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Guide to the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company Records 1903-1962

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: Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company
Dates: 1903-1962
Quantity: 65.5 l.f.
Abstract:Business records, including reports, correspondence, tax returns and other financial records, maps and blueprints.
Identification: MG139
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

When the material was brought to the University of Idaho Library it consisted of drawers of numbered folders, boxes of vouchers, many bound ledgers, boxes of miscellaneous material and a plastic bag of maps and blueprints. It was decided to leave the folders in numerical order when they were transferred to archival file boxes since a subject key to the system was available. Some folders which did not have numbers and did not correspond to the key were placed at the end of the numbered folders and numbered arbitrarily. Some of the folders mentioned in the key were missing from the material received.The financial material was dealt with next. The vouchers were separated by kind (construction, sight draft, and distribution) and placed in chronological order in small file boxes. Journals and ledgers were arranged by type and placed in chronological order. The annual reports were separated by agency and arranged chronologically. Appraisal and valuation records were placed with the financial material.The maps and blueprints retain their original numbering since a key to this system is also available. The remaining material was placed in a miscellaneous series.

Scope and Content

The business records of the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company were donated to the Latah County Historical Society in 1981 by the company. Through a cooperative agreement between the Historical Society and the University of Idaho, they are now housed in the University Library. Preliminary organization of the records was done by Evelyn Rodewald, an employee of the Society working under an Association for the Humanities in Idaho cataloguing grant. The final arrangement was done by Judith Nielsen of the Library staff, whose job is preparing inventories of the university archival collections.

The material contains a complete record of the railway from the 1903 engineer's report on possible routes, to 1962 when ownership of the WI&M passed to the Milwaukee Land Company. It should be noted that material for the years after 1950 is, for some reason, very sparse.

The types of material in the numbered folders in the office file include general correspondence, tariffs (both passenger and freight), express contracts, mail contracts, agreements with highway and utility departments, leases, agency transfer records, labor agreements with employees agreements with other railroads, and tax and insurance records. The remaining material consists of financial ledgers and journals, vouchers, annual reports to the Interstate Commerce Commission and utilities and tax commissions in Idaho and Washington, appraisals and valuation reports, employee records including time cards and cancelled pay roll checks, and a collection of maps and blueprints.

This is a very important collection of material for those interested in railroading since it is a complete record of the operations of a small railway line in Latah County, Idaho, and also for those interested in Potlatch Forests, Inc., or the Weyerhaeuser conglomerate since the WI&M was built by and eventually became a subsidiary of the Potlatch Corporation.

The following Description of Series contains a more detailed analysis of the material contained in this collection.


Administrative/Biographical History

Around 1900 a group of Midwestern logging men who had moved west formed the Wisconsin Log and Lumber Company and developed plans to begin large scale logging in the Potlatch Basin of Idaho. In March 1903 this company merged with the Weyerhaeuser interests to form the Potlatch Lumber Company. The officers in this company were William Deary, Henry Turrish, and William Laird. There was much valuable timber near Bovill, Idaho, and in 1905 the lumber company decided to abandon its Palouse, Washington mill and construct a larger one elsewhere.

The place selected as the terminus and mill site, according to John B. Miller in his book The Trees Grew Tall, was Moscow, and the road was to be called the Moscow and Eastern. But, early in the planning, when the men learned they would have to pay inflated prices for land for a right of way, and also, as William Deary so colorfully put it, that "there isn't enough water in Moscow to baptize a bastard" (Ralph W. Hidy, et al. Timber and Men, p. 256) it was decided to move the mill eighteen miles away. The town of Potlatch was built and construction of the railway begun.

William Deary and Charles Weyerhaeuser asked the Northern Pacific Railroad, one of the major railroads operating in the area, to build its lines into the timber and contract for hauling logs from the Potlatch mill, but after some thought the railroad officials felt the anticipated tonnage would not justify the expense of building the road. This left the lumber company with no alternative but to build the road itself. The attitude of the Northern Pacific officials changed several years later when they learned the Milwaukee Road would be building in northern Idaho. The Milwaukee officials managed to get an agreement from Weyerhaeuser not to sell his now completed railway for ten years. However, in August of 1908, when the president of Northern Pacific, Howard Elliott, called on F. Weyerhaeuser with an offer to buy his road, and was told of the agreement with the Milwaukee Road, he threatened to build a parallel line. Weyerhaeuser called his bluff, but a proposed agreement was drawn up between Weyerhaeuser and Elliott on August 31, in which the cash figure of $2,5OO,OOO was offered for "all rights of way, station grounds, equipment, material on hand, cash and bills receivable without liens or encumbrances of any kind." Section 12 of this agreement mentions that as part of the purchase price the N.P. "will join with the C.M.&St.P. in a through rate between Palouse and Potlatch and points reached via the C.M.&St.P." (W.I.&M. papers in the University of Idaho Library, folder 331) Weyerhaeuser was tempted to break the agreement with the Milwaukee Road and sell out to the Northern Pacific but was unable to got the concurrence of the other directors. In a letter to Weyerhaeuser dated August 21, 1908, F.S. Bell, Treasurer of the W.I.&M. said, "I am requested now to say to you that it would be against the judgement of all of us here (Mr. Norton, W.W. Laird, and himself) to make a sale of the road at this time .... We all expected to have to build the road when we bought the timber, and everything has worked out about as we thought it would except that we have built a better road and spent more money on it than we expected to when we began." As a result of this refusal to sell it was not until 1922 that the Northern Pacific agreed to joint freight rates with the WI&M.

Although the lumber company built the road and took stocks and bonds for their expenditure, there was no other connection between them until 1932 when the Inland Improvement Company, the holding company for the WI&M, was dissolved and its stock sold to Potlatch Forests, Inc., and the railway then became a wholly owned subsidiary of that company.

The carrier was incorporated March 10, 1905 under the general laws of the state of Maine, as the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company. The original directors were Charles A. Weyerhaeuser, F.E. Weyerhaeuser, F.H. Thatcher, C.L. Andrews, and G.R. Hadlock. Andrews and Hadlock were residents of Maine and named directors for the purposes of incorporation; they resigned after the first directors' meeting and were replaced by O.R. Musser and William Musser. In a letter to F.E. Weyerhaeuser, dated Feb 27, 1905, F.E. Thatcher, president of the railway company, says, "Mr. Bell and I have canvassed this (the name) at considerable length and finally came to the conclusion to recommend Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company. We thought we ought to avoid the use of any local name which would suggest an industrial road, or a road connected with the Potlatch Lumber Company.... We incorporated the name Montana into the name because of the prevalent opinion in the West of a Missoula cut-off railway and because this road might be considered as the basis of a road from Missoula... " This letter also goes into details of the plans for incorporation and the naming of a permanent board of directors. The lawyer assisting the railway company in setting up the incorporation was William E. Borah.

