Blodgett Family papers: 1872-1953 (bulk 1884-1934)
Summary Information
Title: Blodgett Family papers
Creator: Blodgett family.
Inclusive dates: 1872-1953
Bulk dates: 1884-1934
Extent: 33 linear feet
Extent: 43 oversize volumes
Extent: 12 oversize folders
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
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
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

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.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

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


Biography

The Blodgett Family 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 Republican 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.


  • Business records.
  • California.
  • Canada.
  • Grand Rapids (Mich.)
  • Logging -- United States.
  • Lumbering -- United States.
  • Mississippi.
  • Oregon.
  • Vancouver Island (B.C.)
  • Banquets.
  • Lumber industry.
  • 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.
  • Photographs.
  • Blodgett family.
  • Blodgett, Delos A., 1825-1908.
  • Blodgett, John Wood, 1860-1951.
  • Republican National Committee (U.S.)
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
  • Blodgett Company -- 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.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1872-1911
Box   2  
1901-1908
Box   3  
1909-1912
Box   4  
1913-1917
Box   5  
1916-1917
Box   6  
1917-1918
Box   7  
1918-1919
Box   8  
1919-1921
Box   9  
1922-1925
Box   10  
1925-1926
Box   11  
1926-1928
Box   12  
1928-1929
Box   13  
1929
Box   14  
1929-1933
Box   33  
Also scrapbooks and miscellaneous 1934
Box   15  
Personal and miscellaneous
Box   16  
Miscellaneous
 
Business records [series]
Box   17  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.
Box   18  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   19  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   20  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   21  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   22  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   23  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   24  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   25  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   26  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   27  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   28  
Legal papers, bills, receipts, etc.

(continued)

Box   29  
Letter books
 
E.G. Raymond (secretary-treasurer of the Blodgett Co.)
Box   29  
1904-1907
Box   29  
1908-1910
Box   29  
1910-1912
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
 
Journals
Oversize Volume   1  
Volume 1 April 1884-December 1886
Oversize Volume   2  
Volume 2 December 1886-August 1888
Oversize Volume   3  
Volume 3 September 1888-March 1890
Oversize Volume   4  
Volume 4 March 1890-February 1892
Oversize Volume   5  
Volume 5 February 1892-January 1894
Oversize Volume   6  
Volume 6 January 1894-October 1895
Oversize Volume   7  
Volume 7 October 1895-July 1897
Oversize Volume   8  
Volume 8 July 1897-March 1899
Oversize Volume   9  
Volume 9 March 1899-May 1900
Oversize Volume   10  
Volume 10 May 1899-September 1901
Oversize Volume   11  
Volume 11 October 1901-December 1902
Oversize Volume   12  
Volume 12 January 1903-March 1910
Oversize Volume   33  
Volume 33 1919-1934
 
Cash books
Oversize Volume   13  
Volume 13 April 1884-December 1890
Oversize Volume   14  
Volume 14 December 1890-January 1897
Oversize Volume   15  
Volume 15 January 1897-June 1901
Oversize Volume   16  
Volume 16 July 1901-December 1902
Oversize Volume   17  
Volume 17 January 1903-May 1904
Oversize Volume   32  
Volume 32 1931-1934
 
Ledgers
Oversize Volume   18  
Volume 18 April 1884-April 1893
Oversize Volume   19  
Volume 19 May 1893-April 1902
Oversize Volume   20  
Volume 20 May-December 1902
Oversize Volume   21  
Volume 21 January 1903-April 1906
Oversize Volume   31  
Volume 31 1926-1934
 
Miscellaneous
Oversize Volume   22  
Volumes. 22-24, Indexes to ledgers
Oversize Volume   23  
Volumes. 22-24, Indexes to ledgers

(continued)

Oversize Volume   24  
Volumes. 22-24, Indexes to ledgers

(continued)

Oversize Volume   25  
Vol 25, Record of Oregon lands 1890s

(includes maps; Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, and Washington Counties)

Oversize Volume   26  
Volume 26, Record of Mississippi lands 1880s-1890s

(includes maps; George, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Wayne Counties)

Oversize Volume   27  
Volume 27, Land book 1880s

(includes maps; Clare, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, Wexford Counties, Michigan, and Lamar, Marion, Pearl River Counties, Mississippi)

Oversize Volume   28  
Volume 28, Land book 1870s

(includes maps; Clare, Crawford, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montmorency, Muskegon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Roscommon, Wexford Counties, Michigan)

Oversize Volume   29  
Volume 29, Insurance register
Oversize Volume   30  
Volume 30, Income tax records 1913-1923
Oversize Volume   34  
Volume 34, Memoranda 1932-1934
Oversize Volume   35  
Volume 35, Record of land contracts and mortgages
Oversize Volume   36  
Volume 36, Mississippi contracts 1916-1928
Oversize Volume   37  
Volume 37, Piave, Miss., lumber shipment record 1929-1933
Oversize Volume   38  
Volume 38, Township plats, Mississippi lands circa 1920

(show timber estimates, Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties)

Oversize Volume   39  
Volume 39, Mississippi lands of John W. Blodgett circa 1935

(includes maps; Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties)

Oversize Volume   40  
Volume 40, Mississippi lands of Minnie C. Blodgett circa 1920-1930

(includes maps; Greene, Perry, and Jones Counties)

Oversize Volume   41  
Volume 41, Mississippi lands of John W. Blodgett 1903-1917

(includes maps; Lamar, Marion, and Pearl River Counties)

Oversize Volume   42  
Volume 42, Michigan lands of Blodgett Co., Ltd. 1891-1908

(includes maps; Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Osceola, Roscommon, Wexford Counties)

Oversize Volume   43  
Volume 43, Mississippi lands of Blodgett Co., Ltd. 1897-1916

(includes maps; George, Greene, Jackson, Jones, Perry, Wayne Counties)

 
Maps [series]

(in blueprint cabinets)

 
California
Oversize Folder   1  
Calaveras County area 1914-1948
Oversize Folder   2  
Redwood Creek area 1918-1953
Oversize Folder   3  
Louisiana (Allen, Rapides, Washington Parishes) 1898
 
Mississippi
Oversize Folder   4  
Jones, Perry, Wayne Counties 1897-1903
Oversize Folder   5  
George, Greene, Jackson Counties 1897-1903
Oversize Folder   6  
Lamar, Marion, Pearl River Counties 1897-1903
Oversize Folder   7  
Miscellaneous 1910-1935
 
Oregon
Oversize Folder   8  
Clatsop County 1921-1938
Oversize Folder   9  
Linn County 1915-1941
Oversize Folder   10  
Tillamook County 1924-1945
Oversize Folder   11  
Vancouver Is 1913-1945, undated
 
Photographs [series]
Oversize Folder   12  
Portraits of Delos and John Blodgett; photos of lumber mills, group portraits of the Republican National Committee 1903, 1908 the Grand Rapids Board of Trade, 1905 and a banquet honoring Theodore Roosevelt, 1905 1903-1908