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Guide to the Western Union Mining Company Records 1917-1951

Sponsor: Funds for processing were provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.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: Western Union Mining Company
Dates: 1917-1951
Quantity: 4.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Minutes of meetings, correspondence with stockholders and suppliers, annual statements and reports to state agencies, records relating to stock assessments and transfers, stock ledgers and a stock journal, financial ledgers and statements, records relating to ore shipment and production, and time books and payrolls of a silver-lead mining company in the Evolution Mining District of the Coeur d'Alene mining region of Idaho.
Identification: MG289
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of the Western Union Mining Company are divided into five series.The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and the Stockholders, includes minutes of the meetings and other records such as financial statements, proxy statements, lists of stockholders, proofs of publication and reports of elections for officers and directors.General Correspondence and Related Records, the second series, is an alphabetical file containing, in addition to correspondence, agreements, annual reports to state agencies, audits, contracts, deeds, leases and other legal documents, and lists of stockholders.The third series is Capital Stock Records. Included are correspondence with stockholders regarding assessments and stock transfers, an assessment journal, several stock ledgers and a stock journal, and capital stock tax returns.Financial records comprise the fourth series. Included are a ledger for the Western Union townsite, a financial ledger, financial statements, appraisals, and correspondence concerning the company's 1922 corporate income tax return.The fifth series, Ore Production and Shipment Records, contains records of silver shipments, assays, and ore settlement sheetsThe final series is Personnel Records, which includes employee time books, an employee earning ledger, payrolls for the years 1922-1927, and workmen's compensation reports filed with the Aetna Insurance Company.

Scope and Content

The records of the Western Union Mining Company span the years 1916-1951, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1922-1947. Included are minutes of meetings and related material, general correspondence with stockholders and suppliers, annual statements and reports to state agencies, records relating to stock assessments and transfers, stock ledgers and a stock journal, financial ledgers and other related material, records of silver shipments, assays and ore settlements, and employee time books and payrolls.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Aurora Sampson Mining Company and the H.E.M. Mining Company, holders of adjoining properties including a large group of claims and a millsite on Revenue Gulch in Evolution Mining District, Shoshone County, Idaho, about two miles west of Wallace, merged early in 1916 to form the Western Union Mining Company, as incorporated under the laws of the state of Idaho. The first set of directors for the new company included D.H. Anderson, J.E. Burbank, William Bjorklund, George Allen, William Holm, Erick Hagman and Russell F. Collins, essentially the group which would run the company for its first eight years. A considerable amount of galena lead ore was extracted, with the years 1921-1923 showing the highest profit. In addition to working the mine and a millsite, Western Union leased property on what was known as The Western Union Townsite, later Silverton, Idaho.

The Western Union Mining Company continued to develop and operate its property until the lead market became unfavorable. Thereafter portions of the land were worked and mined by lessors. About 1923 the Hercules Mining Co. began purchasing all available stock in the Western Union company. The discovery that the Western Union secretary Ben L. Collins had sold all his stock and advised his friends to do the same led to a public quarrel among the Western Union directors. By 1924 Hercules had obtained enough Western Union stock to be able to take control of the company and install a new board of directors including Harry L. Day, Jerome J. Day, August Paulsen, L.W. Hulton, and Frank M. Rothrock. M.H. Sullivan and Herman J. Rossi were carried over from the old board, apparently because of their connections at the Bunker Hill Smelter and their contract with Western Union.

For the next twenty-three years the Western Union Mining Company operated mainly by leasing out its property, including claims and tunnels for mining, timberland for logging, property for the operation of a fish hatchery, and the Western Union Townsite for residential development. In 1930 the Western Union bought out one of their lessors, The Wilbur Mining Company, and took over that firm's remaining property.

In 1934 Western Union decided to abandon twenty-seven unpatented mines in order to avoid the expense of annual assessment work. Western Union Mining Company stock was dropped from the Standard Stock Exchange of Spokane in 1939. The Western Union Mining Company continued to exist until 1947 when it merged with other companies to become Day Mines, Inc.


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.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

Western Union Mining Company

Lead mines and mining -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Mining District -- History -- Sources
Mining corporations -- Records -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Mining District
Silver mines and mining -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene Mining District -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Western Union Mining Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985.

