Colehour Grain Elevator Records (Mt. Carroll), 1864-1950
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Brief Description: These records partially document the origin, growth, and business activities of Colehour Elevator, Incorporated of Mt. Carroll, Illinois during its first eighty years.  Although many of the records of the first century of its operation appear to have been lost, this collection documents the financial development of the elevator quite well, especially during the 1895-1945 period.  Of special note are the files relating to the impact of World Wars I and II on local grain dealers through federal government programs.  Although the volume of the collection is not great, the information contained in these records is rich in detail and helps to trace the beginnings and growth of a typical, small, local agribusiness in the prairie grain belt of northern Illinois.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/091
Volume: 0.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 03/26/1980.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Coal trade
Colehour Grain Elevator
Mt. Carroll (Ill.)
World War I
World War II
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights to the collection remain with Colehour Elevator, Inc.; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mr. Fred T. Colehour  Mr. Fred T. Colehour, President, deposited the Colehour Grain Elevator Records with the Regional History Center on March 26, 1980.
Related Materials: Researchers using this collection are advised that the Regional History Center holds other grain elevator collections which nicely complement this set of records: Lindenwood Grain Co-op (RC 11); T. C. Mighell and G. W. Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company (RC 22); H. W. Colwill (RC 47).