Michigan Historical Collections
Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Blodgett Family papers, 1872-1953

Finding aid created by
Michigan Historical Collections staff

Summary Information
Title: Blodgett Family papers
Creator: Blodgett Family.
Inclusive dates: 1872-1953
Bulk dates: 1884-1934
Extent: 33 linear ft., 43 outsize v., and 12 outsize 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.

Call number: 851371 Aa 2; AC
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The bulk of the collection was donated by John W. Blodgett, Jr. (donor 4302), in 1965. A further accession was received in 1990 from the Grand Rapids Public Library (donor 767) which had been given the materials by Mrs. John W. Blodgett, Jr.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.


Copyright status unknown.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Blodgett Family papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The Blodgett Family of of Grand Rapids, Michigan were owners of a series of logging companies in Michigan, Mississippi, California, Oregon, and Vancouver Island. Members of the family included Delos A. Blodgett, his son John W. Blodgett, and his grandson John W. Blodgett, Jr.

Chronology of the Blodgett family

1825 Delos A. Blodgett born, Otsego County, N.Y.
1848 Delos A. Blodgett moved to Michigan and began lumber business
1851 Delos A. Blodgett moved to Hersey, Mich.
1859 Delos A. Blodgett and Jennie S. Wood married
1860 John W. Blodgett born, Hersey, Mich.
ca. 1870 Delos A. Blodgett began logging in Osceola, Missaukee, and Clare Counties
1871 Blodgett & Byrne firm formed (lumbering in Roscommon and Crawford Counties, mill at Muskegon)
1876 John W. Blodgett graduated Highland Military Academy, Worcester, Mass.
1878 John W. Blodgett took charge of Blodgett interests in Muskegon
1878 Tillotsen & Blodgett firm formed (Muskegon mill)
1880 Delos A. Blodgett delegate to Republican National Convention
1881 Delos A. Blodgett moved to Grand Rapids
1882 John W. Blodgett took charge of Blodgett & Byrne interests
1885 Blodgett began buying land in Mississippi
1886 John W. Blodgett president of Muskegon Boom Co.
1890 Jennie Blodgett died
1890s Delos A. Blodgett involved in lumber manufacture in Cadillac
1892 Delos A. Blodgett delegate to Republican National Convention
1893 Delos A. Blodgett and Daisy A. Peck married
1893 Blodgett Muskegon basin timber exhausted
1895 John W. Blodgett and Minnie A. Cumnock married
1896 Delos A. Blodgett delegate to Republican National Convention
1900 John W. Blodgett took over all his father's interests
1900 Delos A. Blodgett delegate to Republcain National Convention
1900-1912 John W. Blodgett member Republican National Committee
ca. 1905 Blodgett Co., Ltd., formed
1908 Delos A. Blodgett died
1918 Michigan-California Lumber Co. formed
until 1922 John W. Blodgett director of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
1925 John W. Blodgett, Jr. became member of business
1931 Minnie Blodgett died
1951 John W. Blodgett died

