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Mighell & Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company Records (Waterman)

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General accounts of T.G. Mighell

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Collection Overview

Title: Mighell & Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company Records (Waterman), 1851-1943

ID: RHC/RC/022

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 01/00/1966

Subjects: Coal trade, Farm supply industries, Grain, Iron industry and trade, Mighell, T. G., Mighell and Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company, Wakefield, George W., Wakefield Grain Company, Waterman (Ill.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records contained in this collection document the Mighell and Wakefield Company’s financial accounts from the warehouse’s first year of operation, 1872, until 1911, when Wakefield reorganized the business into the Wakefield Grain Company.  A series of eleven bound volumes contains entries made by T.G. Mighell before his partnership with George Wakefield (1851-1872); business ledgers of the Mighell and Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company (1875-1890); and records from the Wakefield Grain Company (1908-1943). The latter volumes include records of purchases, sales, loans, orders, and daily grain shipments, and monthly summaries. Also included in the collection is Roy Wakefield’s insurance company register (1897-1939) and a notes and bills receivable journal (1885-1896)

Collection Historical Note

T.G. Mighell was a blacksmith and grain dealer who settled south of Waterman in Clinton township, DeKalb County. In 1872 he entered into partnership with his nephew, George Wakefield, and the company first built a grain warehouse and, later, a grain elevator. The company added coal retailing when the railroad came through Waterman. Roy Wakefield, George’s cousin, joined the partnership and in 1911 the Wakefields bought a second grain elevator in Waterman and reorganized the business. From 1920 to 1942 the company dealt only in feed grain and in 1942 Wakefield Grain sold out to Larsen Brothers. Finally, Iven Larson sold the business in 1966.

Subject/Index Terms

Coal trade
Farm supply industries
Grain
Iron industry and trade
Mighell, T. G.
Mighell and Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company
Wakefield, George W.
Wakefield Grain Company
Waterman (Ill.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

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

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

Acquisition Source: Mr. Iven Larsen

Acquisition Method: Mr. Iven Larsen donated the records of the T.G. Mighell and G.W. Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company to the Northern Illinois University Archives in January 1966. The Northern Illinois Regional History Center received the collection from the University Archives in May 1978.


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Volume 1: General accounts of T.G. Mighell, 1851-1872
Box 1
Folder 2-5: T.G. Mighell, G.W. Wakefield Smithy, Grain, and Coal Company’s daily business entries, 1875-1890
Folder 6-7: Wakefield Grain Company's daily business entries and Wakefield Grain Company's monthly summaries, 1908-1912, 1918-1925; 1911-1920
Folder 8: Wakefield Grain Company's daily business entries and Wakefield Grain Company's  monthly summaries, 1920-1929
Folder 9: Wakefield Grain daily shipments, 1912-1943
Folder 10: Wakefield Insurance Register, 1897-1939
Folder 11: George W. Wakefield, notes and bills receivable, 1885-1896


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