Construction began in 1905 and by the end of the year twenty miles of track had been laid from Lairds, Washington, northwest of Palouse, to Harvard, Idaho. By the end of the following year the line had been completed to Bovill, the occasion for a special excursion train, and in 1908 the line was extended to Purdue, a provisional terminus which served to bring logs from Potlatch's Camp 8. The estimated cost of construction and equipment for the 46 miles of main line and ten miles of yard and side tracks was $1,147,882.00 for construction and $295,650.00 for equipment; the total actual cost to January 31, 1908 was $1,839,739.28 for construction and $326,439.99 for equipment, hence Bell's comment that everything had worked out as they thought except they spent more money than they had planned.

The original plans called for a later extension of the railroad eastward through the Clearwater country, across the Bitterroots into Montana, but two events altered these plans. Probably the major reason was the Milwaukee Road's branch line from St. Maries to Elk River which connected with the WI&M at Bovill. In January 1909 an agreement was drawn up between the Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound and the Washington, Idaho & Montana railway companies for joint use of tracks at Bovill and division of rates. Another factor in the abandonment of the Montana extension was a 1910 forest fire along the North Fork of the Clearwater which destroyed much valuable timber.

On April 17, 1914, the railroad paid its first dividend of 3%, the second was paid in June 1914, a third in December 1914, a fourth on July 9, 1916, and the fifth dividend, paid June 13, 1916, was 6%. C.A. Weyerhaeuser, F.E. Weyerhaeuser, William Musser, R.D. Musser, and P.R. Thatcher owned one share each, the remaining 9,995 shares were held by the Inland Improvement Company, O.R. Musser, treasurer.

According to the Interstate Commerce Commission Valuation Docket no.228, 1925, the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway is described as "a single-track standard gauge steam railroad located in the east-central part of Washington and the northern part of Idaho." The line extended in a eastwardly direction from Palouse, Washington. From Palouse it ascended along the Palouse River for about twenty-one miles, then, after crossing the Flat Creek Summit at an elevation of 2,871 feet, it followed the valley of the Potlatch River to Purdue, Idaho, a total of 49.336 miles, 3.281 in Washington and 46.055 in Idaho. The road connected with the Northern Pacific Railway Company and the Spokane & Inland Empire Electric Railroad at Palouse, and with the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul at Bovill.

Stations on the line included Wellesley, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Vassar, Cornell, and Purdue, giving rise to the tale that these stations were named by the young college men who surveyed the right of way and supervised the construction of the line. Except for Princeton, which had its name long before the railway was built, the story could well be true. The New Yorker of June 22, 1946 printed a time table (attributed to the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway) showing these stations and headed the item, "Dept. of Higher Education (Choo-Choo Division)" (Reprinted in John B. Miller. The Trees Grew Tall, p. 62.).

On September 30, 1905, the first passenger car moved over the tracks when the private car of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, who was on his way to make an inspection tour of Potlatch town and mill site, was transferred to the WI&M line at Palouse. On Sunday, November 12, 1905, rail traffic service to Potlatch was formally opened when William Deary, W.W. Laird, and 500 guests took an excursion train from Palouse to Potlatch. The train consisted of one passenger car and three flat cars equipped with seats. The twelve mile trip took 42 minutes. On December 9 the first scheduled daily run, extending to Princeton, began.

In 1933, in order to reduce expenses and yet maintain dependable service, it was decided to replace the regular steam operated passenger service. To this end a Studebaker automobile was purchased from Potlatch Forests, Inc., rebuilt in the railroad shops, put on the tracks, and christened "The Bug." It made daily trips of about 120 miles carrying passengers, mail, and express until the end of 1937 when it was replaced by another specially built car, the streamlined "Potlatcher. " In March 1955 the government discontinued the mail contract, and this, coupled with a reduction in passenger traffic, resulted in the discontinuance of passenger train service and the retirement of the "Potlatcher".

Although the main purpose of the railway was hauling logs for Potlatch Lumber Company, it also provided a market outlet for the farmers of the area and carried a heavy tonnage of grain, vegetables, and livestock. It also renewed interest in the mining potential of the Palouse region. The railway hauled logs to the Potlatch mill, and transported lumber from the mill to the Milwaukee and Northern Pacific lines who transported it to its destination. A picture book put out by the Potlatch Lumber Company in 1907 shows a WI&M train of one hundred and four 41-foot long flat cars carrying 1,100,000 feet of logs.

The excellence of construction and close attention to necessary maintenance and repairs enabled the WI&M to rank with main lines in reliability and service. In 1930, in co-operation with PFI, the railway developed a method of protecting shipments of finished lumber from water and cinder damage by means of a paper tent. This innovation was so successful other railroads soon made inquiries about the method used for making these box car linings. In 1936 fourteen of the seventeen bridges on the line were rebuilt. The equipment at this time included five locomotives, two passenger coaches, fifteen standard box cars, 300 flat cars, a locomotive crane, a Woolery Railway Weed Burner, and other pieces of work equipment. The first diesel was purchased in 1950 and in 1960 equipment consisted of two diesels, sixty log flats, and two cabooses.

When construction of the railway began in 1905 the logging operations were only one mile from the Potlatch town site, but by 1960 they were thirty-seven miles away. On April 18, 1962, the Interstate Commerce Commission authorized acquisition of the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company by the Milwaukee Land Company, a subsidiary of the Milwaukee Road. Under an agreement dated August 14, 1961, the Milwaukee Land Company paid Potlatch Forests, Inc. $460.000 for all WI&M stock. (Moody's T ransportation Manual, 1966. New York: Moody's Investment Service, 1966, p. 90.) In spite of the transfer of ownership, the WI&M continued to operate under its own name until 1980. When the Milwaukee Road was sold in 1980 the Burlington Northern Railroad purchased a portion of the road in Washington and Idaho which included the Washington Idaho & Montana line.


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.

Forestry and Forest Products
Idaho

Washington, Idaho and Montana Railroad
Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Co.

