Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company records: 1866-1928
Summary Information
Title: Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company records
Creator: Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company.
Dates: 1866-1928
Extent: 11 linear feet, 10 microfilms
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Records of the Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company of Saginaw, Michigan and Duluth, Minnesota. Correspondence and financial papers concerning company land and lumbering enterprises, and later activities in home building, silo construction, and silage production; records of A.J. Stevens & Co. and McClure-Stevens Land Company of Gladwin, Michigan also business files and diaries of company co-founder, William C. McClure.
Call number: 85538 Bb.2 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The record group was the gift of Mrs. Grace S. McClure (donor no. 629) and came to the library in 1954.

Access Restrictions:

The record group is open to research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company records, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

William C. McClure was born in Ohio in 1842. In 1865, following service in the Civil War, McClure worked for the Mitchell & Rowland Lumber Company of Toledo as a book-keeper. In 1867, he moved to Michigan becoming the company's general agent. In 1869, he began working for the John McGraw & Co. of Bay City. In 1879, in association with Jethro Mitchell of Cincinnati and John A. Hamilton of Toledo, and under the company name of Hamilton, McClure & Co., the three men purchased the mill of W.R. Burt & Co., one of the principal sawmills on the Saginaw River. With Hamilton's death in 1886, the business was reorganized under the name of Mitchell & McClure. About this time, as their lumber tracts in Michigan began to diminish, the firm began purchasing and grouping together large tracts of pine lands near Duluth, Minnesota. The company began construction of a mill here and worked to develop eastern, as well as mid-western markets for their lumber products.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The record group is divided into the following series: Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company; William C. McClure materials; Other Business Enterprises; and Financial records. In addition to the records of the company, the record group includes documentation of other enterprises, such as home building and silo construction and silage production. There are also some records of the A.J. Stevens Land Company of Gladwin, Michigan. The William C. McClure series is important for the run of personal diaries maintained by McClure in the period of 1872-1903.

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.
  • Construction industry.
  • Crime.
  • Gladwin (Mich.) -- Businesses.
  • Land use -- Michigan.
  • Logging -- Michigan.
  • Lumbering -- Michigan.
  • Minnesota.
  • Saginaw (Mich.) -- Businesses.
  • Silos.
  • Diaries.
  • Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company.
  • A.J. Stevens & Co.
  • McClure, William C., 1842-1904.
  • McClure-Stevens Land Company.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Mitchell and McClure Lumber Company [series]
 
Business Papers

(includes deeds, work reports, contracts, patents, tax statements, and related materials)

Box   1  
Undated

(folder 1-1)

Box   1  
1886-1889

(folder 1-2)

Box   1  
1890

(folder 1-3)

Box   1  
1891-1894

(folder 1-4)

Box   1  
1895

(folder 1-5)

Box   1  
1896

(folder 1-6)

Box   1  
1897

(folder 1-7)

Box   1  
1898

(folder 1-8)

Box   1  
1899-1900

(folder 1-9)

Box   1  
1901-1902

(folder 1-10; 1-11)

Box   1  
1903

(folder 1-12)

Box   1  
1904

(folder 1-13)

Box   1  
1905

(folder 1-14)

Box   1  
1906

(folder 1-15)

Box   1  
1907

(folder 1-16)

Box   1  
1908

(folder 1-17)

Box   1  
1909

(folder 1-18; 1-19)

Box   1  
1910

(folder 1-20)

Box   1  
1911

(folder 1-21)

Box   1  
1912

(folder 1-22)

Box   1  
1913

(folder 1-23)

Box   1  
1914

(folder 1-24)

Box   1  
1915-1925, 1928

(folder 1-25)

 
Correspondence (chronological)
Box   2  
1871-1880, undated

(folder 2-1)

Box   2  
1881-1883

(folder 2-2)

Box   2  
1884

(folder 2-3)

Box   2  
1885-1890

(folder 2-4)

Box   2  
1891-1894

(folder 2-5)

Box   2  
Regarding Pinkerton Agency investigation of land claims in Minnesota 1895-1896

(folder 2-6)

Box   2  
1895-1897

(folder 2-7)

Box   2  
1898-1899

(folder 2-8)

Box   2  
1900-1901

(folder 2-9)

Box   2  
1902

(folder 2-10)

Box   2  
1903

(folder 2-11)

Box   2  
1904-1905

(folder 2-12)

Box   2  
1906

(folder 2-13)

Box   2  
With Homer Guerry, Washington, D.C. attorney 1916-1918 (6 folders)

(folder 2-14---2-19)

Box   2  
1907-1909

(folder 2-20)

Box   2  
With the Chapman Lumber Co., San Francisco, Calif. 1910-1917

(folder 2-21)

Box   2  
1910-1911

(folder 2-22)

Box   2  
1912

(folder 2-23)

Box   2  
1913

(folder 2-24)

Box   2  
1914

(folder 2-25)

Box   2  
1915-1917

(folder 2-26)

Box   2  
1918-1919

(folder 2-27)

Box   2  
1920-1927

(folder 2-28)

 
Correspondence (chronological/alphabetical)
Box   3  
A-Z 1895-1902 (10 folders)
Box   3  
A-L 1903 (27 folders)
Box   4  
M-Z 1903 (19 folders)
Box   4  
A-Hi 1904-1905 (13 folders)
Box   5  
Ho-Z 1904-1905 (19 folders)
Box   5  
A-C and M-R (lacking other letters) 1906-1909 (16 folders)
Box   5  
A-H 1906-1923 (5 folders)
Box   6  
I-Z 1906-1923 (14 folders)
 