Collection Scope and Content Note

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

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

    • Blodgett family.
    • Business records.
    • California.
    • Canada.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
    • Logging--United States.
    • Lumbering--United States.
    • Mississippi.
    • Oregon.
    • Vancouver Island (B.C.)
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Banquets.
    • Blodgett, Delos A., 1825-1908.
    • Blodgett, John Wood, 1860-1951.
    • Lumber industry.
    • Republican National Committee (U.S.)
    • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
    Subjects - Maps:
    • Blodgett Company--Maps.
    • California--Maps.
    • Clare County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Forests and forestry--United States--Maps.
    • Lake County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Logging--United States--Maps.
    • Logging railroads--United States--Maps.
    • Louisiana--Maps.
    • Mecosta County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Missaukee County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Mississippi--Maps.
    • Montmorency County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Muskegon County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Oregon--Maps.
    • Osceola County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Oscoda County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Otsego County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Roscommon County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Vancouver Island (B.C.)--Maps.
    • Wexford County (Mich.)--Maps.
    • Blodgett, Delos A., 1825-1908.
    • Blodgett, John Wood, 1860-1951.
    • Blodgett, John W., Jr.
    • Blodgett Company.
    • Hill-Davis Company.
    • Michigan-California Lumber Company.
    • Michigan Timber Company.
    • Tidewater Timber Company.
    • Wright-Blodgett Company.
    Genre Terms:
    • Photographs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1  
    Box   2  
    Box   3  
    Box   4  
    Box   5  
    Box   6  
    Box   7  
    Box   8  
    Box   9  
    Box   10  
    Box   11  
    Box   12  
    Box   13  
    Box   14  
    Box   33  
     1934 also scrapbooks and miscellaneous
    Box   15  
    Personal and miscellaneous
    Box   16  
    Business records [series]:
    Boxes   17-28  
    Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.
    Box   29  
    Letter books
    E.G. Raymond (secretary-treasurer of the Blodgett Co.)
    Box   29  
    Box   29  
    Box   29  
    Box   29  
    P.S. Brumby (Oregon agent),  1903-1909
    Box   29  
    E. McLennon (Mississippi agent),  1904-1907
    Blodgett Co., Ltd.
    Box   29  
      January-July 1907
    Box   29  
      July-December 1907
    Box   29  
      December 1907-July 1908
    Box   30  
      July 1908-March 1909
    Box   30  
      March-October 1909
    Box   30  
      October 1909-April 1910
    Box   30  
      April 1910-February 1911
    Box   30  
      February-September 1911
    Box   30  
      September 1911-April 1912
    Box   30  
      April 1912-January 1913
    John W. Blodgett
    Box   31  
      April 1905-March 1907
    Box   31  
      March 1907-March 1908
    Box   31  
      March 1908-December 1908
    Box   31  
      December 1908-January 1910
    Box   31  
      December 1910-January 1912
    Box   31  
      January-December 1912
    Box   31  
      December 1912-January 1913
    Wright-Blodgett Co., Ltd.
    Box   32  
      June 1889-February 1902
    Box   32  
      February 1902-April 1905
    Box   32  
      February 1911-November 1917
    Box   32  
      November 1917-December 1921
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 1,   April 1884-December 1886
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 2,   December 1886-August 1888
    Out. vol.  
    Vol.3,   September 1888-March 1890
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 4,   March 1890-February 1892
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 5,   February 1892-January 1894
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 6,   January 1894-October 1895
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 7,   October 1895-July 1897
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 8,   July 1897-March 1899
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 9,   March 1899-May 1900
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 10,   May 1899-September 1901
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 11,   October 1901-December 1902
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 12,   January 1903-March 1910
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 33,  1919-1934
    Cash books
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 13,   April 1884-December 1890
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 14,   December 1890-January 1897
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 15,   January 1897-June 1901
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 1,6   July 1901-December 1902
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 17,   January 1903-May 1904
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 32,  1931-1934
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 18,   April 1884-April 1893
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 19,   May 1893-April 1902
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 20,   May-December 1902
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 21,   January 1903-April 1906
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 31,  1926-1934
    Out. vol.  
    Vols. 22-24, Indexes to ledgers (3 volumes)
    Out. vol.  
    Vol 25, Record of Oregon lands,  1890s     (includes maps; Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 26, Record of Mississippi lands,  1880s-1890s     (includes maps; George, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Wayne Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 27, Land book,  1880s     (includes maps; Clare, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, Wexford Counties, Michigan, and Lamar, Marion, Pearl River Counties, Mississippi) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 28, Land book,  1870s     (includes maps; Clare, Crawford, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon, Wexford Counties, Michigan) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 29, Insurance register
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 30, Income tax records,  1913-1923
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 34, Memoranda,  1932-1934
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 35, Record of land contracts and mortgages
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 36, Mississippi contracts,  1916-1928
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 37, Piave, Miss., lumber shipment record,  1929-1933
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 38, Township plats, Mississippi lands,  ca. 1920     (show timber estimates, Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 39, Mississippi lands of John W. Blodgett,  ca. 1935     (includes maps; Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 40, Mississippi lands of Minnie C. Blodgett,  ca. 1920-1930     (includes maps; Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 41, Mississippi lands of John W. Blodgett,  1903-1917     (includes maps; Lamar, Marion, and Pearl River Counties) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 4 2, Michigan lands of Blodgett Co., Ltd.,  1891-1908     (includes maps; Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Osceola, Roscommon, Wexford Counties)   (volume no. 42) 
    Out. vol.  
    Vol. 4 3, Mississippi lands of Blodgett Co., Ltd.,  1897-1916     (includes maps; George, Greene, Jackson, Jones, Perry, Wayne Counties) 
    Maps [series]:     (in blueprint cabinets) 
    Out. folder  
    Calaveras County area,  1914-1948
    Out. folder  
    Redwood Creek area,  1918-1953
    Out. folder  
    Louisiana,  1898 (Allen, Rapides, Washington Parishes)
    Out. folder  
    Jones, Perry, Wayne Counties,  1897-1903
    Out. folder  
    George, Greene, Jackson Counties,  1897-1903
    Out. folder  
    Lamar, Marion, Pearl River Counties,  1897-1903
    Out. folder  
    Miscellaneous,  1910-1935
    Out. folder  
    Clatsop County,  1921-1938
    Out. folder  
    Linn County,  1915-1941
    Out. folder  
    Tillamook County,  1924-1945
    Out. folder  
    Vancouver Island,  1913-1945 and  undated
    Photographs [series]:
    Out. folder  
    Portraits of Delos and John Blodgett; photos of lumber mills, group portraits of the Republican National Committee,  1903 and  1908 the Grand Rapids Board of Trade,  1905 and a banquet honoring Theodore Roosevelt,  1905