Processing Information

Initial processing of this manuscript group was done by Lena M. Johnson in October 1987.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Records of the Board of Directors and Stockholders 1916-1946
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1/11/1Minute book 1916-1925
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1/21/2Minutes 1925-1946
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1/3-61/3-6Records related to meetings 1924-1937
Series II. General Correspondence and Related Records 1917-1951
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1/71/7Agreements, Sales 1940
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1/81/8Annual reports, Idaho 1924-1947
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1/91/9Annual reports, Securities and Exchange Commission 1935-1940
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1/101/10Annual statements, Idaho 1924-1947
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1/111/11Assessment work, Western Union 1922-1931
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1/121/12Assessment work, Wilbur mine 1926-1930
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1/131/13Audits 1917-1923
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1/141/14B-C 1938-1954
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1/151/15Contracts, Hospital 1922-1925
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1/161/16Contract, Morris Howard logging 1934-1940
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1/171/17D 1938-1954
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1/181/18Deeds, Lots 1941-1949
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1/191/19E-F 1941-1947
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1/201/20Federal Housing Administration 1940-1951
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1/211/21Fire Insurance 1941-1943
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1/221/22G-M 1927-1947
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1/23-251/23-25Leases and other legal documents 1918-1930
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1/261/26Mackey, Larry, contractor 1939
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1/271/27Miscellaneous 1923-1935
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1/281/28N-R 1933-1947
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1/291/29Rothrock, F.M. 1921-1926
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1/301/30S 1929-1941
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1/311/31Securities and Exchange Commission 1939
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2/322/32Smelter contract, Proposed 1922-1923
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2/332/33Spokane Stock Exchange 1934
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2/342/34Stockholders lists 1924-1925
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2/352/35T-U 1938-1947
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2/362/36U.S. Bureau of Mines 1937-1947
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2/372/37V-W 1932-1947
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2/382/38Wage and Hour Division, 1939
Water rights, 1928; Western Sanitation Corps, 1938-1943; Western Union Townsite Sewer System, 1941
Series III. Capital Stock Records 1916-1947
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2/39-412/39-41Correspondence related to stock transfers and assessments: Assessment #1 1923-1924
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2/42-452/42-45Assessment #2 1924-1925
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2/46-482/46-48Assessment #3 1925
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2/49-512/49-51Assessments 1926-1930
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2/52-542/52-54Assessments 1932-1937
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2/552/55Assessment 13 1933
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2/562/56Assessment 14 1937
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os/57os/57Assessment journal, assessments 6-14 1924-1937
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3/583/58Stock ledger 1916-1922
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3/593/59Stock ledger 1916-1925
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3/603/60Stock ledger 1917-1925
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3/613/61Stock ledger 1918-1942
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3/623/62Stock journal 1916-1917
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3/633/63Stock journal 1925-1947
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3/643/64Capital stock tax returns 1917-1918; 1925-1926
Series IV. Financial Records 1922-1947
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3/653/65Western Union Townsite Ledger 1922-1947
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4/664/66Financial ledger 1922-1924
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4/674/67Financial statements 1924-1947
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4/684/68Monthly treasurers reports 1922-1923
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4/694/69Outstanding bills 1923-1924
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4/70-714/70-71Appraisals 1931-1937
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4/724/72Corporate income tax 1922, 1922-1926
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4/734/73Property taxes 1917-1919
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4/744/74Property relief act 1931
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4/754/75H.E.M. Mining Company bond 1912-1918
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4/764/76Hercules bills 1926-1930
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4/774/77Vouchers 1927-1930
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4/784/78Bank deposit books 1923-1927
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4/794/79Check stubs 19l6-1947
Series V. Ore Production & Shipment Records 1920-1927
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4/804/80Silver shipments and summaries 1921-1923
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4/814/81Assays 1922-1926
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4/824/82Settlements 1920-1927
Series VI. Personnel Records 1922-1927
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4/83-844/83-84Employee time books 1925-1926
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4/854/85Employee earning ledger 1926
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5/86-895/86-89Payrolls 1922-1927
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5/905/90Workmen's compensation reports 1925-1926

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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