Railroads -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Office Files
This series contains a variety of material including correspondence between officials of the WI&M, letters to other railroads and government agencies, reports, pamphlets, mimeographed material from several railroad associations, insurance and tax material, mail and express contracts and passenger and freight tariffs.
Folders numbered 1-313 retain their original numbers; folder 314 was originally numbered 350 but was renumbered for the sake of continuity. The material which was not in numbered folders was sorted by subject and folder numbers were assigned arbitrarily. Material in legal size folders is boxed separately from the material in letter size folders. Boxes 1-11 contain the letter size folders, boxes 12-14 the legal size. Folders 333 and 334 are in small file boxes numbered 15 and 16 respectively. It should be mentioned that some of the original folders are missing.
The numerical list, which also contains a brief description of the folder contents, is followed by a subject index which is based on the key to the filing system which accompanied the collection, although additional subjects were added for material not originally in the numbered folders. The original key to the filing system will be found in box 439.
In the Numerical List of Office Files, an asterisk preceding the folder number indicates that the material is in a legal size folder.
folder
100Shop Expense, 1928: Letter from W.J. Gamble to A.W. Laird, February 20, 1929.
folder
101Passenger Tariffs, Local: Published fares for car and special excursion trips 1906-1954.
folder
102Freight Tariffs: Published rates 1906-1960.
folder
103American Shortline Railroad Association: Statistical reports, lists of members, general correspondence, minutes of board of directors meetings, federal legislative programs, and financial statements 1910-1951.
folder
104Absorption of unpaid checks: Several lists of checks issued but not cashed 1905-1925.
folder
105American Railway Association: Correspondence and circulars 1911-1962.
folder
106Association of American Railroads - Freight Claim Division: Correspondence and forms 1907-1937; 1961.
folder
107Railway Accounting Officers Association: Correspondence 1911-1928.
folder
108Taggartville, Idaho, Incorporation of: Correspondence and list of the boundaries of Deep Creek Junction 1947.
folder
109Applications for Employment: Three letters 1915 and 1931
See also Folder 142
folder
110Crossings & Signals, Public and Private: Maps, USDL Bureau of Public Roads publications, hearing for signals in Palouse 1914-1947.
folder
111Palouse, Washington - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence 1909-1925
folder
*111Palouse, Washington - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records 1907-1919; 1933-1946
folder
112Potlatch, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence 1909-1953
folder
112Potlatch, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records 1909-1946
folder
113Princeton, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence 1907-1942
including some letters relative to the: sale of the depot
folder
*113Princeton, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records 1907-1927
folder
114Harvard, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence 1913-1914
folder
*114Harvard, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records, 1907-1936; petition to close agency, 1936
folder
115Deary, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence, 1912-1937; petition against agent, 1923
folder
*115Deary, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records 1907-1927; 1933-1947
folder
116Bovill, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Correspondence, 1911-1956; telephone lease with Interstate Utilities Co., July 2, 1923
folder
*116Bovill, Idaho - Accounts and Agency: Agency transfer records and audit records 1909-1953
folder
117Full Crew Law: Correspondence and legislation 1916, 1931-1939
folder
118Paving, Palouse: Map of area paved and correspondence regarding WI&M assessment 1916
folder
119Distribution of Cars: Correspondence 1916, 1932, 1937
folder
120Elberton Extension Estimates: Correspondence 1907-1916
folder
121Child Labor Laws: Correspondence and Department of Labor publications
folder
122Bulletins and Rules: Typed notices sent to agents, engineers, trainmen and conductors 1915-1930.
folder
123Time Zones: Three Interstate Commerce Commission decisions
folder
124Locomotive Brick Arches: Correspondence, blueprints, and three booklets
folder
125Fruit and Vegetable Reporting: Correspondence, reports and publications of the Dept. of Agriculture
folder
126Routing of Cars - Great Northern: Correspondence 1919-1929
folder
127Routing of Cars - Northern Pacific: Correspondence 1921-1936
folder
128Routing of Cars - Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul: Correspondence 1917-1940
folder
129Locomotive Inspection Reports - ICC: Reports for the Years 1924-1953 1924-1953
folder
130Car Inspection Reports - ICC: Reports for the years 1922-1962 1922-1962
folder
132Fuel Oil: Contracts and correspondence 1924-1960
folder
*133Examination of Employees on Rules: Thirty-one written examinations 1909-1950
folder
134Employee Fidelity Bonds: Correspondence 1908-1951
folder
135Hours of Service Reports, employees: ICC reports 1939-1960
folder
136Weights of Logs: Correspondence and records of weights Jan. 27-Feb. 5, 1916
folder
137Purchasing Agent: Correspondence 1911-1940
folder
138Pulp Wood: Correspondence relating to loading and hauling 1920-1946
folder
139Agent at Eastport , Idaho: Correspondence regarding an agent to represent the railway at customs 1911 and 1945.
folder
140Pole Line Agreements: Three agreements for wire crossings 1911, 1941, 1932
See also folder 296
folder
141Tariff Index and Directory: Correspondence 1912-1950
This complements the material in folders 101 & 102
folder
142Applications for Positions: Correspondence 1928-1949
See also folder 109
folder
*142Applications for Positions: Printed application forms
folder
143Annual Passes: Correspondence and lists of those holding passes 1907-1946
See also Railway Pass ledgers in Series III.
folder
144Mail cars: Description of WI&M cars and Post Office specifications 1912
folder
145Idaho. Corporation License and Annual Statement: Correspondence, 1904-1957; Annual Statement, 1909-1950
folder
146Releases: Two releases, one involving an accident case 1908 & 1933
folder
147Lost Baggage of P.O. Gallert: Correspondence January - April, 1910
folder
148Routing of Traffic: Correspondence 1928-1946
folder
149Debt to Potlatch Lumber Company: Correspondence 1905-1950
See also folders 331 & 332
folder
150Deary Townsite Company: Correspondence 1908
folder
151Reclaim on Per Diem: Correspondence 1923-1928
folder
152Federal Control Claims - American Short Line Railroad Association: Correspondence regarding losses suffered due to Federal control of railroad 1918-1921
folder
153Thomas M. Brown - Injury Payment: Correspondence 1908
folder
154Federal Control Claims - Elmquist: Correspondence with Charles Elmquist regarding the filing of claims under section 204 of the Federal Transportation Act of 1920 1921-1923
folder
155Federal Control Claims - U.S. Railroad Administration: Correspondence 1920-1924
folder
156Federal Control Claims - Interstate Commerce Commission 1920-1924
ICC publication on the construction of the word "Deficit" as used in section 204 of the Transportation Act of 1920, ICC forms for declaring deficit, and correspondence
