Guide to the Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company Records,
1912-1931

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Creator: Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company.
Title: Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company Records
Dates: 1912-1931 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 198
Summary: Includes account balances, ledgers, cash books, sales registers, and miscellaneous correspondence.
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: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

The Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company was organized at Trenton to take advantage of the double agricultural windfall in the production of dry-land wheat on the Clarkston Bench and irrigated wheat grown in fields newly watered by the West Cache Irrigation Company (q.v.) which was completed to Trenton in 1905. To mill the wheat into flour and to provide for storage and shipping facilities, the Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company was incorporated on August 7, 1906, with a capitalization of $25,000 divided into 1,000 shares at a par value of $25 per share. It was largely financed by local money, as the following list of the incorporators, their residence, and their initial share holdings show:

B.Y. Benson

 

Trenton, Utah

 

40 shares

 

B.F. Bingahm

 

Trenton, Utah

 

40 shares

 

H.T. Peterson

 

Smithfield, Utah

 

40 shares

 

Henry Spackman

 

Lewiston, Utah

 

40 shares

 

John Buttars

 

Clarkston, Utah

 

20 shares

 

C.W. Buttars

 

Clarkston, Utah

 

8 shares

 

William Bingahm

 

Logan, Utah

 

20 shares

 

Julius Stender

 

Logan, Utah

 

40 shares

 

D.E. Haws

 

Trenton, Utah

 

20 shares

 

C.G. Wood

 

Trenton, Utah

 

10 shares

 

T.H. Cutler

 

Trenton, Utah

 

20 shares

 

A.J. Hill

 

Trenton, Utah

 

20 shares

 

Parley Merrill

 

Trenton, Utah

 

20 shares

 

William Homer

 

Trenton, Utah

 

4 shares

 

C.A. Brown

 

Trenton, Utah

 

10 shares

 

The company built a mill and elevators on the railroad near the Ransom siding in 1906. To handle the extra traffic, the railroad company installed a second siding and built a depot. Obligingly, the railroad named the new station Trenton and made it headquarters for two section crews. To supply electricity for the mill, the High Creek Electric Company of Franklin built a line into Trenton in 1906--the first town on the West Side to be electrified. The High Creek Electric Company used the waters of Cub River to generate power. Since irrigation companies held prior rights to the water, electric service to the towns supplied by the company was largely discontinued during the summer months when most of the water was diverted from the river to irrigation canals.

The Trenton-Clarkston Mill was an immediate success. German-born miller Julius F.H. Stender produced a superior product based on the locally produced "Turkey Red" wheat. Two additional elevators were soon built on the west siding at Trenton, the Farmer's Grain and Milling Company with a capacity of 50,000 bushels and the Kay Elevator Company with a capacity of about 65,000 bushels. Withe the production form the Clarkston dry-farms and from the newly irrigated lands around Trenton, in 1917 Trenton was the leading wheat shipping point on the entire Union Pacific system.

The Trenton-Clarkston Mill flourished until 1917. The mill lost its large market during World War I when government wheat-saving regulations forced the increase in per-bushel flour production. Forced to decrease quality, the "Turkey Red" brand was no longer welcome to wholesalers. Whole car-loads of flour were returned to Trenton. The Mill temporarily closed in 1918 or 1919 and then re-opened, but hardly to halcyon days. It closed in the early 1920s ad was re-opened largely as an elevator and feed company as the Trenton Grain and Milling Company.

Content Description

This collection is made up of ten books and one folder. The first box contains account balances, a ledger and orders received. Box 2 contains a ledger a cash book and a purchase journal. Box 3 contains sales registers, a ledger car book. and correspondence.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company Records USU_COLL MSS 198, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 198, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged by date.

Processing Note :  

Processed in September 1994.

Acquisition Information :  

The Trenton-Clarkston Mill and Elevator Company Records is part of a collection received from Walter L. Wood of Trenton in August 1994


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
book
1 1 Account Balances
(grain storage, etc.)
1912-1915
1 2 General Ledger 1919 July 25 to 1920 June 30
1 3 Register: Orders Received 1919(?) September 1 to 1920 May 5
2 1 General Ledger 1920-1922
2 2 Cash Book 1920 to 1921 September
2 3 Purchase Journal 1920 July 1 to 1921 October
3 1 Sales Register
(daily sales records)
1920-1921
3 2 Sales Register 1921 April 6 to 1921 October 24
3 3 General Ledger 1930 July 1 to 1931 June 30
1 4 Miller-Muir Grain Company
Car book; freight cars shipped from Trenton elevators
1920 September (?) to 1921
Folder
1 1 Miscellaneous Correspondence and Checks 1929 June, 1930 November-December, 1931 February

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Wood, Charles G.(Charles Gilbert),1867-1946
    • Corporate Names :
    • Trenton-Clarkston Mill & Elevator Company--Records and correspondence.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Flour mills--Utah--Trenton.
    • Grain elevators--Utah--Trenton.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Clarkston (Utah)--History.
    • Trenton (Utah)--History.

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