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Jordan Hardware Company Records (Ottawa)


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Centennial Records

Financial Records

Supply Records

Addendum 1

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Collection Overview

Title: Jordan Hardware Company Records (Ottawa), 1852-1983

ID: RHC/RC/166

Extent: 12.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized into three series: Centennial Records; Financial Records; and Supply Records.  The Supply Records are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 03/15/1984. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Hardware Industry, Jordan Hardware Company, Ottawa (Ill.), Retail trade

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records in the Jordan Hardware Company collection date from 1852 to 1981.

Centennial Records document the hardware company's 100th anniversary in 1940. They include letters of congratulation and information on a commemorative plaque. Also in this series is a written history of the company, a set of receipts and invoices that trace the name and ownership of the company, and articles written about Jordan Hardware.

Financial Records date from 1852 to 1981 and are the largest part of the collection. Included in this series are inventories for the years 1856-1865, 1899, 1926, 1930, 1936, 1941, 1948, and 1981. Three ledgers document the company's activities from 1913 to 1960. However, each ledger actually concentrates on just a few years. A bound, one volume ledger dates 1913-1918, though it does include a recapitulation of sales from 1898 to 1920. The ledger which dates 1923-1935 also has a sales summary dating 1898-1929, while some of its accounts date up to 1935, most of them covers the years 1923-1929. The third ledger dates 1929-1960. Its accounts vary in time span, some covering only 1957-1960 and others covering just the 1930-1949. This series also contains sheets from daily record books for the following years: 1929, 1931, 1939, 1941, 1946, 1950, 1960.

Supply Records include correspondence to distributors and a True-Value Hardware catalog. The majority of the records in this series are schedules of hardware from Sargent's Lock Company. Jordan Hardware would contract with Sargent's to provide the locks for construction projects.

The Addendum dates from 1923 to 1983 and contains tax information, employee payroll information, daily receipts, work records, accounts receivable, and inventory records.

Collection Historical Note

In 1840, John Manley bought the L. Woodruff and Company tin shop thus founding the Manley and Company hardware store. The hardware store occupied the same wooden building which had housed the tin shop on the public square in Ottawa. In 1851, Manley contracted for the erection of a brick building to replace the wooden one. It was completed in 1857 and still stands today.

Richard Cook (R.C.) Jordan, a native of Hudson, New York and Kendall County, Illinois, worked for Manley as a clerk in 1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Jordan joined the army and did not return to Ottawa until the end of the war. Upon his return, Jordan became a cashier in the National City Bank of Ottawa, a position he held for eight years. In 1874, Jordan married Manley's daughter, Susan, and by 1879 was a partner in the hardware company.

The partnership of Manley and Jordan lasted until Manley's death in 1889. Jordan took over the business and acquired a new partner, C.H. Hamilton. Hamilton was Jordan's brother-in-law and remained in the hardware business until 1899, at which time he retired. Jordan then became sole proprietor of the store which came to be known as the Jordan Hardware Company.

Upon R.C.'s death in 1924, his son John Jordan took over the business. A commemorative plaque was dedicated to Manley and R.C. Jordan at the hardware company's Centennial celebration on November 14, 1940. The Jordan Hardware Company continued to function and expanded in 1957 when it bought Refior Hardware, an Ottawa competitor. John's son, Robert, eventually took over, making him the third generation of Jordan's to own and operate the business. It was sold in May of 1983 but still retains the Jordan name.

Subject/Index Terms

Hardware Industry
Jordan Hardware Company
Ottawa (Ill.)
Retail trade

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added by Mr. Jordan in March 1995 with records to be added in the future.

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Robert Jordan

Acquisition Method: Robert Jordan donated the records for the Jordan Hardware Company in Ottawa, Illinois to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on March 15, 1984.

Separated Materials: Some material has been separated and added to the Center's reference collection in the reading room. The separated material consists of Ottawa City Directories, and Ottawa City Map and a LaSalle County plat book.