folder
157Federal Control Claims - Hearings: Correspondence 1918-1926
documents relating to the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Co. vs. the Director General of Railroads.
folder
158Census of Manufactures: Reports 1909-1935
folder
159Audit Office Circulars: Circulars issued by WI&M auditor to all agents containing a variety of instructions 1906-1942
folder
160Steel Rail: Correspondence 1905-1944
2 blueprints from Colorado Fuel & Iron Co.
folder
161Roslyn Fuel Company: Correspondence regarding weights 1911-1919
folder
162Washington. Department of Public Works: Official notices & orders, 1921-1950; correspondence, 1907-1921
folder
163Covert House, Sale of: Letter from A.W. Laird to J.R. Scott
folder
164Palouse, Washington - Cooperation: Correspondence dealing with cooperation between WI&M and Great Northern and Northern Pacific in railway matters 1915-1946
folder
165Bovill, Idaho - Cooperation: Correspondence pertaining to cooperation between WI&M and Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific 1918-1950
folder
166Ballast: Cost of work, 1915 & 1916; contract with Carl Nyberg for ballast work, 1929; invoices for car rental from Northern Pacific, 1930
folder
167-ATaxes. Associated Taxpayers of Idaho and Chamber of Commerce: Circulars 1941-1948
folder
167-BTaxes. North Idaho Forestry Association: Circular letters dealing with assessed values of logs 1933-1950
folder
167-CTaxes. Miscellaneous
Tax on transportation charges, 1921; stamp tax, 1914; Miscellaneous: correspondence and newspaper clippings
folder
167-DTaxes. Federal - Employees' Withholding Statements 1943-1950
folder
167-BTaxes. Federal - Employer's Quarterly Return 1950-1954
folder
167-FTaxes. Federal - Capital Stock Returns 1916-1926; 1933-1945
folder
167-GTaxes. Federal - Claims for Refunds 1937-1943
folder
167-HTaxes. Federal - Transportation Tax 1950-1951
folder
167-ITaxes. Idaho - General
Minutes of Assessors Conventions, 1943-1946; resumes of proceedings: of meetings of the Idaho State Tax Committee; protest of WI&M to State Board of Equalization, 1934-1935
folder
167-JTaxes. Idaho - Railroad Taxes: Forms for taxes paid plus printed recapitulation of taxes paid by all railroads 1935-1949
folder
167-KTaxes. Idaho - Sales Tax: Forms 1935 & 1936
Plus two booklets dealing with sales tax regulations
folder
167-LTaxes. Idaho - Employee Withholding Statements 1932-1950
folder
167-MTaxes. Idaho - Refund: Forms and exhibits for claims for refund on Idaho State Corporation: Income Tax paid 1938 and 1939
folder
167-NTaxes. Idaho. Latah County
Correspondence, 1907-1944; property tax forms, 1955-1960; charts of various taxes paid, 1930-1942
folder
167-0Taxes. Washington - Railroad Tax
Forms, 1935-1939; recapitulation, 1935-1943, 1955, 1957
folder
167-PTaxes. Washington - Excise Tax Division
Correspondence, 1935-1937; tax forms, 1933-1952
folder
167-QTaxes. Washington. Whitman County: Real estate taxes 1954-1962
folder
167-RTaxes.
Summary: Statements showing various taxes paid, 1930-1940; Board of Investigation and Research Tax Report on Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway, 1942.
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168Coal: Correspondence regarding coal purchased from Tuffli Brothers Pig Iron & Coke Company 1950
folder
169Bridge Foreman: Correspondence concerning repairs to bridges, trestles, etc. 1915-1917
folder
170-AConcurrences & Power of Attorney 1926-1943
folder
170-BConcurrences & Power of Attorney: Form FA2
folder
170-CConcurrences & Power of Attorney: Form FX
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170-DConcurrences & Power of Attorney: Form PA (CRCPA)
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170-EConcurrences & Power of Attorney: Form PX
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171Letters of Transmittal: Form letters to the IOC, Public Utilities Commission of Idaho, and Washington Dept. of Public Service transmitting tariffs 1906-1949
folder
172Thatcher-Deary Correspondence: Letters between F.H. Thatcher and William Deary 1906
folder
173Adding Machines - Office: Correspondence regarding the purchase and repair of comptometers and calculators 1907-1937
folder
*174Section Houses
Cost of building section houses in Potlatch, Deary, & Bovill; notes on section boundaries, correspondence relating to the purchase of land for a section house near Princeton
folder
175Audit of Interline Accounts: Correspondence with outside auditor 1928-1931
folder
176Lease of Building in Deary: Correspondence with Latah County Grain Growers 1951
folder
177Depreciation of Equipment: Correspondence and charts dealing with depreciation of railroad cars and engines 1908-1951
folder
178Taxes. Maine - Annual Corporation Franchise Tax 1922-1953
(1918-1921 are in folder *331 - WI&M organizational records, capital stock material)
folder
179Transit Lumber: Correspondence on rates and transit privilege; monthly statements 1931-1950
folder
180Divisions: Correspondence dealing with percentages of rates due to each carrier for goods shipped over their roads. Folders are arranged by carrier.
folder
180-ACanadian Pacific Railway Company 1908-1939
folder
180-BChicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway 1910-1950
folder
180-CGreat Northern Railway Company 1922-1948
folder
180-DNorth Pacific Coast Freight Bureau 1931-1950
folder
180-BNorthern Pacific Railway Company 1919-1951
folder
180-FSpokane International Railway Co. 1909-1922
folder
180-GSpokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Co. 1915-1927
folder
180-HUnion Pacific Railroad Company 1923-1946
folder
180-IMiscellaneous
Including Columbia & Cowlitz Ry. Co., Trans-Continental Freight Bureau, Western Pacific Railroad, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and Palouse Railway Co., Carnegie Steel Co., Standard Steel Works, Nezperce and Idaho Railroad Co., American Short Line Railroad Assoc., and Interstate Commerce Commission.
folder
*181Rate Increase (ICC Order Ex Parte No. 103) 1931-1933
Correspondence and printed copies of hearings before the ICC and other ICC documents relating to the 15% rate increase
folder
182Allison White Laird: Letters written by Laird, two newspaper articles on his death and funeral, and the formal notice of his death sent by WI&M
folder
183Cedar Pole Yard, Bovill: Correspondence regarding the Chapin pole yard tracks 1912-1936
folder
*183Restricted Transit Arrangements on Logs: ICC printed material 1930
folder
184Water Supply
Correspondence and reports on the inspection of WI&M water supply, 1921-1956, Public Health Service publications, and correspondence regarding the replacement and use of water tanks in Potlatch, Vassar, & Bovill, 1917-1930
folder
185Official Railway Equipment Register: Correspondence regarding representation in the publication 1909-1946
folder
186Equipment: Lists of WI&M equipment, records of maintenance 1907-1950
folder
187Express Company Agreements: Contracts, correspondence, settlement sheets with Wells Fargo and American Railway Express 1910-1952
folder
188Fairmont Railway Motors, Inc: Correspondence regarding the purchase of equipment 1921-1945
folder
189Special Trains: Itineraries and notices of special excursion trains 1907-1937
folder
190Scale Weight Tests: Tests conducted by Trans-Continental Freight Bureau and Washington: State Public Service Commission 1916-1950
folder
191Weed Control: Correspondence with and two manuals from Woolery Machine Co; contracts with Latah County for weed control 1925-1950
