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Guide to the Tiger Hotel Company Records 1909-1945

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Tiger Hotel Company
Dates: 1909-1945
Quantity: 6 cubic feet
Abstract: Correspondence, inventories, lists of boarders and financial records of a mining community hotel.
Identification: MG080
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Tiger Hotel Company are divided into two series, correspondence and financial records.The correspondence series is an alphabetically arranged group of files which include not only correspondence but also accident reports, board and room schedules, lists of equipment, inventories, financial statements, and a partial transcript of the trial of several men arrested for playing poker in a room at the hotel. The original inventory of this record group is the first item in this series.The financial records include a complete set of voucher registers, 1910-1944, account books, cash books, a ledger, payroll sheets, check stub books, 1922-1930 (January-August 1926 is missing), and bank statements with paid checks, 1931-1944. The checks with the bank statements are of two types--voucher checks which are documented in the voucher registers, and payroll checks which are documented in the payroll journal only through 1936. It was therefore decided to retain all statements and paid checks. Beginning in April 1942 Employees Defense Bond Fund statements are also included with the Hotel statements.

Scope and Content

The records of the Tiger Hotel Company span the years 1909 to 1945. with the bulk of the records covering the years 1914 to 1944. Included are correspondence files and financial records.

Other information on the hotel may be found in the papers of Harry L. Day whose files detail the embezzlement charges against P.J. Maggy.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Tiger Hotel, located in Burke, Idaho, seven miles from Wallace, was a three story frame hotel with 150 rooms. It was built over the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, and the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks ran through the lobby.

The original Tiger Hotel, named after the Tiger-Poorman mine, was built in the fall of 1896, and extended virtually from one wall of the narrow canyon to the other. It was damaged by a grease fire in the kitchen in 1897. The fire of 1923 which destroyed the town of Burke also destroyed the hotel, but it was soon rebuilt and enlarged. The 1927 Sanborn map of Burke shows the hotel divided into two distinct buildings; the new building contained the dining room, kitchen, and bakeshop, while in the old, the three floors above the ground floor contained 14 single and 18 double rooms.

After the 1907 Hercules Mill fire the Day brothers leased the 650 ton Tiger Mill at Burke. With the mill lease Eugene Day and James McCarthy of the Hecla Mining Company bought the Tiger boarding house, affectionately called the Beanery, which was located in the center of Burke. To supply the kitchen, Eugene operated a small farm in the valley on the South Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River. In October 1909, the Tiger Hotel Company was organized as a co-partnership with Eugene Day controlling 3/4 interest and James McCarthy controlling 1/4. By 1923 the partnership had grown to include Harry L. Day, Jerome J. Day, Eleanor Day Boyce, Blanche Day Ellis, each with a 3/16 interest, and James F. McCarthy retaining his 4/16 interest. In 1934 Blanche sold her share in the hotel to her brother Harry.

The hotel's only purpose was to provide food and lodging for the miners of the area, and although it was owned and operated by private individuals, it was under common management with the three large mining companies in the area. An occasional transient was accommodated if there was a spare room, and many local families would eat there, finding the food both good and inexpensive.

In 1924 rumor had it that the Standard Boarding House in Mace would be reopened and turned into a mine boarding house. Although in a very bad state of repair, the Tiger partnership did not want any competition so they purchased the hotel. The building remained empty until it was torn down in 1933.

In 1942, in spite of adverse wartime conditions, the owners of the Tiger Hotel made every effort to maintain a high standard of boarding and lodging conditions. In 1944, with three of the four partners dead, and the operation gradually deteriorating under rationing to the point where a profit could no longer be made, the partnership was dissolved. On the last day of business, March 31, 1933, the Estate of James F. McCarthy still controlled a 1/4 interest, the Estate of Harry L. Day 3/8, the Estate of Jerome J. Day 3/16, and Eleanor Day Boyce, the surviving partner, 3/16. Rather than shut down the hotel, Mr. Hanley of Star Mines agreed to purchase the business, the inventory, prepaid accounts, buildings, and surface rights, for $12,000. On April 1944, the Sullivan Mining Company took over the management of the hotel. Before its destruction in April 1944, the hotel had become an apartment building housing many children who thought it was great fun having a train running through their house. The hotel was eventually sold to Ed Woods of Osburn who had it torn down since it was being vandalized and because it posed a fire hazard to nearby homes.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

