Guide to the Pond Brothers Store papers,
1889-1912

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Creator: Webster-Pond Brothers Store (Lewiston, Utah)
Title: Pond Brothers Store papers
Dates: 1889-1912 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 boxes (5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 107
Summary: Contains the historical papers of the Pond Brothers Store in Lewiston, Utah spanning the period of 1889 to 1912. This collection contains financial ledgers, transaction receipts, canceled checks, and some personal papers of Brigham and Charles Pond, including Charles Pond's 1896 notes and school papers during his studies at the Agricultural College of Utah (now Utah State University).
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

In 1889 the Webster-Pond Brothers Store opened in Lewiston, Utah and under the management of brothers Brigham Pond and Louis Pond, and funded by W. M. Webster of Franklin, Idaho. Commonly known as the Pond Brothers Store, it sold general merchandise, functioned as butcher shop, and served as an outlet where grain farmers could market their produce locally. By 1891 Lewiston's LDS Mercantile Cooperative Store went out of business, leaving the Pond Brothers Store as the only local store until 1895. In 1895 Hyrum G. Hayball, a ZCMI trained businessman from Logan, Utah came to Lewiston and established a store in competition to the Pond Brothers, but his business failed within three years.

With the construction of the Lewiston Sugar Beet Factory in 1905, Charles Pond, the son of Brigham Pond, established a small outlet of the Pond Brothers Store on the factory's grounds. From this originally small outlet, Pond's business blossomed into a substantial store that sold coal, lumber, general merchandise, and other materials needed by the factory and its workers. The Pond Brothers Store operated until 1917 when the Ponds sold their property and moved to Island Park, Idaho to pursue the lumber business.

Source:

Lewiston City Compiled Works; Histories, Diaries, Minutes, and Notes, compiled by Lewiston City Historical Commission, Lewiston, Utah, 1987 (USU SC&A: 979.27 L589)

Biographical Sketches:

Brigham Pond was born June 9, 1853. He and his wife, Aroetta Whittle Pond and their young sons, Charles, came to Lewiston in the spring of 1877. Later Brigham and his brother Louis bought one-hundred and eighty acres of land near Lewiston. Brigham Pond practiced polygamy and had two wives. His second wife, Catherine Whittle Pond, married Brigham in 1885. This second family moved around from place to place for a number of years. However, Catherine and her nine children eventually settled in Lewiston on Brigham's farm where the two families lived together. Active in Church and civic affairs, Brigham was the first mayor (or president) of Lewiston Town Corporation. In 1890 he was called to serve a LDS mission in Kansas. Brigham Pond passed away December 26, 1933.

Source:

Bernhisel, John Milton III, History of Lewiston, Lewiston City Council, Lewiston, Utah, 1965, p. 253.

Charles Pond was born December 21, 1876 in Richmond, Utah the son of Brigham and Aroetta Whittle Pond. Shortly after Charles' birth the family moved to Lewiston. In October 1898 he was called to serve a two-year LDS mission in California. On September 12, 1900 Charles married a school teacher, Wilhelmina McCan of Smithfield, Utah who was teaching school in Lewiston. After their marriage they both taught school at Lewiston. In 1901 Charles was appointed manager of the Peoples' Mercantile & Creamery Co. at Richmond, Utah. In the spring of 1904 Charles and his family moved to Boise, Idaho then to Hood River, Oregon. In 1908 he returned to Lewiston where he was the principal owner of a new store near the Amalgamated Sugar Co., of which he soon became the sole owner and manager. In 1924 Charles sold his business and bought the Island Park Lodge near Yellowstone. Charles and Mina had seven children together.

Source:

Bernhisel, John Milton III, History of Lewiston, Lewiston City Council, Lewiston, Utah, 1965, p. 267.

Content Description

This ten-box collection contains the historical papers of the Pond Brothers Store in Lewiston, Utah spanning the period of 1889 to 1912. This collection contains financial ledgers, transaction receipts, canceled checks, and personal papers of Brigham and Charles Pond.

Box 10 contains five ledgers consisting of Charles Pond's notes taken at the Agricultural College of Utah (now Utah State University) in 1896 and store account ledgers. Boxes 1-8 consist of canceled checks and check stubs. Box 9 contains store papers in the form of small ledgers and payroll records. Folder 13 contains ledgers and papers concerning the Pond Brothers Store's connection to the construction of the Lewiston School House in 1895. Box 9 also contains personal papers of Brigham Pond (1890s) and a Fairview Cooperative Store ledger (1891-1903).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Pond Brothers Store papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Pond Brothers Store papers, 1889-1912. (COLL MSS 107). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by type of material and chronologically.

Acquisition Information :  

Unknown.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Lewiston State Bank checks and statements
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 December 1904, January 1905
1 2 September, October 1905
1 3 December 1905
1 4 January, February 1906
1 5 March, April 1906
1 6 May 1906
1 7 June-August 1906
1 8 September 1906
1 9 October, November 1906
1 10 December 1906
1 11 January 1907
1 12 February 1907
1 13 March 1907
1 14 April 1907
1 15 June 1907
1 16 July 1907
1 17 August 1907
1 18 September 1907
1 19 July 1908
1 20 August 1908
1 21 October-December 1908
2 1 May 1909
2 2 July 1909
2 3 April 1910
2 4 May 1910
2 5 June 1910
2 6 July 1910
2 7 August 1910
2 8 September 1910
2 9 October 1910
2 10 November 1910
2 11 December 1910
2 12 January 1911
2 13 February 1911
2 14 March 1911
2 15 April 1911
2 16 May 1911
2 17 June l911
2 18 July 1911
2 19 August 1911
2 20 September 1911
2 21 October 1911
2 22 November 1911
2 23 Empty Envelopes
2 24 Empty Envelopes