folder
192Bureau of Explosives: Correspondence and inspection reports 1918-1957
folder
193Passenger Fares
Correspondence and tariffs. Arranged by railroad
folder
193-AChicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul 1910-1919.
folder
193-BGreat Northern 1912-1916.
folder
193-CNorthern Pacific 1912-1928.
folder
193-DOregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company 1912-1919.
folder
193-ESpokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Co. 1912-1915
folder
193-FSpokane & Inland Empire Railroad Co. 1911-1919.
folder
193-GWestern Passenger Association and Western Military Bureau 1933-1942.
folder
194Signals. Annual Reports to the ICC: Printed forms 1938-1962
folder
195Flat Cars: Correspondence regarding delivery of cars from American Car and Foundry: Company 1907-1908
folder
197Sale of Railway Cars to Potlatch Lumber Co: List of car numbers 1910
folder
199Joint Freight Rates
Correspondence & tariffs. Folders arranged by railway company
folder
199-ALegal Correspondence 1920-1921.
folder
199-BCanadian Railways 1917-1936.
folder
199-CChicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul 1915-1950.
folder
199-DGreat Northern 1915-1944.
folder
199-BNorth Pacific Coast Freight Bureau 1927-1951.
folder
199-PNorthern Pacific Railway Co. 1913-1949.
folder
199-GOregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Co. 1913-1927.
folder
199-HSpokane & Inland Empire Railroad Co. 1909-1924
folder
199-ISpokane International Railway Co. 1913-1923
folder
199-JSpokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Co. 1914-1926.
folder
200Potlatch Lumber Company Tracks: Correspondence regarding repair of the tracks 1929 and 1935.
folder
201National Railway Publication Company: Correspondence regarding the Official Guide 1907-1947
folder
202Closing of Depots
Correspondence dealing with the closing of Helmer (1929), Princeton (1933), Harvard (1946), and Deary (1946)
folder
203Listings in Guides: Correspondence with various railway guides 1908-1912
folder
204-AInsurance. Blanket Liability: Two policies from Indemnity Insurance Company of North America 1950, 1951
folder
204-BInsurance. Group Disability: Correspondence and policies, West Coast Life Insurance Co. 1927-1931
folder
*204-CInsurance. Hospital Contracts 1917-1944
folder
204-DInsurance. Liability - Payroll Reports. Quarterly Reports 1933-1958
folder
204-EInsurance. Liability - Correspondence: Correspondence with Idaho Self Insurers and Idaho Compensation Co: Also includes safety code and inspection reports 1938-1950
folder
204-FInsurance. Property Damage Claims: Correspondence concerning livestock killed on the railway lines 1944-1948
folder
204-GInsurance. Railroad Employee Injury and Disease Study: Correspondence and forms from Railroad Retirement Board 1941-1949
folder
*204-HInsurance. Workmen's Compensation: Policies and correspondence 1920-1929
Publications, including the Idaho Workmen's Compensation law
folder
205Heating of Offices: Correspondence regarding the cost of heating office and depot in Potlatch 1907, 1923
folder
206Motor Bus and Truck Data
Cost of operating passenger trains & electric car, 1916; records of hearings, Lewiston Storage & Transfer Co., 1928; Union Pacific Stages, 1936; H.E. Emerson, 1938; ICC Docket 18300, Motor Bus & Motor Truck Op eration, 1928
folder
207Lumber Damaged by Fire: Insurance report on fire in PFI lumber car in the CPR yard at Cranbrook, B.C. Aug. 1929
folder
208Consolidation of Railroads: American Short Line Railroad Association circular letters 1927-1938
folder
*208Consolidation of Railroads
Correspondence and legal papers dealing with mergers affecting WI&M, including the proposed Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Burlington merger in 1927. Other material dated 1922-1927
folder
210Interstate Commerce Commission. Bureau of Accounts: Correspondence regarding accounting procedures and ICC examination of WI&M books 1907-1960
See also folder 214
folder
211Interstate Commerce Commission Monthly Reports: Correspondence dealing with the filing of monthly reports of revenues and expenses 1906-1914
folder
212Interstate Commerce Commission. Special Reports: Correspondence and reports 1908-1926
folder
213Interstate Commerce Commission. Bureau of Tariffs: Correspondence 1907-1954
folder
214Interstate Commerce Commission. Accounting Exceptions: Correspondence regarding necessary changes in WI&M accounting procedures 1912-1921
See also folder 210
folder
*215Electric Tax Exemption: Typed forms 1932
folder
*216Inventory of Materials and Supplies June 1, 1932
Inventory of supplies transferred to Potlatch Forests, Inc.
folder
217Spur Tracks: Correspondence 1912-1950
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219Liability Insurance. Pay Roll Report: Monthly report to London Guarantee and Accident Co. 1907-1917
folder
220Interline Billing Instructions: Correspondence 1908-1931
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221Interline Joint Freight Accounts
Correspondence, 1908-1914; waybills forwarded, 1962
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222Fire Insurance
Correspondence, inspection reports, 1925-1960; policies, 1951-1962 (Policies for 1920-1928 are in box 7-A)
folder
223Physical Examination of Employees
Correspondence with CM&STP and N.P. regarding forms used, 1928; American Railway Association rules on classification of new employees.
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224Land Sales: Correspondence, right of way deeds, maps, quit claim deeds for sales: of WI&M land 1915-1944
folder
225Leasing of Land: Correspondence regarding the leasing of WI&M land and warehouses
See also folder 237
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*225Leasing of Land: Leases for land and warehouses in Bovill, Deary, Harvard, Palouse, Potlatch, Princeton, Vassar, & Wellesley 1908-1945
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226Open and Prepay Stations: Correspondence regarding submitting lists of stations for official publications 1908-1916
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227Interline Balances
Bank Drafts: Instruction book on preparing balances and drafts 228-A. U.S. Mail. Post Office Department: Correspondence, reports of side and transfer service, rules, and the establishment of service on the WI&M, 1906-1953
folder
228-BU.S. Mail. Capacity Tests: Post Office Circular letters 1921-1951
folder
228-CU.S. Mail. American Short Line Railroad Association: Correspondence 1933-1948
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228-DU.S. Mail. Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co: Correspondence concerning cooperation in handling mail at Bovill 1921-1923
folder
228-EU.S. Mail. Mail Pay
Correspondence and documents relating to ICC hearings, 1916-1952: Public Law 169, Post Office allocation for 1916.
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228-FU.S. Mail. Railway Mail Service: Correspondence dealing with failure to deliver mail, misdelivery and service in general 1915-1948
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*228-GU.S. Mail. Report of Service Performed: Standard reports 1917-1951
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229Paper Tent Protection: Correspondence dealing with WI&M's use of paper tents to protect lumber shipments 1930-1941
folder
230Valuation: Correspondence and forms dealing with the ICC valuation of WI&M property 1916-1938
See also boxes 422-423 for printed reports
