversize volumes

Ludington, Michigan lumber company; business records, including day books, inventories, time books, and ledgers.

The record group consists of financial records from the various camps and mills which Charles Mears owned in Mason, Muskegon, and Oceana counties. The earliest record is an account book, 1837-1843, showing expenditures from his first lumbering venture near White Lake, Michigan.


Cyrus W. Beckwith account book, 1825-1872

1 volume — 1 envelope

This collection consists of the record of Cyrus Beckwith's general store and other business activities, as well as portraits of Beckwith and his wife, Amarilla.


E.A. Densmore General Store (Dansville, Mich.) records, 1857-1953

14 volumes (in 1 box) — 2 oversize volumes

Dansville, Michigan, general store. Ledgers, daybooks, cash books, and other business records.

The record group includes business day books, ledgers, cashbooks, stock purchases and inventories, and collection books. Some of the records were maintained by E. Rice. It is not clear if these were accounts for a separate firm or whether these were earlier records for a predecessor general store.


E. B. Muller and Company (Port Huron, Mich.) records, 1902-1937

1 linear foot — 6 oversize volumes

Chicory processors of Port Huron, Michigan. Warehouse inventories, acreage and seed reports, manufacturing records, journals, ledgers, and miscellaneous papers.

The record groups includes business correspondence, warehouse inventories, acreage and seed reports, financial journal and ledgers, and miscellaneous other records.


Fletcher Family Papers, 1856-1936

7 linear feet

Family based in Detroit and Alpena, Michigan and engaged in many business enterprises; business records detailing involvement in lumbering, milling, paper manufacturing, and power and light companies, mainly in Alpena, Michigan.

The Fletcher family collection consists primarily the records of the family's business activities. The business correspondence date from 1856 to 1936 and relates to the operation of family firms, notably A. F. Fletcher & Co., Fletcher Pack & Co., and George N. Fletcher & Sons. The business records series is more specifically arranged by company name and includes the Alpena Power Company/Alpena Electric Light Co., George N. Fletcher & Sons, and the Alpena Water Company among others. Other series in the collection relate to both personal and corporate litigation. The Frank W. Fletcher Personal papers concerns his tenure as a regent of the University of Michigan and his continuing interest in university affairs.


Fletcher, Pack and Company (Alpena, Mich.) Records, 1868-circa 1923 (majority within 1868-1898)

4.3 linear feet — 17 oversize volumes

Fletcher, Pack and Company and A. F. Fletcher & Company were two early Alpena, Michigan lumber companies. Financial, land, and other business records.

This record group includes financial records, records of land purchases, and other miscellaneous business materials. There are also some photographs detailing scenes of lumbering activities. Although described here together, these are the records of separate Fletcher family companies: Fletcher, Pack Company and the A. F. Fletcher Company. The relationship between these two companies is not clear.