Letterpress books
Box   8  
1880-1890
Box   8  
1893-1902
Box   8  
1896-1897
Box   9  
1897-1901
Box   9  
1901-1902
Box   9  
1902-1920
Box   9  
1903
Box   9  
1904
Box   9  
1904-1907
Box   10  
1905-1909
Box   10  
1907-1913
Box   10  
1913-1920
 
W.S. Conklin (General. Manager, Saginaw office) correspondence
Box   6  
1903 (3 folders)
Box   6  
1904 (2 folders)
Box   6  
1905 (3 folders)
Box   6  
A-Z 1903-1906 (11 folders)
Box   6  
A-L 1906-1907 (2 folders)
Box   7  
C-Z 1906-1907 (8 folders)
Box   7  
A-Z 1908 (7 folders)
Box   7  
A-Z 1909 (8 folders)
Box   7  
A-Z 1910 (7 folders)
Box   7  
A-Z 1911-1912 (9 folders)
 
William C. McClure [series]
 
Estate
Box   1  
Estate trial balance 1920-1921

(folder 1-26)

Box   1  
Estate trial balance 1922-1923

(folder 1-27)

Box   1  
Estate trial balance 1924-1928

(folder 1-28)

Box   8  
Correspondence A-Z 1913-1925 (9 folders)
 
Diaries
Box   8  
1872
Box   8  
1873
Box   8  
1876
Box   8  
1877-1878
Box   8  
1880-1881
Box   8  
1881-1882
Box   8  
1883
Box   8  
1884
Box   8  
1886
Box   8  
1888
Box   8  
1889
Box   8  
1893-1894
Box   8  
1895
Box   8  
1900-1901
Box   8  
1902-February 1903
 
Other Business Enterprises [series]
Box   8  
Time Book October 1890-February 1892
Box   8  
McClure Land Company Minute Book 1908-1914
Box   10  
McClure Land Company Journal 1908-1914
Box   10  
McClure Land Company and Estate of William C. McClure, Letter Book 1903-1927
Box   11  
McClure Company Sales Manual (home construction)
Box   11  
McClure Company Sales Manual (silo construction)
Box   11  
McClure Company and National Farm Feed Company Files

(contains general correspondence and files of agents in the "Sugar Jack" promotion of National Farm Feed Company)

 
A.J. Stevens Co. (owner of Mitchell & McClure lands)
Box   1  
Trial Balances 1902

(folder 1-29)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1903

(folder 1-30)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1904-1905

(folder 1-31)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1906

(folder 1-32)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1907

(folder 1-33)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1908

(folder 1-34)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1909

(folder 1-35)

Box   1  
Financial papers 1910-1912

(folder 1-36)

 
McClure-Stevens Land Co.
Box   1  
Trial Balances 1912-1913

(folder 1-37)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1914-1915

(folder 1-38)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1916-1917

(folder 1-39)

Box   1  
Trial Balances 1918-1924

(folder 1-40)

 
Spring River (Missouri) Mining Co. (Pres., William McClure)
Box   1  
Papers 1897-1902

(folder 1-41)

Box   1  
Financial Statements 1897-1898

(folder 1-42)

Box   1  
Financial Statements 1899

(folder 1-43)

Box   1  
Financial Statements 1900-1901

(folder 1-44)

 
Island Club (summer resort) East Saginaw, Michigan
Box   1  
1885-1891

(folder 1-45)

 
Saginaw Construction Company
Box   1  
Trial Balances 1888

(folder 1-46)

 
Vermillion Lumber Co.
Box   1  
Trial Balances 1893-1895

(folder 1-47)

Box   1  
Farmers Handy Wagon

(folder 1-48)

 
Mitchell-Dorr Realty Co.
Box   1  
Balance Sheets 1925, 1927, 1928

(folder 1-49)

 
Financial records (microfilm) [series] (positive microfilm)
Box   12 Roll   1
Ledger 1866-1867
Box   12 Roll   1
Ledger 1868-1874
Box   12 Roll   2
Ledger 1885-1891
Box   12 Roll   2
Ledger 1891-1895
Box   12 Roll   2
Ledger 1896-1900
Box   12 Roll   3
Ledger 1890-1894
Box   12 Roll   3
Ledger 1891-1894
Box   12 Roll   3
Ledger 1901-1920
Box   12 Roll   4
Ledger 1903-1928
Box   12 Roll   4
Journal-Saginaw 1885-1890
Box   12 Roll   4
Journal-Saginaw 1890-1892
Box   12 Roll   4
Journal-Saginaw 1903-1928
Box   12 Roll   5
Journal-Duluth 1891-1893
Box   12 Roll   5
Journal-Duluth 1893-1895
Box   12 Roll   6
Journal-Duluth 1896-1898
Box   12 Roll   6
Journal-Duluth 1898-1900
Box   12 Roll   7
Journal-Duluth 1901-1904
Box   12 Roll   7
Journal-Saginaw 1904-1920
Box   12 Roll   7
Journal-Saginaw (East Side) 1890-1894
Box   12 Roll   7
Journal-Saginaw (East Side) 1891-1894
Box   12 Roll   8
Cash Book-Duluth February 1891-April 1894
Box   12 Roll   8
Cash Book-Duluth May 1894-December 1895
Box   12 Roll   9
Cash Book-Duluth January 1895-October 1898
Box   12 Roll   9
Cash Book-Duluth October 1898-December 1900
Box   12 Roll   10
Cash Book-Duluth-Saginaw January 1901-December 1908
Box   12 Roll   10
Cash Book-Saginaw January 1890-December 1894
Box   12 Roll   10
Cash Book-Saginaw December 1902-March 1904
Box   12 Roll   10
Cash Book-Saginaw January 1909-July 1920
Box   12 Roll   10
Trial Balance Book 1891-1894, 1900-1920
Box   12 Roll   10
Production and Shipments 1891-1898