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231Treated Ties: Invoices for green ties and estimates for treatment 1951-1953
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232Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company: Correspondence regarding joint WI&M & PT&T business 1906-1923
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233Pass Issuing Authority: Correspondence with the Interstate Commerce Commission 1926-1952
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234Printing of Time Tables: Correspondence with printers 1915-1931
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235Pass Rules: Correspondence and circular letters from American Short Line Railroad Association regarding ICC rules for the issuance of passes 1912-1961
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236Group Life Insurance: Correspondence and information on continuing insurance after employee retirement 1937-1946
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237Leasing of Warehouses and Property: Correspondence 1906-1943
See also folder 225
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238Strikes & Federal Control
Circular letters from American Short Line Railroad Association and Association of American Railroads dealing with threatened railroad and coal strikes in 1944 and 1946 and the Federal control of railroads in December 1943 due to a threatened strike
folder
239Labor Agreements: Agreements with Lumber & Sawmill Workers Union & employees 1939-1975
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240Officers of Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Co: Several lists of officers and directors and a record of the transfer of stock from Inland Improvement Company to PFI 1921-1948
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241Requests for Rates: Correspondence 1907-1938
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242Freight Rate on Ties: Correspondence with Northern Pacific Railway Co. 1908
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243Land Grant Equalization Agreement: Correspondence with and circulars from the War Department 1932-1946
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244Henry Foss Case: Correspondence related to the dismissal of a conductor 1923
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245Statutory Agent
Documents relating to statutory agencies in Idaho, 1909, and Washington, 1917
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246Taxes. Washington. Corporation: Receipts and corporation licenses 1932-1959
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247Log Shipments to Lewiston: Correspondence regarding cooperation between WI&M and Northern Pacific 1932
folder
249Prospective changes in Tariffs: Correspondence with ICC and printers 1923-1962
folder
250American Short Line Railroad Association. Wages and Rates: Circular letters 1934-1951
folder
251-AAccidents. Reports and Claims: Correspondence, reports, photographs 1926-1960
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251-BAccidents. Yale Washout: Detailed insurance report, including photographs, of a washout February 14, 1961
folder
252Tie Plates: Correspondence and blueprints 1920-1953
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253Salary Changes: Correspondence, lists of salary changes 1907-1946
folder
254Switching Settlements: Correspondence on a proposed plan 1929
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*255Federal Suits. ICC Violations: Violations of ICC rules 1915 and 1940
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256Receipt and Delivery of Intoxicating Liquor: Correspondence 1911-1915
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257Liquor Permits: Circular letters and carrier permits issued by the U.S. Treasury Department 1919-1925
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*258Annual Statements 1910-1912; 1924-1939; 1940-1944; 1947
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261Northern Pacific Freight Charges at Palouse: Correspondence, freight bills 1905-1907
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262Valuation Protest: Legal documents filed with the ICC 1922
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272Betterment Work, Cost of: List from WI&M accounting department Dec. 31, 1915
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281Western Union Telegraph Company: Correspondence concerning joint business, rates & equipment 1919-1932
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282Demurrage and Storage Tariffs: Correspondence 1917-1942
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283American Association of Railroad Superintendents: Correspondence concerning membership 1916
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284Federal Control of Railroads: Correspondence 1918, 1950
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285Liberty and Victory Bonds: Correspondence 1918-1950
folder
286Baggage Tariff: Correspondence and circular letters 1918, 1938
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287Audits of WI&M Books: Audit reports 1915-1935
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288AB Brake Reports to the Association of American Railroads 1930-1953
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289Idaho Tax on Motor Fuel: Correspondence 1923-1934
folder
290Fire in Potlatch Depot: Correspondence 1923
folder
291Longview, Portland & Northern Railway Co: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1923-1925
folder
292Destruction of Records: ICC regulations governing the destruction and/or retention of railway records 1912-1957
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293Petitions for Rate Increases: Correspondence and ICC publications 1920-1957
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294Uniform Livestock Contract: Correspondence with Northern Pacific Railroad 1929
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295Car Loading and Service Rules: Circular letters 1930-1950
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*296Electric Power Line Crossings: Correspondence, plans 1932-1954
See also folder 140
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297Potlatch Forests, Inc. Log Cars: Correspondence with Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad concerning demurrage on PFI cars 1937
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298Notary Public: Correspondence regarding the appointment of J.R. Scott 1933
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299Estimated Budgets: Estimated Revenues & Expenses Budgets and Bank Balance Schedules 1934-1955
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300Sale of Scrap: Correspondence, bills of lading, invoices 1933-1959
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301Palouse Flood and Train Speed: Correspondence relating to flood damage to WI&M property in Palouse, 1948; document fixing train speeds in Palouse, 1952
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*302Safety Codes: Various safety codes and National Safety Council Material 1937-1950
folder
303Damaged Freight: Correspondence concerning damage to furniture, lumber, etc. 1935-1941
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304General Timber Service Agreements: Agreements on insurance and machine maintenance 1947
folder
305Pres-to-Log Cars: Correspondence regarding two rebuilt box cars owned by PFI 1935-1941
folder
