Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Grand Ledge Clay Products Company Time and payroll books

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Grand Ledge Clay Products Company Time and payroll books,
Creator: Grand Ledge Clay Products Co.
Inclusive dates: 1907-1931
Extent: 2 cubic ft. (in 4 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes the company's time and payroll books,1907-1931.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2973

Access Restrictions:

Grand Ledge Clay Products Company Time and payroll books are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Grand Ledge Clay Products Company Time and payroll books, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is chronological.


History

Organizational History:

Grand Ledge Clay Products Company was founded in June 1906 by a small group of local businessmen. The first president was E. A. Turnbill, the owner. Other funding owners were R. E. Olds, John W. Fitzgerald, the father of a Michigan governor, and F. A. Tabor, who served as secretary and manager. Initially, the Company made conduit pipe for underground telephone wires. The heavy work was difficult. One wheelbarrow full of pipes weighed 350 pounds and was lifted by one man.

While layoffs occurred during the Depression, the most memorable event was the disastrous fire of May 1937 which completely leveled the plant and destroyed numerous dies used for molding conduit tiles. When the plant was rebuilt, the management expanded the line of products to include sewer tile and assorted drain tile. Eventually, products also included wall coping, sump crocks, and clay flue lining. A short, but bitter, strike in 1941 limited hours and increased wages of workers.

By 1980, the Company owned 63 acres and was still creating tile products. (This information is from Grand Ledge folk pottery traditions at work and Cast in clay : The folk pottery of Grand Ledge, Michigan.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Time and payroll books, 1907-1931, include the date, name of workers, hours worked, rate of pay, and their total pay for each two week period. Also included is one folder of organizational history materials (copies).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Grand Ledge Clay Products Co.
    • Clay industries--Michigan--Grand Ledge.
    • Pottery--Michigan--Grand Ledge.
    • Pottery, American--Michigan--Grand Ledge.
    • Pottery--20th century--Michigan--Grand Ledge.
    • Folk art--Michigan--Grand Ledge.
    • Grand Ledge (Mich.)--Industries.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Grand Ledge Clay Products Company Time and payroll books are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Organizational history (copies), 1980, 1986
    Box   1 F   2
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1907-1908, 1909
    Box   1 F   3
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1910, 1911
    Box   1 F   4
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1912, 1913
    Box   2 F   1
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1914, 1915
    Box   2 F   2
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1916, 1917
    Box   2 F   3
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1918, 1919
    Box   3 F   1
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1919-1920, 1921
    Box   3 F   2
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1921-1922, 1922
    Box   3 F   3
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1923-1924, 1924
    Box   4 F   1
    Time and pay roll book, (1 volume), 1925
    Box   4 F   2
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1926, 1927-1928
    Box   4 F   3
    Time and pay roll books, (2 volumes), 1928-1929, 1930-1931