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Guide to the Potlatch Lumber Company Records ; Potlatch Lumber Company Records AKA Potlatch Lumber Company. Humiston, Walter D. Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Co. Records, 1890-1949.

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Guide to the Potlatch Lumber Company Records 1890-1949

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: Potlatch Lumber Company
Dates: 1890-1949
Quantity: 5 Cubic Feet
Abstract:Correspondence of Walter D. Humiston, assistant general manager and director of research; contracts, leases, deeds and conveyances, property tax records, and reports on timber cruises; also property tax and other records of the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway.
Identification: MG193
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Many of the items in this record group were in labeled folders or document envelopes when received; all headings were retained during processing. The series designation was determined by the storage method of the material, i.e. folders, document envelopes, or, as in the case of the timber cruises, wooden drawers.The first series contains the correspondence of W.D. Humiston, much of whci concerns the work of the research department. The first thirteen folders were in individual file folders which were contained in a large accordion folder. The original order of the folders was maintained during processing. Folders 16 to 22 contain correspondence between Potlatch and G.J. Esselin concerning processes he was developing for Potlatch. There is some duplication of material in files 16 to 19, e.g. the original of a letter from Esselin will be in one folder, and a carbon in another. The remaining correspondence in this series concerns patents.The second series contains other items originally foldered and includes reports, specifications for the Potlatch Mill, and a contract with the Wisconsin Log and Lumber Company, 1903.A large portion of the material was contained in document envelopes. This material was identified by company, Potlatch Lumber Company, Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway, or other subsidiary. The material was then unfolded and placed in file folders which were then arranged alphabetically. Papers dealing with Potlatch subsidiaries, e.g. brick company, dairy ranch, etc., were arranged by company and placed at the beginning of the series. They are followed by the lumber company, and finally the railroad. Types of material include leases, deeds, rights of way, and property tax receipts and related correspondence. The final items in this series are abstracts of title.The final series consists of timber cruise notes, or estimates of timber, in sections of Latah County. These take three forms, 5 x 8" cards, arranged by location; notebooks, identified by cruiser and also by number; and by 8 1/2 x 11" sheets of paper.

Scope and Content

These records of the Potlatch Lumber Company, of Potlatch, Idaho, span the years 1890 to 1949, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1901 to 1932.

The records include the correspondence of Walter D. Humiston, assistant general manager and director of research, several early contracts, leases, deeds and conveyances, property tax records and the results of numerous timber cruises. There are twelve folders of material from the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company as well as individual folders containing material relating to Potlatch subsidiaries such as the brick company, dairy ranch, and flour mill, as well as the incorporation of the town of Elk River.

In addition to this record group the University of Idaho library has several manuscript collections of Potlatch related material, including the records of Potlatch Lumber Company, 1901-1979 (MG 135, 111 cubic feet); and Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company, 1903-1962 (MG 139, 65.5 cubic feet).


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

Humiston, Walter D.

Potlatch Lumber Company
Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Co.