306-AUnemployment Compensation. Federal: Copies of law, tax returns, circular letters 1936-1939
folder
306-BUnemployment Compensation. Idaho: Correspondence, legislation, tax returns 1936-1943
folder
306-CUnemployment Compensation. Washington: Tax returns, correspondence 1937-1939
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307-ARailroad Pension. Employee Compensation Reports 1937-1959
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307-BRailroad Pension. Employer's Quarterly Report of Contributions 1939-1961
folder
307-CRailroad Pension. Employee Claims: Correspondence and forms
folder
307-DRailroad Pension. Correspondence: Includes instructions, circular letters, rules and regulations 1934-1959
folder
307-BRailroad Pension. Railroad Retirement Act
Synopsis of Retirement Act of 1937, Carriers Taxing Act of 1937, & Title IX (Unemployment Compensation) of Social Security Act; Annotated supplement and other documents and publications relating to the retirement act, many printed and distributed by the American Short Line Railroad Association
folder
308Man Hours Worked: Typed monthly reports 1939-1943
folder
309Garnishment of Employee Wages: Five cases 1941
folder
310Agreements with State Highway Department: Three agreements covering the construction or widening of overpasses, including 11 blueprints 1941, 1946
See also folder 325
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311Amortization Accounting: Correspondence with ICC and WI&M officials 1928-1954
folder
312G.I. Apprentice: Correspondence with Veterans Administration concerning two veterans working at WI&M
folder
313Locomotives: Correspondence dealing with the purchase and repair of diesel locomotives, and the repair of other locomotives 1919-1950
folder
314Power Reverse Gear Case: Correspondence dealing with the ICC hearings 1930-1937
folder
*314Power Reverse Gear Case: ICC briefs and orders, 1930-1937; Supreme Court decision, 1934
folder
315Railway Labor Act: Circular letters from American Short Line Railroad Association and Western Association of Railway Executives regarding the 1934 amendment to the act and a copy to the amendment (P.L. 442) 1934-1940
folder
316Land Agent - WI&M: Correspondence from W.B. Humiston 1915
folder
317Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. Inventory of Crossings: Circular letter and computer printout of WI&M Crossings 1975
folder
318Round House: Blueprint of WI&M standard round house (map 13-12)
folder
319C&NW - CMSTP&P Merger Committee. Forms Committee: Forms Information reports filled out by A.L. Nance, auditor for Milwaukee Road 1969
folder
320Train Operating Statistics: Schedule of delays, hours of operation, running time January 1971 - August 1973
folder
321Potlatch Forests, Inc. Miscellaneous Material
Income tax working papers, 1922; cutting schedule for Potlatch Mill, January 4, 1939; Stock sheet, January 1, 1907
folder
322Association of American Railroads. Operations & Maintenance Dept: Car Service Division general permits; Dept. of Commerce National Production Authority releases 1951
folder
323Freight Rates: Correspondence 1907-1929
folder
324Rail Joint Company: Correspondence about order for fibre insulations 1961
folder
325Highway Crossings: Correspondence for crossings on railway rights of way, Idaho State highways 7 and 8 1955-1957
See also folder 310
folder
326Master Car Builders' Association: Correspondence and circulars 1917
folder
327Miscellaneous
Articles of Incorporation for Moscow State Bank, an article on the diesel electric locomotive, another on criminal syndicalism, and one entitled "There are strange things done where the railroads run" by Adam Rhoamer, which includes anecdotes about the stations on the WI&M line
folder
*328Maps
Map of Spokane & Inland Empire line in Palouse, 1906; Wagon roads from Council to Grangeville (undated); WI&M Station map of Potlatch, 1964
folder
*329Purchases from Potlatch Unit: Includes railroad ties and other manufactured forest products 1934-1943
folder
*330Estimates of Construction Costs: Wren & Greenough estimates 1-29 May 1905-September 1907
folder
*331Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company. Organizational Records. Includes state chartered correspondence, and capital stock material 1901-1921
folder
*332Inland Improvement Company
Includes incorporation papers, annual reports to West Virginia, 1907-1909, correspondence on ledger entries regarding transfer of stock and loans, financial matters to 1914, and correspondence regarding the final dissolution of the holding company and the transfer of WI&M stock to Potlatch Forests, Inc., in 1932
See also 240.
folder
33Trans-Continental Freight Bureau. Record of Transit Freight Bill and Tonnage Credits, Inbound: Form X-11 1975-1980
folder
34John Ray Scott, WI&M auditor. Personal Papers
Includes letters of recommendation, marriage license, selective service classification, insurance policies, and stock certificates
Series II. Financial Records
This series consists of boxes of vouchers, bound ledgers and journals, annual reports to various federal and state agencies, and valuation and appraisal reports. Each of these types of material is described under its own heading. The numbers in parentheses indicate the boxes in which the material will be found, or, in the case of journals, the numbers of the journals in each particular group.
Bound Ledgers and Journals
Invoice Records January 1909 - August 1964 (291-306)
Voucher Record, Construction & Equipment Department July 1905 - November 1908 (307)
Voucher Record, Operating Department March 1906 - December 1908 (308)
Voucher Records January 1909 - August 1930 (309-315)
Cash Journals April 1905 - August 1928 (316-328)
Reconciliation of unpaid accounts, arranged by account name April 1907-???? (329)
Reconciliations, chronological listing January 1909 - June 1915 (330-331)
Distribution Ledgers January 1909 - 1962 (332-340)
Pay Roll Ledgers 1907-1966 (341-357)
Ledgers 1-10 1905-1926 (358, 359, 367-370)
Ledgers (unnumbered) 1907 - November 1968 (360-366)
Journals August 1905 - June 1930 (371-379)
Interline Freight Accounts Received 1960-1970 (380-381)
Interline Freight Accounts Issued 1962-1969 (382)
Freight and Switching Ledger 1953-1967 (383-384)
Freight, Passenger and Per Diem Transfer Ledger 1918-1933 (385)
Freight, Passenger and Per Diem Balances January 1918 - November 1920 (386)
Per Diem Accounts August 1940 - December 1963 (387)
Freight Accounts July 1915 - February 1919 (388)
Freight Claims 1912-1929, 1943-1968 (389-390)
Accounts Receivable 1906-1908, 1947-1966, (391-392)
Bank Journal May 1905 - June 1907 (393)
Division of Charges to Operating Expenses 1908 (394)
Cash Book, Potlatch Station January 1959 - December 1968 (395)
Station - Journal October 1905 - December 1909 (396)
Trial Balance Journal 1905-1963, September 1973 - December 1975 (397-399)
Record of Various Person's Bills October 1906 - December 1907 (400)
Petty Ledger 1906-1908 (401)
Labor on Shop Jobs January 1961 - January 1963 (402)
Coupon Book Register February 1909 - February 1917 (403)
Annual Reports
Appraisals of the railway shops and round house plant at Potlatch were done by the General Appraisal Company of Seattle. Reports are present for the years 1916, 1923, and 1929. (421)
The Interstate Commerce Commission Division of Valuation reports are in two forms, large ledgers (422) and bound books (423)- The titles of the ledgers are:
1. General Valuation Report by Account. 1917
2. Engineering report showing cost of reproduction new and cost of reproduction less depreciation.
