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Farmers Elevator Company Records (Yorkville)

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Box 1

Financial Account Ledger (1 volume)

Daily Journal (1 volume)

Box 2

Box 3

General Ledgers (2 volumes)

General Ledger Trial Balances (7 volumes)

Box 3A

General Ledgers (12 volumes)

Day Books (11 volumes)

(Kentland ?) Day Books (2 volumes)

Box 4

Box 5

Financial Ledgers (10 volumes)

Check Registers and Index (3 volumes)

Box 6

Grain Scale Books (4 volumes)

Box 7

Grain Scale Books (3 volumes)

Box 8

Box 9

Grain Sales, Shipments, and Returns (5 volumes)

Grain Receiving Ledger (1 volume)

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

Addendum 1



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Collection Overview

Title: Farmers Elevator Company Records (Yorkville), 1908-1985

ID: RHC/RC/109

Extent: 25.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/27/1980. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Coal trade, Farmers Elevator Company, Farm supply industries, Grain, Kentland (Ill.), Yorkville (Ill.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Primarily a collection documenting financial history, the Farmers Elevator Company Records trace the development of a large agribusiness in Kendall County, Illinois.  Records date from 1908 to 1985 and include an incomplete set of meeting minutes containing the articles of incorporation and lists of stockholders, the constitution and by-laws, audit reports (1930-1975), correspondence, legal agreements, court claims, and financial ledgers.  The financial ledgers document grain sales, shipments, and purchases, and coal sales.  Of particular interest is the correspondence from the United States Food Administration (1917-1918) describing company reporting procedures for railroad shipments and grain purchases.

Collection Historical Note

Incorporated on October 3, 1908, the Farmers Elevator Company’s first board of directors elected J. Wampah, president, Lewis Christiansen, vice president, E. B. Thomas, secretary, L.C. Martner, treasurer, and appointed Guy Corzine, company manager.  The Porport property in Yorkville, Illinois, purchased for $2500 on December 5, 1908, became the site of the company’s first business offices and elevators.  On October 26, 1912, the firm approved a second elevator site in Kentland, Illinois.   Annual picnics, started in 1909, provided social entertainment br stockholders and company employees.  

In February, 1909 the Farmers Elevator Company signed an agreement with the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad which agreed to construct a side track to the elevator to facilitate shipping and receiving operations.  Two years later the Fox and Illinois Union Railroad built a short line between Yorkville and Morris, Illinois connected to the C. B. & Q. railroad in Yorkville.  The Kentland elevator site used this track for moving grain, coal, and lumber.  Working closely with area agribusinesses, the Farmers Elevator Company provides needed supplies to the farmers of Kendall County.

Subject/Index Terms

Coal trade
Farmers Elevator Company
Farm supply industries
Grain
Kentland (Ill.)
Yorkville (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection remain with the Farmers Elevator Company; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Steve Bazan

Acquisition Method: Steve Bazan, President, deposited the Farmers Elevator Company Records with the Regional History Center on August 27, 1980.

Related Materials: Researchers should note other collections held by the Regional History Center documenting agribusiness in northern Illinois: Embree Lumber Company (RC 7); Lindenwood Grain Co-op (RC 11); Uplinger Lumber, Grain, and Coal Company (RC 16); Mighell and Wakefield Smithy, Grain and Coal Company (RC 22); H. W. Colwill Collection (RC 47); North Corn Belt Seed Growers, Inc. (RC 90); Colehour Grain Elevator (RC 91); Will-DuPage Service Company (RC 94); Kendall-Grundy FS Company (RC 105); and the DeKalb, Kane, Winnebago, DuPage, Carroll, Kendall, and Grundy County Farm Bureau Collections (RC 52, 76, 79, 87, 96, 103, 106).


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1],
[Volume 1: Financial Account Ledger (1 volume), 1909-1910],
[Volume 2: Daily Journal (1 volume), 1909-1913],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Volume 3-4: General Ledgers (2 volumes), 1926-1929],
[Volume 5-11: General Ledger Trial Balances (7 volumes), 1922-1929],
[Box 3A],
[Volume 12-23: General Ledgers (12 volumes), 1934-1951],
[Volume 24-34: Day Books (11 volumes), 1910-1942],
[Volume 35-36: (Kentland ?) Day Books (2 volumes), 1926-1927, 1936-1943],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Volume 37-46: Financial Ledgers (10 volumes), 1912-1917],
[Volume 47-49: Check Registers and Index (3 volumes), 1909-1913],
[Box 6],
[Volume 50-53: Grain Scale Books (4 volumes), 1909-1913],
[Box 7],
[Volume 54-56: Grain Scale Books (3 volumes), 1939-1943],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Volume 57-61: Grain Sales, Shipments, and Returns (5 volumes), 1909-1966],
[Volume 62: Grain Receiving Ledger (1 volume), no date],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12],
[Addendum 1],
[All]

Box 6
Volume 1: Inventories (1 volume), 1914-1939

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Volume 1: Financial Account Ledger (1 volume), 1909-1910],
[Volume 2: Daily Journal (1 volume), 1909-1913],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Volume 3-4: General Ledgers (2 volumes), 1926-1929],
[Volume 5-11: General Ledger Trial Balances (7 volumes), 1922-1929],
[Box 3A],
[Volume 12-23: General Ledgers (12 volumes), 1934-1951],
[Volume 24-34: Day Books (11 volumes), 1910-1942],
[Volume 35-36: (Kentland ?) Day Books (2 volumes), 1926-1927, 1936-1943],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Volume 37-46: Financial Ledgers (10 volumes), 1912-1917],
[Volume 47-49: Check Registers and Index (3 volumes), 1909-1913],
[Box 6],
[Volume 50-53: Grain Scale Books (4 volumes), 1909-1913],
[Box 7],
[Volume 54-56: Grain Scale Books (3 volumes), 1939-1943],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Volume 57-61: Grain Sales, Shipments, and Returns (5 volumes), 1909-1966],
[Volume 62: Grain Receiving Ledger (1 volume), no date],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12],
[Addendum 1],
[All]


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