Land titles -- Idaho
Lumber trade -- Idaho -- Potlatch -- History -- Sources
Lumbering -- Idaho -- Potlatch -- History -- Sources
Tax assessment -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Potlatch Lumber Company were donated to the Latah County Historical Society which transferred them to the University of Idaho Library, where they complement other Potlatch material, in December 1986.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Walter D. Humiston Correspondence File 1928-1939
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1/11/1Alcohol, Vegalene motor fuel, gasoline energizer and by products 1928-1919 23 items
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1/21/2Pulpwood spools 1930 11 items
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1/31/3Densewood, correspondence with Alfred G. Olson 1930-1931 34 items
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1/41/4Instructions on the recording and compilation of experimental data and observations 1931 2 items
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1/51/5Miscellaneous correspondence, some related to research projects 1928-1932 98 items
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1/61/6Travel diary 1928 1 item
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1/71/7Wood flour 1930-1931 7 items
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1/81/8Research department correspondence 1929-1932 97 items
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1/91/9Hallowax Corporation 1931 26 items
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1/10-111/10-11Skinner, Sherman Esselin, research correspondence 1929-1930 193 items
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1/121/12Research department correspondence 1931-1932 67 items
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1/131/13Research department, Densewood 1931 11 items
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1/141/14Patents for future consideration: patents 1955-1928 142 items
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1/151/15Patents for future consideration: correspondence 1931 21 items
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1/16-191/16-19G.J. Esselin correspondence 1929-1931 208 items
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1/20-221/20-22G.J. Esselin patent applications for products developed for Potlatch 1931-1935 106 items
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1/23-241/23-24Reports by W.D. Humiston 1928-1939 55 items
Series II. Other Papers 1893-1941
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2/252/25New moulding machine, correspondence and reports 1937-1941 42 items
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2/262/26Studies and proposals of Roland Johnson 1937-1940 20 items
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2/272/27Specifications for a saw mill...to be erected for Potlatch Lumber Co. Plans by W.A. Wilkinson undated 1 item
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2/282/28Land title certificates 1893-1903 3 items
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2/292/29Contract: Wisconsin Log and Lumber Company with Potlatch Lumber Company April 10, 1903 1 item
Series III. Papers from Document Envelopes 1890-1949
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2/372/37Bunch property 1906-1923 17 items
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2/382/38Deeds and conveyances 1892-1909 52 items
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2/392/39Green, James R. vs. Potlatch Lumber Company 1909-1910 20 items
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2/402/40Insurance policies and claims 1917-1920 56 items
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2/41-422/41-42Leases 1906-1947 89 items
Individual Leases
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2/432/43Continental Oil Company 1915-1926 14 items
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2/442/44Samuel Frei 1916-1931 9 items
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2/452/45H.H. Lea 1908 15 items
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2/462/46Moose Lodge 1946-1948 7 items
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2/472/47Potlatch Dairy Company 1922-1927 21 items
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2/482/48Potlatch Garage 1926-1947 32 items
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2/492/49Sawmill tract 1903-1910 7 items
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2/502/50Leases, correspondence concerning 1911-1945 44 items
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2/512/51Logging truck privileges 1949 2 items
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2/522/52Old Palouse records, old deeds and correspondence 1904-1931 39 items
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2/532/53Potlatch Story September 1965 1 item
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2/542/54Palouse property, correspondence 1903-1908 25 items
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2/552/55Palouse River Lumber Company 1903-1908 6 items
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2/562/56Releases, old deeds, etc. 1901-1906 29 items
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2/572/57Rights of way 1922-1948 11 items
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2/582/58Taxes: Palouse property lists and matters pertaining to taxation and assessments 1908-1909 6 items
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2/592/59Taxes: Whitman County tax list undated 1 item
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2/60-622/60-62Taxes: Whitman County, Washington 1896-1909 121 items
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3/63-653/63-65Taxes: Whitman County, Washington 1910-1919 98 items
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3/663/66Trespass cases 1908-1916 50 items
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3/673/67Vacating of Palouse lots 1922 1 item
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3/683/68Whitman County, miscellaneous papers 1890-1908 6 items
Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Company
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3/693/69Correspondence concerning cars 1905 50 items
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3/703/70Crossing agreements 1905-1918 24 items
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3/713/71Deeds from individuals to William Deary 1905 23 items
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3/723/72McGiffert Loading Machine 1905-1906 53 items
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3/733/73Miscellaneous papers 1905-1915 25 items
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3/743/74Princeton plat maps undated 3 items
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3/753/75Rights of way 1906-1908 9 items
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3/76-803/76-80Taxes: Latah and Whitman County 1905-1919 242 items
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3/813/81Abstracts of title: correspondence 1903-1911 15 items
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3/82-933/82-93Abstracts of title 1898-1918 19 items
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2/302/30Brick Company 1911-1917 26 items
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2/312/31Dairy Ranch sale 1927-1934 7 items
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2/322/32Elk River incorporation 1910-1911 9 items
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2/332/33Field notes from a land survey undated 3 items
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2/342/34Flour Mill property 1903-1913 31 items
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2/352/35Homestead receipts 1901-1902 2 items
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2/362/36Potlatch Timber Protective Association. Grazing lease 1910 1 item
Series IV. Timber Estimates (Cruise Reports) 1901-1906
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4/944/94Estimates on cards 1901-1906 1620 items
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5/95-1315/95-131Estimate books 54-82 1903-1905 36 items
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5/132-1335/132-133Estimate sheets 1901 47 items

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Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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