3. Valuation order 7. Schedule of land.
4. Valuation order 8. Register of equipment and report of original cost for equipment and machinery.
5. Report to ICC Bureau of Valuation showing changes from 1917 to 1940 (in various time period sections)
The books are labeled as follows:
1. Valuation Section Washington #1. Track notes and Cross-section notes, Mile post 0.06 to mile Post 3.34
2. Valuation Section Idaho #1. Track notes, mile post 3.34 to mile post 49.39
3. Valuation Section Idaho #2. Cross-section notes, Mile post 3.34 to mile post 30.00
4. Valuation Section Idaho #2. Cross-section notes, mile post 30.00 to mile post 49.39
5. Equipment accounts
6. Structural, communication system, and mechanical and electrical inventory.
Financial reports were made to various federal and state agencies on bound forms provided by the agency. Several of the agencies changed names periodically. In these cases one name was chosen for the main listing, with the various changes listed chronologically.
Interstate Commerce Commission 1906-1972 (405-410)
Idaho Public Utilities Commission 1913-1960 (411-414)
Idaho State Tax Commission 1912-1970 Boxes 415
Idaho State Board of Equalization 1912, 1914-1944
Idaho State Tax Commission 1945-1970
Washington Public Service Commission 1906-1960 Boxes 416-417
Washington Railroad Commission 1906-1910
Washington Public Service Commission 1911-1920
Washington Department of Public Works 1921-1934
Washington Department of Public Service 1935-1944
Washington Department of Transportation 1945-1948
Washington Public Service Commission 1949-1960
Washington Tax Commission 1907-1965 Boxes 418-420
Washington State Board of Tax Commissioners 1907-1919
Washington State Tax Commission 1920
Washington Supervisor of Taxation 1921
Washington State Tax Commission 1922
Washington Supervisor of Taxation 1923-1924
Washington Tax Commission 1925-1965
Appraisals and Valuation
Series III. Miscellaneous
This series contains a wide variety of items including employee time cards, and other items relating to employees of the WI&M, records of annual passes issued, Over, Short and Damage Reports, and cancelled checks. Listed below are the items in this series. The number in parentheses indicates the box in which the material is located.
Railway Passes (424) (See also folder 143 in Series I): Ledger 1, 1912-1922; Ledger 2, 1923-1926; Ledger 3, 1927-1930; Ledger 4, 1931; Alphabetical and numerical pass file for 1952/53-1954/55 (Because of its small size the plastic envelope containing these passes has been placed in box 439)
Exparte Increases X206A, X212, X223, X223A (425): These sheets are in a binder and include the tariff of increased rates and charges for the years 1957-1972.
Locomotive Mileage, Potlatch, 1960-1966. (426): This large journal also contains columns for car mileage and work service as well as locomotive mileage.
Over, Short and Damage Reports (427): These reports, for the years 1927-1945, were filled out by station agents when a shipment was received in less than perfect condition.
Employee Time Cards, 1930-1966 (428-429): These cards record the number of hours an employee worked each month and his earnings for that month.
Cancelled Checks, May 1905 - A t 1906 (430-431)
Cancelled Pay Roll Checks, January 1924 - June 1930; January 1957 - December 1958 (432-436)
Miscellaneous Financial (437): Comparative Statement of earnings, operating expenses & statistics. July - December 1906; Bank Statements, January 1953 - December 1956; Balance sheets, December 1965 - September 1966; Cash Journal work sheets, 1975, 1977
Miscellaneous Employee Records (438): Life Insurance Policies, Request for group insurance reinstatement cards, Salary savings insurance plan cards, Waiver of life insurance cards, Insurance record cards, Pay roll allotment authorization for purchase of bonds cards, Acceptance of Hospital contract cards, Acceptance and pay roll deduction authority, Employee withholding exemption certificate, Employee registration form CER-1 (Social Security)
Miscellaneous 3x5 cards (439): Railway passes, 1952/53-1954/55, Key to filing system, Key to map arrangement, Field notes, Alphabetical account cards, 1906-193-?
Series IV. Maps and Blueprints
This series includes station maps, maps of the railway line, plans for bridges, drawings of station houses, and townsite plats. The railway originally had twenty-two categories of maps, but only six are included in the papers. These are 1. Station maps, 2. Trusses and bridges, 4. Moscow & Eastern, 9. Trestles, 10. WI&M standard plans, and 18. Townsite plats. There are also four unnumbered maps. The smaller plans have been placed in a file box (440) the larger one are in a large plastic bag (44). In the list of maps and blueprints, an asterisk preceding the number indicated that the print is in the bag.
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*1-2Yards of the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway, Potlatch, Idaho 1906
folder
1-3Car repair tracks at Potlatch showing location of machine shop, round house, repair shop saw mill, loading dock, and planing mill
folder
*1-5Kennedy Ford Yard 1907
folder
*1-7Station map of Vassar (originally labeled Avon) 1907
folder
*1-8C.M.&St.P. Railway, St. Maries Branch. Map showing proposed rearrangement of pole yard in Bovill 1913
folder
*1-9Station map of Princeton yards 1905
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1-10WI&M and C.M.&St.P. tracks through Bovill and Purdue 1911
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1-11Plat showing position of buildings on right of way, Bovill 1914
folder
1-12Plat of right of way, depot grounds and terminals, Bovill
folder
1-14Bovill yards showing depot
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*1-15Proposed location of repair shop, Potlatch
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*2-1Wagon Road Bridges, Sta.345 (Vassar)
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2-23rd or Flat Creek Crossing of Palouse River, plan for staking piling
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*2-9Wagon Road Bridges, Sta.224
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4-1Profile of Moscow & Eastern Railway line from bear Creek to Bovills (sic) via north side of Potato Hill
folder
4-6Advertising map for railway lines (shown WI&M route from Palouse to Bovill.)
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*9-5Brush Creek Bridge (old plan)
folder
*9-7Brush Creek Bridge (new plan) (on same sheet as above)
folder
*9-11High Gulch Bridge
folder
9-13Hog Meadow Creek trestle
folder
10-8Standard plan for WI&M 4 and 5 room section houses
folder
10-18Baggage room signs
folder
*10-21White Pine Route insignia sign for box cars
folder
13-12Round house (located in folder 318)
folder
18-2Map showing WI&M line through Breedings addition, Palouse 1905
folder
18-3Amended survey of blocks 15, 16, and 17, Deary 1908
folder
18-5Map showing surveyed tracts adjoining Deary
folder
*18-7Plat of Deary 1907
folder
18-9Proposed road and alley improvements in Fitch's addition, Palouse 1905
folder
unnumberedRight of way, Township 41 North, Range 4 West Boise Meridian
folder
unnumberedCity of Palouse 1898
folder
unnumberedMap of WI&M system January 1912
folder
unnumberedMap and profile of finally located line of Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway
(N.B. This is a negative for a large print and is on very fragile paper)

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