Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Traverse City Wagon Works Business records

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Traverse City Wagon Works Business records,
Creator: Traverse City Wagon Works.
Inclusive dates: 1903-1923, and undated
Extent: 2 cubic ft. (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection includes various business records of the Traverse City Wagon Works.

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:

no Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Traverse City Wagon Works Business records are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Traverse City Wagon Works Business records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological.


History

Organizational History:

A. J. Petertyl was the owner of Traverse City Wagon Works. A. J. Petertyl and his cousin, Victor Petertyl, manufactured buggies, carriages, wagons, cutters, sleighs, and engaged in general blacksmithing for twenty-two years in Traverse City. About 1899, Victor bought out A.J. and continued the business alone, employing 19 people with an annual payroll of $10,500. After they split, A.J. owned a two-story brick shop building, probably the business location of Traverse City Wagon Works, and employed nine people with a payroll of about $5,000. (This information is from http://traversehistory.org/TraverseHistory/Historical_Time_line.html, accessed June 13, 2012, and from Grand Traverse and Leelanaw Counties, 1903.)

The Clarke also has a separately cataloged diary, 1870-1898, of Anthony Petertyl, 1830-1910, who is likely A.J. Anthony was born in Czechoslovakia, then settled in the Grand Traverse area about 1870. He later moved to Chicago, returning to Czechoslovakia in 1898, where he died in 1910.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of various business records of the Traverse City Wagon Works, 1903-1923, and undated, including journals, ledgers, and receipts.

Mold Alert: The collection is quite dirty and not in good condition overall. There is what appears to be dried mold on many pages. Patrons should be careful in using the collection if they have any type of allergies or breathing issues.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Traverse City Wagon Works.
    • Petertyl, Anthony, 1830-1910.
    • Carriage and wagon making.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Traverse City Wagon Works Business records are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Business Record Book, 1903
    Box   1 F   2
    Business Record Book, 1914
    Box   1 F   3
    Business Record Book, ?-1914
    Box   1 F   4
    Business Record Book, 1917-1919
    Box   1 F   5
    Business Record Book, ?-1922
    Box   2 F   1
    Invoice Book (with Bills, Receipts glued in), 1914-1917
    Box   2 F   2
    Journal / Ledger, 1920-1923
    Box   2 F   3
    Journal, Receipts, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Ledger, 1917
    Box   2 F   5
    Receipt Book, 1917-1918
    Box   2 F   6
    Receipt Book (volume 1 of 2), 1918-1919
    Box   2 F   7
    Receipt Book (volume 2 of 2), 1918-1919