Related Materials: <font face="Times New Roman">For additional information on the hardware business in Illinois, researchers should consult the Piper Business Collection (RC 78).</font>

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Centennial Records],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Supply Records],
[Addendum 1],

Addendum 1
Box 9
Folder 18-19: Income Tax Returns, 1923-1951
Box 10
Folder 1-2: Income Tax Returns, 1956-1982
Folder 3-4: Personal Property and Real Estate Tax Receipts, 1937-1982
Folder 5: Tax Payments, 1983
Folder 6: Personal Property Tax Returns and Correspondence, 1958-1980
Folder 7: Income Tax Return, John M. Jordan, Junior, 1959
Folder 8-9: UC-3, 941, W-2, and Other Tax Forms, 1949, 1952-1953, 1960-1964
Folder 10: Mortgage Papers, 1972-1987
Folder 11: Year End Reports, 1928, 1930-1932
Box 11
Folder 1-3: Year End Reports, 1933-1961
Folder 4-9: Quarterly Reports, 1968-1973
Box 12
Folder 1-10: Quarterly Reports, 1974-1983
Folder 11-12: Cotter Year End Reports and Correspondence, 1955-1983
Box 13
Folder 1-2: All Sales Tax Monthly Report, January 1974-April 1983
Folder 3-4: Monthly Business and Insurance Audit Reports, 1978-1983
Folder 5-9: Appraisal Report--Buildings, Building Appurtenances and Equipment, 1959-1963, 1965, 1967, 1979, 1983
Folder 10-12: Employee Payroll Books, 1943-1946, 1949-1950
Box 14
Folder 1: Employee Payroll Book, 1951
Folder 2-15: Employee Payroll Sheets, 1952-1966
Box 15
Folder 1-7: Employee Payroll Sheets, 1967-1983
Folder 8: Employee Payroll Sheets, 1937-1939, 1943
Box 16
Folder 1-2: Yellow Payroll Sheets, 1948-1961
Folder 3: Workmen's and Unemployment Compensation, 1944, 1969-1970
Folder 4: Employee's Social Security Receipts, 1942-1945
Folder 5: Random Time Cards, 1979-1981
Folder 6-10: Work Sheets and Records Submitted and Returned by Illinois Retail Hardware Association, January 1981-May 1981
Box 17
Folder 1-7: Work Sheets and Records Submitted and Returned by Illinois Retail Hardware Association, June 1981-December 1981
Box 18
Folder 1-27: Daily Charge Slips, Cash Register Tabs, December 8, 1982-January 7, 1983
Folder 28: Bank Deposits and Slips for Last Month of Business, April, 1983
Folder 29: Cash Register Readings, April 1, 1983-April 30, 1983
Folder 30: Gift Certificate Redeemed to the Kains Following Sale of Business to Them on May 2, 1983, 1983
Folder 31: Charge Slips, April 8, 1983-April 30, 1983
Folder 32: Savings Accounts, April 29, 1943-September 6, 1983
Folder 33: Loan Accounts Record Books, April 1, 1947-April 5, 1954
Box 19
Folder 1-4: Non-itemized Inventory Records (each record counted), December  31, 1982
Folder 5: Accounts Receivable and Collection Records After Sale of the Business on May 2, 1983, 1983-1984
Folder 6: Accounts Receivable Owed Jordan Hardware as of April 30, 1983, 1983
Folder 7: Accounts Receivable Turned in for Collection Efforts, 1975-1981
Folder 8: Bad Checks Written Off
Box 20
Folder 1-2: Accounts Receivable Charged Off to Profit and Loss, 1947-1977
Folder 3: Remittance Book, March and April 1983
Volume 1: John Cotter: 70 Years of Hardware by Edward R. Kantowicz (1 volume), 1986

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Centennial Records],
[Series II.: Financial Records],
[Series III.: Supply Records],
[Addendum 1],

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