City and Town Life
Idaho

Tiger Hotel Company

Hotels -- Idaho -- Burke

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Tiger Hotel Company were originally processed in July 1981 by Judith Nielsen. Additional records of the company were found in the Day Mines records donated to the University of Idaho Library by Henry L. Day in 1984 and 1985. These records were added to the previous group and the collection was reprocessed by Judith Nielsen in February 1993.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1911-1944
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1/11/1Original inventory 1981 1 item
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1/21/2A; Accidents 1918-1937 30 items
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1/31/3Apartments (proposed) 1937-1941 6 items
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1/41/4Applications 1922-1942 17 items
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1/51/5Assessments 1932-1937 7 items
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1/61/6B 1923-1937 13 items
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1/71/7Board and room schedules 1936-1942 11 items
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1/81/8C-D 1914-1942 22 items
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1/91/9Day, Henry L.; Dividends 1924-1936 11 items
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1/101/10E; Employees--Wallace Building 1925-1942 13 items
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1/111/11Equipment 1918-1927 10 items
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1/121/12F 1911-1934 6 items
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1/131/13G-H 1916-1944 21 items
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1/141/14Harmon, F.S., & Company 1914-1927 18 items
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1/151/15Hartford Accident & Indemnity 1925-1931 8 items
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1/161/16Heating plant 1922-1925 13 items
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1/171/17I 1922-1942 7 items
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1/18-221/18-22Income tax 1917-1919 72 items
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1/231/23Income, Employees 1918-1930 12 items
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1/241/24Insurance 1921-1936 10 items
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1/25-261/25-26Inventories 1916; 1923-1931 61 items
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1/271/27J-K 1919-1934 11 items
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1/281/28Liberty Bonds 1918-1919 2 items
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1/291/29M 1916-1937 15 items
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1/301/30McCarthy, James F. 1921-1933 6 items
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1/311/31N-P 1918-1943 9 items
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1/321/32Post Office 1928-1929 10 items
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1/331/33R 1918-1936 5 items
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1/341/34S 1918-1944 32 items
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1/351/35Standard Boarding House 1927-1933 3 items
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1/36-431/36-43Statements, Financial 1911-1944 284 items
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1/441/44Sugar data and used stamps 1941-1942 5 items
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1/451/45T 1918-1919 6 items
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1/461/46U; U.S. Treasury Department 1935-1944 9 items
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1/471/47V-W 1919-1944 15 items
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1/481/48Wage and Hour and Public Contracts Division 1942-1943 27 items
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1/491/49Wage scale 1922-1937 12 items
Series II. Financial Records 1909-1945
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2/502/50Appraisal 1937 1 item
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2/51-572/51-57Board and room statements 1933-1944 134 items
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2/582/58Corporate State income tax returns 1931-1944 15 items
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2/592/59Federal income tax returns 1932-1944 25 items
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2/602/60Return of income tax withheld on wages 1943-1945 4 items
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2/612/61State and Federal social security tax returns and correspondence 1937-1944 86 items
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2/62-662/62-66Check stub books 1922-1930 9 items
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2/67-702/67-70Bank statements & paid checks September 1931-December 1932 16 items
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3/71-993/71-99Bank statements & paid checks January 1933-August 1942 121 items
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4/100-1044/100-104Bank statements & paid checks September 1942-1944 40 items
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4/105-1064/105-106Inventory books 1916-1923 2 items
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os/107-113os/107-113Cash books 1915-1944 7 items
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4/1144/114Idaho sales tax from employees 1935-1936 250 items
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os/115os/115Monthly payroll sheets 1909-1936 1 item
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os/116os/116Employee compensation record 1941-1943 1 item
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4/1174/117Financial journal 1909-1914 1 item
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4/1184/118Financial ledger 1909-1914 1 item
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4/119-1204/119-120General ledger 1914-1944 2 items
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4/1214/121Voucher registers 1910-1914 2 items
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os/122-132os/122-132Voucher registers 1914-1940 11 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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