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Thatcher Brothers Banking Company checks and statements
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 1 October 1890
3 2 November, December 1890
3 3 January 1891
3 4 February 1891
3 5 March 1891
3 6 May 1891
3 7 June 1891
3 8 October 1891
3 9 November 1891
3 10 December 1891
3 11 January 1892
3 12 February 1892
3 13 March 1892
3 14 June 1892
3 15 July 1892
3 16 August 1892
3 17 October 1892
3 18 November 1892
3 20 April 1893
3 21 May 1893
3 22 July 1893
3 23 January 1894
3 24 February, March 1894
3 25 April 1894
3 26 August-November 1894
3 27 December 1894
3 28 January 1895
3 29 March 1895
3 30 April, May 1895
3 31 June 1895
3 32 October 1895
3 33 November 1895
3 34 December 1895
3 35 Empty Envelopes
3 36 Empty Envelopes
4 1 January 1896
4 2 February 1896
4 3 March 1896
4 4 April 1896
4 5 May 1896
4 6 September 1896
4 7 October 1896
4 8 November 1896
4 9 December 1896
4 10 January 1897
4 11 February 1897
4 12 March 1897
4 13 April 1897
4 14 May 1897
4 15 June 1897
4 16 July 1897
4 17 August 1897
4 18 September 1897
4 19 October 1897
4 20 November 1897
4 21 December 1897
4 22 January 1898
4 23 February 1898
4 24 March 1898
4 25 April 1898
4 26 May 1898
4 27 June 1898
4 28 July 1898
4 29 August 1898
4 30 September 1898
4 31 October 1898
4 32 November 1898
4 33 December 1899
4 34 January 1898
4 35 February 1899
4 36 March 1899
4 37 April 1899
4 38 May 1899
4 39 June 1899
4 40 July 1899
4 41 August 1899
4 42 September 1899
4 43 October 1899
4 44 November 1899
4 45 December 1899
5 1 January 1900
5 2 February 1900
5 3 March 1900
5 4 May 1900
5 5 June 1900
5 6 July 1900
5 7 September 1900
5 8 October 1900
5 9 November 1900
5 10 December 1900
5 11 January 1901
5 12 February 1901
5 13 March 1901
5 14 April 1901
5 15 May 1901
5 16 June 1901
5 17 July 1901
5 18 August 1901
5 20 October 1901
5 21 November 1901
5 22 December 1901
5 23 January 1902
5 24 February 1902
5 25 March 1902
5 26 April 1902
5 27 May 1902
5 28 June 1902
5 29 July 1902
5 30 August 1902
5 31 September 1902
5 32 October 1902
5 33 November, December 1902
5 34 January 1903
5 35 February 1903
5 36 March 1903
5 37 April 1903
5 38 May 1903
5 39 June 1903
5 40 July 1903
5 41 August 1903
5 42 September 1903
5 43 October 1903
5 44 November 1903
5 45 December 1903
5 46 January 1904
5 47 February 1904
5 48 March 1904
5 49 April 1904

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Cache valley Banking Company checks and statements
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
6 1 July, August 1902
6 2 April 1904
6 3 May 1904
6 4 June 1904
6 5 July 1904
6 6 August 1904
6 7 September 1904
6 8 October 1904
6 9 November 1904
6 10 December 1904
6 11 January 1905
6 12 February, March 1905
6 13 April 1905
6 14 May 1905
6 15 June 1905
6 16 July 1905
6 17 August 1905
6 18 September 1905

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Check stub books
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
7 1 1894-1898
7 2 November 1899-September 1890
7 3 1891
7 4 1892, 1893
7 5 1895-1899
7 6 1900-1902
8 1 1903-1905
8 2 1907
8 3 January-July 1908
8 4 August-December 1908, 1909
8 5 1911, 1912
8 6 190?

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Store papers and Pond family papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 Directory of LDS Business Houses
9 2 Financial ledger
(also contains notes about LDS apostles).
1886-1889
9 3 Financial ledger circa 1890s
9 4 Financial ledger
(contains financial record and payroll record).
1898-1901
9 5 Financial ledger
(contains account and payroll, and various notes).
circa 1890s
9 6 Time book
(record of payroll and hours worked).
1892-1898
9 7 Time book
(payroll record).
1981-1893,
9 8 General store correspondence 1890s
9 9 B. Pond's receipts from the Bishop's Storehouse 1903
9 10 Uniform examination papers (eighth grade level) 1903
9 11 Three issues of the Juvenile Instructor
(1905 issue contains notes).
1905-1906
9 12 Notes take at a LDS young men's and women's meeting 1890s
9 13 Ledgers and papers concerning the Pond Brothers Store connection to the construction of the Lewiston School House 1895
9 14 Stock certificates 1892 and 1897
9 15 Railroad receipts 1890s
9 16 Tax notices 1895-1896
9 17 Pond Brothers Store customer loan applications circa 1890s
9 18 Beet contract of Pond brothers with the Ogden Sugar Company 1898
9 19 Miscellaneous receipts
9 20 Miscellaneous papers
9 21 Fairview Cooperative Store ledger 1891-1903
10 Book 1: Charles Pond's Agricultural College of Utah school notes 1896
10 Book 2: Charles Pond's Agricultural College of Utah school notes 1896
10 Book 3: Account ledger 1889-1891
10 Book 4: Account ledger 1889-1891
10 Book 5: Account ledger 1892-1893

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Pond, Brigham, 1853-1933.  ( contributor)
    • Pond, Brigham, 1853-1933.
    • Pond, Charles, b. 1876.  ( contributor)
    • Pond, Charles, b. 1876.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Business enterprises -- Utah -- Lewiston.
    • Webster-Pond Brothers Store (Lewiston, Utah)

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